Premier League Week 7 filled up last Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Then came English Carabao Cup on Tuesday. UEFA Champions League ran Tuesday and Wednesday. Then we had Europa League sprinkled in on Thursday. Now we have another long weekend of Premier League on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You want some rest? You deserve a break? No way, it’s an assembly line of high quality football every single day, so enjoy it... if your heart can stand all the excitement!
The two teams are at about the same place in the table, which would seemingly give the edge to the home side. But the Hammers are ascendant, two wins plus a draw in their past three EPL games. Brighton has not won in seven games (all competitions). So Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and company will look to keep the momentum going as Brighton tries to stop the bleeding.
In a tale of reversed fortunes, the home Clarets have moved from last place up to 12th in rather short time. Meanwhile, the traveling Terriers haven’t won all season (with only two draws) and not surprisingly remain at the bottom of the table. I think we can guess whom the bettors — and fantasy managers — will favor at Turf Moor.
Palace have failed to keep the magic going from the end of last season, while Wolves have been the only promoted side to truly impress at all in the EPL. It should be a fairly evenly matched contest, but given that both teams have combined for only 13 goals, don’t expect much in the way of fireworks.
A classic mid-table affair: For the home side, Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Harry Maguire come in riding excellent form. As for the visiting Toffees, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a brace in the 3-0 Week 7 win over Fulham, while Theo Walcott scored Everton’s lone goal in Tuesday’s 1-1 loss (via PKs) to Southampton in the Carabao Cup competition. Does that mean it is Richarlison’s turn to star from the Toffees’ midfield this weekend?
Spurs are in injury crisis, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen on the shelf. And they’re coming off a 4-2 loss to Barcelona on the ugly Wembley pitch. That has all but dashed their Champions League hopes already after only two games. But welcome relief beckons with winless, 19th place Cardiff coming to London.
6th place against 7th place: quite possibly the second most appealing game of the weekend, to be honest. That’s exciting! Are the Hornets for real? Are the Cherries? Both? Neither? Let’s watch and find out.
Manchester United v. Newcastle (late game)
Two big-time managers on the verge of getting sacked: Is your money on Jose Mourinho or Rafa Benitez getting the pink-slip first? Or maybe a drab nil-nil draw and both will go bye-bye by Monday?
Fulham v. Arsenal (early game)
These two teams have both played a fairly wide open style this season, but 5th place Arsenal has obviously been much more successful than 17th place Fulham, not only converting on the offensive side, but more vitally also keeping the damage down on the defensive end. The Cottagers’ only edge seems to be the home locale, but it may not be enough as Unai Emery’s side has been firing on all cylinders, with eight straight wins (all competitions) including a 3-0 away win at Qarabag on Thursday.
Southampton v. Chelsea
The Saints have momentum after beating Everton on Tuesday in Carabao Cup action, with Danny Ings (who else?) scoring the team’s only goal. But much like Fulham v. Arsenal, we’re still talking about a surging “Big Six” road side here that should be a strong favorite. In Chelsea’s case, the Blues have not lost yet this season in all competitions and are coming off a home Europa League win over Vidi on Thursday.
Liverpool v. Manchester City (late game)
This is the headline game of the week! The two teams at the top of the table, each with 19 of 21 points, clash head-to-head at Anfield. A Liverpool victory will show that the Reds are serious EPL title contenders this season. A Manchester City win would go a long way toward avenging last season’s Champions League result. A draw would not settle anything (other than keeping two of the league’s three unbeaten teams unbeaten), but would surely still be plenty of fun!
Which games are you watching most intently? Who are you rooting on for your fantasy teams? Amid nonstop football, will you find the time to watch the simultaneous worldwide release of the new Doctor Who season with its new Doctor? Join us in the comments as the live action unfolds!