Have you noticed how Arsenal are playing really well lately and Theo Walcott is scoring goals and setting some up, too? That can only mean one thing. October must be approaching. Enjoy it now Gunners fans, because we all know that once November comes, so will the injuries and any chance of Arsenal competing for the title will go by the wayside.
As for the rest of the league…
(All times eastern)
Manchester United vs. Stoke City (7:00 AM Sunday – NBCSN)
If you’re a Manchester United fan in America, it’s not the indignity of playing in the Europa League that has been tough this season, it’s the amount of 7 a.m. Sunday games that have come because of it. There are two benefits to this week’s game though. The first is that nothing has been going right for Stoke, and the other is that no matter how right things are going for Stoke, and how wrong they’re going for United, Stoke at home always seems to go as planned. United’s biggest threat in this game will once again be their own manager Jose Mourinho. So long as he doesn’t try to jam the square peg that is Marouane Fellaini into the round hole that is Paul Pogba’s midfield partner, the Red Devils should be fine. Manchester United win 3-0
Tottenham vs. Manchester City (9:15 AM Sunday – NBCSN)
How this game isn’t the main showcase game at 11 a.m. boggles my mind. It’s the best game in so many different ways. Both teams are dealing with injuries to their most important players. Harry Kane will be missing for Tottenham and Kevin de Bruyne is out for City. Spurs have masked Kane’s absence thanks to the timely goal scoring of Son Hueng-Min but City’s first game without De Bruyne was also the first game this year they didn’t win as they were held to a 3-3 draw to Celtic. City have so much depth it’s hard to imagine one player going down will trip them up too much, but De Bruyne might be that important. Nevertheless this will be fantastic, Tottenham don’t give up many goals, and City score a lot. This one will feature both teams going for it and coming up even. 2-2 draw
Leicester City vs. Southampton (9:15 AM Sunday – CNBC)
There’s no denying Saturday’s slate of games is kind of terrible but the Premier League more than makes up for it on Sunday. The only problem is the two best games take place at the same time. Southampton have been very quietly putting everything together recently. The problems they had in a slow start of the season are all but gone.
As was to be expected, everything Leicester City have done this season has been extra scrutinized this season. The opening loss to Hull made people doubt the Foxes. Big losses to Liverpool and Manchester United certainly haven’t helped them, but to be fair those were games they weren’t expected to win anyway. In between though things have started to click. The new players have settled in and you can’t underestimate the confidence they’re getting from winning their first two Champions League games. Leicester City win 2-1
Rest of the games
We’re overdue for the bad Liverpool to show up. You know, the one that squanders countless chances and plays down to their opponents level which ultimately leads to a 1-1 draw with Swansea? Yeah, that one.
Hull City’s hot start to the season is over. That’s the bad news for Hull. The good news is they get Chelsea who are coming off two straight losses and are winless in three. But that doesn’t mean the Blues won’t turn things around and come away with a 3-0 win.
It turns out Watford did in fact fall into the Turf Moor trap last week. Returning home against a relegation contender like Bournemouth will get them a 2-1 win to get them back on track.
At the end of the day, West Ham are going to turn things around. Dimitri Payet has the most shots on target without scoring a goal so far this season. Those shots will start to find the net. The problem that they have is their defense can’t stop anything and they possibly have the worst homefield advantage in sports. Until they prove they can win at home, I’ll expect a team like Middlesbrough to come in and grab a 2-2 draw.
We all know Sunderland are really bad. So when they face a team like West Brom that loves to muck up the game and make it hard for other teams to score, the already not-so-talented Black Cats are going to struggle. Dial up a Tony Pulis classic 1-0 win for the Baggies in this one.
Is it September or October? If the answer to that question is yes then not even the tough confines of Turf Moor will slow down Arsenal. Creativity will come at a premium for the Gunners in this one, but they’ll take advantage of their chances to grab a 2-0 win over Burnley.