We’re into the Barclays Premier League Match Day 8, and as usual, we’ve some cracking EPL Fixtures coming up to satiate our ravenous need.
It’s a great time to be a Manchester United fan. The Red Devils are top of the Premier League table after 110 weeks. And they are riding high on momentum, aren’t they?
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) September 27, 2015
United travel to London to face Arsenal in the Premier League – a fixture steeped in rich history and strong rivalry.
Sunday Premier League also presents another blockbuster fixture – Everton playing host to Liverpool for the 223rd Merseyside Derby.
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing 4-1 defeat to Tottenham last week.
The Citizens face Newcastle, who are yet to register a win in the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
All eyes will be on Chelsea, who must avoid further slip ups, when they face Southampton at home on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa vs Stoke City fixture could be seen as an early relegation six pointer.
Let’s check out all the fixtures from Premier League Week 8:
Premier League Week 8: Fixtures, Date, Time, TV Schedule & Predictions
Crystal Palace 2-1 West Brom (Saturday 3rd October / 12:45pm / BT Sport 1)
Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke City (Saturday 3rd October / 15:00 PM / NBC Sports)
Bournemouth 2-2 Watford (Saturday 3rd October / 15:00 PM / NBC Sports)
Man City 3-1 Newcastle (Saturday 3rd October / 15:00 PM / NBC Sports)
Norwich 1-2 Leicester (Saturday 3rd October / 15:00 PM / NBC Sports)
Sunderland 0-2 West Ham (Saturday 3rd October / 15:00 PM / NBC Sports)
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton (Saturday 3rd October / 17:30 PM / Sky Sports 1 HD)
Everton 2-1 Liverpool (Sunday 4th October / 13:30 pm / Sky Sports 1 HD)
Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United (Sunday 4th October / 16:00 pm / Sky Sports 1 HD)
Swansea 2-2 Tottenham (Sunday 4th October / 16:00 pm / NBC Sports)
Ahead of Week 8, Let us take a look at the Updated EPL Table after week 7
Week 8 Betting Tips: Top 10 Premier League Stats
* Both Palace and West Brom have won twice & drew once in their last five meetings
* Aston Villa haven’t won their last six Premier League games
* Watford lost only once to Bournemouth in past Six meetings
* Newcastle have lost their last Eight Premier League games against Man City
* Norwich have scored 9 goals in last 4 games, winning two of them
* West Ham have won all their 3 PL away games beating Arsenal, Liverpool & Man City
* Chelsea have managed only 2 wins in the PL. 2 Draws. 3 defeats
* Five of the last Six Merseyside derby have resulted in draws
* Arsenal haven’t won against United in their last Eight PL games
* Swansea haven’t won their last four games (1 draw, 3 defeats)
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Manchester City vs Newcastle United
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane last week.
After winning first five games in a row, scoring 11 goals in the process, City seemed to have lost their way a bit, suffering 3 defeats from their next five games.
However, they are heading into the match with full of confidence, after winning 2-1 in Germany against Gladbach in the Champions League.
Sergio Agüero: Has now scored 15 goals in his last 15 starts in the Champions League for Manchester City #UCL
Newcastle on the other hand are still searching for the first league win this season.
The Magpies conceded two goals in the last 10 mins against Chelsea last weekend, which keeps them in the relegation zone with only 3 points on board.
Chelsea vs Southampton
With only two wins in the league, Chelsea need a dramatic revival from here on, if they are serious about challenging for the title.
And, by the look of things, it seems Jose Mourinho is saddled with more problems than finding a solution to counter it.
It’s hard to point one particular issue that has plagued Chelsea at the moment.
Some of the players haven’t looked in great shape, while Mourinho’s team selection has come under scrutiny.
Plus, there is his tendency to blame everyone except himself hasn’t bode well with senior players in the dressing room.
Southampton meanwhile have struggled for consistency this season, but they are well capable of pulling out a shock result. And they couldn’t have picked a better time to face the Champions!
Everton vs Liverpool
Liverpool breathed a sigh of relied after picking up three points against Aston Villa, however, it hardly ensures Rodger’s job is safe for now.
In such a competitive season like this, Liverpool cannot afford to drop points in high profile fixtures like the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool have failed to beat Everton at the Goodison since Rodgers took charge of the club. It’s time he needs to win big games to infuse confidence among the players.
Everton have been playing brilliant football under Martinez this season. Romelu Lukaku has been in tremendous form this season, and has been directly involved in 5 of Everton‘s 10 Premier League goals this season.
Arsenal vs Manchester United
In recent years, Arsenal haven’t challenged United directly for the Premier League title, but it is still being one of the most anticipated fixtures in any season.
The rivalry between the two iconic clubs has waned down a little, as United have largely dominated the fixture in recent years.
Plus, the lack of charismatic players (read as leaders in the side) meant this fixture have lost its old grandeur.
Arsenal have failed to beat United in their past eight Premier League games. Can they break the jinx on Sunday?
The Gunners have been highly frustrating to watch this season. While, they have produced some fascinating brand of football in patches (like victory against Leicester), as a whole, they’ve lacked consistency.
Also, they are heading into this fixture on the back of a yet another defeat in Europe. On the other hand, United are riding with momentum at the moment.
There are still concerns with the brand of football being practiced under Louis van Gaal, but the Red Devils have been effective enough in picking up points.
Let me know me your Match Day 8 predictions below…