The clubs are in line to play their third Premier League game in 7 days time. The midweek was an intruding conduct for the managers, as they will look to rotate their squads to grind out the most out of them.
Here we dig into the key things to be dealt with this week.
Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger encounter for the first time in the league:
With both teams fighting to finish at the summit of the Premier League table, this match could be the defining encounter of this week as both teams go head to head in one of English footballs redefined rivalry. The midweek saw Gundogan suffer an Anterior Crucial Ligament injury that will rule him out for the rest of the season, making life worse for Pep. While, contrary to it, Wenger’s luck has finally reimbursed him as no key player is injured from the starting eleven. Danny Welbeck is also back in training. The outcome of the game will influence the table in many ways.
Cristian Eriksen key to Spurs success:
Since the switch to a back three, Cristian Eriksen seems to be a enjoying his game as he has been given a free role in the middle of the park. The switch allows the wing-backs to move forward with pace and agility as Spurs lack the direct and free flow football. Next stop is Burnley at White Hart Lane, and it seems to be a routine win if Eriksen continues his free form football that his manager has given him the license to play. The question is can Spurs push for the ultimatum as time ticks past.
David Moyes enters a crucial period of time:
With Watford, a team full of strength in the middle of the park, all eyes will be on David Moyes as to how he fields his starting line up. He might be switching to a back three giving the wingbacks more freedom to move forward and hurt the wings which can cost Watford the most. This game can determine how Sunderland could end up come next summer as this could urge them up or dig them deeper in the Premier League relegation battle to suffice championship football next season.
Koeman to taste first glimpse of Merseyside Derby:
Ronald Koeman will be getting the taste of his first Merseyside Derby in a galvanizing environment which have been famous over the years for incidents and dramas. This might be the best opportunity to play Liverpool who will be without their key player Coutinho, as Divock Origi also happens to be a doubt after suffering a knock in Premier League midweek. The Everton players are dynamized at the moment after defeating Arsenal in a thrilling encounter where Williams secured the win at the very end.
Can the glittering Blues halt the flying Blues run:
Crystal Palace have been involved in games with more than three goals in each of their last eight Premier League games and we can expect more from them this weekend. If Chelsea win this one, they will be eleven games on the trot and will surely issue a statement to the other contenders proclaiming their invisibility in recent months. This surely will be a tricky game to hinder Chelsea’s run as Alan Pardew will be definitely on the run to stop the Blues. Well, at the end of the day the winners will be London.
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