After the international breaks, here’s a look at the Week 5 slate of games in the Premier League. We’ll update this with results as the games progress. Despite the lack of games last week, we still updated our Weekly Power Rankings, and the number in parenthesis before each team reflects that. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.
Matches are spread out over Saturday (seven), Sunday (two), and Monday (one), and there are some quality matches this weekend:
Saturday, 15 September 2018
12:30pm BST/7:30am EST
(5) Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 (1) Liverpool **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
3pm BST/10:00am EST
(9) AFC Bournemouth 4-2 (10) Leicester City
(2) Chelsea 4-1 (19) Cardiff City
(18) Huddersfield Town 0-1 (14) Crystal Palace
(4) Manchester City 3-0 (11) Fulham
(15) Newcastle United 1-2 (7) Arsenal
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(3) Watford 1-2 (8) Manchester United
Sunday, 16 September 2018
1:30pm BST/8:30am EST
(13) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 (17) Burnley
4:00pm BST/11:00am EST
(6) Everton 1-3 (20) West Ham United
Monday, 17 September 2018
8:00pm BST/3:00pm EST
(16) Southampton 2-2 (12) Brighton & Hove Albion
In what I’ve dubbed our “Match of the Week,” Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool face off in a match that will help show if either team is pretending as a contender or not this season. Tottenham entered last week looking to prove they belonged, only to be upset by Watford in a come from behind victory for the Hornets, who have their own match of the week against Manchester United. Liverpool, on the other hand, is still looking for their first Premier League championship, and a win against the Spurs this week will help to push the club in that direction at this early point of the season.
In a sentence that I seem to be copying and pasting from each week, West Ham United is still looking for their first point in league play, and a match against Everton might be exactly what they need. The Toffees haven’t been defeated on the season, though they would probably prefer to have more than 6 points for their efforts. They have home pitch advantage this weekend, however, but I expect the Hammers to come away with at least one point this weekend.
Elsewhere, Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace face off in a match between two of the lowest scoring teams in the Premier League, so don’t expect a lot of scoring. The teams have combined for five goals in eight total games, though Huddersfield Town did lose a game to Manchester City 6-1, so sometimes the defense does fail for them. Either way, with the other matches available, this one might me worth avoiding unless you support either club.
Until next time…
Last update: 17 September 2018, 5:00pm EST
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