1. Everton upset? The weekend matches gets underway after the two-week international break and there could be no better way to start off than the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool were crushed at Aston Villa and with the international break depriving Jurgen Klopp an extended opportunity to work with his squad and first-choice goalkeeper Alisson still out injured, meaning calamity Adrian continues in goal, free-scoring Everton might just capitalise on a rare opportunity to hit the Reds and earn a first win in this fixture in a decade.
2. The return of Gareth Bale: After seven years away from the Premier League, Gareth Bale is expected to make a return after joining Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal.
3. COVID-19 the game changer: With the international break over and players back to their various club’s one common enemy is certain to rare its ugly head, COVID-19!
It’s a known fact that globally there is always an increase in Coronavirus related cases once there are inter-country travels and also across the continent and this shouldn’t be an exception with a few players expected to be ruled out of this weekend’s matches at the last-minute due to COVID-19 related issues, a major setback particularly for the managers.
4. More woes await United: Manchester United have experienced a rather rare turbulent start to the Premier League campaign, sitting just two spots above the drop zone and it could even get worse with a trip to Newcastle United.
The Red Devils have a major defensive crisis with Eric Bailly out injured, yet again, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof far from their best form and with Anthony Martial suspended the pressure just keeps mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who needs some super redemption after that annihilation in the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
5. Welcome to the Partey, Thomas: £45m summer signing Thomas Partey is set for his Arsenal debut away at Manchester City.
The Ghanaian international midfielder is expected to be an on-field leader for the Gunners, particularly given his hard-as-nail qualities and with Manchester City seemingly vulnerable with a few notable absentees, it just might be party time once again for Mikel Arteta against his erstwhile boss, Pep Guardiola.
6. Villa face Foxes’ test: Aston Villa’s dream start to the Premier League will be put to intense scrutiny as they travel away to Leicester City.
Villa were simply spectacular as they trashed champions Liverpool and with Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins and Ross Barkley the driving force behind their new found form, Leicester might just be in for another long night on Sunday.
7. Leeds to provide another spectacle: Leeds United, coached by Marcelo Bielsa are always a delight to watch, a fact they reminded us all a fortnight ago against Manchester City.
They will definitely provide another spectacle as they entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road and given Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are equally an extremely entertaining team, we are most definitely guaranteed a brilliant game on Monday night.
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