Premier League Week 11 Fixtures: Previews and Predictions of Sunday's Games

Greg JohnsonSpecial to Bleacher ReportNovember 9, 2013

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/Getty Images)
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With no Monday fixtures in Week 11 of the Premier League, Sunday November 10 will feature a packed roster of four games spread throughout the day.

Manchester United's home game against Arsenal is one of two late kick-offs scheduled to get underway at 4:10 p.m. (GMT) and stands out as the highlight match of not only Sunday evening, but the whole weekend.

Chelsea's draw with West Brom adds even more importance to Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford.
Chelsea's draw with West Brom adds even more importance to Arsenal's trip to Old Trafford.Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

A win would put the Gunners in a commanding position at the top of the league, especially considering Chelsea's failure to win at home against West Bromwich Albion.

David Moyes will be hoping that his team can claim their first top title-challenging tilt of the season, however, having already missed opportunities against Manchester City and Chelsea.

The first game on Sunday sees Tottenham Hotspur play host to Newcastle United with Alan Pardew's team keen to build on their surprise win over Jose Mourinho's team last weekend, while Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping that Erik Lamela can finally carry his European form over into the Premier League.

Sunday's other fixtures see Manchester City travelling to Sunderland while Swansea City face a home clash against Stoke City. You can read full previews and score predictions for all four matches below.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Erik Lamela of Spurs celebrates scoring their first goal with Kyle Walker and Christian Eriksen of Spurs  during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane on Novembe
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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United - 12 p.m. (GMT)/7 a.m. (ET)

Spurs head into Week 11 in fourth place, a position that Villas-Boas' team have achieved without hitting any real sense of form in the opening rounds of the season.

Points have been won through Roberto Soldado's penalties from the spot of late providing the Spaniard with an artificial boost to his goal tally and a temporary fix to Tottenham's rather mundane efforts in the attacking third.

This lack of inspiration seems strange given the amount of creative and attacking talent procured by the club in the summer, but they have been impressive defensively.

It may be that Villas-Boas is taking the tried and tested approach to team development by building from the back with his new-look side.

Should Lamela and co. find a way to augment Spurs' defensive solidarity with a touch of offensive flair, fourth place may be just the start for the Lilywhites.

Newcastle rose to see off Chelsea at home last week. Can they take that momentum with them on the road?
Newcastle rose to see off Chelsea at home last week. Can they take that momentum with them on the road?Getty Images/Getty Images

While Spurs have quietly clambered into contention near the top of the league, Newcastle have been making plenty of noise in the mid-table, and not always for their football.

Yet when the backroom distractions of Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley are put to one side, Pardew's team can produce the goods, as illustrated by their 2-0 win over Chelsea in Week 10.

That result may be able to lift the Magpies up to producing yet more heroics at White Hart Lane, and a draw may on the cards for Sunday's early kick-off.

Hugo Lloris will start for Spurs despite his head injury last week, while Danny Rose, Sandro, Zeki Fryers and Emmanuel Adebayor are all unavailable through injury.

For Newcastle, Steven Taylor is a long-term absentee, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to return along with Cheick Tiote, who limped off against Chelsea.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Sunderland forward James McClean (r) battles with  Sergio Aguero for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on December 26, 2012 in Sunderland, Engla
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Sunderland vs. Manchester City - 2:05 p.m. (GMT)/9:05 a.m. (ET)

Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping his side can keep up their performance level against Sunderland after thrashing Norwich City and CSKA Moscow 7-0 and 5-2, respectively in their last two games.

Achieving continuity may not be a simple task, however, with David Silva joining Vincent Kompany and Stevan Jovetic on the injury list after being ruled out for four weeks. 

There is a considerable number of maybes in the City squad too with Fernandinho, Javi Garcia and defender Matija Nastasic each needing to pass last-minute fitness tests in order to face Sunderland.

Gus Poyet's team are currently on a run of two wins in three games after overcoming Newcastle and Southampton at home in recent weeks, and the Black Cats will be hoping to achieve another landmark win at the Stadium of Light as they look to haul themselves to safety.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Sunderland defender Craig Gardner (r) battles with  Yaya Toure for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on December 26, 2012 in Sunderland, England
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To aid these efforts, Sunderland will once again be able to call upon the services of Keiren Westwood following the goalkeeper's recovery from a concussion against Southampton.

