The Premier League matchday 8 kicks off on Friday night as three days of football will commence with major implications to the league title expected.
The biggest match of the weekend sees Manchester City host reigning Premier League champions Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. The Cityzens are aiming to regain the league title and must overcome their biggest championship rival, Liverpool, to win the trophy.
Both teams are in form heading into the game. With a potential title up for grabs, which team will take the bragging rights in the teams’ first match of the campaign?
Premier League matchday 8 Picks
West Ham vs. Fulham
West Ham host Fulham on Saturday night at the London Stadium. The Hammers are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Liverpool, which ended a four-game unbeaten streak. David Moyes team have played well in recent weeks. Although last week’s setback versus Liverpool ended the Hammers winless run, they are an improving side.
Fulham have been poor this season. Although they claimed a 2-0 win last weekend versus West Brom, the victory was more due to the poor quality of West Brom’s team than Fulham’s ability to win games.
West Ham are without leading goalscorer Michail Antonio. He will miss the game due to injury. Moyes still has enough talent to get the win against Fulham. Fulham have scored just four goals in three away games while allowing six goals. West Ham, on the other hand, have scored five times and allowed three goals on the road.
The last time these team played was the 2018-19 Premier League season. West Ham won both games by a 5-3 scoreline. Their game at the London Stadium finished 3-1 in favour of West Ham. Saturday’s game should follow a similar pattern as their last meeting at the London Stadium. The game is unlikely to be a 3-0 win for West Ham. Fulham should get on the scoresheet as over 2.5 goals are scored.
Result: West Ham win
Chelsea vs. Sheffield United
Chelsea are unbeaten in five straight games as Sheffield United arrive at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are hitting on all cylinders going up against one of the league’s worst teams to this point.
Sheffield United have taken just one point from 21 possible and are staring relegation in the face. Twelve points separate the two teams going into the game on Saturday.
Chelsea are head and shoulders above the Blade and their quality will show. Although Zcode predicts a 1-0 Chelsea win, this could be a 3-0 victory for the Blues. Chelsea’s Timo Werner could get on the scoresheet once more.
Result: Chelsea win
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
The league’s two best clubs over the last three year. Manchester City and Liverpool should fight for the title this term if the former can sort themselves out.
Liverpool are top of the league table going into the weekend. They need to win to remain at the top league. Meanwhile, Manchester City can draw closer with a victory.
Liverpool lost this fixture in the last two seasons. Injuries could setback the Cityzens this time around. Liverpool are playing brilliantly at the moment. Diogo Jota is in great form. He has scored a goal in each of his last four games.
Zcode System predicts a 2-2 draw between the sides which is a great pick for the game. Both are in form and Sunday’s game should be an exciting fixture.
Result: Score draw; over 2.5 goals scored
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