The eighth round of the English Championship, which takes place this weekend, has another chapter in the fight for the lead. In one of the seasons with a more balanced start, six teams can finish the journey at the top of the leaderboard, now in the hands of Chelsea, who have 16 points, one more than Liverpool. Four teams with 14 points also dream of the highest place: Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton and Brighton.
Chelsea visit Brentford in a balanced duel. That’s because the opponent has 12 points and targets the qualifying zone for European tournaments. If they stumble, the Blues may lose the post. Liverpool, for example, visit Watford and may well assert themselves against a rival with just seven points.
Manchester United, on the other hand, visit Leicester in a duel that looks like a classic. That’s because, despite having eight points, the hosts tend to sell their results dearly.
Meanwhile, playing at home, at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, City take Burnley in the quietest duel between the leaders. That’s because visitors, with just three points earned, roam the relegation zone.
Brighton visit Norwich City and can also dream of a good result against the lantern, who have just one point.
The only candidate for the lead to take the field on Sunday, Everton are trying to assert themselves playing in Liverpool. The current rival is West Ham, which has 11 points.
The round will close on Monday, when Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates, in London. The hosts have ten points and want to reach the first platoon. For that, they need to defeat a Crystal Palace that has seven points.
Below, all the clashes scheduled for this weekend for the competition, in Brasília time:
8h30 Watford x Liverpool
11h Aston Villa x Wolverhampton
11h Leicester x Manchester United
11h Manchester City x Burnley
11h Norwich City x Brighton
11h Southampton x Leeds United
13h30 Brentford x Chelsea
10h Everton x West Ham
12h30 Newcastle x Tottenham
16h Arsenal x Crystal Palace