After the dreaded international break, the Premier League is back.
Kicking off the weekend’s action is a mouth-watering North-West derby between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield.
Manchester City face Stoke while Arsenal are in action against Watford.
Below are my predictions for matchday eight…
Liverpool vs Manchester United
Jose Mourinho travels to Merseyside looking to preserve his side’s unbeaten record in the Premier League so far while Liverpool are desperate to end their current bad run of form. United have won six of their last seven, sitting second in the table, level on points with leaders Manchester City. On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp’s side have won just one of their last seven and are without talisman Sadio Mane; who picked up an injury with Senegal.
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Burnley vs West Ham
Burnley will look to continue their early season form as they welcome West Ham to Turf Moor. Sean Dyche’s side are flying – wins over Chelsea and most recently Everton has propelled the Clarets to sixth in the table. West Ham are looking to put their early season woes behind them and make it two wins in a row to give Slaven Bilic a much-needed morale boost. It’s hard to separate these two sides, but I think Burnley will snatch a victory to pile the pressure on the Hammers.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Roy Hodgson’s start as Crystal Palace manager does not get any easier with a visit from Chelsea next on the former Fulham manager’s agenda. The Eagles will welcome the absence of Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante who are both missing through injury yet Chelsea will still be the heavy favourites. Palace have struggled for goals this season, and the loss of Christian Benteke will hit them hard. Coupled with Chelsea’s excellent defence, I can’t see them getting anything from this one.
Manchester City vs Stoke
League leaders Manchester City are looking to continue their excellent form against Stoke to extend their lead at the top of the standings. City have been scoring for fun recently but will be hurt by the loss of Sergio Aguero following his car crash in Amsterdam. Stoke have not enjoyed the best start to the season under Mark Hughes but ended a run of five without a win last time out against Southampton – Peter Crouch securing a 2-1 win. However, City have far too much firepower for the Potters.
Swansea vs Huddersfield
Swansea have also not started the season well – currently stuck in the relegation zone after seven games. The Swans face Huddersfield – who made a great start to life in the Premier League but are starting to struggle for goals. This game could prove crucial in the long run with both sides looking to avoid relegation this season. The Terriers are on a lousy run, and the Swans could look at this fixture as the perfect opportunity to pick up three points. I think Paul Clement’s men will edge a very tight game.
Tottenham vs Bournemouth
With Harry Kane in sensational form, Tottenham will hope to pick up their first Premier League win at Wembley when Bournemouth make the trip to the national stadium. Kane netted 13 goals for club and country in September. Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware of Bournemouth’s struggles after their challenging run of fixtures and will look to end their Wembley hoodoo once and for all.
Watford vs Arsenal
The late kick-off on Saturday pits Watford against Arsenal – with just one point separating the two sides in 5th and 8th. Watford recruited heavily over the summer and brought in Marco Silva who has masterminded an excellent start to the season. However, their visitors have also turned things around and are looking to continue their four-match unbeaten run. Despite City hitting Watford for six, it will be a tough game for the Gunners, but I think Arsene Wenger’s men will get the win.
Brighton vs Everton
Everton’s trip to Brighton could be make or break for Ronald Koeman following the Toffees’ dismal start to the season. Despite a plethora of new signings arriving, Everton are languishing in 16th and failing to perform in Europe. Defeat to Burnley last time out heaped pressure on Koeman’s shoulders. Brighton are ahead of them on goal difference and will fancy their chances of causing an upset.
Southampton vs Newcastle
Rafael Benitez has turned it around at Newcastle following a poor start and a point at home to Liverpool last time out will give the Magpies confidence against Southampton. However, they haven’t beat the Saints since 2004. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have struggled at St. Marys this season and are looking to address their slide – losing their last three games. I think it will end in a stalemate with both sides cancelling each other out.
Leicester vs West Brom
Tony Pulis’ West Brom will travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in the Monday night fixture with both sides looking for their first win in five games. Leicester have lost three and drawn two of their last five but have faced five of the top seven this season. West Brom have lost two and drawn three and squandered a two-goal lead against Watford last week. I think Jamie Vardy could be the difference maker for the Foxes to secure a narrow victory.
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