(UPDATED) Premier League – Week 8 Slate

Last week seemed to go just as expected in most of the matches, but there were still some results that went a little differently than would be expected based on last week’s Power Rankings. However, with some clubs playing their fourth match in two weeks – because of non-league competition in the EFL Cup, Champions League, and Europa League – the results could be all over the place again this week, which is why it makes sense that there will be a break from league play next 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.

Friday, 5 October 2018
8:00pm BST/3:00pm EST
(14) Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 (11) West Ham United
Saturday, 6 October 2018
3:00pm BST/10:00am EST
(13) Burnley 1-1 (20) Huddersfield Town
(15) Crystal Palace 0-1 (6) Wolverhampton Wanderers
(9) Leicester City 1-2 (10) Everton
(5) Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 (19) Cardiff City
(7) Watford 0-4 (8) AFC Bournemouth
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(12) Manchester United 3-2 (17) Newcastle United

Sunday, 7 October 2018
12:00pm BST/7:00am EST
(16) Fulham 1-5 (4) Arsenal
2:15pm BST/9:15am EST
(18) Southampton 0-3 (3) Chelsea
4:30pm BST/11:30am EST
(2) Liverpool 0-0 (1) Manchester City  **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

For the second week in a row, our top two clubs will face off. This time, it’s Liverpool hosting defending champion Manchester City at Anfield. The Reds are 3-0-0 at home in league play this year, with a goal differential of +8. Conversely, Man City is 2-1-0 away from Etihad this season, with a differential of +7. Will this be the week that one of these leaders loses for the first time on the season? Or will we see a dramatic draw like we did in last week’s matchup between the top two clubs?

Elsewhere, a lot of top clubs are facing off against lower ranked clubs, but there are a couple of matches in the middle of the table that bear watching. First, Watford hosts Bournemouth in a battle of upstarts, hoping to cement their place in the top six early in the season. With the early season struggles of Manchester United, there is room at the top of the league for a non-“Big Six” club to breakthrough, and could quite possibly one of these two clubs. The Cherries will have to overcome this season’s poor form on the road – they have a 1-0-2 record and -5 differential – to get some points against the Hornets, who currently sit above them in the table due to overall goal differential. These are the types of matches that either club needs to win, so it should be a lively match.

Finally, just behind Bournemouth in the table is Leicester City, who is hosting an Everton club coming off a strong 3-0 win against Fulham. Both clubs have had up and down seasons thus far, and are looking for some consistency in league play. They don’t appear to have the form early on the season, but there is no reason to think that they cant finish in the top 12 of the league and reap the rewards that come from that position.

Until next time…

Last update: 7 October 2018, 7:00pm EST
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