The Premier League returns after the international break, and Week 5 offers some fascinating contests.
The first match of the gameweek is the most eye-catching, as Tottenham Hotspur welcome pace-setters Liverpool to Wembley Stadium. Later in the day, champions Manchester City take on Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.
Elsewhere, Arsenal make the trip to the north-east to face Newcastle United, who are in desperate need of a win. Then Manchester United seek to continue their recovery at Vicarage Road against the red-hot Watford.
Week 5 Fixtures and Predictions
Saturday, September 15
*Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool (2-2)
Bournemouth vs. Leicester City (1-1)
Chelsea vs. Cardiff City (3-0)
Huddersfield vs. Crystal Palace (1-2)
Manchester City vs. Fulham (3-0)
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal (1-2)
**Watford vs. Manchester United (1-1)
Sunday, September 16
*Wolves vs. Burnley (2-1)
*Everton vs. West Ham (2-1)
Monday, September 17
*Southampton vs. Brighton (1-0)
All matches can be viewed on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports App in the United States.
*Matches available on Sky Sports Football and Sky Go in the United Kingdom.
**Match available on BT Sport and the BT Sport website in the United Kingdom.
Tottenham vs. Liverpool
Liverpool have been able to overcome every challenge put in front of them this campaign, but Tottenham represent a major step up in competition for the table-toppers.
Jurgen Klopp's team haven't been free-flowing this campaign, aside from in their opening-day win over West Ham United, yet they have found a way through tough spells to pick up victories. Against Leicester City, they were second best for long spells but managed to hold out the Foxes to claim a 2-1 win.
As journalist Jim Boardman noted, having made a big error in that win, it will be fascinating to see how goalkeeper Alisson Becker bounces back:
For Spurs, there's also an onus to respond, as they let slip a lead in their defeat to Watford before the international break.
Despite that setback, there have been positive signs from Spurs early in the campaign, especially during the 3-0 triumph at Old Trafford. Going forward, in particular, Lucas Moura has added a new dimension to their attacking play, and as the Evening Standard's Dan Kilpatrick noted, Son Heung-Min may be ready to feature again:
A fascinating contest is in store between these two energetic and physical teams. As well as the Reds have been performing, getting three points here may be too much of an ask for the visitors.
Watford vs. Manchester United
While perfect starts for Liverpool and Chelsea aren't too surprising, few would have had Watford down as early pace-setters in the Premier League.
It's the first time the Hornets have maintained a perfect record this long in the top flight:
There's a lot to admire about the manner in which they have played in 2018-19, blending inventiveness in midfield with physicality up top. Last time out, their set-piece proficiency was crucial to getting a memorable 2-1 win over Tottenham.
The Red Devils will face a huge challenge at Vicarage Road. The hosts' recent performances and the late kick-off time should make for a hostile atmosphere. It will be up to Jose Mourinho's men to respond in those circumstances.
They did so last time out at Burnley, with two goals from Romelu Lukaku seeing the team to a 2-0 victory. Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News wants to see more from the Belgium international:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
That’s 42 Belgium goals in 77 games for Romelu Lukaku. A minimum 20-goal a season striker but has to step up now. Could be a great #mufc goalscorer but hasn’t scored 30 in a club campaign and last season was blemished by those important chances vs Liverpool and City.
Watford are well-organised, vibrant and full of confidence, meaning Mourinho will surely adopt a cautious approach. That will likely make for a tight game, although not an especially entertaining one.