Some Premier League weekends are better than others. Any time #1 hosts #2, it’s definitely one of the better ones. When #1 & #2 have been vying neck-and-neck both domestically and in Europe for more than a year, it’s one of the better better ones. Join in as we find out just how great it will be!
Friday’s game is an interesting one. On the surface, it’s 19th place against 20th place, two bad offenses, two bad defenses, so it could really go any which way. But looking a bit deeper, these two sputtering sides seem to be going in different directions. After a strong start, Norwich has completely collapsed, particularly on offense, and fantasy managers still clinging to Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell will hope that the visit of last place Watford will provide a much-needed tonic. However, the Hornets’ defense has improved recently, Gerard Deulofeu will be buoyed by his first goal of the season last weekend, and Troy Deeney’s return could boost the attack.
On Saturday, most eyes will be on Leicester City v. Arsenal. The Foxes will be the favorite as the 3rd place team at home to the 5th place team. But looking at goal differential, the gulf is even wider, as it’s +19 (2nd best) welcoming +1 (7th best). On top of that, the home side will be better rested, as the Gunners had a Europa League game on Wednesday.
On Sunday, attention will focus on the aforementioned Liverpool v. Manchester City clash. The last time we had this fixture at Anfield in October 2018, a defensive battle resulted in a nil-nil draw. The time before that in January 2018, it was an offensive explosion as the Reds eked out a 4-3 win over the Sky Blues. Which way will it go this time? Premier League fans and fantasy managers certainly can’t wait to see!
- Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (early game)
- Burnley vs West Ham
- Newcastle vs Bournemouth
- Southampton vs Everton
- Tottenham vs Sheffield United
- Leicester City v. Arsenal (late game)
Which games are you watching for entertainment value? Whom do you need to step up for your fantasy teams? How many stars in the Liverpool v. Manchester City game do you have, and how worried are you that they’ll cancel each other out? Join us below in the comments as the action unfolds!