With some teams fresh from a week-long rest and others not so fresh from midweek European action, the Premier League returns with plenty of drama around the corner.
Many will be watching Tottenham in the early-kick off after their embarrassing 7-2 drubbing at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. There has been much chatter surrounding manager Mauricio Pochettino and his employment at the club – with links to Real Madrid coming to the forefront once again.
Premier League Match of the Weekend: Liverpool vs Leicester City
Before we start, let’s all agree it’s a massive shame this match is on at 3pm on Saturday therefore will not be televised.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have rushed out the blocks this season with a perfect start to the league campaign achieving seven wins from seven. Their formidable front three have been their usual explosive selves with 11 goals between them seven assists. Whilst people are beginning to question their defensive capaibilities – especially right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold – they haven’t let it slow them down offensively and have showcased incredible grit in some performances to get them over the line. They are beginning to look like serial winners.
In the other corner, we have Leicester City. The club that every ‘other’ fan loves to get behind with their modest approach yet entertaining, and at times, devastating performances against Premier League opposition this season. The Foxes are an extremely balanced outfit and many fancy them to not just break in to the top six, but the top four. Brendan Rodgers seems to be getting the best out of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Youri Tielemens to name a few but it would be unfair to pick out individuals as their overall team showings have been stellar.
An interesting battle will be between the two full-back pairings with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson facing up with Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell. They are arguably the two most complete full-back pairings, who contribute just as much to attack as defence.
This match promises to be a cracker.
Rest of the weekend:
In other action, as aforementioned Spurs are Saturday’s early kick-off as they travel to the South Coast to play Brighton with the hope of redeeming some pride after their midweek battering.
Another team hoping to restore some faith from the fans is Watford – who are yet to win a match in their first seven – and they host a Sheffield United who played well enough to claim at least a point against league leaders Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Burnley play Everton and Norwich City face Aston Villa in clashes that all involved will want and expect three points from to climb the standings.
West Ham United welcome Crystal Palace in Saturday’s evening match.
On Sunday we are treated to four matches all involving big players and teams. The two-o’clock kick-offs see Arsenal play AFC Bournemouth, Manchester City host struggling Wolves and Southampton host a youthful Chelsea side.
Newcastle United and Manchester United lock horns in the later kick-off and anyones guess is a good as the next persons when discussing how both sets of fans will feel about a potential loss in that one.
Premier League Player to Watch: Harry Wilson (£1.77)
The Bournemouth winger has begun this season in clinical style. He has made the transition from Championship to top-flight look easy with three goals so far.
The Welshman is coming up against an Arsenal defence that has been leaking goals and conceded the most shots of all the teams in Europe’s top five leagues. Wilson should get plenty of chances by that standard and also seems to be forming a great partnership with striker Callum Wilson who is also scoring for fun.