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The long, dark night that was the international break is over with both the Premier League returning and the Champions League starting in the upcoming days. However, that sweet smell of the Premier League returning is slightly soured by the fact that the best game of the weekend — Spurs vs Liverpool — has the worst time slot, 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
This game would have been a battle of the undefeateds if not for the pesky Hornets of Watford, but regardless of their road loss to Troy Deeney and crew, Spurs have proved early on this season that they are once again a legitimate title contender.
As for Liverpool, they’ve lived up to the preseason hype that comes with adding Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, and Alisson Becker to a Champions League finalist, starting the season 4-0 while only conceding one (self-inflicted) goal.
Liverpool and Spurs’ prior meeting, a 2-2 draw at Anfield, was one of the games of the year last season, so we expect nothing less this time around as both teams are fresh off the international break. As things are currently shaping up, this matchup is set to be the game of this season, too … so far.
Premier League Schedule
– This Saturday’s Premier League schedule:
– With two more games on Sunday:
– And a match on Monday:
Rest Of The World Games to Keep an Eye On:
– Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen, 9:30 a.m. EST, 9/15
Best Highlight in the World of the Week
– Aleksandar Mitrovic has started the season on fire (bet Newcastle wishes they had a goalscorer like this):
— Partizan Belgrade 🇬🇧 (@FKPartizanEN) September 10, 2018
Under-The-Radar Game You Should Care About of the Week
– Undefeated Watford hosting Jose Mourinho and Manchester United definitely counts as firmly on the radar, so this week’s Under-The-Radar Game You Should Care About is Bournemouth hosting Leicester City.
While all of the Cinderella attention is (rightfully) fixated on Watford & their 4-0 start, Bournemouth has quietly accumulated seven points and currently sit sixth in the table.
Bournemouth will usually drop points to the big dogs, with the occasional draw mixed in here or there, but if they can take care of business at home against the Leicester’s of the world, Bournemouth could be this year’s Burnley and have a sniff at 7th place.
Yes, a refreshed Vardy returns for Leicester City (who looked like they could use an instinctual goal scorer against Liverpool last time out) following his three-game suspension, so a win won’t come easy, but if the Cherries pull out the three points, they can be considered a threat to secure Europe’s final place.
The Best Bad Betting Tips of the Week
– Prior to the news that Dele and Hugo Lloris would be absent, Liverpool was quite tasty at a pick em’, as a draw or a win seemed likely for the league’s top team. However, the news that Spurs would be without two key starters swung the odds to favor Liverpool at -1/2, so it’s become too risky to touch.
Good Bad Bet of the Week: Watford +1/2 (-115) @ Home vs Manchester United
Better Bad Bet of the Week: Arsenal to win (-120) @ Newcastle
Best Bad Bet of the Week: Manchester City vs Fulham Over 3.5/4 goals scored (-120)
Instagram Flex of the Week
He Said What?!
“The Champions League – if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch. I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks. Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three. The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll,” – Gary Neville on Liverpool’s Champions League campaign.
Toilet Reads of the Week
– FIFA considering limiting loan players to eight, via NBC Sports
– A Walk Through Manchester with Jose Mourinho, via SB Nation (by friend of the program Zito Madu)
– How Fullbacks Temporarily Took Over the Premier League, via The Ringer
Throwback Jersey of the Week
ATP Radio Soundtrack from ‘Incognito Moyes’: