We may still be relatively early into the 2020/21 campaign, but at least we know of one record that won’t be broken this season, and it means Arsenal fans can brief a sigh of relief.
Defeats for Aston Villa and Everton on Match Day 6, to Leeds United and Southampton respectively, means that every team in the Premier League has now lost at least one game, meaning the ‘Invincibles’ tag remains firmly an Arsenal bragging right for one more season at least.
In fact, it’s the earliest stage of a season that every team has lost at least one game since 1967/68, highlighting how anyone on their given day can beat anyone in the division, which surely lays down the foundations for what will be another enthralling campaign.
Premier League Game of the Weekend: Leeds United vs Leicester City
Yes, Manchester United host Arsenal on Sunday, and while on paper it represents a huge game, but it doesn’t bear the same gravitas as it would in the late 90s and early 2000s, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta look to get their respective sides to that standard once more.
Alternatively, Monday’s offering between Leeds and Leicester pits two of the league’s tactically savvy operators against one another in Marcelo Bielsa and Brendan Rodgers, and is sure to be a highly intense game that will please the neutral.
Leeds certainly haven’t held back upon their return to the top-flight, following a similar blueprint to that of Wolverhampton Wanderers of not changing what got you into the Premier League, and so far you’d have to say they look at home at England’s top table.
Leicester meanwhile returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Arsenal, with the target for them surely going one further than last season and breaking into the top four; becoming a permanent fixture there in the process.
One refreshing notion shared between both sides is that their front line is led by an Englishman, with both Patrick Bamford and Jamie Vardy starting the season in fine form. Both have six league goals already, with Monday’s contest potentially being decided by which of the two in-form strikers takes their chances.
Rest of the Weekend
Match Day 6 commences on Friday once again, as Wolves, who will be looking to put Sunday’s disappointing draw behind them, host Crystal Palace.
Saturday starts at Bramall Lane when Sheffield United face Manchester City.
Burnley welcome Chelsea to Turf Moor, before Liverpool host West Ham United to round off the day.
Aston Villa’s game with Southampton starts proceedings for Sunday, before Newcastle face Everton.
There’s then the aforementioned game between Manchester United and Arsenal, before Tottenham Hotspur host Brighton & Hove Albion.
As well as Leeds against Leicester on Monday, Fulham also face West Bromwich Albion as both sides still search for their first win of the season.
Premier League Player to Watch: Marcus Rashford – Manchester United – £5.87
The man of the moment both on and off the field, Marcus Rashford can do no wrong at the moment.
While his charitable work in the past few months can’t be praised highly enough, it’s beginning to click on the pitch once more, with his second-half hat-trick against RB Leipzig taking his tally to five goals and two assists in his last four games.
His blistering cameo will surely be enough to see him start against Arsenal on Sunday, as he’ll look to maintain his outstanding recent run of form.