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Gameweek 8 – English Premier League

There were more big wins in Gamweek 7 with Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton and Wolves all within touching distance of the top of the Premier League. Losses for Everton and Aston Villa have seen them drop down the table to end their promising starts to the 2020/21 campaign.

At the bottom of the table, Fulham picked up their first win of the season, beating West Brom 2-0, who remain with Sheffield United and Burnley in the relegation zone without a win.

A huge fixture takes place this weekend as Manchester City look to close the gap on Liverpool before the international break. Leicester could also reach the summit as they face Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

Below are the remainder of the fixtures for Gameweek 8.

Although this may not be the most glamourous fixture of the weekend, Southampton v Newcastle could pack a punch as both teams enter the game in solid form. Southampton are the most in-form team in the league and their five-match unbeaten run has seen them shoot up to fifth in recent weeks. They are just three points behind Liverpool in first. Newcastle have been quietly picking up points in mid-table and they have lost just one of their last five, picking up good results against Everton and Wolves in the past two game weeks.

After an unbeaten start to the season, Everton struggled in recent weeks, first losing 2-0 to Southampton and then suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Newcastle in Gameweek 7. They will be eager to get back to winning ways against Manchester United, who have made a terrible start to the season, picking up just one point from their first four home matches at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have won both of their away games this season though, beating both Brighton and Newcastle on the road.

Leicester have raced back to winning form in their last two games, edging 1-0 past Arsenal then emphatically defeating Leeds 4-1 last weekend. The Foxes have lost two games this season, but boast one of the best defences in the league, conceding just nine. They are also the joint second top-scorers with 17. Wolves have reclaimed their solid form from last season and have racked up a four-match unbeaten run and conceded just one goal in the process. They have not conceded a single goal in their last nine consecutive wins.

Man City v Liverpool is the big game of Gameweek 8 as the titleholders face the former Premier League champions. City recovered after a slow start and have lost just one game in all competitions this season but two recent draws leave them in 10th position in the league. Liverpool continues to be a formidable force and have won five consecutive games in all competitions recently. They are three points clear at the top of the Premier League but have conceded the most goals in the entire league (15).

Players To Watch

  1. James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse has been one of Southampton’s key players for a long time and he is a consistent performer for the Saints. He scored two free-kicks to help his side defeat Aston Villa 4-3 last weekend and the midfielder demonstrated his outstanding technical ability. Ward-Prowse also assisted Jannik Vestergaard in the match and has scored three goals in his last two games.

2. Youri Tielemans

Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans put in a man of the match display in his side’s 4-1 win over Leeds in Gameweek 7. His contributions proved the difference between the two sides and he has scored three goals in total this season. Tielemans does not score often, but as the heartbeat of Leicester’s midfield, he often gets into dangerous positions and sets up plenty of chances for his teammates.

3. Jamie Vardy

In just seven games this season, Jamie Vardy has contributed to nine goals overall, scoring eight and assisting one. He scored his 110th Premier League goal for Leicester in the 4-1 win over Leeds and set up another for Harvey Barnes within two minutes, demonstrating his incredible talent to score and assist in the Premier League.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

This is the last round of fixtures before the November international break and so many teams will want to get points on the board ahead of Gameweek 9. There’s plenty to be won at both ends of the table and the results this weekend could determine the shape of the rest of the season for most teams. What do you think of the predictions this week? Will Liverpool beat City? Will United or Everton return to winning ways? Let us know in the comments below.

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Be sure to keep up with the action this week. We will be previewing the Nations League next week so be sure to check out what we make of the international action for November!