The Premier League is always full of surprises and drama, and this weekend promises to be no different. From managerial pressure to historic clashes, here are ten things to keep an eye on in the upcoming fixtures.
1. Ten Hag’s Uphill Battle with Manchester United
Fulham v Manchester United (Saturday, 12.30pm GMT)
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, is under increasing pressure as the team struggles to find its form. The lack of a clear gameplan and philosophy has left United’s performances unconvincing this season. The responsibility falls not only on individual players but also on the manager to implement a structure that allows the team to thrive. This weekend’s match against Fulham is a crucial test, and a mere win due to superior firepower won’t indicate a corner has been turned.
2. West Ham’s London Derby Struggles Continue
Brentford v West Ham (Saturday, 3pm GMT)
West Ham has a tough time in London derbies, having lost more than any other Premier League side. They recently secured a win against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, but their league form has been lacking. Brentford, on the other hand, has been on the rise, winning all four games against West Ham since entering the Premier League.
3. Burnley’s Struggles Under Kompany
Burnley v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm GMT)
Burnley is off to a woeful start this season, and Vincent Kompany’s attempt to quickly gel a new team has not been successful. Despite significant investment in the squad, results have been poor. Burnley’s match against Crystal Palace is an opportunity to turn things around and prove that progress can translate into points.
4. De Zerbi’s Challenge Against Everton
Everton v Brighton (Saturday, 3pm GMT)
Brighton faces Everton, a team that dismantled them in their previous encounter. De Zerbi needs to avoid a repeat of that result and improve Brighton’s end product. Everton’s defense has been impressive, and De Zerbi must implement changes to secure a better outcome for his team.
5. Manchester City’s Ominous Form
Manchester City v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm GMT)
Manchester City displayed a dominant performance against Manchester United recently, suggesting they are returning to their best form. However, Bournemouth will look to capitalize on any residual weakness in City’s game. This match is crucial for both teams, as City aims to maintain their momentum, and Bournemouth seeks to move away from the relegation zone.
6. Sheffield United’s Struggles Extend Beyond the Coach
Sheffield United v Wolves (Saturday, 3pm GMT)
Sheffield United’s poor start to the season is not solely the responsibility of the head coach, Paul Heckingbottom. Key player departures and an increasing injury crisis have contributed to their difficulties. The club’s financial challenges make it difficult to see how Chris Wilder’s return would significantly improve the situation.
7. Newcastle’s Quadruple Dream
Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 5.30pm GMT)
Newcastle remains the only team with a chance at the quadruple this season, though it’s a monumental task. Eddie Howe’s injury-hit squad faces Arsenal in a test of their resilience. The absence of key players puts Newcastle in a challenging position, and their ability to stay in the game will be a key factor.
8. Nottingham Forest’s Struggle for Form
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (Sunday, 2pm GMT)
Nottingham Forest, under Steve Cooper, faces a challenging period with growing expectations and pressure to avoid a relegation battle. Aston Villa, on the other hand, is in excellent form, with a string of unbeaten games. The outcome of this match could have significant implications for Cooper’s future.
9. Townsend’s Impact at Luton
Luton v Liverpool (Sunday, 4.30pm GMT)
Andros Townsend’s arrival at Luton has been impactful, even though he has had limited appearances due to injury. His Premier League experience could be valuable for Luton as they take on Liverpool. Defensive discipline and set-piece delivery could be crucial for Luton as they aim to secure a much-needed win.
10. Pochettino’s Return to Spurs
Tottenham v Chelsea (Monday, 8pm GMT)
Mauricio Pochettino’s return to face Tottenham is overshadowed by the impressive work of Ange Postecoglou. Spurs are enjoying their best Premier League start, and Pochettino’s Chelsea faces a challenge to avenge their recent loss to Tottenham. The match promises to be an intriguing clash of two talented teams.
Stay tuned for an exciting weekend of Premier League action as these ten stories unfold. The drama and unpredictability of the league continue to captivate fans around the world.