Friday, November 16, 2018

Premier League Preview – Matchday 5

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Sep 2018

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After the first international break of the season the Premier League returns this weekend, and all eyes will be on Wembley Saturday lunchtime as Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool.

Both sides will have on eye on their respective midweek Champions League openers though they will first look to gain advantage in the race at the top.
Liverpool have won all four of their games thus far while Spurs 100 percent start to the campaign was ended at Watford last time out.

However, a comprehensive victory for the North London side would see them leapfrog the Merseyside outfit into first place.


Chelsea go into the weekend just one goal behind Jurgen Klopp’s men after their perfect start and few would bet against them continuing their winning streak as they host Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds are yet to win on their return to the top flight though they did finally get on the scoresheet last time out, eventually losing 3-2 at home to Arsenal.

There was once upon a time when Watford would have feared a visit of Manchester United, not least as the Red Devils have won this fixture on thirteen of the last fourteen meetings.

However, after their superb start and Jose Mourinho’s sides stutters you may be tempted to back the Hornets to continue their incredible run with another win, which can be backed at a price of 16/5.


Champions Manchester City, who have lost just three league games in eighteen months take on a Fulham side who boast one of Europe’s most in form strikers.

Aleksander Mitrovic has scored six goals in his last six games for club and country and he will be keen to add to that tally against a City side who haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season.

Bournemouth and Leicester City meet at the Vitality Stadium with just one point separating the pair ahead of kick-off while Everton welcome bottom-of-the-table West Ham United to Goodison Park on Sunday.


The Hammers are the only side in the division yet to register a point and it gets no easier for them with Chelsea up next weekend.

Arsenal followed back-to-back defeats with back-to-back wins and will hope to continue their ascent up the table as they travel to struggling Newcastle United while Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town – both of whom are just above the dotted line – meet at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Sunday’s early kick-off sees Wolverhampton Wanderers take on a Burnley side who have just one point to their name while the round of games concludes on Monday evening, with Southampton’s trip to fellow south-coast side Brighton and Hove Albion.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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