Bournemouth vs. Manchester United (5:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Cardiff City vs. Leicester City (8:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Newcastle United vs. Watford (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Everton vs. Brighton (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
West Ham vs. Burnley (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Arsenal vs. Liverpool (10:30 AM PT, NBC)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:45 PM PT, CNBC)
Manchester City vs. Southampton (7:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Huddersfield Town vs. Fulham (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Top Three Games
3. Wolves vs. Tottenham
It’s hard to tell just how good Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side is this year, but the same can also be said for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham outfit. Wolves have conceded a very solid nine goals but have only scored that many as well, leaving them right where they should be with a zero goal difference, dead in the center of the table. Their fight cannot be questioned, though, and the impressive newly promoted club has the players to pull of an upset, so Spurs should be wary. The Londoners have their own business to fix as well after their four-game league winning streak came to a halt on Monday against Manchester City. Spurs were comically wasteful in the contest, but so too were City, who could have scored four in the 1-0 win. In short, Tottenham have to clean up both ends of the pitch, especially with points to be had on teams above them this week.
2. Bournemouth vs. Manchester United
1. Arsenal vs. Liverpool
First and foremost, this is going to be a great barometer for Unai Emery and Arsenal in what should be a cracker of a match. The Gunners’ only other top-six games so far this year were losses — to Chelsea and Manchester City — but as they were the first two games of the season, it’s really hard to count that against them given they have been flying since. It was seven straight wins until last week, when maybe Crystal Palace caught them peeking ahead and were able to snatch a 2-2 draw. Liverpool now present the first major hurdle since Emery has gotten his team rolling in his style. The Reds , however, have no reason to fear anybody in the league, and despite an important Champions League match waiting for them in the midweek, Jurgen Klopp should roll out his top side. The top six in general have returned to form this year and are gobbling up an alarming number of points against the other 14 sides, so every matchup at the top of the table bears even more weight.
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Huddersfield vs. Fulham
This won’t necessarily be pretty on the eye, but this is a true relegation six-pointer, and it should provide plenty of drama under the lights on Monday. The only win of the season between these teams came from Fulham in August, but the Cottagers have since lost four in a row and five of season. Things aren’t any better for Huddersfield, as David Wagner’s men have just three draws to show from their first 10 matches. Both are miserable defensively, which could provide plenty of openings that a pair of struggling attacking groups could take advantage of. While neither is going to get itself away from the relegation battle any time soon, these are very valuable points up for grabs if either hopes to eventually stave off the looming drop.
European Games of the Week
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Lille (Friday 11/2/18, 12:45 PM PT, BeIN Sports)
It’s rare we pick a Friday game for this section (this might be the first one ever), but the battle at the top of France is very much worth mentioning. PSG look unstoppable domestically and have already ballooned to an eight-point lead against their second-place visitors this week. It’s hard to say the safety of the title rests on Lille’s shoulders this week, but if they can’t escape Paris with at least a point, PSG will already
Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid (Saturday 11/3/18, 8:15 AM PT, BeIN Sports)
After the firing of Julen Lopetegui following last week’s Clasico embarrassment at the hands of Barcelona, Real Madrid begin life anew under caretaker boss Santi Solari with a matchup that’s much more difficult than it might appear. Newly promoted Valladolid are — along with Madrid’s failures — the early story of the La Liga season, with a six-game unbeaten run taking them all the way up to sixth. They’re even two points ahead of their hosts this weekend, although Los Blancos will certainly be eager to get back into the win column after four losses and a draw in five league fixtures. Valladolid have a stingy defense, and they’ll hope that back line can do enough to frustrate Madrid. It won’t be easy, but they’ll certainly have confidence of grabbing a result against a wounded giant.