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Premier League Match Day: Saturday Week 11

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The EPL big guns are all in action as the title race hots up. Match of the day see's a under pressure Jose Mourinho facing Liverpool. Will it be a Halloween horror against the Kop's Klopp?

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Well I didn't expect to be asking this question to start the week 11 live chat.  But football as Jimmy Greaves always says is a funny old game.

Will Jose survive the weekend as Chelsea manager?

It's been far from an easy way for Jose to start the 2015/16 season.   Apart from all the off field issues, on field they come into week 11 with 1 win in their last 7 in all competitions.  They also have had the joint worst start to a season with 11pts in 10 games.

Their star players have flopped.  Cesc Fabregas has 1 assist in 10 (he had 9 in the opening 10 games last season).  Diego Costa has been either injured, out of shape or in a rage, while Eden Hazard has completely lost his sparkle.

Optimistic Liverpool are next up.  Unbeaten in 4 under new manager Jurgen Klopp they are in the perfect nothing to lose situation.  Pool's win at Stoke on the opening day is their only win in 10 away league games but we have two sides in very different states of mind.

To beat a side in this situation will require manager and players to work together and follow a clear plan.  Chelsea's midfield must press the ball as they did through last season, Costa must keep the devil in his game but the reigns held on.

For pool its strike early and see how the fragile champions  handle being behind once again.  You have to feel sure they will start the game on the front foot as that's the Klopp way.

Normally these game are tight, prickly affairs, those are the games that suit Chelsea. This time we may see something a little more open but just as tense.

While I'm no fan of Joses the man he is an excellent manager.  I think Chelsea letting him go now would be too early.  As quickly as it has gone wrong it they could go back to the side we know.  Still like much in today's society it's all about the now and a 7th loss may be too much for even Jose to talk his way out of.

Following that the 3pm kick offs are

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Manchester City v Norwich

Newcastle v Stoke City

Swansea v Arsenal

Watford v West Ham United

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City

Fantasy wise it's the normal load up on city/Arsenal and hold onto Yohan Cabaye and Dimitri Payet while we wait for the joys of Evertons, Saints and Spurs three home ties in the days to come.

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