I’m back guys! I know none of you probably missed me, but we have a full slate of Premier League games to look forward to this weekend. Life is on the up and up. Every Premier League team played in the League Cup during the midweek, so lets see how managers handle their squads.
Here are the games you should be watching this weekend:
5. Tottenham at Middlesbrough, Saturday 10:00am ET
Tottenham have to now overcome a huge obstacle. Their star striker Harry Kane suffered a ankle injury against Sunderland last Sunday, and it looks like the England international will be out for 6-10 weeks. Who will replace Kane? I peg Vincent Janssen as Kane’s replacement, but all the Tottenham players will have to step up with goals. It seems like Spurs have had a disappointing start to the season, but they sit 3rd in the table and only four points off the top. It will be fascinating to see how they deal with Kane’s absence. Middlesbrough has been surviving so far in the Premier League. They sit 13th in the table but haven’t won a match in any competition in over a month. The Boro have a tough stretch of games coming up and I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up in the relegation zone before Halloween.
4. Hull City at Liverpool, Saturday 10:00am ET
Hull City started the season hot and were tied at the top of the table after two games. I think it’s safe to say the honeymoon is over. Hull City lost 4-1 at Arsenal and drew at Burnley since that hot start. Hull currently sit 12th in table and I think they would have signed up for that before the season. Liverpool are on FIRE!!! Klopp has the Reds firing on all cylinders and it’s shown in the form of victories. Liverpool went to Tottenham and drew, hosted Leicester and beat them 4-1, and then went to Chelsea and won 2-1. A tough stretch of games for Liverpool and they came out with seven points. If Liverpool keep playing this high-octane style of play that Klopp instilled, they’ll find themselves in the top-4 at the end of the season.
3. Southampton at West Ham United, Sunday 11:00am ET
Southampton have won their last three games, including a huge 3-0 win in the Europa League over Sparta Prague. I like the way this team is playing under Claude Puel, and they’ll only get better as they get more accustomed to his system. West Ham United are a fucking enigma. I had them challenging for a Champions League spot this season, but everything has gone wrong for The Hammers. The team made some huge signings including Andre Ayew who went down injured early in the season, and they moved into a brand new stadium. They had a ton of momentum entering the season, but that’s all gone to shit. After crashing out of the Europa League to a small club, West Ham have struggled in the Premier League. They currently sit in the relegation zone and this game against Southampton would be a great opportunity to get three points.
2. Leicester City at Manchester United, Saturday 7:30am ET
There’s a developing storyline out there in the media that Jose Mourinho has lost his touch. I’m not sure that’s totally true, but Manchester United definitely haven’t been impressive under Mourinho. Before their midweek win at Northampton, the Red Devils suffered three straight loses to Watford, Feyenoord, and most importantly Manchester City. Another tough game for United as last year’s champions Leicester City come to town. Everyone knew the Foxes wouldn’t be able to copy their unreal performance of last season, but they’ll be disappointed as they sit 11th in the table. But on the flip side, this would be a great road win for Rainieri and company in order to jump start their season.
1. Chelsea at Arsenal, Saturday 12:30pm ET
THE LONDON DERBY!!! Super excited for this game on Saturday afternoon. These two teams have had almost identical starts to the EPL season. Arsenal and Chelsea are both tied on 10 points after five games, and Arsenal hold the advantage because of goal difference. Chelsea are coming off an impressive comeback win in the League Cup over Leicester City, where they came back from a 2-0 deficit. The key to the win was Cesc Fabregas who came on and scored two goals and turned the game on it’s head. Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 4-0 in the midweek, and had an impressive away tie against PSG in the Champions League last Tuesday. Arsenal are in better form, but Chelsea have won the last two meetings in this London rivalry.