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Football | Premier League | Matchweek 8 | Best to Watch

By Robert Wheeler

  • Arsenal face Brentford
  • Leicester play Tottenham Hotspur
  • Manchester City are up against Wolves

UK – Following last week’s postponement of games whilst the country was mourning the passing away of Queen Elizabeth II, the Premier League returns this weekend. Albeit with fewer fixtures due to policing limitations. 


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Brentford vs Arsenal, Sunday 18 September, kick-off 14:00

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As they take on Brentford this weekend, Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their defeat against Manchester United in their last Premier League match. The Gunners have beaten FC Zurich in the Europa League since then but their match scheduled against PSV Eindhoven this week was called off due to policing limitations following the passing away of the Queen.

Arsenal has Gabriel Jesus who although did not score against Manchester United does already have three goals and three assists in the Premier League so far. One bright spark of that game against United was the ever-reliable Bukayo Saka who did get on the scoresheet.

In their match in Zurich Eddie Nketiah got on the scoresheet showing that he will be a great substitute if Jesus is not firing. The Brazilian Marquinhos who was making his debut in that match also got on the scoresheet. The 19-year-old who arrived from São Paulo this summer showed a glimpse of what Arsenal fans can expect of him in the future. 

Mikel Arteta will be hoping the United game will just be a blip in their impressive start to the season. However, it will not be easy as Brentford come into the game after a 5-2 thrashing of Leeds in their last game. Ivan Toney got a hat-trick against the Yorkshire side and now has five goals and two assists in the league so far. He will be hoping to continue his impressive scoring form.

Score prediction: Brentford 1-2 Arsenal


Tottenham vs Leicester, Saturday 17 September, kick-off 17:30

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Brendan Rodgers is a manager under fire given his Leicester City side sit bottom of the league and is yet to win a game. They face another tough test as they take on Tottenham Hotspur.

The foxes suffered a disastrous 5-2 defeat to Brighton last week so much work is needed as Rodgers looks for a response from his side. We have already seen two managerial casualties this season as Scott Parker was sacked by Bournemouth and Thomas Tuchel lost his job at Chelsea, if the results do not improve Rodgers could be the next.

Spurs are in good form and currently sit 3rd in the division. In their last two Champions League games, Antonio Conte’s side has beaten Marseille 2-0 but fell to a defeat by the same scoreline to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night.

Harry Kane already has five goals this season, his strike against Fulham in his last Premier League moved him up to third in the all-time top goal scorers in the competition. He as always will be looking to add to his tally.

Score prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester 

Wolves vs Manchester City, Saturday 17th September, kick-off 12:30

Erling Haaland is a man in form, any doubts that he may need time to adapt to English football have been dashed as he has already scored ten goals in just six games so far. Wolverhampton Wanderers have recently signed a star striker of their own as they announced the capture of former Chelsea man Diego Costa.

However, Costa is unlikely to make his debut on Saturday as he has not played since last December when he left Brazilian side Atletico Miniero. Wolves moved quickly to snap him up after summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic got injured on his debut.

Manchester City was held to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in their last Premier League game and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Since then Pep Guardiola‘s side has in the Champions League beaten Sevilla 4-0 and this week defeated Borussia Dortmund with you have guessed it, Haaland scoring the winner against his former club.

But there are no easy games in the Premier League and Wolves are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions.

Score prediction: Wolves 1-3 Manchester City


Last Matchweek’s prediction vs actual results:

Rob’s prediction  Actual result 
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester City Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester City
Everton 1-1 Liverpool Everton 0-0 Liverpool
Chelsea 1-2 West Ham Chelsea 2-1 West Ham


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