Let the Matchday 8 games begin!
Premier League action is back on the weekend before going on a hiatus for two weeks. Two games on Friday night (well technically one, as Southampton vs Newcastle United will take place at 1 am Pakistani time). At the time of writing this, Brighton vs Burnley has already ended in a 0-0 draw. For all the beautiful football that Graham Porter’s side plays, they once again fail to win at home. Southampton vs Newcastle is potentially a good game, the Saints will look to assert themselves against a Newcastle side that likes to stay compact and sit back.
The action on Saturday will begin at Goodison Park where the blue half of Merseyside will come face to face with the red half of Manchester. Once again Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the centre of attention, a sack feels just around the corner with him ever since his appointment as a full-time manager for the Red Devils and that speculation will continue this week too after some horrifying performances in the last week. A couple of news outlets have claimed that the Norwegian will be sacked if he fails to win against the Toffees. Everton too aren’t in any sound form, they are struggling in the absence of their star man James Rodriguez losing both of their last two games without him. Both sides will be desperate for a win but while Carlo Ancelloti would feel just another bump in the road with a loss, one for Ole would be hugely disastrous and just might be his last one too.
Leeds United will travel to London for a fixture against Crystal Palace. Two experienced yet vastly different coaches will face one another, the eccentric, ever-fidgeting figure of Marcelo Bielsa will be a huge contrast to the always smiling and always calm personality of Roy Hodgson. (Gotta say huge relief that a Leeds game is on Saturday, they seem to play on Monday every week).
Chelsea will take on Sheffield United and will be looking forward to putting on a show against a completely out-of-form side in Sheffield while also continuing their new-found defensive stability. A London derby for David Moyes against a lacklustre Fulham side while the North Eastern side of London will travel to the West Midlands to face Slaven Bilic’s side.
All the fun looks to be reserved in the final three game of the week with a game between the Foxes and the Wolves, a heavy-weight game between Manchester City and Liverpool and lastly a game between Arsenal and Villa. Mikel Arteta looks to be progressing slowly but surely and an assured performance against Villa will only improve his stocks.
Brendan Rodgers is enjoying time away from the spot-light as he always seems to do, his side are quietly sitting at second place behind Liverpool while missing some key players, but Rodgers is sure to be tested at the weekend as the well-drilled Wolves side will look to move into the top four.
The defending champions are coping just fine without their rock-solid centre-back while their attack seems to have found a new edge with the summer signing Diogo Jota in supreme form making a case for Klopp to drop Firmino and start him at the front. City have looked much better at the back but they just aren’t at the level that is expected of them, a victory over the league leaders will surely make them a lot more happier.