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Champions play catch up at Brighton, as Blues and Reds clash

Champions play catch up at Brighton, as Blues and Reds clash
Champions play catch up at Brighton, as Blues and Reds clash September 28, 2018 September 28, 2018 David Nugent
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Gameweek seven of the Premier League is upon us and the fixture list has thrown up some interesting fixtures. All three of the top teams play on Saturday, as they attempt to gain that coveted top spot. Here are the big fixtures on Saturday in the Premier League:

Chelsea and Liverpool clash in big match

Undoubtedly, the game of the Premier League weekend is at Stamford Bridge, as third-place Chelsea host league leaders Liverpool in Saturday’s late kick-off. The pair have both started their campaigns in good form, but this game could be a test for both teams.

Chelsea have kicked off their top-flight campaign by recording five wins and a draw. The draw was in their last game a goalless encounter at West Ham.

The Blues recent home form has been strong, as the south west London side are unbeaten in five games on home soil in the league while claiming four wins. They have also suffered just one defeat in their last six meetings with Liverpool. However, Maurizio Sarri’s side head into this game as slight underdogs.

The reason for Chelsea’s underdog status is likely Liverpool’s start to their Premier League campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s team have won all six of their games in the top-flight so far while scoring at least twice in five of the six wins.

The Merseysiders have also won their last three away games in the English top-flight while scoring twice in all three wins. This game should be a test of the Reds title credentials, though.

Champions looking to return to the top

While their early season title rivals slug it out in the late kick-off, champions Manchester City host Brighton at the Etihad Stadium. A win would take Pep Guardiola’s team temporarily back to the top of the table.

City are currently trailing Liverpool by two points, but are ahead of Chelsea courtesy of a superior goal difference. The Citizens have a formidable recent record in the top-flight, winning ten of their 12 league games while remaining unbeaten in the process.

Unsurprising the Citizens home record in the Premier League is also strong, as they have won 19 of their last 21 league games at the Etihad Stadium.

Brighton have made a poor start to their top-flight campaign, having taken just four points from their opening six games. The Seagull’s have also failed to win in their last four league outings. In fact, the visitor’s poor form dates back to last season, as Chris Hughton’s side have now won just two of their last 15 top-flight games.

Ironically, the Seagulls have not been great on their travels in the top-flight either, as the visitors have failed to win in 15 away games. They have also suffered defeat in four of their last five games on their travels.

The key factor in that poor recent away form is conceding goals, as the Seagulls have conceded at least two goals in six of their last eight games on their travels in the top-flight. A visit to the Etihad Stadium is unlikely to improve that record.

Saturday’s other Premier League games (3 PM Kick-off unless stated)

West Ham v Manchester United (12:30 PM)

Arsenal v Watford

Everton v Fulham

Huddersfield v Tottenham

Newcastle v Leicester

Wolves v Southampton

Who will win the big game in the Premier League this weekend?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.

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