Saturday, 24 October 2015

PREVIEW: EPL Week 10

Written by Ty Stedman

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It's a shortened EPL Preview this week as I fill in for the two Newysports regulars Alex and Keegan. Strangely enough, yours truly is leading the tipping competition the three of us are having. Let's get into it.

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Manchester Derby
United v City @ Old Trafford
Monday 1:05am

No doubting this week's Match of the Round as the two Manchester's do battle at Old Trafford. United are coming off the back of a 3-0 win at Everton last weekend but their mid-week 1-1 draw in Moscow against CSKA was a disappointment that they'll be looking to put behind them.

The Red Devils can overtake their neighbours at the top if they get the three points and considering they've got six in their last two home league games it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see them take the points. City are a tough test though and the derby isn't an easy one to win.

The Cityzens are coming off a late 2-1 win over Spanish side Sevilla in the UCL and with arguably the Premier League's most in-form player Kevin De Bruyne featuring in the line-up, City are a very decent chance of winning at the home of their arch rivals.

It will be interesting to see if captain Vincent Kompany returns to City's starting lineup. The Belgian has been benched for the last couple of games and rumours of a rift are persistent. Manuel Pelligrini wouldn't be able to shoot down said rumours if he leaves his captain out of this one.

The Derby is a must-watch as new faces like City's De Bruyne, United's Martial, City's Sterling and United's desperate for form Memphis make their Manchester derby debut. Then there's the likes of staple names like Wayne Rooney and Yaya Toure and two brilliant goalkeepers in David De Gea and Joe Hart. It's a brilliant match on paper and let's hope it lives up to it.

Ty's Tip: 2-1 City
Alex's Tip: 2-2 Draw
Keegan's Tip: 3-2 United

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West Ham v Chelsea @ Upton Park
Sunday 1:00am

I'd consider West Ham a better chance of victory at Stamford Bridge than at their own home ground. Their away form has been brilliant and they've knocked off City, Arsenal and Liverpool on the road. At home though they've been rather poor and with a Chelsea side trying to turn around their shocking start, it could be a tough outing for the Hammers.

Chelsea were left frustrated mid-week by Dynamo Kiev and will need to beat the Ukrainian side in their home match or face possible UCL elimination. Enner Valencia is a rumoured inclusion for West Ham and it will be interesting to see if Eden Hazard is featured in Chelsea's starting side. Regardless, it should be a win for Chelsea but it won't be easy.

Ty's Tip: 2-1 Chelsea
Alex's Tip: 3-2 Chelsea
Keegan's Tip: 2-1 West Ham

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Arsenal v Everton @ the Emirates
Sunday 3:30am

Arsenal are in deadly form. They've scored 11 goals in their last three league games. Two weeks ago they put three past United, last week they outclassed Watford and during the week they overcame Bayern Munich. I can't see them having too much trouble at home against an out of form Everton. The Toffees can be a challenge on their day but Arsenal are in untippable form...untippable against that is.

Ty's Tip: 3-0 Arsenal
Alex's Tip: 2-0 Arsenal
Keegan's Tip: 2-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal v Everton @ the Emirates
Sunday 3:30am

Arsenal are in deadly form. They've scored 11 goals in their last three league games. Two weeks ago they put three past United, last week they outclassed Watford and during the week they overcame Bayern Munich. I can't see them having too much trouble at home against an out of form Everton. The Toffees can be a challenge on their day but Arsenal are in untippable form...untippable against that is.

Arsene Wenger admitted that star man Alexis Sanchez was tired but the Chilean is sure to feature in Arsenal's team this week as he's in just too good of form. He's been banging in goals left, right and centre. Aaron Ramsey will miss up to a month with injury but there's enough depth to cover the Welshman in midfield.

Ty's Tip: 3-0 Arsenal
Alex's Tip: 2-0 Arsenal
Keegan's Tip: 3-1 Arsenal

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Liverpool v Southampton @ Anfield
Monday 3:15am

If the Manchester derby wasn't enough on Monday morning, Liverpool's home match against Southampton will surely see some tired-eyed Reds fans tune in. Jurgen Klopp's Anfield debut wasn't the best result (a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan) but like anything in life, time is needed for the German to work his wonders on the side.

The Reds have a fair few former Saints in their line-up so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Southampton treat this game as a derby of sorts. It was only two weeks ago that Southampton went to Stamford Bridge and completely outplayed Chelsea. Having Pelle up front is key for the Saints and they'll be a chance at Anfield.

I feel as though the Reds will win and Klopp will get his first win in charge. Liverpool are looking an improved squad and it's only a matter of time that things start to click.

Ty's Tip: 2-0 Liverpool
Alex's Tip: 3-1 Liverpool
Keegan's Tip: 2-1 Liverpool

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Bournemouth v Tottenham @ Vitality Stadium
Monday 1:05am

Only diehard Spurs fans (or any Bournemouth fans in the area) will tune into this one. It's still an intriguing match but with kickoff at the same time as the Manchester derby, I feel as though most of us Aussies will be watching the highlights of this one.

Bournemouth were slaughtered at the Etihad last weekend...I mean absolutely slaughtered. It could have been much worse if Sergio Aguero was playing. The Cherries will be delighted to return to the South Coast and will be eyeing off a chance to beat Tottenham in what is only the second competitive game between this sides (the first being a Bournemouth win in the 1950's).

Harry Kane's form is still uninspiring and it seems as though the striker is suffering from a classic case of 'second-season syndrome'. Tottenham are unbeaten since opening day and should be decent enough to win this one. It's a danger game though.

Ty's Tip: 2-1 Tottenham
Alex's Tip: 1-1 Draw
Keegan's Tip: 1-0 Tottenham

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Wear-Tyne Derby
Sunderland v Newcastle @ Stadium of Light
Sunday 11pm

In what is a curtain-raiser for the Manchester derby, arch rivals Sunderland will host Newcastle in a game that isn't just a derby, it's a crucial relegation zone battle. Sunderland's first game under Sam Allardyce ended in defeat but there were positive signs.

Newcastle broke through for their first win of the season in a huge way last week as they slotted six past a hapless Norwich City side. The Magpies have lost five (count them, five!) straight derbies. A win here would see the fans start to take a bit of a liking to Steve McClaren.

This is a highly important game for both clubs and I think a draw could very well be on the cards.


Ty's Tip: 1-1 Draw
Alex's Tip: 1-1 Draw
Keegan's Tip: 2-1 Newcastle

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Other Games:

Stoke City v Watford @ the Britannia Stadium

Expect Stoke to get over the line in this one after a win at Swansea last weekend. Always a tough away trip to the Britannia.

Ty's Tip: 2-0 Stoke City
Alex's Tip: 4-0 Stoke City
Keegan's Tip: 1-0 Stoke City


Aston Villa v Swansea City @ Villa Park

It's a crucial game for both these sides. It's been a while between wins for the Villains and the Swans and I'm tipping that to continue for the Villians. Alex believes it could be the end for Tim Sherwood if the home side lose.

Ty's Tip: 2-1 Swansea
Alex's Tip: 2-1 Swansea (Tim Sherwood Sacked Afterwards)
Keegan's Tip: 2-0 Swansea


Norwich City v West Brom @ Carrow Road

Norwich were put the sword by Newcastle last week and will be looking for improvement against an inconsistent West Brom. Saido Berahino's key for West Brom and the Baggies really need to start scoring more goals.

Ty's Tip: 1-0 West Brom
Alex's Tip: 1-0 West Brom
Keegan's Tip: 1-0 West Brom

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