Following a characteristic international break which saw some more countries heading to Russia, the EPL is back again this weekend with yet another interesting round of fixtures. The international break brought some injury concerns to both teams and managers of some clubs as we will see later. That aside, this weekend is going to start with a blockbuster, the match between Liverpool and Manchester United. Let’s preview some of these matches.
LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER UNITED 12:30P.M SATURDAY
A strong test for Jose Mourinho’s side in any season is always a match against Liverpool at Anfield. Klopp will also be delighted to host the United side as he wished to regain the form with which he started the season.
Manchester United won Crystal Palace 4 goals to nothing last time out as they level on point wit league leaders Manchester City. On the other hand Liverpool struggled a 1-1 draw against Newcastle last time out. So Klopp will hope to secure a win in this match at least to send a message to other title rivals.
This match happens to be the first match against a direct rival for Jose Mourinho, and it surely will go a long way in knowing the strength of the United squad. Liverpool on the other hand had been humiliated once by a direct rival when Manchester City thrashed them earlier in the season.
Both team had a share from the international break injury worries as Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane for 6 weeks due to an ankle injury suffered on international duty for Senegal. Lallana is still out due to injury and Clyne is yet to come back to full fitness. A boost for Liverpool however is the return of Firminho after he was sidelined in their last match against Newcastle. Jose Mourinho’s side is not left out from the injury crises that rocked the international break. Fellaini will be unavailable after a knee injury sustained on international duty for Belgium. Paul Pogba’s supposed short-term injury is moving to a long-term one as he is yet to smell fitness. Mourinho will no doubt include Lukaku, though the forward had a slight ankle problem, but on a day like this Mourinho cannot afford to lose his marksman.
Liverpool is seven points behind Manchester United on the table. For them to have a chance to reduce the points, they have to find a quick balance in the squad making their defence as solid as their attack is. No matter the form Liverpool find themselves, from history they are always a tough nut for Manchester United to crack.
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CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA 3:00P.M SATURDAY
Crystal Palace has made the worse start ever this season as they are yet to secure a goal not even a point this season. Their woes deem fit to continue as they will host a wounded Chelsea this weekend. Chelsea had a bad day last time out as they lost a goal to nothing at home against title rivals Manchester City.
Crystal Palace have played seven matches in a row without a goal nor a point. They were defeated 4 goals to nothing in their last match against Manchester United. They are seen having a good time at the bottom of the table, as they have been the worst team so far this season.
To add more salt to their injury, Crystal Palace will be without their main man Benteke due to injury. Also their energetic midfielder Roftus-Cheek will not be eligible to play against Chelsea. Chelsea also have a fair share of the international break injury woes, as the ever available N’golo Kante will be unavailable this weekend due to Hamstring sustained when playing for France. Drinkwater might be available to make his debut after a long injury spell. A boost for Chelsea however, is the fact that Morata should be available for this match despite missing out on international duty.
Team rotation is likely to be Conte’s main focus this weekend because of the Champions league match against Roma 4 days after playing Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace will come with all their might again for this match to see if they can rescue a goal or even a point out of this fixture. Conte on the other hand will never want to gamble on this, because losing a point here could be very disastrous for his title defence.
WATFORD VS ARSENAL 5:30 P.M SATURDAY
So far this season, Richalison appears to be the main man for Watford. He has been crucial for his die minutes goals that secures points for Watford. They’ve had an impressive start to the season so far. Arsenal also have bounced back from their Liverpool defeat going unbeaten throughout September, in which they only dropped two point against Chelsea in September.
Arsene Wenger’s side looks stable, though Sanchez and Ozil are yet to find their goal scoring form this season. Watford also look balanced as they have been posing threat to those they’ve met except the free-scoring Manchester city.
The match will be balanced and anything is bound to happen in this match.
Match week 8 schedule:
Saturday, October 14
12:30 p.m.—Liverpool vs. Manchester United
3 p.m.—Burnley vs. West Ham United
3 p.m.—Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea
3 p.m.—Manchester City vs. Stoke City
3 p.m.—Swansea City vs. Huddersfield Town
3 p.m.—Tottenham Hotspur vs. Bournemouth
5:30 p.m.—Watford vs. Arsenal
Sunday, October 15
1:30 p.m.—Brighton vs. Everton
4 p.m.—Southampton vs. Newcastle United
Monday, October 16
8 p.m.—Leicester City vs. West Brom