With six of the clubs near the top of the league playing in European competition this week, we could see some tired legs in five of the matches this weekend, though the only match where it might actually matter is the one that closes out the weekend (and has been anointed as our Match of the Week). Action begins with six matches on Saturday, followed by three on Sunday and ends with a big tilt Monday evening.
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, 27 October 2018
3:00pm BST/10:00am EST
(10) Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 (9) Wolverhampton Wanderers
(18) Fulham 0-3 (8) AFC Bournemouth
(2) Liverpool 4-1 (15) Cardiff City
(16) Southampton 0-0 (19) Newcastle United
(6) Watford 3-0 (20) Huddersfield Town
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(12) Leicester City 1-1 (13) West Ham United
Sunday, 28 October 2018
1:30pm BST/8:30am EST
(14) Burnley 0-4 (3) Chelsea
(17) Crystal Palace 2-2 (4) Arsenal
4:00pm BST/11:00am EST
(11) Manchester United 2-1 (7) Everton
Monday, 29 October 2018
(5) Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 (1) Manchester City **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
Liverpool gets the shortest recovery from its Champions League match, but they get relief in playing Cardiff City, a club that just won their first game last weekend. A home match against what has been one of the worst clubs in the Premier League this season should allow for Liverpool to recover in advance of a much more difficult match at Arsenal next week. (Luckily, they don’t have an EFL Cup match next week to worry about).
The only other match of the weekend where the clubs are within a couple Power Ranking spots of each other (and within the top half of those rankings) is the Sunday afternoon matchup between Manchester United and Everton. Manchester United is coming off a loss in Champions League to Juventus (which was also at home), and Everton has won three matches in a row. Will the good version of Manchester United emerge and be able to defend Old Trafford? Or will we continue to hear grumbling about the status of Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils continue their early season struggles?
Until next time…
Last update: 29 October 2018, 9:30pm EST