West Ham vs. Manchester United (4:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Manchester City vs. Brighton (7AM PT, NBCSN)
Huddersfield vs. Tottenham (7 AM PT, CNBC)
Arsenal vs. Watford (7 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Wolves vs. Southampton (7 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Newcastle vs. Leicester (7 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Everton vs. Fulham (7 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Chelsea vs. Liverpool (9:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Cardiff vs. Burnley (8 AM PT, NBCSN)
Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace (12 noon PT, NBCSN)
Top Three Games
3. West Ham vs. Manchester United
The season hasn't been a pretty sight for Hammers fans yet, but it is getting better. After four losses to start the season, the Londoners have pulled out four points in their last two, including a draw with Chelsea, and they are now setting their sights on United, who themselves have been a circus all season. The Red Devils are still big favorites here, but Jose Mourinho’s side is chaotic and has been teetering on the brink in just about every fixture. They too have been much better as of late, so it could be quite the scrap between a pair of sides that are slowly rounding into form. It could all come down to what style Mourinho decides to implement away from home, where he is often overly defensive.
2. Arsenal vs. Watford
1. Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Until Chelsea were pegged back to a draw with West Ham last weekend, this was going to be the clash of titans, who both were supposed to have a perfect 18 points through eight games. It’s not quite that now, but the magnitude of the fixture remains the same. Maurizio Sarri is quickly making headway with the Blues, and in typical fashion, their new manager has them again looking like a team capable of winning a league title. On the other side, there’s not much doubt Liverpool can do the same. The Reds have been scorching hot, and with just two goals allowed, they are proving to be a force at both ends of the pitch. There is a slight extra bit of intrigue because Chelsea nipped Liverpool 2-1 in the Carabao Cup midweek, and while neither played its top lineup, the Blues will gain a bit of confidence from being the first team to beat Liverpool all year. On the other hand, they might have poked a giant, and that could be dangerous.
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Cardiff vs. Burnley
European Games of the Week
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (Saturday 9/29/18, 11:45 AM PT, BeIN Sports)
It’s been a wonderful week already for Atletico Madrid, who beat Huesca 3-0 on Tuesday then watched their neighbors from Real get spanked by that same margin against Sevilla a day later before Barcelona also lost, falling 2-1 to Leganes on Thursday. The result of the chaos is that Atletico are just two points back of both of the juggernauts six games in, and they can jump ahead of their crosstown rivals if they can steal
Juventus vs. Napoli (Saturday 9/29/18, 9:00 AM PT)
It’s an absolute banger between the top two in the Serie A, and not one without a ton of importance too. Juve are perfect so far on 18 points, while the Naples side is the closest competitor, sitting three back having one shock 3-0 loss to Sampdoria earlier in the season. It’s tight, but a Juve win would mean opening up a six-point gap already –– or five, if surprise Sassuolo win as well –– and it’s not a new notion in Italy to watch the Old Lady run away and hide with the Scudetto. Someone has to keep them in check; otherwise, it’s going to be another long season of looking up the table. Napoli have their shot and need to capitalize, even if that means coming out defensive and playing for a critical point to keep them within arms distance.