Thank goodness the international break is over and we can get back to talking about everyone’s favourite league – the Premier League, of course!
We are most certainly in for an enthralling welcome back, with the action kicking off in the North, as Man United make the trip down to Anfield. Liverpool have had a stuttered start to the season, but United’s visit could be a great opportunity for Jürgen Klopp’s men to find some much needed momentum and really kick-start their campaign.
The task at hand won’t be easy, however, as Mourinho’s men are a force to be reckoned with. Six wins and one draw in their last seven Premier League matches is quite the statement, and they will be sensing blood in this Liverpool side who have conceded 12 goals already this season.
The Reds are incredibly attack -minded and this, of course, means that their defence suffers. Mignolet may have been at fault on some occasions, but we shouldn’t forget his fantastic goalkeeping ability!
League leaders Manchester City will look to maintain their lead as they welcome Stoke at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon. Sergio Agüero and Vincent Kompany could make returns to the matchday squad, while defender Benjamin Mendy will definitely miss out due to recent surgery.
One thing is for certain, however, is that Ederson will be starting in between the sticks for City. It’s fair to say the Brazilian couldn’t have started life at the Manchester club any better – having arrived as a relatively unknown quality, he has so far shown City fans exactly why Pep Guardiola decided to bring him into the side. Ederson has only conceded two goals in his first seven Premier League games which is an impressive stat, he has also kept two clean sheets in the Champions League!
Stoke City undoubtedly have a tough task on their hands, and their defence will be dreading the possible return of one of their chief tormentors, Sergio Agüero. Jack Butland will start in goal for Stoke and an impressive performance from him could convince a few more people that he’s got it in him to be England’s number one.
Elsewhere, Tottenham take on struggling Bournemouth at Wembley, and, in the later kick-off, Arsenal travel down to Vicarage road in the hope of sealing three points against Watford. We’re lucky to have two exciting fixtures on Sunday as well so it’s a weekend to look forward to, for sure! I’ll be back with the latest round up on Monday so stay tuned!
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