There are a whole host of exciting matches taking place in Week 8, however, none bigger than the top-of-the-table clash featuring Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. The match of the week could in fact turn out to be the match of the season because the big news last weekend was Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, ending the Reds’ perfect season and leaving no side unblemished. That left champions Man City sitting pretty at the top of the table. What transpires this weekend will setup the rest of the season nicely. Now, this may sound a bit silly considering there’s still 30 matches to play in the season, but this match has huge implications on who will be lifting the trophy at the end of Week 38. Both teams come into this with 19 of a maximum 21 points achieved and both teams will be desperate to stay undefeated in their 2018-19 campaigns. It should be an absolute cracker.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Arsenal travel to Southampton and Fulham, respectively, while Manchester United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Tottenham Hotspur welcome Cardiff City to Wembley Stadium, and Everton take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
MATCHWEEK 8 – SCHEDULE
Saturday 6 October 2018
12.30am Brighton vs West Ham, Amex Stadium, Falmer
07.30pm Burnley vs Huddersfield, Turf Moor, Burnley
07.30pm Crystal Palace vs Wolves, Selhurst Park, London
07.30pm Leicester vs Everton, King Power Stadium, Leicester
07.30pm Spurs vs Cardiff, Wembley Stadium, London
07.30pm Watford vs Bournemouth, Vicarage Road, Watford
10.00pm Man Utd vs Newcastle, Old Trafford, Manchester
Sunday 7 October 2018
04.30pm Fulham vs Arsenal, Craven Cottage, London
06.45pm Southampton vs Chelsea, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
09.00pm Liverpool vs Man City, Anfield, Liverpool
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Friday, 5th October
Brighton vs West Ham
In-form Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray has scored five goals in his last four league matches against West Ham United, including three last season for the Seagulls
Saturday, 6th October
Burnley vs Huddersfield
Burnley have been ruthless in front of goal during their recent resurgence, scoring with six of their last seven shots on target in the Premier League
Crystal Palace vs Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers are more dangerous after the break, scoring a league-high 88 per cent of their Premier League goals in the second half of matches this season. Seven out of their eight goals have come after the interval
Leicester vs Everton
The first goal in this match has traditionally been crucial. The team opening the scoring in this PL fixture have never gone on to lose the match. Everton have done so 15 times, winning seven and drawing eight, and Leicester City on seven occasions, winning four and drawing three
Spurs vs Cardiff
Harry Kane has faced 27 clubs in the Premier League, and Cardiff City are the only one of those he has not scored against
Watford vs AFC Bournemouth
Vicarage Road has proved a tough place to go for AFC Bournemouth. They are looking for a first Premier League victory at Watford and their only win in their last 17 visits across all competitions came in March 1997
Man Utd vs Newcastle
Manchester United should not be too disheartened if Newcastle United score the opening goal this weekend. The Magpies have lost seven Premier League matches when scoring first against Man Utd
Sunday 7th October
Fulham v Arsenal
The team with the best win rate in Premier League London derbies, Arsenal, who have won a PL-high 51.3 percent of such matches, face the club with the worst PL London derby win ratio, Fulham with 20.8 percent
Southampton v Chelsea
Olivier Giroud is set for his 200th Premier League match, and he enjoys facing Southampton. The Chelsea striker has scored in each of his past four matches against them in all competitions, netting five goals in total
Liverpool v Man City
Sergio Aguero needs two goals to score 150 in the Premier League, but to reach that mark this weekend he will need to score his first-ever goal at Anfield. He has failed to find the net in nine matches at Liverpool, getting just three shots in target in appearances for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City Courtesy – premierleague.com
Game Review – Our Super 8
Brighton vs West Ham – It’s been a disappointing five weeks for minnows Brighton and they have slipped worryingly close to the bottom three. This does loom as a better opportunity than they faced against Manchester City last week, but they’ll need to be at their best to take anything away from the high-flying Hammers, who are now undefeated through three matches, thanks to last week’s demolition job of Manchester United.
Our Super 8
Brighton: Mathew Ryan, Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy, Anthony Knockaert
West Ham: Lucasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, Marko Arnautovic
Burnley vs Huddersfield – Burnley finally appear to be recapturing some of the form that delivered their best-ever result in the Premier League last season and are primed for a third-consecutive win on Sunday. Huddersfield have failed to record anything of a competitive or consistent run of form and are anchored to the bottom of the table after another loss to Spurs in Week 7.
