5 things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend

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We highlight 5 things to keep an eye out for in the Premier League this weekend. 

We head into the eighth round of the 2018/19 Premier League season with Manchester City and Liverpool tied at the summit of the standings on 19 points. How fitting then, that the last match before the second international break of the season should pit these two giants of the English game against one another!

Let’s take a look at five things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend!

Manchester City smell blood 
Manchester City will head to Anfield on Sunday evening in a confident mood after witnessing Liverpool’s lethargic midweek display in Naples. It’s been a long time since Jurgen Klopp’s men looked so toothless in attack, in fact, they failed to register a single shot on target in their 1-0 defeat against Napoli – the first time this has occurred since 2012. The much-vaunted front three seemed out of ideas in the face of Kalidou Koulibaly and co as Lorenzo Insigne snatched a late victory. That performance would have given Pep Guardiola’s men a big lift after they also suffered a scare midweek against Hoffenheim. They had to come from a goal down against Hoffenheim on Tuesday as the Germans raced into a first-minute lead.

How Klopp’s charges respond to Wednesday’s performance could set the tone for the rest of the season. A win will give them the belief that they can go all the way while defeat threatens to derail all of the good work they’ve done up until this point. One thing is for certain, City will try and take the game to the Reds in much the same way Napoli did on Wednesday evening. This should prove an absolute treat for neutrals!

Mourinho, Benitez to renew rivalry in unglamorous fashion
What a difference a few years makes. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when Jose Mourinho – then of Chelsea – and Liverpool’s Rafa Benitez traded verbal blows in the press every other week with their sides competing for top honours.

Fast forward to 2018, and Mourinho has masterminded Manchester Untied’s demise into mid-table fodder while Benitez presides over an absolute circus at relegation-threatened Newcastle. This could be a season-defining match for both managers. United are winless in four in all competitions while Newcastle have failed to register a single league win this season. Something has to give at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

Spurs injury crisis to leave door ajar for unfancied Cardiff?
The naivety of Spurs in the summer transfer window is coming back to bite them. With Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Serge Aurier and Moussa Dembele unavailable and Jan Vertonghen a doubt, the North Londoners are very much down to the bare bones. And don’t be fooled by their 4-2 defeat at the hands of a woefully out of form Barcelona in midweek – that scoreline flattered Mauricio Pochettino’s charges.

This leaves Tottenham with one tricky little fixture to navigate before the international break against Cardiff. The Bluebirds have been poor this season, failing to win any of their league matches this season. They really should be no match for Tottenham at Wembley, however, Neill Warnock knows how to set out a team against the big guns and will certainly have his players try and wind up their more illustrious opposition. If the plucky Welsh battlers can get under the skin of the Tottenham players, we could be in for a pretty good game here.

Morata must fill his boots against Saints
If anyone in Europe needed a goal, it was Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard has been almost comically poor this season, only notching a single goal in eight matches across all competitions before his strike on Thursday. He looked more relieved than anything, especially after missing the target completely when eyeball to eyeball with the keeper.

Even Olivier Giroud looked relieved for the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward after he found the net. Chelsea face out of sorts Southampton this weekend in what will be an opportunity for Morata to fill his boots if he gets a start.

Arsenal chasing sixth straight Premier League win 
What a turnaround it’s been for the Gunners over the last few weeks. Memories of Arsene Wenger’s troubled last few years in charge of the club have all but faded as Unai Emery’s vision begins to take shape.

To be fair, Arsenal haven’t exactly faced the toughest opposition in the world since defeat at Chelsea. They were made to sweat against the likes of Cardiff and Newcastle before recording back to back 2-0 home wins over Everton and Watford. They’ll face a tricky encounter away at Craven Cottage against a Fulham team who have shown glimpses of promise this season. With Aleksandar Mitrovic playing as a battering ram up top and Jean Michael Seri pulling the strings in midfield, the Cottagers will fancy grabbing a point here at the very least. 

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Written by Jason Dewey for Hollywoodbets

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