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Premier League Week 11 Picks: Predicting Weekend Winners and Losers

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Michael Carrick of Manchester United (C) celebrates with Robin van Persie (L) and Shinji Kagawa (R) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and Galatasaray at Old Trafford on September 19, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Greg JohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportNovember 5, 2013

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.

Premier League Week 11 fixtures
Date and time (GMT)HomePredictionAway
Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.Aston Villa2-1Cardiff City
Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.Chelsea2-2West Brom
Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.Crystal Palace0-2Everton
Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.Liverpool3-0Fulham
Saturday, November 9, 3 p.m.Southampton3-1Hull City
Saturday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.Norwich0-0West Ham
Sunday, November 10, 12 p.m.Tottenham1-1Newcastle
Sunday, November 10, 2:05 p.m.Sunderland0-4Man City
Sunday, November 10, 4:10 p.m.Man Utd2-1Arsenal
Sunday, November 10, 4:10 p.m.Swansea2-1Stoke
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Below are the three games set to have the biggest impact on the Premier League in Week 11. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United shoots at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 3, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Gett
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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.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United takes and subsequently misses a penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 3, 2012 in Manchester, England. (
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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.

Prediction: 2-1

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Ramires of Chelsea is closed down by Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on March 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jul
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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.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: West Brom manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 17, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty
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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.

Prediction: 2-2

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Managers Andre Villas Boas  of Tottenham and Alan Pardew of Newcastle shout instructions during the Barclay's Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on February 9, 2013 in Lon
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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.

Will Remy be the man to clip Spurs' wings?
Will Remy be the man to clip Spurs' wings?Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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.

Prediction: 1-1

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