WE”RE BACK BABY! THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!
I don’t know about you guys but I can’t stand these random International breaks. The Premier League was just starting to heat up and then we go on hiatus for a week so teams like Spain can beat Moldova 8-0. But we shouldn’t dwell on that too long as the EPL is back and I think this weekend has the best slate of games so far. HERE WE GO!
Here are the games you should be watching this weekend:
5. Tottenham at West Brom, Saturday 10:00am ET
Tottenham are flying at the moment on the back of forward Son Heung-min. When Harry Kane went down injured three weeks ago, everyone wondered where goals would come from. They’ve come fast and furious from Son who now has four on the season. Spurs stuck their flag in the title race two weeks ago when they dismembered a City side who were on a good run of form coming into the fixture. It was one of those games that everyone watching felt like Tottenham dominated and made a statement to the rest of the EPL. Spurs travel north to the Midlands this weekend to take on a surprisingly solid West Brom outfit. Under Tony Pulis, the Baggies have kept a tight defensive record but they’ve lacked goals. The addition of Nacer Chadli from Tottenham has helped, as West Brom now find themselves 9th and in the top half of the table. Chadli will want to impress against his old club.
4. West Ham at Crystal Palace, Saturday 12:30pm ET
It seems like we’ve had a London derby almost three weeks running, but this one is different. This derby doesn’t decide the title, or any Champions League position, but West Ham and Crystal Palace fans want to win for pride. These two fan bases are two of the most blue collar in the EPL, and I’m sure fans of both clubs work together as the two teams’ grounds are only located 14 miles apart. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season. Palace have started fast with 13 points from 7 games, while West Ham still sit in the relegation zone, even after a Payet wonder goal two weeks ago. Both teams are desperate for points and I’m sure Selhurst Park will be ROCKING!
3. Everton at Manchester City, 10:00am ET
City still sit at the top of the EPL table even after a deflating loss at the hands of Tottenham two weeks ago. The Citizens cannot wait to get Kevin De Bruyne back as their offense has lacked the final pass since his injury. Everton travel up to Manchester and the Etihad off the back of a solid home draw against Palace two Fridays ago. Ronald Koeman has the Toffees playing an attractive style, while fixing the defensive frailties the team suffered from under Martinez. If Everton can somehow win this one, they’ll only sit one point behind City in the table.
2. Leicester City at Chelsea, Saturday 7:30am ET
These teams have a bit of history since Leicester did clinch their title at Stamford Bridge last season. Antonio Conte started the season so hot as Chelsea’s new manager but went into a tailspin going winless in three straight Premier League games. Conte and the team got off their winless streak two weeks ago as they defeated Hull City, but the performance still wasn’t convincing. Another stern test for the Blues as last year’s Champions make their way to London. The Foxes have started the season under a foggy hangover cloud, but they seem to be rounding into form. The addition of Islam Slimani has paid huge dividends as he scores everytime he heads the ball. Another great fixture starting off our Saturday slate.
1. Manchester United at Liverpool, Monday 3:00pm ET
The two most decorated clubs in England meet Sunday and the excitement is palpable.
In terms of the last couple of Premier League meetings, Manchester United has won the last four. Liverpool will look to end that deplorable losing streak. Klopp has a history of success in beating Jose Mourinho sides, as he defeated Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the Champions League when he managed Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool are arguably playing the best soccer in the league right now, while Manchester United have recently struggled a bit. Liverpool defeated Swansea on the road two weeks ago in another impressive performance. The alarm bells were ringing at Old Trafford as United gave up a late goal to Stoke and ended up drawing the game. Liverpool sit three points ahead of the Red Devils in the EPL table, so everything is on the line.