The 2016-17 Premier League season may not even be two months old, but it’s already delivered a smattering of memorable matches. From Liverpool’s incredible comeback at the Emirates to Manchester City’s dominant derby win at Old Trafford, England’s top division has wasted no time reasserting itself as the world’s most exciting football tournament.
But if you thought you’ve already seen the season’s best matches, think again. With a flurry of exciting games coming up, October will surely up the ante as the contenders start to pull away from the pretenders. Here’s ExpressVPN’s preview of the top four matches for the month:
Watch Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City
When: Sunday, October 2nd. 9:15 am Eastern Time
Where: White Hart Lane
Who: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
ExpressVPN Score Prediction – Spurs 1:1 Man City
Kicking off the list of must-watch games this month is a duel between two titans currently sitting atop the league.
Manchester City have literally been perfect under Pep Guardiola, securing all 18 possible points in league play. However, they’ll face their toughest test yet at White Hart Lane, battling a Spurs side hungry to take the top spot.
With Tottenham missing Harry Kane and City without Kevin De Bruyne, this game will not be a full-on shootout. Spurs may have Heung-min Son and the home crowd, but a red-hot Aguero and an improving Raheem Sterling should be enough to keep Man City undefeated at the top of the table.
Stream Chelsea vs Leicester City
When: Sunday, October 15th. 7:30 am Eastern Time
Where: Stamford Bridge
Who: Chelsea vs. Leicester City
ExpressVPN Score Prediction – Chelsea 2:1 Leicester
Judging from their recent performance, you’d be excused if you forgot the two sides in this matchup are the two most recent Premier League champions.
Leicester seem eager to send in last season’s title for a refund, opening their title defense with a 2:1 loss to Hull City, then proceeding to get the snot beaten out of them by Liverpool and Man United.
Chelsea escaped with victories in their first three matches before drawing against Swansea and then falling off a cliff against Liverpool and Arsenal.
This match will be a crucial turning point for the winner, allowing them to put right their season and maybe salvage some dignity along the way. Given where the game is played and the players’ forms, ExpressVPN favors Chelsea in a close nail-biter at Stamford Bridge.
Tune into Liverpool vs Manchester United
When: Monday, October 17th. 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Who: Liverpool vs. Manchester United
ExpressVPN Score Prediction – Liverpool 1:3 United
Outside of a head-scratching loss at Burnley, Liverpool have been impressive this season. The Reds have scored 10 goals in victories over Arsenal, Leicester, and Chelsea – proof that they have the firepower to score against anyone.
Unfortunately, they will be facing a Red Devils side undergoing an offensive renaissance of their own. With Wayne Rooney on the bench, United played their best football of the post-Ferguson era last week, cruising to a 4:1 victory over Leicester City. Expect the long-time captain to stay on the sub’s list as Juan Mata continues to flourish in the no. 10 position, keying United to a two-goal upset(?) at Anfield.
Stream Chelsea vs Manchester United
When: Sunday, October 23rd. 11:00 am Eastern Time
Where: Stamford Bridge
Who: Chelsea vs. Manchester United
ExpressVPN Score Prediction – Chelsea 2:2 Man United
Bring your popcorn, this one’s going to be good. As the “Special One” returns to face the club that fired him, the only person more fired up than Mourinho might be Antonio Conte, who will be fighting desperately to keep the team he inherited from Mourinho in the top four.
Chelsea’s defense has been suspect this season, and rumors are swirling that several starters in the back four are on their way out. And while United have improved under Mourinho, they will have trouble keeping a hungry Diego Costa and in-form Eden Hazard at bay.
Expect a flurry of goals and plenty of shrieks from both managers (mainly Conte) in what will be a closely fought battle. Perhaps a spark of genius from either of the best two midfields in the league could produce a winner here, but ExpressVPN predicts a fiesty 2-2 draw.
What are your predictions?
As if to show just how ridiculous this season’s Premier League has been, ExpressVPN’s predictions for last month were all wrong! Outrageous!
But ExpressVPN is not afraid of taking another go, and neither should you be!
Share your match predictions below, then tune in to see how it all plays out – just don’t put too much money on it!