The November international break came to an end this week, which is great news for domestic football. The Premier League is back in action.
Surprise leaders Leicester will be looking to cement their place at the top of the table with a fierce grudge match coming up against Liverpool in game week 9. Tottenham v Manchester City is another big fixture with both teams looking to get a grip on the upper parts of the Premier League.
Leeds and Arsenal will be eager to put their poor form behind them on Sunday while surprise packages Wolves and Southampton completed game week 9 with an exciting encounter on Monday evening.
Here is your full fixture list for the Premier League this weekend.
Tottenham have started the season very consistently under Jose Mourinho and sit second in the Premier League. The North London side have won 14 points from their last 18 available and are one of the most in-form teams in the league. They face a Man City side who earned a good point against Liverpool before the international break but Pep Guardiola’s side has won just two of their last four league games.
Leeds suffered consecutive 4-1 defeat in their last two matches, scorelines that give them the unwanted title of the worst defence in the league after conceding 17 goals in eight games. Marcelo Bielsa’s side has now won just once in their last four. Arsenal is in a similar poor patch of form and has the same unfortunate record as Leeds, winning once in their last four. The Gunners have shown incredible inconsistency this season, winning four, losing four and drawing none of their eight Premier League fixtures.
Liverpool’s incredible run of 63 consecutive matches unbeaten at Anfield could come to an abrupt halt against Leicester this weekend. The Reds are without five of their key players and their injury list continues to grow. Leicester, meanwhile, is a team on the up. The Foxes top the Premier League and have won three straight matches. They have been victorious in all of their four away games this season – bad news for crocked Liverpool.
Wolves face a Southampton side who are showing no signs of letting up. The Saints are the most in-form team in the Premier League having won five and drawn one of their last six matches. They topped the table briefly before the international break for the first time in over 40 years. Wolves will be a tough proposition for the over-achieving southern side. Nuno Espirito’s Santo’s team lost their previous fixture 1-0 but they went on a four-match unbeaten run before this result where they conceded just one goal.
Players To Watch
- Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes is Man United’s star man. The Portuguese playmaker has saved the Red Devils on countless occasions since arriving at the club in January. He was on fire once again before the international break, scoring two goals and providing an assist in United’s 3-1 win over Everton. In seven matches this season, Fernandes has been involved in eight goals for Man United.
2. Eberchi Eze
Crystal Palace has been lacking a bright spark other than Wilfried Zaha for years. Finally, another prodigy has arrived at Selhurst Park and Eberechi Eze put in a man of the match performance in the Eagles’ 4-1 win over Leeds. Eze scored an exceptional 25-yard free-kick and set up Jordan Ayew for Palace’s fourth. Expect more great things to come from this bright spark in the coming weeks.
3. Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell has been unfazed by his big move to Chelsea from Leicester this season. The forward-thinking defender was central in the Blues’ impressive 4-1 win over Sheffield United, creating chances and getting on the scoresheet in the first half. The 23-year-old has only made five appearances for his new club after struggling with an injury early in the season. However, his attacking threat ensures he is never too far away from the action, despite playing as a full-back.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
With so many teams in good form, it’s sometimes hard to pick a winner! However, there may be a few surprises still to come in the early stages of the Premier League. Look out for shock results for Leicester and Leeds this weekend.
The joy of the Premier League can resume in game week 9. Games are coming thick and fast in the lead up to the notorious Christmas and New Year period. Who will stake their claim for the title and who will find themselves entrenched in a relegation battle? As always, share your thoughts in the comments below!