Here are the most anticipated games in English Premier League in the 2018-19 campaign. Some of the big clashes have already made history, but there is still a lot to come.
1. Chelsea – Arsenal 3-2 (08/18/2018)
The first big London derby took place in Matchday 2 (Crystal Palace and Fulham met in the season-opening weekend). Chelsea made a great start the previous week defeating Huddersfield 3-0 away, while Arsenal started the new post-Wenger era with a home loss 0-2 against the defending champion Manchester City. The game at “Stamford Bridge” doubled on the effect of the opening round – The Blues got another victory, while The Gunners still had to wait for their first points under the new manager Unai Emery.
The North London club showed a strong mentality after the ill start of the game. Chelsea was up 2-0 after twenty minutes thanks to the goals scored by Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata. Arsenal got back quickly – Mkhitaryan and Iwobi scored before the break to make the game even. A third Spaniard anyway (there were five in the home team starting lineup) – this time it was the left-back Marco Alonso, hit the net 9 minutes before stoppage time to save all three points for Chelsea.
2. Chelsea – Liverpool 1-1 (09/29/2018)
The first meeting of title contenders for the 2018-19 campaign. The numbers before the game proved it. Chelsea won five out of six games prior to that one, and Liverpool was yet to lose points. This is what exactly happened at “Stamford Bridge” – the winning streak of the Merseyside team ended there. But the visitors were definitely luckier with the draw.
Eden Hazard put The Blues ahead in the middle of the first half. Both teams missed great opportunities after that, and the keeper Alisson was the one to save the chances for The Reds after another face to face occasion with Hazard. A minute before the stoppage time the former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge equalized with a great shot. He came off the bench only three minutes earlier and with that goal became the second highest scoring substitute in the club’s history - 13 goals after being left out of the starting eleven.
3. Chelsea – Manchester United 2-2 (10/20/2018)
Jose Mourinho barely saved his job in the previous Matchday 8. Manchester United overcame the 0-2 deficit against Newcastle to win 3-2. Chelsea was still unbeaten before meeting the team of its former manager. And it was the Red Devils who felt sorry at the end.
Antonio Ruediger shot the opener midway through the first half. It was Antony Martial’s brace after the break that put visitors ahead. And Mourinho’s players almost touched the win, but they were upset by the equalizer scored by the sub Ross Barkley deep-deep into the stoppage time. The Portuguese manager of the Man United got in a quarrel with a man from the home team staff. It was all even this time.
4. Arsenal – Liverpool 1-1 (11/03/2018)
Jurgen Klopp’s side made its fourth trip to the UK capital this season. James Milner took the Merseyside club in the pole position after one hour before Alexandre Lacazet fooled the goalie Alison with a back-and-forth motion and a stunning shot nine minutes from time.
The Gunners took only a point here, but the bad days looked all gone. After the poor start of the season, the Londoners recorded seven straight Premier League wins. The streak was ended by the neighbors Crystal Palace (2-2), and another draw came against Liverpool. The Reds remain undefeated after 11 games but still failed to win against a Top 4 rival.
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5. Manchester City – Manchester United (11/11/2018)
The defending league champion heads into the first Manchester derby of the campaign standing on the top of the table. Pep Guardiola’s men missed to win only two of their eleven games so far, but are still followed closely at this stage by Chelsea and Liverpool. The Red Devils and their manager Jose Mourinho escaped out of hell taking 10 points out of 12 possible in their last four games. Man United showed signs of improvement after the early season crisis, and the clash with the “noisy neighbors” gives a chance for the Red side of Manchester to narrow the 9 points gap. Prior to that game The Blues still have no home win against Mourinho led Manchester United.
6. Liverpool – Everton (12/02/2018)
The first Merseyside derby of the season is among the highlights of Matchday 14. Liverpool made an excellent start to the season, yet the supporters still need the proof that the Jurgen Klopp’s side has the potential to fight for the championship this time. They say that the December and January results produce the most significant impact on the outcome of the competition between the title contenders. And for the Reds, this stage begins with a clash versus the local rival.
