What to Watch: Week 8
After another midweek slate of european match ups, the Premier League is back in action once more before the international break. There are several intriguing match ups and some teams that need a good performance heading in to the break. Let’s take a look at some of these matchups.
Everton v Manchester United
Saturday, 7:30 am EST
Start your Saturday off with the other matchup between Merseyside and Manchester. Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to get the Ev back on track after two straight defeats to Southampton and Newcastle and a struggling Manchester United may be just the opposition. Lucas Digne will be back after his one match suspension and will be a much needed addition to both the backline and the attack. It also looks like James Rodriguez will be fit for the match and along with Mason Holgate and Seamus Coleman returning from injury. Everton should have enough to ward off United’s challenge.
After beating RB Leipzig 5-0 last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team were flying high but since then they have struggled. A one goal defeat at home to Arsenal and a 2-1 loss on the road to İstanbul Başakşehir has the United manager on the hotseat. It is hard to tell which team is going to show up on the pitch and those inconsistencies could doom them to dropping points. Could a loss to Everton spell then end for Ole?
Leicester City v Wolves
Sunday, 9:00 am EST
Sitting in second place, Leicester City find themselves 5 games beaten in all competitions and with a win against Wolves could end the weekend in first place. Midweek, the Foxes secured a resounding 4-0 win against Sporting Braga and will be full of confidence as the head in to the match Sunday. They have been plagued with injuries, especially in defense, but Johnny Evans will return on the weekend. With three games in 6 days, will Leicester be able to recover quickly and go again?
While only 7 matches into the season, Wolves are continuing to find success in the Premier League. Sitting in sixth place, Nuno Espírito Santo will be looking to challenge for the European places. Unbeaten since the last international break, they will face a red hot team that will look to attack. Can their defense hold against the likes of James Madison and Jaime Vardy? Can Adam Traoré rediscover last seasons form?
What matches are you watching this weekend? Is there another match you are keeping an eye on? Let us know your thoughts and prediction on Twitter @ScousersUS or on my personal account @JSlapeSSP.