The first international break of the season is done and dusted and that can only mean it’s time to focus our attention once more on the Premier League and what a great number of stories to keep an eye on.
The early title rivals will be looking to extend their lead over one another with the top three on 100% records whilst some will be looking to kick-start their seasons after fairly slow starts.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the break has affected the fitness of the players and as always this demonstrates the need for strength in depth to continue to perform for a whole season.
The demands of the Premier League are arguably like no other and the new faces in the dugout such as Claude Puel and even Pep Guardiola will begin to understand that now with both the Europa League and of course, Champions League group stages upon them next week.
The season is really starting to get into gear so we’re bringing you five things to look out for this weekend…
It’s the first round of fixtures since the transfer window shut and in particular Deadline Day so it’s our first opportunity to see whose deals have gone well and whose have gone wayward.
Some of the last minute moves are bound to stir interest: Will Moussa Sissoko start for Spurs and which one will it be that turns up? Will Wilfried Bony start scoring for Stoke? Can David Luiz firstly, start and then remain disciplined enough at the back to not give Antonio Conte nightmares for Chelsea? These questions and more will begin to unfurl this weekend.
These questions and more will begin to unfurl this weekend.
The biggest game of the season before naturally the build-up has been huge as the two Manchester clubs duke it out for both bragging rights and an early lead in the race for the Premier League title.
It’s the first clash on these shores between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – a rivalry that needs no hyping up – and the eyes of the
It’s the first clash on these shores between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – a rivalry that needs no hyping up – and the eyes of the world, not just this country will be on Old Trafford come Saturday lunchtime for this one. Sergio Aguero is out, how will City deal with that? Advantage United? We shall see.
It’s early days of course but there are arguably three relegation six-pointers this weekend that could go some way to determine the Premier League statuses of the clubs involved.
Hull have started in fine form but few expect them to keep it up. They travel to Burnley this weekend, though, and will be confident of getting a crucial result there whilst the Clarets aim to build on their solitary win against Liverpool.
Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace face off at the Riverside with Boro’s new signings settling in quickly and impressed – something Palace want to see from Christian Benteke and Loic Remy as they look to break out of a horrible rut.
Finally, Bournemouth host West Brom. The Cherries have started this season fairly slowly whilst the Baggies had a quiet transfer window – could that begin to catch up on them starting at the Vitality this weekend?
Anfield opens its doors for the first time this season as the Liverpool welcome the champions Leicester City to their new-look home.
The capacity of the famous ground has been expanded to over 54,000 as the Reds look to compete financially with the Manchester clubs and Arsenal through their stadium.
It’s a move that was welcomed by fans all over but as always it’s the results on the pitch that really matter and the Foxes will be looking to spoil the party.
At least one of the Manchester clubs will drop points on Saturday so the Blues need to be ready to take advantage and win once again.
The Blues have come flying out of the traps this season under Antonio Conte with them travelling to Swansea on Sunday looking to preserve their 100% win record.
The Swans meanwhile only have one win to their name this season from the opening day against Burnley so need to sort things out quickly.