Last season neither of both teams enjoyed the win in the derby. Anyway, Toffees fans haven’t seen their side being victorious against Liverpool FC for eight years now and 19 games in a row.
7. Chelsea – Manchester City (12/08/2018)
Many experts believe that Chelsea will be the main threat to the back-to-back title's mission of Manchester City. Nearly a third of the season in history such a prediction seems somewhat reasonable. The London team will face the negative of the last three meetings all won by Sky Blues. A tough challenge for the manager Maurizio Sarri who have already suffered a loss against the Guardiola side in the Community Shield game.
8. Liverpool – Manchester United (12/16/2018)
Whoever is in the competition for the title, this game will always be the biggest derby of England. One week before Christmas the giant clash at the “Anfield Road” might play a vital role for both sides. Recent results in the direct duels give more confidence to the Red Devils.
Excluding the summer friendly match which was a part of the US tour for both clubs (Liverpool won 4-1), Jose Mourinho’s Man United never lost a game against Jurgen Klopp’s team. The last the Merseyside team came out victorious was marked in March 2016 – 2-0 in Europa League game. Liverpool is in their worst streak this decade against their biggest rival – the “Anfield” side failed to win their last 8 Premier League meetings with the Red Devils.
9. Man City - Liverpool (01/03/2019)
The cherry on the top of New Year’s Matchday will show if Liverpool is prepared to kick Manchester City off the throne. The last Premier League visit for the Reds at the “Etihad Stadium” was a real nightmare – Klopp’s side was thrashed 5-0. But it happened in September 2016, and after that, the Merseyside team haven’t lost four in four occasions against Guardiola’s men. Liverpool won on Manchester ground the Champions League clash between these two teams.
10. Arsenal – Chelsea (01/19/2019)
The Gunners will enter this London derby with heavier baggage considering the last 5 Premier League meetings – neither of those games ended with an Arsenal victory. The high voltage 3-2 win early in this campaign will give the boost to the Blues too. On the other hand, Chelsea hasn’t succeeded in the last three visits to the North London ground. Anyway, this game should be symptomatic whether the Unai Emery's team is of Top 4 value.
11. Manchester United – Liverpool (02/23/2019)
Last season it was the Red Devils who came on top in the end. It remains the only clash between two of the most extravagant managers in the world – Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, at the helms of Manchester United and Liverpool FC respectively with a result different from the draw in an official meeting. The Portuguese saved his job after the September storms, but whether he will be on the bench for this game depends largely on how close will be the “Old Trafford” side to Top 4.
12. Everton – Liverpool (03/02/2019)
The last time Liverpool left “Goodison Park” defeated in March, most of the present players of both teams weren’t even born. Everton won 1-0 on 20 March 1988, but it didn’t the champions run for the Reds. After that Toffees won just 10 of their 58 clashes against the local rival for almost 30 years. But the “Anfield” side came on top of the league only once.
13. Manchester United – Manchester City (03/16/2019)
In 2010s Sky Blues feel more comfortable at the rival’s ground in the Manchester derby. City won 5 out of their last seven visits to the “Old Trafford” to mark the second most successful streak of away games against the Red Devils. Manchester United, on the other hand, will look for their first home win versus the “noisy neighbors” since 2015.
14. Manchester City – Tottenham (04/20/2019)
Guardiola’s team is quite successful against the Spurs recently. The first match of the season ended with a narrow win for the Blues after an early goal by Riyad Mahrez. Manchester City recorded a 3-win Premier League streak against the North London side. Tottenham is eager to reach the Top 4, and the visitors might spoil the party at Manchester where the goal is to defend the title.
15. Manchester United – Chelsea (04/27/2019)
By the end of April, most of the questions will receive their respective answers. Will Jose Mourinho save his job so far in the season if Manchester United fail to make it to the Top 4? Would Chelsea be a competitive title contender with Maurizio Sarri as a manager?
One thing is clear – the London Blues do not feel comfortable at the “Old Trafford.” The last time Chelsea won on Man Utd soil was in 2013. The Red Devils claim the victory at home against that rival in the past two Premier League occasions.