At the end of a long two week international break, teams are back in business. All of them are looking for a win to either right their ship or to keep their ship floating. There is not a true standout game of the weekend, meaning many teams have opportunities to start their return from break right. Here are the matchups for Week 5:
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
September 14th 7:30am– Coming off four wins, Liverpool is looking to continue their run going. They are perfect away and at home and are looking like prime favorites to win this game. Liverpool can not afford to drop points because many teams are looking to pounce on that opportunity. On the other hand, Newcastle is coming off a draw to league worst Watford. Newcastle did upset Tottenham and Newcastle could surprise the league coming off the break.
Brighton vs. Burnley
September 14th 10:00am– Trending down, Brighton is looking for their first win since the first game of the season. This would be a good opportunity to get points. Similarly, Burnley is struggling to find goals and has had a rough time since the first game of the season. Both teams are looking to get much needed points that would desperately help their position in the table. We will see who is ready for this chance.
Manchester United vs. Leicester
September 14th 10:00am– In my opinion, this is the Game of the Weekend. Both teams are jostling for a top spot. Man United is looking to recover after three straight games of dropping points. At this type of club, they really need to recover and get back to their winning ways. On the other hand, Leicester are in third place in the league. They have been the underdog team that has started this season fantastically. If they were to get three points from United, then we know Leicester has something to prove this year.
Sheffield United vs. Southampton
September 14th 10:00am– Sheffield United is looking like the best newly promoted team. They have five points from four games and they look ready to face any challenge. I would not be surprised if they got a win from this. However, Southampton just got a draw against Man United. If they bring the same passion away from home, Southampton will definitely better their spot in the league.
Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace
September 14th 10:00am– Tottenham has dropped points the past three weeks. They are missing that finish to games. They have not been able to get those much needed wins. This home game will be very important to them to get on track. Oppositely, Palace has had two straight victories and is in, surprisingly, 4th place. A win or even a point against Tottenham away from home would be phenomenal for them.
Wolverhampton vs. Chelsea
September 14th 10:00am– The Wolves have really struggled so far this Premier League campaign. They have not managed a win in their four games played. A good win against a desperate Chelsea team will be desired. Along with Man United and Tottenham, Chelsea has struggled as a “top six” team also. They need this win to keep the Chelsea faithful going and behind them.
Norwich City vs. Manchester City
September 14th 12:30pm– Both of these teams are on opposite sides of the table. Norwich has struggled as of late, but are one of the most threatening attacking teams. Teemu Pukki and his amazing goal scoring will be ready. If they score early and hold City back, they may get a draw, possibly a win. Conversely, City is dominating teams week in, week out. A win against newly promoted Norwich is just routine for them. However, in the Premier League, anything can happen.
Bournemouth vs. Everton
September 15th 9:00am– As Bournemouth’s season continues, they look like a team under pressure. They have struggled to find goals to win games. Coming off a loss to Leicester, the Cherries will want to show the home crowd they can still survive. On the other hand, Everton has two wins, one draw, and one loss to start. Games like this should be easy for them, but Bournemouth may have something else in mind.
Watford vs. Arsenal
September 15th 11:30am– Being the lowest ranked team in the league, Watford fired their manager. They replaced Javi Gracia with Quique Sánchez Flores and are hoping their season gets kickstarted. One way to prove the home crowd that they have improved would certainly be to get a point from Arsenal. As a result, Arsenal will want to score early and finish their chances desperately.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham
September 16th 3:00pm– Three weeks ago, Aston Villa was able to shock Everton. They have only won that game this season and are at the bottom of the table. A win over a thriving Hammers team will be desired. Conversely, West Ham is hitting top form with two straight victories. They will need to be vigilant away from home and will want to get points from the Villans on Monday evening.