The Premier League will be back in action this weekend after the international break.
While managers may claim they aren’t closely monitoring the Premier League standings at this early stage of the season, we are rapidly approaching the frenetic winter schedule, during which crucial assessments are often made.
Liverpool kick-off the weekend with the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield, hosting Everton.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t hidden his disapproval of playing on a Saturday lunchtime, but his team recently broke their streak of bad luck by defeating Wolves.
On Saturday, Manchester City will aim to recover when they face Brighton, having suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since December 2018.
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At the same time Crystal Palace travel to Newcastle, Brentford clashes with Burnley, Bournemouth hosts Wolves and Nottingham Forest welcomes Luton.
Later that evening, Chelsea hosts Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in a significant challenge for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who seem to have improved recently.
This match also provides an opportunity for Mikel Arteta’s squad to defeat another prominent opponent and affirm their title aspirations.
In an uncommon occurrence, Manchester United will play on Saturday night as they visit Sheffield United, primarily due to their upcoming Champions League fixture on Tuesday.
Sunday is slightly quieter as West Ham’s trip to Aston Villa is the only game on the schedule.
Nevertheless, fans can anticipate some Monday Night Football as Tottenham make the short journey to face their London rivals, Fulham.