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A Big November: Three Premier League Clashes That Will Set Your Heart Racing

November 04, 2016

- Grant Whittington

This time of year is always a seminal one in the Premier League, as the league table starts to take shape and every week seems to deliver a pivotal clash. November will be no exception to this rule, particularly with the top five Premier League teams separated by a single point and several huge clashes scheduled within a short, four week period.

This time of year is always a seminal one in the Premier League, as the league table starts to take shape and every week seems to deliver a pivotal clash. November will be no exception to this rule, particularly with the top five Premier League teams separated by a single point and several huge clashes scheduled within a short, four week period.

With this in mind, we have picked out three stellar clashes that are likely to illuminate the EPL’s November calendar. These include…

Arsenal v Tottenham, 6th November at 12.00pm

November will start with a bang at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsenal take on Tottenham in what is usually an explosive London derby. The Gunners will probably start as marginal favourites, as despite the occasional setback they currently sit in second place and are displaying considerable consistency in the league. In contrast, Spurs are unbeaten but short on goals, while they appear to be struggling to balance their domestic and Champions League commitments with shallow squad.

This will be an incredibly competitive and tense encounter, however, and one that historically delivers goals and excitement in abundance.

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Manchester United v Arsenal, 19th November at 12.30pm

Manchester United’s decline started with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, although this was understandable given the significant gulf between the Scot and his successor David Moyes. The subsequent failure of Louis Van Gaal and the initial struggles of Jose Mourinho hint at deeper issues within the football club, however, as the Reds continue to suffer from a lack of aggression, identity and a discernible pattern of play.

In this respect, their clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on 19th November will assume huge importance for the Red Devils. The Gunners will travel their with immense confidence after their recent form, while United may still be haunted by their insipid display during the recent, 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea. The key to this fixture will lie with United’s need and will to win, as well as Mourinho’s ability to strike the ideal between attack and defence within his side.

Chelsea v Tottenham, 26th November at 17.30

Back in September, Chelsea were thumped 3-0 by a rampant Arsenal side while new manager Antonio Conte was said to be fighting for his job. The subsequent turnaround at the Bridge has been incredible, however, as Conte has switched to a 3-4-3 formation that has helped him to get the best from a talented squad (and particularly the enigmatic centre back David Luiz).

The Blues have won their last three league games, scoring nine goals in the process and conceding none. They will therefore fancy their chances at the Bridge against a Spurs side that is lacking fire-power without the injured Harry Kane, while there remains a sense that manager Mauricio Pochettino is still trying to find the right balance for his side this term. This is also another game that typically produces goals and thrills, so it is definitely one to watch for the neutral.

 

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