LIVERPOOL HOST ARSENAL AT ANFIELD
It’s a game that certainly produces goals, excitement with beautiful football as Merseyside club Liverpool host rivals Premier League rivals in Arsenal this weekend at Anfield.
With both teams not improving their squads much in the transfer market thus far, neither of the two will be keen on a defeat this weekend. These two massive giants are exceptional going forward, but questions have been asked of their respective backlines. They are shaky and unpredictable at times.
In this fixture, a total of 20 goals have been scored in the last four games at Anfield, which makes it a game neutrals won’t want to miss.
The Reds are coming from a nervy, but massive win against Crystal Palace, thanks to Sadio’s Mane goal, and also an important win against Hoffenheim in Champions League to progress in the group stages. Liverpool will be favourites coming into this one, as they are playing at home. Another important factor is, they didn’t lose to their opponent last season winning both fixtures both home and away.
Arsenal will want to improve against the bigger sides, as they always seem to struggle, especially away from home. They will be looking for a positive result this weekend and they will be boosted by the return of star player Alexis Sanchez. With the latter yet to sign a new contract, questions are still asked whether he is going to stay at the club or is certain to leave in this current transfer window.
We should expect goals, more goals this weekend from this two quality teams.
WILL UNITED CONTINUE THEIR PERFECT START?
Manchester United are the team to beat this early season, as they vie for their third consecutive victory where they will host 2015/16 League Champions Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s side looks far much better than their opponent. With eight goals scored against the insipid sides of West Ham and Swansea City, they will look to continue from where they have left off.
Mourinho has won a League title in his second season at the helm at each and every club that he has managed. That record promises to continue this if they carry on their winning streak this weekend, but Mourinho won’t take them lightly.
As for City, they will want to continue that winning moment, but it won’t be easy against the top side of United. Manager Craig Shakespeare will know that they won’t have much of the ball, but they could cause an upset.
The Foxes will definitely have to keep a close eye on Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan if they want to get something from the game. Once Mourinho side is at the top of the table, they will be quite difficult to beat or catch.
ANOTHER MASSIVE TEST FOR EVERTON AS THEY TRAVEL TO CHELSEA
The Merseyside club, Everton face off a stiff test as they travel to face defending League Champions and rivals Chelsea FC.
Everton has the toughest fixtures with back to back matches against United and Spurs. Anything other than a loss in these three crucial fixtures will be a positive result. For Ronald Koeman’s men, they can cause a huge upset this weekend with Chelsea still yet to be convincing this season.
The Blues, however, will be buoyed by the fact that they playing at home and will want a positive result after a defeat against London side Burnley a fortnight ago.
Antonio Conte’s side is in need of something positive going into the international break. They should not take their opponents lightly as they showed signs of character against top side Manchester City.
IMMENSE PRESSURE IS ON THE TWO NEWLY-PROMOTED SIDES
It is always a difficult task to play in the Premier League. This is the case for Newcastle United and Brighton Hove Albion. These two teams have found it difficult thus far and they need wins desperately in order to kick-start their respective campaigns.
As for Huddersfield Town, they are the surprise package with two wins from two, they couldn’t have asked for a better start in the Premier League.
However, for Newcastle, it is a difficult one with fans voicing out their frustrations with lack of transfer activity in the market. West Ham is their opponents this weekend and both teams are under immense pressure for a win – with both teams still yet to win.
For Brighton, they travel to Watford in which promises to be a great game of football but it should be a tricky fixture for the visitors. They can cause a huge upset.
As for Huddersfield, they host Southampton and they will want to continue, and a win looks lightly for them as Southampton still yet to find their feet, albeit controversially winning last weekend’s fixture in a 3-2 at home against West Ham.
THESE ARE THE OTHER FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE:
Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Huddersfield Town vs. Southampton
Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United
Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea vs. Everton
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspurs vs. Burnley
Author: Takalani Lufhugu