Friday at 20:00, Brighton will be welcoming The Hammers at the Falmers Stadium. Both teams have lost four of their opening matches, with West Ham currently 14th, one place ahead of The Seagulls. Similarly, both West Ham’s Marko Arnautović and Brighton’s Glenn Murray have scored four goals in seven matches. While the super clash of Liverpool v Manchester City closing the weekend with a Sunday Kick-Off @1415hrs.
With only a goal difference of six between them, second-placed Liverpool welcome defending champions City at Anfield in a duel that will determine who takes pole position. Having played 42 matches against City, Liverpool have won twice as many as their rivals.
However, the absence of Wijnaldum and Lallana presents a huge challenge to Jurgen Klopp’s side that will have played three difficult matches in only 12 days. Being one of the best pressing teams in England, City will have to strive to remain on top of the table.
City have won eight of the 42 matches they have played against Liverpool, drawing 15 times. Out of the wins, they have only had a single away win against the Reds. Both teams have conceded only three goals this season.
While Liverpool are looking to overtake City at the top, City will need top striker Sergio Aguero, with five goals, to mastermind the onslaught. Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mo Salah is yet to achieve consistency. Salah has three goals while his counterparts Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling have four goals each.
In the season 2017/2018, Salah scored a total of 32 goals while Firmino and Mane netted 15 and 10 times respectively. The same season, City’s Aguero scored 21 goals with England’s forward Sterling seeing the back of the net 18 times.
The same season, Liverpool became the first premier league club to beat Manchester City. This Sunday with Liverpool at home and City emboldened, the result could tip either way since the Cityzens will miss Mendy, Debruyne and perhaps Aguero who has a heel injury
Seventh-placed Leicester take on Everton in their 25th match against each other. In the last 24 meetings, Everton have won seven times, Leicester four, and 13 draws. Both teams have also had four clean sheets.
The Foxes’ James Maddison and Jamie Vardy have both scored three goals each, with Harry Maguire coming second with two goals. While Everton will miss the services of Coleman and probably McCarthy who are out nursing injuries, The 2016/2017 champions will miss Gray and James during the Saturday match.
This season, Everton has won only two matches, losing twice and drawing three times. The Dogs of War have scored 11 times, conceding the same number of goals.
Leicester, on the other hand, has won four of seven matches and lost three times. They have only conceded 10 goals.
After losing three of the seven matches played, Manchester United is seeking to convince fans they are on the right path. 10th placed red devils are meeting The Magpies in a make-or-break match set to determine whether United sinks deeper below the table or swims towards the top.
With Young, Herrera and Jesse Lingard out on Injuries, Jose Mourinho seeks to plot against Rafa Benitez’s side for the three points. United’s Belgian striker Lukaku is expected to increase his goals from four if he is ever to meet his last season’s record of 16 Premier league goals. Pogba has only two goals this season.
The Magpies’ Joselu with two goals is the man to watch in this Saturday’s game. 18th-placed Newcastle is yet to win a single game, have conceded 10 goals and drawn twice.
Below you can find the full schedule of the remaining games for the week eight, 5- 7th October.
Friday 5th October - Kick-Off @2000hrs
Saturday 6th October - Kick-Off @1500hrs (Unless Stated)
Sunday 7th October
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