Preview: United & Liverpool Face Off Whereas Metropolis Look To Bounce Again
Jose Mourinho faces a quandary as he prepares Manchester United for a visit to Premier League leaders Liverpool whereas Manchester Metropolis will probably be eager to point out that final week’s Chelsea defeat was only a blip.
United have a formidable current document towards Liverpool, unbeaten in eight league video games, however away followers will journey with a way of trepidation to Anfield.
Unai Emery takes his Arsenal facet, unbeaten in 21 matches in all competitions, to face struggling Southampton whereas Chelsea additionally journey to the south coast to tackle Brighton.
Manchester Metropolis host seventh-placed Everton whereas Tottenham, recent from reaching the Champions League knockout part, face Burnley at Wembley.
Listed here are a few of the important speaking factors forward of the weekend fixtures within the Premier League.
Can Mourinho finish Liverpool’s unbeaten run?
Jose Mourinho got here underneath fireplace final yr for failing to assault Liverpool’s then leaky defence, settling for a 0-Zero draw that value his facet momentum after a advantageous begin to the season.
Usually a draw at Anfield could be end result however defeat on Sunday may depart United 11 factors off the highest 4 if different outcomes go towards them.
United scored 4 objectives final week towards Fulham however their attacking play has not often been fluid this season and they’re developing towards a defence that has conceded a single purpose at house within the Premier League this season.
In a statistical quirk, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will all be on the lookout for a primary purpose or help in a Premier League match for Liverpool towards United in additional than 14 hours of soccer however few would guess towards Salah including to his tally in his present wealthy vein of kind.
Jesus firing blanks
Gabriel Jesus is in a hunch — he has not discovered the online within the Premier League since August regardless of probabilities to stake his declare within the absence of Sergio Aguero by means of harm.
Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola has come to the defence of the misfiring ahead, saying he simply must calm down however he will probably be scratching his head about easy methods to get one of the best out of the Brazilian.
Jesus began his Metropolis profession brightly and was seen as a critical risk to Aguero’s place within the group.
However the indicators are that Guardiola doesn’t belief the 21-year-old to ship in the mean time. He has began simply 4 Premier League video games this season and Guardiola left him out of the beginning 11 towards Chelsea final week regardless of the absence of Aguero.
Arsenal’s defensive disaster
Arsenal are with no clutch of centre-backs for his or her journey to second-bottom membership Southampton, in search of recent course underneath new supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are suspended after choosing up bookings in final week’s 1-Zero win towards Huddersfield whereas Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are injured.
Membership captain Laurent Koscielny may function regardless that has been lacking from the Premier League since Could with a critical Achilles harm.
Supervisor Unai Emery mentioned the membership may look into recruiting a defender when the switch window opens — each Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Eric Bailly of Manchester United have been just lately linked with a transfer to the Emirates.
Pochettino’s rising inventory
Mauricio Pochettino enhanced his burgeoning status with a formidable 1-1 draw at Barcelona this week as his facet reached the Champions League knockouts.
The draw back of the success is that the Spurs boss is being linked as soon as once more to golf equipment larger up soccer’s meals chain, particularly Actual Madrid and Manchester United.
“It’s no coincidence that each day you learn Actual Madrid need him or United need him,” Danny Rose instructed the Guardian forward of Tottenham’s match towards lowly Burnley.
“It’s precisely what he deserves. What he has executed right here within the final 4 or 5 years has been wonderful. He has remodeled how others consider us exterior the membership and he has remodeled how we consider ourselves and the way we strategy massive video games.”
Fixtures (3pm until said)
Manchester Metropolis v Everton (12.30pm)
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Huddersfield v Newcastle
Tottenham v Burnley
Watford v Cardiff
Wolverhampton v Bournemouth
Fulham v West Ham (5.30pm)
Brighton v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Southampton v Arsenal (1.30pm)
Liverpool v Manchester United (4pm)
jw/gj (Extra edits by Marisa Kennedy)