A pivotal weekend awaits for us as the Premier League returns. The Gameweek 15 of the Premier League kicks off on Saturday with a clash between Watford and Everton. Arsenal host the Potters and Man City travel to King Power Stadium are the other notable matches on Saturday.
On Sunday, a blockbuster tie awaits as Mourinho’s Manchester United will be looking to resurrect themselves when they host Spurs. League leaders Chelsea host West Brom and Liverpool face a struggling West Ham United side.
As another promising weekend is looming large, here are some of the things that we can look forward to from the upcoming gameweek.
1. Can Guardiola’s men rise at the Champions’ backyard?
Manchester City travel to face the Champions Leicester City who themselves are in torrid form at the moment. City lost to Chelsea last weekend and Aguero and Fernandinho were given marching orders, so it will be a big miss. The Foxes have been without a win in the last 5 and are struggling on 16th place. But City can’t be complacent as they face the Champions. Guardiola will have to rearrange his personnel and come up with a display to stay in the hunt with the other title contenders. Tempers flared at Etihad last week and the manager himself was somehow responsible for that outburst. So it will be crucially monitored whether they eradicate their indiscipline and play the football theyare expected to play.
2. Red Devils will have to show their class to beat Spurs
Form at the Old Trafford has been an issue for Manchester United this season and they will have to change that when they face Spurs on Sunday. United’s dominance at home has significantly decreased and even the minnows now grind points regularly, much to the frustration of their supporters. Last 3 Premier League matches have all been draws for United and that is something that doesn’t happen often. A mishit Rooney and another problems have combined to brake the progress of United’s title bid as they already are 13 points behind the leaders. Spurs on the other hand have done well at Old Trafford in recent past and will be eyeing to emulate the same. Kane and Son both been in good form and Pochettino will be boosted by the return of Alderweireld as well. For Jose Mourinho, Ibrahimovic and returning Mkhitaryan scored at Zorya in the Europa League which is a positive sign but it will be different on Sunday.
3. Sanchez and Arsenal’s merry run
The scintillating Chilean has so far scored 13 goals this season and fresh from a hattrick against West Ham last week, and the Gunners fans will be hoping more of the same from their little maestro on Saturday. Given the history between Arsenal and Stoke, there will be some tempers and nervy moments, but the Gunners boss will be banking on his Chilean talisman to rise again and boost their race for the title. Alexis has been pivotal along with Ozil and Walcott, but there is no doubt that he simply is a class apart and on his day he can surely torn any team apart. Well, Arsenal faithfuls will be hoping for the best. Also another hattrick hero Lucas Perz will be easing the Gunners on the bench as he has announced his arrival as well, much to the delight of the supporters.
4. Bob Bradley’s Swansea are in jeopardy, and they need an inspiration. Can anyone be their inspiration?
Life as a Swansea supporter will be frustrating, not just because team is losing, but also because of the manner they are surrendering to their opponents. The team is lacking conviction, leader and quality, that simply has taken them to the bottom of the table now. They won their last match at Liberty in a 5-4 thriller against Crystal Palce, but the joy was shortlived as they have again lost at Spurs, by a margin of 5-0. Clearly they need a change, either in personnel or in their mentality.
It will be another important match for them when they meet Sunderland, who also are struggling and battling to stay out of the relegation zone. And speaking of mentality, they need an inspirational player who will carry them forward. Fernando Llorente scored two goals against Palace, and players like him, Fer, Sigurdsson and Fabianski will have to step up and transmit a positive approach among their teammates. They need a revamp and a rapid one, which needs to start as soon as possible. Otherwise the Swans are going down the barrel and going down fast.