Premier League: What you need to know this weekend

The Premier League continues this weekend with Matchday 8, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games:

Saturday, October 14
• Manchester City vs. Stoke City, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)
• Swansea City vs. Huddersfield Town, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet ONE)
• Watford vs. Arsenal, noon ET (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)

Sunday, October 15
• Southampton vs. Newcastle United, 11:00 a.m. ET (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific)

Monday, October 16
• Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2:00 p.m. ET (Sportsnet World)

Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend…


Liverpool vs. Manchester United: Manchester United enters the weekend tied with Manchester City atop[ the table on 19 points, seven points clear of Liverpool. United will be looking to keep pace with their city rivals and put some more distance between themselves and Liverpool when they visit Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool are winless in six Premier League matches against Manchester United (with four losses), which represents their worst run against United since an eight-match winless streak between 2004 and 2008. More bad news for Liverpool: Romelu Lukaku has been in scorching form this campaign, and he could become the first player to score eight goals in his first eight Premier League appearances for United.

Liverpool have confirmed that Sadio Mane will miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. Manchester United will be without midfielders Marouane Fellaini (knee), Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba (hamstring).


Petr Cech, Arsenal: The Czech Republic goalkeeper has been in fine form lately, recording clean sheets in each of the Gunners’ last four Premier League matches. Cech hasn’t kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league since February 2015, and he’ll be looking to extend his streak on Saturday when Arsenal visits Watford.

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