After an International break where plenty of Premier League stars battled tooth and nail for their country, it’s back to club football and a busy month for some.
We are treated to plenty of interesting and eye-catching match-ups after a very entertaining August for the Premier League. We have had Teemu Pukki of Norwich hit the ground running with goals, Liverpool begin with four wins from four and a managerial sacking already at Watford.
Premier League Match of the Weekend: Manchester United vs Leicester City
Whilst a few matches could be labelled the ‘Match of the Weekend’ – this tie stands out a little more after the summer transfer window drama. Harry Maguire will don the red shirt of Manchester United for the first time against his old club, Leicester City after leaving the Foxes for a fee of around £80m too make him the most expensive defender in world football.
The hosts are in need of a win after a frustrating draw against Southampton and loss to Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Leicester look a difficult outfit to face this season with a well-balanced side up and down the pitch. They replaced Harry Maguire with the confident looking Çağlar Söyüncü who will want to continue to impress the Midlands faithful.
James Maddison and Daniel James have made fiery starts to their campaigns. Maddison has created 9 chances so far and has had 13 shots, proving he isn’t afraid to get into dangerous positions and use his killer instinct. James has scored three goals in four matches so far, illustrating his lightening pace and his improvement in front of goal from his previous season.
Rest of the weekend:
Another notable match this weekend is Wolves against Chelsea. It has a similar flavour to the Match of the Weekend in a side that will want to break into the top six against a top-six side falling to the wayside. Keep an eye on Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount who had a promising August.
Norwich host champions Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick-off and whilst there does appear to be one winner already, Teemu Pukki has proved he is fearless and does love top score goals – so we could have a surprise.
Sunday will see AFC Bournemouth face-off with Everton before Watford host Arsenal in the match to welcome back Quique Sánchez Flores as Hornets manager. We also have Monday night footbalk with Aston Villa hosting West Ham.
Premier League Player to Watch: Roberto Firmino vs Newcastle (£1.73)
His price on the Index is surprisingly low and is the reason he has been chosen ahead of his two attacking partners in Sadio Mane (£2.98) and Mohamed Salah (£4.76). The match-up with Newcastle at Anfield should see Firmino see plenty of the ball, play some key passes and look dangerous inside the box.
Liverpool have been their usual fluid attacking self and will cause plenty of problems for a Newcastle defence that has been opened up by the likes of Norwich this season. Firmino will find himself in little pockets in positions where he can be a nuisance and I wouldn’t bet against him getting on the scoresheet.