Our Super 8
Burnley: Joe Hart, Charlie Taylor, Johan Berg Gudmundsson, James Tarkowski
Huddersfield: Jonas Lössl, Philip Billing, Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie
Crystal Palace vs Wolves – Wolves have really started to realise their potential and look all set e to win again in Week 8. They are the only club to have taken points away from City this season and returned to winning form with a dominant performance against Southampton last week. Palace were the latest club to taste defeat at the hands of Bournemouth last week and while they are capable on their day, it’s expected they’ll face too great a task in Wolves.
Our Super 8
Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha
Wolves: Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Jonny
Leicester vs Everton – Leicester City have restored some pride in their jersey this season and are seeking a third-consecutive win after recording a well-earned 2-0 triumph against Newcastle on the road. Everton snapped a winless run of form by beating Fulham last weekend but face a far tougher task in the Foxes, particularly on the road.
Our Super 8
Leicester: James Maddison, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Jamie Vardy
Everton: Lucas Digne, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjoe
Spurs vs Cardiff – This looks like being one of the bigger mismatches in Week 8 of the Premier League and Spurs should be recording a comfortable win over the struggling Cardiff City at home. Cardiff have really struggled at both ends of the pitch, but it’s tough imagining their attack causing too many headaches for a rock-solid Spurs defensive line.
Our Super 8
Spurs: Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane
Cardiff: Neil Etheridge, Sol Bamba, Junior Hoilett, Harry Arter
Watford vs Bournemouth – One of the better contests in Week 8 looks like materialising when Watford and Bournemouth square off at Vicarage Road. Not a lot was expected of either club at the beginning of the season, but they have each flow the blocks and are firmly entrenched in the top ten, at least for the time being. Given the calibre of opponents they have beaten and the fact they’re playing at home, Watford looks a nice bet in a low-scoring affair.
Our Super 8
Watford: Andre Gray, Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra, Jose Holebas
Bournemouth: Joshua King, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks
Man Utd vs Newcastle – Neither club will be pleased with how they’ve started the 2018/19 Premier League season and will view this match as an ideal opportunity at points. At Old Trafford, United are fitting favourites but both defences have been pretty leaky of late and it would not be surprising to witness a goal-fest.
Our Super 8
Man Utd: David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez
Newcastle: Federico Fernández, Salomón Rondón, Ayoze Perez, Joselu
Fulham vs Arsenal – Arsenal have found a great vein of form and they’re offered another terrific opportunity at points when they travel to crosstown rivals Fulham in Week 8. Fulham have struggled to gain a foothold on the competition since returning to the Premier League and it won’t get any easier when they host Arsenal. The Gunners are typically low-scorers and won’t threaten too much, if they can take an early lead.
Our Super 8
Fulham: Marco Bettinelli, Jean-Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Arsenal: Bernd Leno, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Southampton vs Chelsea – Another big mismatch looks like materialising when Chelsea travel to Southampton and it could be an absolute field day for the Blues’ stars. Eden Hazard has found a purple patch of form to begin the season and remains the leader in Golden Boot standings, having netted six. This is another terrific opportunity for the Belgian and he represents great value to score at any time.
Our Super 8
Southampton: Alex McCarthy, Ryan Bertrand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Danny Ings
Chelsea: Kepa, Antonio Rudiger, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard
Liverpool vs Man City – The match of the season will see Liverpool host Manchester City is a mouth-watering top of the table clash at Anfield. Both clubs have been outstanding through the first seven weeks of the season and Liverpool will attempt to reclaim top spot after dropping points for the first time in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last week.
Our Super 8
Liverpool: Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah
Man City: Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Sergio Aguero
Liverpool haven’t been in the sort of form that they’d like to be in leading up to this match, but the one thing that would be pleasing coach Jurgen Klopp is their ability to ‘win ugly’, which is something that’s eluded them in previous seasons. Another thing that has to be pleasing the coaching staff and their fans is the increased stability in defence. Liverpool have conceded just 3 goals in 7 games so far this season, which is equal with Manchester City for the best defensive record in the league. At home however, they haven’t conceded at all, with 8 goals for and 0 goals against in 3 games.
Manchester City have had their road bumps, too. They dropped points in what was expected to be a straightforward win against a newly-promoted Wolves outfit earlier this season and also suffered a bizarre loss at home to Ligue 1 side Lyon in the UCL group stage. For the most part though, they’ve looked every bit of the side that blitzed the Premier League last season on their way to becoming champions of England with plenty of games to spare.
This will be a hotly fought battle between arguably the two biggest title threats this season. Both teams boast attacks that would scare the best defences in the world, which should make for a thrilling watch. In terms of the result, we lean towards to home side here. In this same fixture last season the Reds came out victorious by 4 goals to 3, with 2 of City’s goals coming in the last 5 minutes. Expect another high scoring contest.
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