After watching Team USA blow it in the World Cup Qualifiers, I need some real quality soccer to raise my spirits. Also, the EPL has been nice enough to put all the important games on Saturday, so that on Sunday everyone can crust away and watch grown men take knees.
Sparknotes: Get up early on Saturday and then don’t move.
Man City v. Liverpool
Etihad Stadium, 7:30am
What a great way to kick off the weekend. Liverpool has started this season off with quite a fantastic start. They managed to keep their best players and they’ve been influential. City on the other hand has won by late goals. Week 4 title implications? I think so. Liverpool 2-1.
Arsenal v. Bournemouth
Arsenal can not afford to lose this game. The Gunners and their incredibly leaky defense could really use a clean sheet for a little confidence. Lucky for them Bournemouth has only put the ball in the ol’ onion bag once this year. Arsenal 2-0.
Leicester City v. Chelsea
King Power, 10:00am
WAHOOO! Love this match up. The Chelsea international players were on fire during the international break. I predict a seamless transition back to club play.
Southampton v. Watford
St. Mary’s, 10:00am
Both are in the middle of the table right now and both would love to stay there. Gotta tip the Saints here since they are the home side. This is the underestimated game
of the week. 1-0 Southampton.
Everton v. Tottenham
Goodison Park, 10:00am
Tottenham and Everton both got tossed around by your boys in blue. If Tottenham thinks they are ELITE, then they need to win handily. 2-0 Everton.
Brighton v. West Brom
Falmer Stadium, 10:00am
A nice game here for West Brom to collect three points. As the rest of the teams in the top 4 have to battle it out, West Brom can make up a few early points and slip into the top 4. 3-1 West Brom.
Stoke v. Man U
Zlatan is back, and is set for a super sub day. My money is on a 75th minute substitute and an 80th minute goal. The Red Devils should have no trouble here. 2-0 Man U.
Burnley v. Crystal Palace
Turf Moor, 8:30am
Crystal Palace still has not scored a goal… Not a single one. With Burnley hosting, they should be getting pretty excited for a clean sheet and we can all get excited to sleep in. 1-0 Burnley.
Swansea v. Newcastle
The Liberty, 11:00am
Yikes, here’s a messy one. A classic battle at the bottom forcing both teams to play as if it were life or death. Swansea sold their big striker and forgot to replace him. This one is going to be difficult to watch. 0-0 tie.
West Ham v. Huddersfield
London Stadium, 3:00pm
Ah yes, what a nice game for Monday. West Ham is
imploding nicely and Huddersfield thinks they can pull a Leicester. West Ham has given up 10 goals this season and I promise you they have not fixed that issue. 2-0 Huddersfield.
Friday’s are for Futbol,