You guys smell that?
No? Well it’s the smell of the English Premier League being back in session baby! Not only is the Premier League back, but we have some awesome games to look forward to this weekend.
Here are the five games you should be watching:
5. Hull City at Burnley, Saturday 10:00am ET
Hull City were two minutes away from starting the 2016 season with two wins and a huge home draw against Manchester United. But then Marcus Rashford came onto the pitch and turned the game on it’s head.
Hull have another great opportunity for three points as they head to Burnley, who followed up a great home win against Liverpool with a disappointing 3-0 loss at Chelsea. With the two Manchester clubs playing each other this weekend, Hull City can move into a Champions League spot with a win.
4. Southampton at Arsenal, Saturday 10:00am ET
Arsenal again have started the season a bit slow, but looked to be rounding into form in their last game against Watford which they won 3-1. Ozil and Sanchez need to be stellar for Arsenal to challenge for a title and they combined beautifully for a goal against Watford.
The Gunners have also received some help in the form of new signings Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi. Arsenal finally have their squad set, so now it’s up to Arsene Wenger and the players to not disappoint. Southampton are a club in transition. They’ll probably finish mid-table. but this club needs to gain a identity in order to achieve prolonged success.
3. Tottenham at Stoke City, Saturday, 10:00am ET
Both these teams have had disappointing starts to the season. Tottenham went and signed Moussa Sissoko for £30 million, which raised a ton of eyebrows across England. There’s no way in my mind that Sissoko is worth that much cash, and do Spurs really need another winger? We’ll see, but Tottenham are lucky to be sitting 7th in the league. They arguably should have lost two weekends ago against Liverpool who thoroughly outplayed them but they held on for a draw. I don’t know whether it’s a Euro hangover, but Spurs need to get back to last year’s form. Stoke City, in my opinion, have some of the best attacking players in the Premier League. You go down the list, Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic, these are world class players. But the reality is Stoke sit last in the table, but they’ve had a tough early schedule. That’ll continue as they host Tottenham, who were my dark-horse pick to win the whole league.
2. Leicester City at Liverpool, Saturday 12:30pm ET
Leicester and Liverpool have started the season in similar ways. Both sit on four points after three games and are struggling to find form. Leicester beat a bad Swansea team two weekends ago, with Mahrez and Vardy on full display. If this club can handle Champions League soccer and have a decent season in the Premier League, that would be an utter miracle for this small club. Liverpool created a TON of chances against Tottenham and as I mentioned earlier, thoroughly outplayed the London club. But that doesn’t matter if you can’t put the ball in the back of the net. Klopp has to figure out who he wants to start up front, while also sorting out their mismatched defensive unit.
1. Manchester City at Manchester United, Saturday 7:30am ET
The Derby. The Manchester Derby. The best derby in English football. I cannot wait. This year’s installment will feature a ton of new faces on the field and on the touchline. With Jose Mourinho leading Manchester United, and Pep Guardiola captaining Manchester City this fixture is set to be epic. Add on that both teams are tied at the top of the table, and this early season clash has all the makings of an instant classic.