International break is over and national leagues are back in their flow. The English Premier League, in turn, has prepared a couple of amazing matches to watch as an “aperitif” before UEFA Champions League starts next week.
Let’s go one by one and see what are the main matches of the EPL weekend you should definitely watch.
|Week 4||Manchester United||vs||Manchester City||10.09.16||13:30|
|Week 4||Middlesbrough||vs||Crystal Palace||10.09.16||16:00|
|Week 4||Stoke City||vs||Tottenham||10.09.16||16:00|
|Week 4||Bournemouth||vs||West Bromwich||10.09.16||16:00|
|Week 4||West Ham||vs||Watford||10.09.16||16:00|
|Week 4||Liverpool||vs||Leicester City||10.09.16||18:30|
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Manchester United → Schweinsteiger (reason unknown)
Manchester City → Aguero (banned), Kompany (unfit)
The clash of the bosses, the battle of the transfer campaigns or simply Manchester derby… The way you name it will not change the might of the clash. Both City and United have not lost any points in first three rounds. However, in MU’s case the individual players’ skills were the key to success, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 3 out of 5 of the team’s goals. There is the big threat City defense being able to block Ibra only will also block the attacking might of the team.
On the other hand, Manchester City’s game has no obvious style yet. All three wins recorded at the start of the league are against losers of the first part of it. Guardiola’s team are also yet relying on their stars (which is not typical for Pep’s teams), and Sergio Aguero in particular. However, the Argentinian forward is banned for a violent conduct in the last game.
Both of the teams have their problems ahead of the derby, moreover, it has turned out to be right after the international break. There is a big concern that teams will have to be overprotective and the game might not be so breathtaking. Still, the harsh battle is guaranteed.
Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have faced each other 16 times while heading different teams. Guardiola holds absolute advantage over Mourinho with 7 wins, 6 draws and only 3 losses recorded.
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Referee: Robert Madley
Arsenal → Mertesacker, Paulista, Welbeck, Jenkinson, Iwobi (all injured)
Southampton → Gardos, Pied (both injured), Boufal (unfit)
Arsenal have lost only one home clash out of last 12 against Southampton. This fact is true for all competitions in which the teams faced each other.
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Referee: Craig Pawson
Liverpool → Ojo, Klavan (both injured), Sakho (out of squad)
Leicester City → Mendy, Schlupp, Schmeichel? (all injured)
Both Liverpool and Leicester City did not start the season with the might they were expected to kick off. Each of the clubs now counts for 4 points, having lost, won and drawn once. Both of them faced Arsenal in the first weeks of EPL and recorded different results. If Liverpool won with the dramatic score (3-4), Leicester City game finished with no goals scored (0-0). Moreover, both of the clubs have lost a game against teams they should have won against, as Leicester lost to Hull (2-1) and Liverpool to Burnley (2-0). And while EPL fans are used to seeing such an unstable Liverpool, the previous season champions are expected to get in more straight path. Will this game become the beginning of Leicetser’s recovery, or will it be the start of a new Liverpool?
Liverpool were one of only two teams who managed to win against Leicester City during its season won (2015/16). Liverpool won the home match (1-0) in December 2015.
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
Referee: Andre Marriner
Swansea → none
Chelsea → Van Ginkel (injured), Zouma (unfit)
Chelsea have scored more goals against Swansea than any other team did against the same team. Goals scored throughout the history count to 21.