Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.
West Ham v. Man United
Location: London Stadium, London
Manchester United are heavy favorites even away from home. I think they’ll be looking to right the ship in this 3-goal predicted game.
West Ham come into this match on a high after two successful, positive results including a 2-goal triumph over Everton and a 0-0 draw with Chelsea. This West Ham side is starting to look a lot more like the one we profiled at the beginning of the season. They also get a Manchester United team coming off an embarrassing (penalty) loss to Derby County in the midweek.
This Manchester United team is all over the place. I can’t seem to put my finger on what to expect from them (as a team or individuals). They managed only a draw during Wolves visit last week to Old Trafford and really need to do better if they want to stay in the running for one of the top spots in the league. Perhaps the only thing going for United right now is that on the season, with the exception of the BHA game, they have been much better on the road.
Huddersfield v. Tottenham
Location: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
Tottenham are gargantuan favorites of the 3-goal variety. We’ll see how it turns out with only 3 goals expected.
Huddersfield haven’t been able to bring back form at all this season. Huddersfield have only managed 3 goals so far this season while having shipped 14 goals putting them at a shocking -11 GD. I still think this is perhaps slightly skewed, but clearly they need to do better. Newcastle has a better GD by 7 goals, which puts Huddersfield in a precarious situation.
Tottenham squeaked by Watford in the 3rd round of the Carabao cup with a win on penalties, 4-2. However Tottenham was only able to draw the match after Kabasele’s red card in the 81′. Tottenham then scored two goals in the final nine minutes to fight back for a draw. Tottenham should have been able to take advantage of Watford’s dip in recent form.
Arsenal v. Watford FC
Location: Emirates Stadium, London
Arsenal come into this match, playing at home, as monstrous favorites against a Watford team coming back to earth after a brilliant run. Watford will want to show that their run was no fluke.
Arsenal have made a lovely rebound from the initial season form, which as I’ve mentioned before, I think had to do with Emery joining the side. They’ve started to show their cohesion and it makes them a dangerous matchup, one that has positioned themselves close to the top of the league.
Watford very nearly had the upset over Tottenham in the 3rd round for what would have been the second win in the second meeting of the season. However, the team really struggled after Kabasele was sent off. Tottenham was able to score twice to fight back and draw the match, and ultimately came out on top after penalties. Watford would have liked this win to get back on track, but this loss isn’t a bad one by any means.
Wolves v. Southampton
Location: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
Wolves come into the match as heavy home favorites in this match expected to yield at least 3 goals.
Wolves have been on a nice run of form of late, beating West Ham, Burnley and forcing a draw with Manchester United. We may be starting to see the team that many analysts expected coming into the season with their discussion of perhaps the best prepared new-promotees of the Premier League era.
Like Wolves, Southampton experienced a solid September with their only loss coming to Liverpool (at Anfield), which really shouldn’t be a shock. Danny Ings seems to have settled well into the side and they seem to playing with some confidence.
Newcastle v. Leicester City
Location: St. James’ Park, Newcastle
Newcastle are slight favorites in their home matchup. It’s clear, however, that any outcome of this match wouldn’t be far from expectation with the lines all so close.
Although Newcastle has only taken 1 point from its last three games, I think it looks far worse than it really is. They lost to Manchester City by one goal (3-2) and Arsenal by one goal (2-1) while fighting to a scoreless draw against Crystal Palace. That puts their GD at only -2 for this stretch. I think Newcastle has an opportunity to steal points from Leicester.
Leicester City’s form has fluctuated almost as much as Manchester United’s. They’ve had some reasonable draws and losses, but I think the Cherries made this side look poor. They’ve suffered from serious inconsistency and really need to sort themselves out or a mid table finish will likely be their highest target.
Last Updated: September 27, 2018
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