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Football | Premier League 23/24 | Matchweek 8 | Best to Watch

By Robert Wheeler

  • Arsenal face Manchester City
  • Man United play Brentford
  • West Ham faces Newcastle

England – Matchweek 8 of the Premier League includes an early title decider as Arsenal take on Manchester City.

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Arsenal vs. Manchester City, Sunday, October 8, kick-off 16:30

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These two teams battled it out for the Premier League title last year but they meet early in this campaign in what is already being thought of as an early title decider. Arsenal and Manchester City go into this game with mixed results and this game could go either way.

Pep Guardiola‘s side suffered their first league defeat last week to Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, they responded to this loss well by defeating RB Leipzig 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners beat Bournemouth 4-0 in their last Premier League match but suffered a shock defeat to Lens in the Champions League this week. Mikel Arteta‘s side also saw Bukayo Saka go off injured against the French team and he will be a big miss if he has to sit out of the City game.

Erling Haaland is on a mini-goal drought as he has not scored in his last two matches. His strike partner, Julian Alvarez has made up for the Norwegian’s misfiring by scoring against Wolves and Leipzig. However, City may need Haaland back to his best if they are to take all three points from the Emirates this Sunday.

Score prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City


Manchester United vs. Brentford, Saturday, October 8, kick-off 15:00

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Manchester United are on a dreadful run of form having suffered successive defeats to Crystal Palace and Galatasaray. Eric ten Hag is under pressure and if results do not improve then it will be difficult to see him remaining at Old Trafford.

The only positive for the Red Devils recently is the form of Rasmus Hojlund who scored twice against Galatasaray this week. Ten Hag may need the Dane to keep on scoring if he is to remain as the United boss.

It is a good time for United to be playing Brentford, as the London side have not won in any of their last five games in all competitions. Thomas Frank‘s side is clearly missing the goalscoring exploits of Ivan Toney who is currently suspended for betting breaches.

Score prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Brentford


West Ham vs. Newcastle, Sunday October 8, kick-off 14:00

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Newcastle go into this game on a real high after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Not only that, they have had fantastic results which also included knocking Manchester City out of the EFL Cup and putting eight past Sheffield United.

Eddie Howe‘s side still sits eighth in the Premier League as they had a mixed start to the campaign. However, with the form that they are on, you can only see them climbing back up the table.

They face West Ham this weekend, who are also in very good form and are just one place above Newcastle in the division. David Moyes’ side are on the back of three wins in a row in all competitions. This includes a 2-1 win over Freiburg in the Europa League last night.

Jarrod Bowen has earned himself a place back in the England squad. However, despite James Ward-Prowse scoring twice and making three assists already in the Premier League this season, he for some reason has been left out.

Score prediction: West Ham 2-2 Newcastle