Four major talking points ahead of Premier League game week 23

Liverpool will face league leaders Manchester City in the game week 23 of Premier League 2017/18.

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Premier League football will return to action after a short break for other competitions, and game week 23 has some exciting fixtures to offer.

Liverpool and Manchester City will face each other in a mouth-watering clash on Sunday while Saturday’s showdown will be the exciting encounter between in-form Tottenham and Everton. Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, on the other hand have relatively easier fixtures on hand. Here is the schedule for game week 23.

And now, let us look at the major talking points of game week 23.

A Coutinho-less Liverpool faces table toppers:

After a lot of speculations and discussions, Philippe Coutinho eventually signed for Barcelona, and left Liverpool at a difficult place in the middle of the season. At this junction, the Reds are about to face a team that have not yet tastes defeat this season. Naturally, the task will be stupendous for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City might find it much less difficult to continue their winning momentum. All in all, it goes  without saying that the fixture is going to be a spectacular affair for all the fans out there.

Time to bounce back for Chelsea:

The Blues have returned winless in last three matches in all competitions. First, it was a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the British top tier. Then, they took part in two goalless outings against Norwich (in FA Cup) and Arsenal (in Carabao Cup semifinal first leg). It is now the time to change the fortune for the side.

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Antonio Conte will depend largely on Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata to deliver as his team will face Leicester City in the curtain raiser of game week 23. It might not be a cakewalk for the home team. Although the Foxes gathered only four points from the last five matches, they have showed good form against big teams this season. Jamie Vardy and co won against Spurs and drew against Manchester United in recent times, and they will look forward to cause yet another upset when they take the trip to the Stamford Bridge.

Harry Kane to continue the show:

The Englishman got the Player of the Month award for his exquisite form in December. Kane now leads the scorer’s chart this season, and has already netted 18 times. This amounts  to an astounding average of 99 minutes per goal. This weekend, Spurs will host Everton and chances are high that the forward will not stop scoring. After Sam Allardyce’s appointment as the new Everton boss, the team fared well and enjoyed a defeatless run, but their last two outings against Bournemouth and Manchester United ended in losses. Thus, their confidence will be low and they will probably find it hard to stop the likes of Kane, Christan Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung Min Son.

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Will Alexis Sanchez feature in the lineup?

This is certainly another interesting transfer saga at the moment. The Chilean’s contract with Arsenal runs out at the end of the season, and the club will definitely want to cash in, rather than letting him go for free. The league leaders have been pursuing interest in the charismatic midfielder. However, according to recent reports, Manchester United are the frontrunners in securing a deal with Sanchez as they have promised a higher amount and potentially a swap deal with out of favour player Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

On the other hand, the Arsenal talisman has been at a good form of late, and recorded three goals and one assist over the last four Premier League outings. So, it will be interesting to see if Arsene Wenger convinces Sanchez, amidst all these transfer speculations, to take the field against Bournemouth on Sunday.

 

Which game week 23 are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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