The Premier League is back in action and fans around the world are once again gearing up for an exhilarating weekend of footballing drama.
As the teams take to the pitch fans themselves at the crossroads of anticipation, intrigue and a relentless pursuit of glory.
Here’s what to look out for this weekend;
Jesus Return Timely for Everton Challenge
Gabriel Jesus’ return from injury comes at a good time for Arsenal.
They were without the Brazilian in that 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park last season, when Arsenal mustered only three shots on target, but they are in much better form now.
Jesus who scored off the bench against Man Utd a fortnight ago has scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances against Everton at an average of a goal every 71 minutes.
Liverpool’s Depth at the Back to be Tested
Jurgen Klopp undertook a significant midfield makeover during the summer, introducing four new additions to the Liverpool squad.
However, as the season unfolds, questions arise about whether their defensive depth could become a potential Achilles’ heel.
While the absence of Virgil van Dijk didn’t hinder them in their recent 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa, his suspension, stemming from a red card in the previous game against Newcastle, now extends to another match.
This means that Joe Gomez and Joël Matip may once again be paired up in defense when they face Wolves.
Additionally, Liverpool is on the cusp of their Europa League commitments, set to commence next week.
The Saturday kick-off, often viewed as a potential curse after an international break, might not be as daunting for Klopp’s team.
Rest will be a valuable commodity for Liverpool’s players as they prepare for the challenges ahead.
A Pivotal Moment for Ten Hag’s Manchester United
Erik ten Hag finds himself in a high-stakes situation at Manchester United, and their upcoming home clash against
Brighton doesn’t provide any respite. While uncertainties surround Jadon Sancho’s future, Antony is currently unavailable due to a leave of absence.
Adding to the challenge, injuries have sidelined key players like Mason Mount, Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Kobbie Mainoo, while doubts surround the availability .
Facing Roberto De Zerbi’s tactical team, known for their fluid passing style the red Devils presents a test.
If Manchester United experiences their third loss in five Premier League games, serious questions may arise regarding the direction of this season under Ten Hag’s leadership.
Manchester City Get Paquetá Taste
Had it not been for an unfortunate revelation regarding a Football Association investigation into betting regulations, Lucas Paquetá could have been donning Manchester City’s colours instead of West Ham’s this Saturday.
Pep Guardiola had identified the Brazilian as the perfect fit to fill the void left in his midfield following Ilkay Gündogan’s departure, and a deal was on the brink of completion.
Paquetá who has been in exceptional form this season, will undoubtedly be fueled by motivation when the reigning champions visit the London Stadium.
Palhinha effect after Bayern blow?
João Palhinha’s move to Bayern Munich seemed all but certain.
He had journeyed to Germany, donned the Bayern kit and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity.
However, as fate would have it, time was not on his side.
The transfer deadline came and went and Fulham struggled to secure a replacement for Palhinha, shattering his dreams of joining the German giants.
With no alternative, Palhinha had to make the return journey to Fulham.
Now, the spotlight is on his performance as Luton prepares to visit Craven Cottage.
Fulham relies on Palhinha’s tenacity and skill and his performance will.
He hopes for another chance with Bayern in the January transfer window.
Pochettino’s Urgent Quest for Success at Chelsea
The world eagerly anticipates the moment when Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea side finally hits it’s stride.
However, there’s an inevitable question lingering – how long will Pochettino remain under the scrutiny of the club’s owner if results continue to falter?
Pochettino’s concept of a long-term ‘project,’ now faces pressure need following unexpected defeats to West Ham and Nottingham Forest.
He therefore must secure positive results in the short term.
He hopes Nicolas Jackson can refine his finishing skills and he’s needs Mykhailo Mudryk to make a significant impact.
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