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Premier League Round 11 Predictions!

I managed an average 6/10 last weekend after picking up the win points that most players got and failing to pick the four results that were correctly predicted by 35% of players or less. This round looks really tough on paper with several even games but I feel that makes things exciting as you know you're likely to be siding with the minority on at least one occasion.

The community record of an Exact Score Challenge prize winner in every round of the season still stands after a few of you managed 5 exacts last week so make sure you all get your picks in again for Round 11 to stand a chance of winning up to £50,000. Bragging rights are of course still the main motivation and I'm hoping to improve on last week's small green arrow on the overall leaderboard with the following picks this weekend:

Bournemouth vs. Manchester United

Incredibly, given how unpredictable they've been, Manchester United's win over Everton was the one Exact I managed last weekend thanks to their predictable 2-1 scoreline. This is a really tricky game to call first up this week though given Bournemouth's excellent form and the fact it's the lunchtime kick off. United are conceding far too many goals this season but have looked more together of late. They've very little chance against Juventus on Wednesday so I can't see them resting players at all but I can still certainly see Bournemouth scoring. You also have to expect United to score and end the Cherries' recent run of three consecutive clean sheets but I'm not sure they can do so more than once. Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Manchester United

Cardiff vs. Leicester City

After last weekend's tragic accident, the usual things I'd discuss such as form and team news are obviously insignificant. Other than Cardiff fans (understandably), there isn't a person in the world that doesn't want Leicester to win this match and I'm backing them to do so in Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's honour. As Claude Puel has said himself though, the result isn't significant and you certainly couldn't blame the Leicester team if they fail to put in a performance. Prediction: Cardiff 1-2 Leicester

Note: For those of you that may wish to join us in sending a message of support to Leicester, when making your Premier League picks this week you will notice a feature under the Leicester game on our website that takes you to the online book of condolences the Club have set up.

Everton vs. Brighton

There's now been three 1-0 wins on the bounce for Brighton and I've failed to even pick them to win for any of them! I shall be continuing to go against them this week but I have been very impressed by the results the Seagulls have managed and still think they could pick up a point. Goodison Park is a tough place to go but Chris Hughton's team have shown real resilience in recent rounds and when you look at the teams they have lost to so far this season, it's only Watford on the opening day that aren't considered one of the 'Big Six'. I'm tempted to pick a draw as I say but I've gone with Everton as I feel they're the more likely to manage a goal through a piece of magic from someone like Gylfi Sigurdsson. Brighton's equivalent player is Pascal Gross who still isn't quite ready for a return to action. Prediction: Everton 1-0 Brighton

Newcastle vs. Watford

I was glad that Newcastle didn't win last week after I mentioned I'd finally stop backing them to pick up their first win but I still didn't get a Result point as it finished goalless at St Mary's. In hindsight, that was a fairly obvious pick! This is another game that they could win but I'm resisting the urge to get back into picking them - I'd rather be annoyed the one time they do pick up a victory as opposed to annoying myself every single week by picking them simply because they haven't won yet. Watford are decent but more so at home than away so I'm on the fence for this one. There's a possibility of another 0-0 but I think Watford will manage a goal which Newcastle should have an answer for to save at least a little face. Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Watford

West Ham vs. Burnley

The tough picks keep coming this week! I can see all three outcomes in this one but Burnley's defence is a worry whereas West Ham have been keeping games very competitive despite recent defeats. With Yarmolenko out and Arnautovic always 60% fit I'm a little wary of where goals may come from but do think West Ham remain slight favourites as it's not as if the Burnley squad is packed with Golden Boot winners. For the Hammers' ambitions of really progressing in this new stadium under Pellegrini, games like these really ought to start being routine wins. Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Burnley

Arsenal vs. Liverpool

I'm looking forward to this one. The last five PL meetings between these two have averaged 5.4 goals per game and you have to expect more of the same (0-0 is therefore an option in this situation just as was the case for Liverpool v City a few weeks ago). Arsenal have been giving teams far too many chances in the opening 30 minutes for weeks now and you just can't afford to do that against this Liverpool team. The Gunners tend to come back strong in the second half and will be competitive but I see the visitors winning this. Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool

Wolves vs. Tottenham

Spurs have had a mental week of fixtures having played on Monday and Wednesday night but I think they managed to rotate enough for that Cup win to suggest squad fitness shouldn't be too much of a factor in my decision for this game. Wolves have gone off the boil a little after the international break and Spurs will be eager to bounce back from that defeat against City. The home crowd will be up for this unusually timed kick-off under the lights but I expect Tottenham to grind out a win. Prediction: Wolves 0-2 Tottenham

Manchester City vs. Southampton

City had to really work for their victories over Southampton last season but I see this game being a fair bit easier. Southampton haven't scored in their last five league games while City are looking for a seventh clean sheet on the spin which means the Saints could well steal a goal somehow to end those runs but I certainly can't see them getting a point. Guardiola's side are just as strong as last season and shouldn't slip here. Prediction: Man City 4-0 Southampton

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace

Chelsea were fantastic at Burnley but then looked very shaky against Derby in the Cup in midweek. With their first team back for this one though I can only see a home win. Palace did well last week against Arsenal and were perhaps unlucky to draw but a game at Stamford Bridge is very different to home comforts at Selhurst Park. Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Huddersfield vs. Fulham

By the time this one comes around we'll have a fair idea of how the round has played out but it's probably the toughest to call of them all! A team that hasn't scored at home since April against a team that are conceding plenty every week. If you're Huddersfield this is the chance. Not just to score a goal but to get your first win of the season. However, I think Fulham are likely to score too and I really just don't see enough talent in the Huddersfield lineup to back them to win a game. They'll have chances but can they take them? I'm not sure so I'm going with a third 1-1 draw of the round. Huddersfield 1-1 Fulham

Best of luck to you all with your predictions! Feel free to get involved with your own picks and some analysis of mine in the comments section as always.
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Hi Jack. I have visions of you being carted away by 'the men in white suits' screaming semi-coherently something about a Newcastle late winner being offside. Then getting injected in the neck with Thorazine as you fight to hold on to your mobile phone in the ambulance.

I see we are tied in our common pool. You have had 14 Exact picks. Your most reliable picks have been 1-2 & 2-0. You still avoid 1-0 & 0-1s but have Eve v Bri as 1-0 this time. The last few rounds 7 or 8 teams have failed to score. Back in Rounds 2 - 4 it was only 2-4 teams. So defences are improving it seems. Defenders are better drilled and line ups getting more stable after early tinkering perhaps. You are right about this round being very tricky due to League Cup games before & European games coming after. Each round averages only about 2 draws though. Interestly Home Advantage tends to decide games more the higher up the table you go. Not neccesarily dependent on ground size, otherwise Newcastle (55k) would have m
2 Nov 15:43
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Continued from above: Newcastle (55k) would have more wins. So I'll try to factor in the above plus the effect of League Cup games before & European games after on team selections before making my picks. Chelsea beat Derby3-2 at the Bridge despite only scoring 1 goal themselves! Two own-goals by their central defenders from Zappacosta's crosses created the weird stat of 0 Shots on Target & 2 Goals after 30 odd minutes.
2 Nov 16:11
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3 Nov 08:40
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I bet you if you get less then 5/10 you do everything I say If you win the bet I will give anything you want do we have a deal I'll wait
3 Nov 08:43
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6 out of 10 so far hoping to get the next 3 correct aswel
3 Nov 21:56
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yes I do try and get very close at times but keep trying you may get a prize. I was third in New Zealand for cricket scores so won a lovely expensive phone. Good luck
4 Nov 01:14
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