The Premier League heads into another potentially pivotal round of games in Week 11 as Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, Chelsea host giant killers West Bromwich Albion, and Tottenham Hotspur face off against a resurgent Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.
With the league slowly beginning to split off into three—Crystal Palace and Sunderland cast adrift at the bottom and the top eight contenders looking to break off from the mid-table—there's plenty at stake going into the weekend.
A full rundown of the fixtures with predictions can be found in the table below.
|Date and time (GMT)||Home||Prediction||Away|
|Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.||Aston Villa||2-1||Cardiff City|
|Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.||Chelsea||2-2||West Brom|
|Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.||Crystal Palace||0-2||Everton|
|Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.||Liverpool||3-0||Fulham|
|Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.||Southampton||3-1||Hull City|
|Saturday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.||Norwich||0-0||West Ham|
|Sunday, November 10, 12 p.m.||Tottenham||1-1||Newcastle|
|Sunday, November 10, 2:05 p.m.||Sunderland||0-4||Man City|
|Sunday, November 10, 4:10 p.m.||Man Utd||2-1||Arsenal|
|Sunday, November 10, 4:10 p.m.||Swansea||2-1||Stoke|
Below are the three games set to have the biggest impact on the Premier League in Week 11.
Manchester United vs. Arsenal
David Moyes will greet Arsene Wenger for the first time as United manager on Sunday for what is arguably the pick of the weekend's fixtures.
So far this season, Arsenal have risen to every challenge they have faced in the league and look more convincing by the week as genuine title challengers heading into Christmas.
However, there's a sense of optimism creeping back into the air around Old Trafford, and with a heroic comeback against Stoke City and a fizzing if flawed away victory over Fulham under their belts, United could cause the Gunners some trouble.
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney look to have clicked over the past few weeks, and their genius could be enough to drag United over the line to victory against the likes of Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion
Things aren't quite going as planned for Jose Mourinho, who has seen his side stumble after their approach of grinding out results without playing well finally caught up with them in Week 10.
Having lost 2-0 to Newcastle at St. James Park last weekend, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back in a big way at Stamford Bridge, but Steve Clarke's West Brom may prove to be an awkward proposition for the Blues at home.
The Baggies have already beaten United away from home this season and also troubled Arsenal during their visit to the Hawthorns, and their efficient but attacking style of play could pay dividends against Clarke's old Portuguese mentor.
Look out for young striker Saido Berahino, who could find himself in the goals once more for West Brom, claiming another Big Four strike after his match-winner against United.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United
While Spurs may already be in fourth place, Andre Villas-Boas' side have been far from convincing going forward this season, with their defensive solidarity enabling the North Londoners to camp out at the foot of the Champions League places.
The players who could inspire them—such as Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela—are yet to be properly integrated into Villas-Boas' plans, but once such talents have found their place in the side, the team may be able to climb far higher than their fourth-place base camp.
Meanwhile, Newcastle look set to be this year's erratic unknown quantities, with the true character and level of Alan Pardew's team obscured by plenty of back-room politics and melodrama.
Coming off the back of their 2-0 win over Chelsea, the Magpies may have just enough to take a point from White Hart Lane, with Spurs still a few weeks away from getting their act together.