EPL 2018/19 – Matchday 9

The international break has come to close for now, and it’s time to see once again if this new UEFA Nations League is taking its toll on the players.

Most eyes will be on Mourinho and Man Utd who travel to London to face a familiar atmosphere that once worshipped the Portuguese coach.

Will there be more calls for Mourinho to leave Old Trafford? Here we round up the top games happening this weekend:

 

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Chelsea vs Manchester United

Date : 20 October 2018

Kick-off : 7:30pm (GMT +8)

Venue : Stamford Bridge (London)

Manchester United may have come from behind to overcome Newcastle United the last time they took to the pitch at Old Trafford for the Premier League, but now they face a side that is still undefeated in the English top flight since the start of the 2018/19 season.

Chelsea, under the stewardship of Sarri, have been absolutely dominant in all competitions, and this is mainly down to Hazard pulling the strings for the Blues in midfield. The Belgian midfielder is a thorn in any defence’s side with his pace and trickery.

Expect the London side to take control of the game from the first whistle and score within the first 20 minutes. If the scoreline exceeds two in favour of Chelsea at the break, the Red Devils should find it hard to come back from this one because this is no Newcastle.

The Blues are more organised and they will be able to keep up the tempo for the full 90 minutes.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United

 

 

Wolves vs Watford

Date : 20 October 2018

Kick-off : 10:00pm (GMT +8)

Venue : Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton, West Midlands)

The Wolves’ Portuguese connection are currently on a hot run of form and it will probably take a big-4 team to beat them at the moment. Unfortunately, Watford are not one of those sides, and they are pretty much on course for a defeat when they visit the Molineux Stadium this weekend.

The international break has perhaps come at a good time for Gracia and his team, who have had two weeks to prepare for their trip to in-form Wolves, but it would be a matter of how many mistakes Watford would make before they feel the brunt of their errors.

Unnecessary red cards have cost them way too many points this early in the season, while Deeney and Gray have squandered one too many opportunities upfront. On the other hand, Doherty has been effective at both ends of the pitch for his team, making interceptions whenever it mattered and getting involved with his team’s attacking play very often, constantly putting on complete performances.

Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Watford

 

 

West Ham vs Tottenham

Date : 20 October 2018

Kick-off : 10:00pm (GMT +8)

Venue : London Stadium (London)

If there was any word that could possibly describe this weekend’s London derby, it would be ‘cagey.’ Both these teams are building on their relatively poor starts to the Premier League season, and while West Ham have improved more, they still have a lot to do to catch up to Tottenham.

Pelligrini’s men have been awfully wasteful in the final third and this culminated with a defeat to Brighton two weeks ago, even though they played better football. Spurs, on the other hand, may have won their last outing, but they were uncharacteristically lethargic in their build up against Cardiff.

Add to that the busy international week for Pochettino’s forces, we could see an upset on the cards at the London Stadium. All the Hammers have to do is to put in the leg work and win the ball in the middle of the park and hang on to possession a little more to dictate the pace of the game.

If West Ham were to score first, we could have a game on our hands, but if Spurs were to take the lead in the early going, Pochettino could walk away with three points.

Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Tottenham

 

 

 

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