The schedule makers could take a page out of the NFL’s book and rearrange this week’s schedule just a bit. One of the better matches this week kicks everything off – and it’s a matchup between the teams of the authors on this site (Go Cherries!) – but it’s at 5:30am local time for us! Meanwhile, a match between two clubs in the relegation zone closes everything out on Monday. If the plan is to sell English football to America with matchups like Huddersfield and Fulham, I don’t think it’s going to work. It’s like the NFL sending the Raiders and Browns to London to sell American football to the Brits.
Nevertheless, this week should be one that helps clear up the muddled middle of the league table, while also allowing the top teams to separate themselves further. 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, 3 November 2018
12:30pm GMT/8:30am EST
(7) AFC Bournemouth 1-2 (9) Manchester United
3:00pm GMT/11:00am EST
(15) Cardiff City 0-1 (12) Leicester City
(10) Everton 3-1 (8) Brighton & Hove Albion
(19) Newcastle United 1-0 (5) Watford
(13) West Ham United 4-2 (14) Burnley
5:30pm GMT/1:30pm EST
(4) Arsenal 1-1 (2) Liverpool **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
7:45pm GMT/3:45pm EST
(11) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 (6) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, 4 November 2018
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(1) Manchester City 6-1 (17) Southampton
4:00pm GMT/11:00am EST
(3) Chelsea 3-1 (16) Crystal Palace
Monday, 5 November 2018
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(20) Huddersfield Town 1-0 (18) Fulham
Our Match of the Week features the #2 and #4 clubs in both our Power Rankings and the league table. Arsenal welcomes Liverpool to Emirates, hoping to continue their eight match unbeaten streak on the season. In fact, Arsenal hasn’t lost in any competition since its week two loss to Chelsea (they are undefeated in Europa League group play and advanced to the semifinals of the Carabao (EFL) Cup). Liverpool is streaking as well, but they have yet to lose on the season, one of three teams (Manchester City and Chelsea are the others) to hold that distinction so far this season. Something will have to give… or we’ll see another draw among top clubs and the status quo will remain.
Our sub-Match of the Week is the aforementioned match of the sites favorite clubs between Bournemouth and Manchester United. The Cherries are also on a bit of a streak, having not lost since September (3-1-0) with a +8 goal differential in those matches. While they probably should have won that draw against Southampton (at home no less), they find themselves securely in 6th place in the league, as well as alive in the Carabao Cup. The Red Devils, on the other hand, have seemed to recover from some early season shakiness and find themselves back in the top ten, though they don’t look nearly as dominant as they did last season. They were bounced on penalty kicks from the league cup, and they are barely holding on to second place in their Champions League group after three matches. They need to get on a run so they can compete for a spot at the top of the table… though I personally hope said run doesn’t start until next week against Manchester City.
Until next time…
Last update: 4 November 2018, 5:00pm EST
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