The English Premier League’s gameweek 8 will be headlined by Monday night’s mammoth encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. However, there are plenty of big games across all three days of Premier League action for fans to watch unfold.
Chelsea and Leicester kick-off the weekend’s action with Saturday’s early fixture. Chelsea are undefeated in five of their last six matches with Leicester in all competitions.
John Terry and Victor Moses could both be back from injury for the Blues. Meanwhile, Leicester are looking to stop a two match winless streak.
Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s men are hoping to bounce back after being shut out against Tottenham in their last match.
Everton haven’t won in their last two fixtures after starting the season red hot. Although Bacary Sagna will miss the match due to injury, City are expected to have stars Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling back fit. Everton are winless in five of their last six against City.
Tottenham travel to the West Midlands to play West Brom on Saturday afternoon. Spurs are still brimming with confidence after gameweek 7’s win over league leaders, Manchester City.
Despite Harry Kane being out until November, Spurs have looked great with Son Heung-Min as the team’s No. 9. Spurs come into the match undefeated in 19 of 21 away matches in the Premier League, and 12 of 13 against the Baggies.
Swansea’s new manager Bob Bradley has been thrown straight into the fire as the Welsh side travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal. The Gunners are on fire and come into the match undefeated in their last six matches.
Swansea have lost three straight and have done little to make fans think they can win a match. Bradley will be judged from the outset, and Swansea’s stay in the Premier League may hinge on the club’s run up till Christmas.
Swansea does have a decent record against Arsenal and won against the Gunners at the tail end of last season. This may not be an easy game for Arsene Wenger’s side.
A surging Crystal Palace and a disappointing West Ham will finish out Saturday’s matches. The Hammers have been very poor defensively this term, giving up the most goals (17) of any team in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace are undefeated in their last five games and Christian Benteke has scored in their last two matches. Expect him to bully West Ham on Saturday.
Southampton host Burnley as the highlight of Sunday afternoon’s encounters. The Saints are undefeated in their last three while Burnley have been very stop-start this term.
Tom Heaton is nursing a calf strain, but is listed to return on Sunday. Meanwhile, Southampton will rely on Charlie Austin upfront. The Englishman has been in excellent form thus far. Austin has five goals and one assist in all competitions for Southampton.
However, he is yet to play a full 90 minutes for the Saints, so he could be a liability for anyone’s Fantasy Premier League side.
Monday night will see the weekend’s big match take place at Anfield. Liverpool will take their five match unbeaten run up against a Jose Mourinho side that has won just once in their last four fixtures.
United have owned Liverpool in their last six matches, especially in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been poor in recent times against their rivals, only winning last season against United in the Europa League. The fixture should be quite cagey with United hitting on the counter and Liverpool ready to hurry their opponents into a mistake.
Saturday Oct. 15, 2016
Chelsea v Leicester
Manchester City v Everton
Stoke City v Sunderland
West Brom v Tottenham
Arsenal v Swansea
Bournemouth v Hull City
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Sunday Oct. 16, 2016
Middlesbrough v Watford
Southampton v Burnley
Monday Oct. 17, 2016
Liverpool v Manchester United