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    An exciting weekend in the Premier League lays in wait, as the league race takes shape.

    The North London Derby is certainly the headline of a tough week for all the teams. In spite of the clash being staged on Sunday, It is not easy to avoid it, hence it goes up first on our preview.

    Arsene Wenger has already laid the stage for the bare-knuckle contest by stating that the match is ‘more than just a derby.’ Arsenal come into the match on the back of a 3-2 comeback win over Ludogorets in The Champions League. In the division, the Gunners were in their true element, sweeping aside Sunderland 4-1.

    Arsenal has been scoring consistently, and the defensive combo of Koscielny and Mustafi has been earning every penny of its pay, by remaining solid at the back. The midfield has been superb, with the forward line banging in goals consistently.

    The Gunners are however, approaching a tricky bend that is November. Last season, Wenger’s men just picked 2 points in November. A win against Spurs will really place Arsenal as a key figure in the title race. In 15 straight matches, the side from the Emirates is yet to taste defeat.

    Spur’s on the other hand, is yet to win in 6 matches. Harry Kane is still out injured. To further complicate Spur’s case, the goals have dried up for Heung-Min Son, while Vincent Jansen has only notched thrice- all from the spot.

    Toby Alderweireld is out injured, and this exposes Spur’s backline badly against a flying Arsenal forward line. It is a tough one for Pochettino and his men, and a loss here is inevitable.

    After a stunning 3-1 victory over Barcelona in midweek, Manchester City will seek to extend its stay at the top of the Premier League, with a match at home to Middlesbrough.

    After enduring a shaky run, the win over Barca certainly pumps up City’s confidence coming into this one. It is however, not a walk in the park. Boro managed to hold Arsenal to a 0-0 draw, in a clash where Aitor Karanka and his men should have won, were it not for some solid and certain goalkeeping from Cech.

    Against Arsenal, Aitor Karanka played with 4 defenders and 3 holding midfielders, and managed to shut out Arsenal’s forward line. We expect Boro to play defensively again, and stay back.

    This is clash that will witness fewer goals, and whoever goes up first on the scoresheet, has a higher chance to win.

    In three matches, Bob Bradley has only picked a point, and his reign hasn’t really got off to a flier, as it was expected. The results, however, do not tell the whole story for the Welsh side that has displayed some great football in the recent weeks.

    Against Chelsea and Man City, Swansea has kept their opponents toe to toe, and there is massive hopes of an upset, when they welcome United. On paper, Jose Mourinho’s side has better quality. However, if the recent results are anything to go by, then anything is possible here.

    United has been on a poor run, with Jose laying culpability for the shambolic displays on lack of team effort, commitment and luck. After falling 2-1 to Fenerbahce away in the Europa League, United’s woes were stretched with Paul Pogba limping out injured. The Frenchman is likely to join the injury list that has the likes of defenders Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic is having the worst run of his career, having gone 6 matches without a win, despite treating us to an explosive start to the season. With the goals drying up, a makeshift defense and a team low on confidence, we can expect United to suffer a shocker here.

    Stoke City has finally turned the corner, and is playing some great football and getting the results. In 5 straight ties, Stoke is yet to taste defeat.

    Mark Hughes has certainly made great strides, transforming Stoke from a side without a win, to registering three straight wins. Although it can be argued that those victories came up against bottom placed sides, credit has to be given for the improvement.

    West Ham has certainly found some convincing form, and will look to continue with the promising run. After Everton soundly defeated them last weekend, West Ham must find a winning formula over Stoke. Certainly not an easy assignment, as this is anyone’s game.

    Burnley has been solid at home, notching up wins against Liverpool, Everton and Watford so far. The Clarets face a rather unpredictable Crystal Palace.

    It is interesting that Palace come up as a favourite in this one especially considering that it faces a team that has an enviable home record.

    Palace has no strong record compared to Burnley, who should get maximum points here.

    Enjoy the football weekend! - Where the cost of 1L of fuel gets you 145 chances of winning!
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