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MatchDay 11 – A look ahead to an exciting Premier League weekend

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Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (C) leaves with the match ball after scoring a hattrick in the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Burnley at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 28, 2020. – Manchester City won the game 5-0. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP)

There is no shortage of fascinating ties taking place in the Premier League this weekend. With only six points separating the top seven, we have decided to take a look at who all of the early title contenders play on matchday 11. Fresh from their 2-0 home win over Arsenal last weekend, Tottenham look to extend their nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace.

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Jose Mourinho’s side is currently top of the table, edging Liverpool off top spot thanks to their superior goal difference. Solid at the back and sharp up front, Spurs have the tools to win their first title of the Premier League era. Harry Kane has evolved under the guidance of Mourinho, adding a more significant playmaking aspect to his overall game.

He has been setting up goals for strike partner Heung-Min Son, with both of the attackers getting on the scoresheet versus their North London rivals. Things have been going swimmingly in the Europa League too, with a 2-0 victory over Antwerp ensuring that they went through to the knockout stage as group winners. The game also brought about their sixth clean sheet in seven outings in all competitions. A challenging game is expected at Selhurst Park this weekend, but Spurs have overcome stronger foes in recent weeks.

Champions Liverpool, currently second, travel to Fulham hoping to end a run of three successive away draws in the league. Their prospects are boosted by a fantastic record against the Cottagers, winning their previous six encounters. Four of the last five matches that Liverpool played away have featured fewer than three goals, so this could be a tighter affair than bookmakers would suggest.

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Third-placed Chelsea, two points off top spot, have a tricky fixture at Goodison Park on Saturday night. Frank Lampard’s Blues have been flying in all competitions for a few months now, and they are undefeated in nine Premier League games. Away from home, they have been well organised at the back, keeping three consecutive clean sheets. They take on an Everton side without a win in their last three home games in the league. Carlo Ancelotti’s players can count themselves as relatively unlucky during this period. However, they need to dig their heels in to get back in the race for European places.

In fourth place and three points off the top, Leicester are at home to Brighton this weekend. The Foxes participated in several thrilling contests over the last few weeks, their most recent three league games all featuring three or more goals. Jamie Vardy scored a last-minute winner at Sheffield United last week. More dramatic action awaits at the King Power Stadium. Southampton, four points off the top in fifth, play the struggling Blades on Sunday.

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Sheffield United have made the worst start to a Premier League season this century, collecting one point from their opening 11 fixtures. After beating them twice last season, Southampton are expected to consign their opponents to yet another defeat. The most prominent fixture of the weekend comes between two midtable giants as Manchester United welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford.

United are five points off top spot in sixth place while City are a further point and place behind them. United have won three of their last four matches against City, yet it is the visitors who are clear favourites to win with most bookmakers, including 1xbet. Presently offering a welcome bonus to new customers that you can read about here, 1xbet has a wide range of markets for punters to bet on, including extensive coverage of the Premier League and the other top European leagues, like Serie A and La Liga.

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