The Premier League excitement shows no signs of letting up with another emphatic round of fixtures last weekend. The Merseyside derby provided goals, fierce tackles and VAR controversy as Liverpool and Everton played out a 2-2 draw while Aston Villa maintained their 100% record, making it four wins from four this season.
West Ham and Tottenham also played out a dramatic 3-3 in the London derby and Fulham, Sheffield United and Burnley all earned their first points of the season.
The action does not let up in Gameweek 6! There are plenty of big fixtures this weekend to keep us entertained as the Premier League table starts to take shape at both ends.
Gameweek 6 kicks-off with two over-achievers facing off in a rare Friday night fixture. Unbeaten Aston Villa host an impressive Leeds, who suffered their first defeat in four against Wolves last weekend. Villa are now the only team in England to win all of their opening games and they look particularly impressive in defence, conceding just two goals in four games. Leeds played well last weekend and showed plenty of attacking intent, but their 13 shots on goal wasn’t enough to get past a stubborn Wolves defence. Back Marcelo Bielsa’s team to score this week.
The big fixture of Gameweek 6: Man United v Chelsea. United started slowly but have hit the accelerator over the past week, dispatching Newcastle 4-1 then beating European giants Paris St Germain in the Champions League three days later. Chelsea, meanwhile continue to struggle with their team balance, racing to a 2-0 lead against Southampton last weekend but throwing it away and drawing 3-3 eventually. The Blues followed this with a 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League in mid-week and it appears they are suffering an identity crisis between an excellent attack and an inconsistent defence.
A resurgent Southampton take on high-fliers Everton this Sunday. Southampton have put together a three-match unbeaten run recently and look like a tough proposition this season. Danny Ings continues to impress in attack for the Saints and was instrumental in their 3-3 comeback against Chelsea last week. Everton remains the surprise package in the Premier League. Their 2-2 draw with Liverpool was their first draw of the season after winning their opening four matches, but they will be looking to add to their 13 points at the top of the league table.
Arsenal v Leicester completes the Sunday fixtures this week. Arsenal have lost their last two in a row, but are excellent at home. The Gunners haven’t lost at the Emirates in their last 11 Premier League games – a run stretching back to January 2020. Leicester have also lost two in a row after they were stunned by a later Aston Villa winner last weekend. In their last two games, Leicester have failed to score and conceded four, which could suit Arsenal perfectly.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
- Timo Werner
Timo Werner joined Chelsea this summer from the German Bundesliga and has taken a while to find his feet in the Premier League. The German striker failed to score in his first four Premier League games but he was among the goals against Southmapton last weekend. Werner scored two goals within half an hour to put Chelsea 2-0 up and he later setup Kai Havertz for Chelsea’s third later in the game. It was a complete striker’s performance and there could be a lot more to come from this talented talisman in the coming weeks.
2. Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford was they key man for United as they came from a goal down to beat Newcastle 4-1 in Gameweek 5. With the scores level at 1-1 with five minutes left, Rashford took the game by the horns and setup Bruno Fernandes in the 86th minute and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 90th minute. With the game secure, thanks to Rashford’s heroics, he fond the net himself with seconds left. The English forward also scored in midweek against Paris St Germain, taking his goal tally to three in all competitions this season.
3. Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has been one of Manchester City’s most consistent performers in recent years. In the absence of key players against Arsenal, with Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus absent, Sterling stepped up and scored the winner for City to see off Arsenal 1-0 in Gameweek 5. it was the forward’s second Premier League goal of the season. Sterling has an eye for goal and scored 20 goals last season and has scored more than 15 in the past three seasons. The Englishman will certainly be looking to increase his tally this week against West Ham.
DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER
Goals will continue to flow this week as struggling teams are starting to appear in the league. There are a few imbalanced fixtures this week as teams toward the bottom take on those at the top of the Premier League. This could lead to a number of high-scoring fixtures in Gameweek 6. What do you think of the predictions below? Spot on or way off? Let us know in the comments below.
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