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Premier League Review – Matchday 10

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 26 Oct 2018

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Liverpool will look to steal a march on their rivals as they host Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are one of five sides who can end matchday fifteen on top of the table and will, if only temporarily displace leaders Manchester City if they avoid defeat against the Bluebirds, who will be buoyed after securing their first win of the season last time out.

However, the Reds have kept three clean sheets in succession and you may be tempted to back them adding to that record with Neil Warnock’s side having scored just once on the road thus far.

Unbeaten

Chelsea go in to the weekend two points shy of the top two, and head to Burnley on Sunday afternoon having maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a ninety-sixth minute equaliser against Manchester United last weekend.

Arsenal won in the Europa League on Thursday evening – their eleventh straight victory in all competitions and a twelfth will at the very least keep them in touch with the chasing pack.

Tottenham Hotspur begin the weekend in fifth place but will, somewhat remarkably move level on points with Manchester City if they beat them at Wembley on Monday evening.

Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 3-1 winners in last season’s corresponding fixture, and with goals usually on the cards when these sides face each other you may be tempted to bet on their being four or more this time around at 6/4.

Surprise

Only Chelsea and Burnley have beaten Bournemouth in the league this term and a victory for Eddie Howe’s side against struggling Fulham will see them move on to twenty points.

The Cottagers are desperate for points, with manager Slavisa Jokanovic reportedly having two games to save his job though according to the bookmakers, there are three managers more likely to leave their post before the Serbian.

Top of that list is still Jose Mourinho, who could well do with a win against in form Everton after overseeing just one victory in his last seven games in all competitions while the other two bosses face each other at St Mary’s Stadium.

Struggle

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United are rock bottom of the Premier League while Southampton sit just a point of the bottom line, with Mark Hughes’s side having not scored in any of their last four games.

Huddersfield Town are yet to triumph this season and face a tough trip to Watford, who returned to winning ways with a coupon-busting win at Wolves a week ago.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be looking to bounce back as they head down south to face Brighton and Hove Albion while Saturday’s action concludes at the King Power Stadium where Leicester City take on West Ham United.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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