Fans of Premier League clubs were given a major boost this week as it was announced that spectators are set to be allowed back into stadiums to watch games, albeit at a reduced capacity.
Coming into effect from December 2, it means that clubs in London and Liverpool, for example, will be able to allow up to 2,000 fans to attend home games due to being in Tier 2, although clubs in Manchester, for instance, will still be playing behind closed door due to being in Tier 3.
It’s certainly a positive step for some clubs in terms of revenue, while for home sides, they will receive a major boost with a gathering of home supporters cheering them on.
Premier League Game of the Weekend: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
In somewhat of a repeat of last weekend, first travels to third as Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a game that pits two sides many think could mount realistic title challenges this season.
Chelsea’s new-look squad look to have gelled considerably in short period of time, with their defensive bolstering earning the vast majority of the praise. In fact, only Spurs (9) have conceded few goals in the Premier League this season than Chelsea (10), with Edouard Mendy keeping four clean sheets in five league games already (joint-best), while a settled back four of Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell have barely put a foot wrong during their impressive run.
That defence will need to be at their best however, especially as Spurs boast two of the league’s most in-form forwards in Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival, no player has been involved in more league goals than Kane (29 – 19 goals, 9 assists), while Son sits third on that list (27 – 17 goals, 9 assists).
The pair have already linked up for nine goals this season, while the likes of Tanguy Ndombele are beginning to find their feet at Spurs, making them an extremely dangerous prospect.
And then there’s the two managers on the touchline. Frank Lampard and Mourinho know each other well during their Chelsea days, but it’s the Blues manager that has got the better of his former boss, winning both league fixtures last season.
If Sunday’s game falls short of being two of this season’s title challengers going against one another, then it is at least set to be a fascinating watch.
Rest of the Weekend
Newcastle United’s trip to Crystal Palace on Friday commences proceedings for Match Day 10, with Saturday’s lunchtime offering Liverpool – who will be looking to put their disappointing performance against Atalanta behind them – when they face Brighton & Hove Albion.
Then it’s Manchester City against Burnely, before the tantalising prospect of Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
Saturday concludes with a basement battle between two sides yet to secure a league win this season in West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.
Sunday starts from St. Mary’s as an in-form Southampton host Manchester United, while the day rounds off with Arsenal against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There’s also a doubleheader on Monday when Leicester City host Fulham and West Ham United face Aston Villa.
Premier League Player to Watch: Che Adams – Southampton – £0.69
Already equalling his goal involvements in the Premier League in the entire of last season (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists) in just nine games this campaign (3 goals, 3 assists), it’s safe to say Che Adams is enjoying his second season of top-flight football a lot more than his first.
Helping Southampton to 5th in the table ahead of this weekend’s games, the 24-year-old has been in fine form so far, whether that be paired alongside Danny Ings, or more recently, Theo Walcott, as the Saints target another impressive win and display against Manchester United on Sunday.