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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

arsenal fulham Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 11: Open Thread

Seven matches today. No early kick-off due to teams needing more rest from the Champions League and Europa League matches in mid-week. So, instead, we have six matches being played at once at 10am, and then the late kick-off between Aston Villa and Manchester United.

Arsenal against Fulham could be a mouthwatering one depending how the Gunners react in this match. Wenger’s team is starting to lack the creative edge, while Martin Jol’s Fulham side will certainly know how to overcome Arsenal’s weaknesses while relying on the core strengths of the Cottagers. Expect Dimitar Berbatov to play a big part in this one. The former Tottenham Hotspur player doesn’t need any prodding for this one.

In the other 10am ET/3pm UK kickoffs, Everton should comfortably beat Sunderland. Or so you would think. Wigan against West Brom should be a barnstormer. Reading against Norwich will feature plenty of goals. In the Southampton versus Swansea match, the future of manager Nigel Adkins could rest on the result of this one, so expect the Saints to score against a leaky Swansea defense. The only question is whether the Swans have enough in them to fight back. As for Stoke against QPR, let’s hope this one isn’t a nil-nil.

In the late kick off, I wouldn’t underestimate Aston Villa‘s chances against Manchester United. While this Aston Villa side is nowhere near as good as in a few years past, manager Paul Lambert has them playing a very organized system that can be tough to come up against. Expect Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke to play a big part in this one. The footballer has plenty of skill and strength to cause United problems. United, meanwhile, will be without Nani and possibly Jonny Evans due to injury. In reality, that injury news is a blessing in disguise since I don’t rate either player in their current form.

You know the drill. Join in the conversations in the comments section below before, during and after the matches.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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