This fixture last year initiated a new journey for Liverpool after the sale of Coutinho to Barcelona finalized and it has been going upward ever since. So Liverpool should be going in this game as favourites at Anfield. But think again, Liverpool’s past three fixtures read Chelsea, Chelsea, Napoli; high-profile, energy-sapping games.
Manchester City, meanwhile, has played Oxford, Brighton and Hoffenheim and will be fresher against the Merseysiders. Pep will look to start with his best side against as Mendy will be back this week as De Bruyne as almost back from his injury. Klopp, on the contrary, might be considering some changes as a few fresh legs might change the game as the past few weeks have suggested. Hopefully, the game will be able to keep up to its high price-tag.
Two United’s clash. United in off-field activities for the wrong reasons. Hopefully, both Mourinho and Benitez will wish to come out of the game as winners to help them whatever has been happening outside of it. Surprisingly, both teams need a win badly to survive in their respective hunts for glory this week and make themselves available in the race again. Manchester United need a win to give them some comfort. Newcastle United need a win to open their mark. A game of high return at either end or a game that could mark the end of someone as a manager for the first time this season.
Burnley is finally back on a roll after back to back wins pushing them out of the relegation zone. Sadly, the same can’t be said about Huddersfield as they are still lingering bottom of the table, as David Wagner will be looking for his first win of the season against a recently revived side. Maybe this can be the game where Burnley help them get back into the system or this might be a game where Wagner will be suffering off more troubles if they fail to come out of the game with any points.
Marcus Bettinelli was regarded as the third choice goalkeeper before the season started. Fast-forward a couple months, he has got his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s side, given Joe Hart coming back to his best with Burnley. A weird combination at a weird time for the Englishman but you never know what changes a player or a player’s luck. Perhaps he might be getting a few minutes to play next week for the national side. But at least for now we know that he will be a new hero if he keeps a clean sheet against Emery’s men this week.
Having taken only two minutes to pass flawlessly to Gylfi Sigurdsson for the second goal in Everton’s 3-0 win last week, Bernard showed that even when given extremely limited time, he can make an impact. The 5ft 4in playmaker has yet to start a league game for Marco Silva’s side since his summer move from Shakhtar, but we know how good he can be when in form. Even if Silva opts for a more perfunctory midfield at Leicester, Bernard will likely be the first player he plucks from the bench should he need to unlock the home side’s defence. But that is not what is going on in Bernard’s mind. He will definitely be looking for his first start.
Predicted Scoreline for Premier League Gameweek 8:
Brighton 2-1 West Ham
Burnley 3-0 Huddersfield
Crystal Palace 1-1 Wolves
Watford 2-0 Bournemouth
Leicester City 1-1 Everton
Spurs 2-0 Cardiff City
Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United
Fulham 1-2 Arsenal
Southampton 0-1 Chelsea
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
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