After a fairly “chalk” Week 6, there might be some strange results this weekend because of 16 Premier League clubs playing EFL Cup games this week. As always, the number in parenthesis before each club reflects their spot on our weekly Power Rankings, and we’ll try to keep this list updated as the weekend progresses. 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.
Saturday, 29 September 2018
12:30pm BST/7:30am EST
(15) West Ham United 3-1 (7) Manchester United
3pm BST/10:00am EST
(4) Arsenal 2-0 (5) Watford
(11) Everton 3-0 (14) Fulham
(20) Huddersfield Town 0-2 (6) Tottenham Hotspur
(2) Manchester City 2-0 (12) Brighton & Hove Albion
(17) Newcastle United 0-2 (10) Leicester City
(8) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 (16) Southampton
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(3) Chelsea 1-1 (1) Liverpool **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
Sunday, 30 September 2018
4:00pm BST/11:00am EST
(19) Cardiff City 1-2 (16) Burnley
Monday, 1 October 2018
8:00pm BST/3:00pm EST
(9) AFC Bournemouth 2-1 (13) Crystal Palace
The Match of the Week will obviously ne the one between teams at the top of the table. Liverpool looks to maintain its perfect record at Stamford Bridge, and in a fun scheduling quirk, will be the second time (in two different stadiums) the clubs meet in four days, with Wednesday’s EFL Cup matchup at Anfield – which was won 2-1 by Chelsea. Will we see a repeat of that result in league play as well?
Elsewhere, Burnley hopes to show that their dominant win over Bournemouth last week wasn’t a fluke, while Cardiff hopes that having the home pitch advantage can help them secure their first win of the season. Manchester United hopes to recover from their midweek loss in the EFL Cup by taking on a West Ham United club that hasn’t quite found its way this season, though they have picked up four points in the last two weeks after starting the season with four straight losses.
Finally, in another match up of top clubs, the Hornets head to Emirates Stadium in an effort to prove their mettle against another Top Six club in Arsenal. The have gone 1-0-1 in matches against the elite clubs of the Premier League thus far this season, and gaining a point at Emirates can prove that they really should be reckoned with this season.
Until next time…
Last update: 1 October 2018, 2:00pm EST
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