Wes Brown is also set to make his first Premier League start in 22 months, while full-back Ondrej Celustka could return from injury as Poyet tries to find a way to cope without Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena, who are suspended due to their red-card dismissals against Hull City.

Unfortunately, that win against the Saints came in the Capital One Cup rather than the league, leaving the Wearsiders stuck on four points from 10 games going into the weekend.

Even if they were to win at home in Week 11, three points wouldn't be enough to lift them above their current standing of 19th place. 

Still, it's hard to see any result other than a convincing win for City coming out of the weekend considering the strength in depth available to Pellegrini and the form of players who will be fit such as Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure.

Prediction: Sunderland 0-4 Man City (at least)

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 19: Stoke player Charlie Adam is fouled by Swansea player Itay Schechter during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Stoke City at Liberty Stadium on January 19, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster
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Swansea City vs. Stoke City - 4:10 p.m. (GMT)/11:10 a.m. (ET)

During the reign of Tony Pulis, Stoke's meetings with Swansea were touted as a clash between two footballing ideologies exemplified by the possession play of the Swans and the direct, brutal power of the Potters.

The installment of Mark Hughes at the Britannia is supposed to have shattered this dichotomy of styles with the former Fulham, City and Blackburn boss demanding his players make a greater effort to retain the ball and build attacks from the back.

Yet Stoke have some way to go yet before their mini-revolution wins over the neutrals, with Michael Laudrup's Swansea still one of the teams put on an artistic pedestal by Premier League enthusiasts.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 03:  Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm is sent off by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Swansea at Cardiff City Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu For
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The Dane's team goes into this game without goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who is suspended after his sending off against Cardiff last weekend. Fortunately, Swansea can call upon the services of their League Cup-winning backup keeper Gerhard Tremmel to take his place.

Michu and Pablo Hernandez remain sidelined through injury, and Jonjo Shelvey returns after taking leave for personal reasons in the week while the club travelled to Russia to face Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League.

The visitors also have injury worries with Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters and Erik Pieters all doubtful to make the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

Regardless of his absentee list, Laudrup's men will look to make their more settled style of play and technical superiority count against Stoke at home, and that should carry them to victory in Week 11.

Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Stoke

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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Manchester United vs. Arsenal - 4:10 p.m. (GMT)/11:10 a.m. (ET)

It may not come across in their coverage in the media of late, but United head into their pivotal home clash with Arsenal on an eight-match unbeaten streak in all competitions and with arguably the most dangerous striker partnership in the league in Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Arsenal are however top of the league and looking pretty convincing as the early front-runners for the title.

Mesut Ozil's explosive introduction to the Premier League may have tempered slightly to a smoulder, but the form of Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta as well as the player of the season so far, Aaron Ramsey, means that the Gunners will head to Old Trafford ready to pose an array of attacking threats.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Numerous commentators have suggested that the game will be won or lost in midfield, but that has almost always been the ruling when it comes to showdowns between these two teams, even during Sir Alex Ferguson's final few seasons when United lacked strength through the middle.

That weakness rarely prevented the Mancunians dominating the North Londoners, at least not when it came to the score line.

Moyes would do well look at how his predecessor overcame Arsene Wenger's advantage in the middle of the park by relying on the flanks and hitting them on the counter.

Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia will have to be on form and ready to redirect the game out wide away from Arsenal's central danger men. Overlapping full-backs will also be key with Patrice Evra and Januzaj's growing understanding likely to be a deadly weapon for United down the left.

On the right, Rafael will also be an important player if he can pass a late fitness test, with the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones decent but insufficient back-ups, especially going forward.

United will also be concerned about the fitness of Jonny Evans, while Danny Welbeck has been ruled out due to a knee problem.

The Gunners have their own list of missing players with Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby all out of action.

United must look to take the game to Arsenal down the flanks due to their inferiority through the middle.
United must look to take the game to Arsenal down the flanks due to their inferiority through the middle.Michael Regan/Getty Images

Should Jack Wilshere be able to overcome a niggling ankle injury, he may start on the bench with Wenger unlikely to want to change too much following wins against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

Mathieu Flamini should return, however, and could well cause United even more problems through the middle by piling the pressure on Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, denying them time on the ball and forcing errors.

Yet there is a sense that United have already been written off for this game, and that could be all the motivation Moyes' side need to bring Arsenal back down to earth at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal