The Premier League took a week off for international play last week, but they are back with a full slate this weekend. While the matches are missing the marquee games of the past two weeks – where we saw back-to-back duels ending in draws between the top two clubs (at the time) – we are a bit light on the high drama. Nevertheless, there are a couple of games that should be worth checking out, including the match that kicks off the weekend and the one that ends it.
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, 20 October 2018
12:30pm BST/7:30am EST
(3) Chelsea 2-2 (11) Manchester United **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
3:00pm BST/10:00am EST
(7) AFC Bournemouth 0-0 (19) Southampton
(20) Cardiff City 4-2 (16) Fulham
(1) Manchester City 5-0 (14) Burnley
(17) Newcastle United 0-1 (12) Brighton & Hove Albion
(13) West Ham United 0-1 (5) Tottenham Hotspur
(6) Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 (9) Watford
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(18) Huddersfield Town 0-1 (2) Liverpool
Our Match of the Week starts things off this weekend, as Manchester United travels to Stamford Bridge for a match against Chelsea. The Blues have yet to lose this season, and have nearly identical records at home (3-1-0, +6) as they do on the road (3-1-0, +7). That one draw at home was against Liverpool in one of the aforementioned matches between top clubs too, and it came on the heels of a win against Liverpool in the EFL Cup two days prior. The Blues are led by top scorer and September’s Premier League Player of the Month Eden Hazard (7 goals), as well as GK Kepa Arrizabalaga and his four clean sheets in goal.
Manchester United, on the other hand, has experienced two of their three losses on the road (to Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United), and currently sport a +0 goal differential in four away matches. Not that Old Trafford has been much more kind to them (2-1-1, -1 GD) and an EFL Cup loss to Derby County, but the Red Devils really need to find a point against a Chelsea squad that has been much more consistent on the season.
A couple other games of note: Watford looks to end their two match losing streak, while the Wolves haven’t lost since a Matchday 2 defeat against Leicester City. Meanwhile, those same Foxes are hoping for at least a point at the Emirates as they hope to reverse the trend of two wins followed by two losses this season.
Until next time…
Last update: 24 October 2018, 1:00pm EST
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