Premier League: 10 things to keep in mind this weekend | Football


1) A tough debut for Fernandes at Watford?

Gedson Fernandes started only three league games in 2019, and was replaced at halftime in one of those, and although he has a great talent, there is no guarantee that he will enjoy more success in the Spurs than his compatriots Ricardo Rocha, Pedro Mendes ( he of the goal not allowed from the middle line in Old Trafford), Helder Postiga and José Domínguez, the entertaining but only occasionally effective end that was a light in the darkness of the Gerry Francis-Christian Gross era. Fernandes fitness levels are unknown, but there are easier debuts than against a Watford-shaped side that has discovered its collective temper. The former Tottenham midfielder, Étienne Capoue, is providing many of the qualities that José Mourinho could use from the midfield base. In their next four league games, the Spurs play three of the last four in Watford, Norwich and Aston Villa, an excellent opportunity to tackle the rocky form that has meant they won one and lost three of their last five league games. But in the current form, and with Harry Kane injured, it seems little to choose between these sides. SB

2) An battle of Emirates forged on the training ground

Chris Wilder takes Sheffield United to Emirates Stadium for the first time since September 2008, when they lost 6-0, and has a confirmed fan in his opposite number, Mikel Arteta. “What I like about a coach is when I see a real team that fights for each ball with their attitude and behavior,” Arteta said Wednesday. “It is very clear what he is trying to do, so I have great admiration for him.” Clarity and effective messages have been a hallmark of Arteta’s first attempts to get Arsenal in shape, so Saturday’s meeting should provide interesting evidence, particularly because Arteta is having to improvise given a list of hostile injuries and the suspension of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Wilder and company will smell discomfort, if that really is what a visitor victory would be, and an absorbing battle awaits between two coaches who appreciate every second they spend on the training ground. N / A

3) Will Manchester United spoil another undefeated streak?

Five points behind Chelsea in the race for fourth place, and with all the chances that the gap has increased to eight on Sunday, Manchester United will arrive in Anfield with all the incentives to win … something that no visiting team has achieved in the Premier League in 51 attempts. As unlikely as it seems that one of Manchester United’s most discouraging teams in recent memory can end this unbeaten streak, the club has a way in the field of ending the gallop of undefeated teams. It was United who finally made the Arsenal title winning team look “linkable” again, with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford in October 2004. Ole Gunnar Solskjær did not appear that day, but he can remember that Arsenal it fell. nine points from the next 15 games. While a similar Liverpool drop seems even more unlikely than a Manchester United victory on Sunday, United fans will not be the only ones to pray so that their manager can plan what would constitute a surprising victory for their team. BG

Marcus Rashford scores in the 1-1 draw of Manchester United with Liverpool, the only time Jürgen Klopp’s team has lost points this season. Photography: Simon Stacpoole / Offside / Getty Images

4) Palace points to another happy day outside Etihad

Roy Hodgson is happy enough to remember the impressive 3-2 victory they achieved in Manchester City last season. “We won there and it seems to be far from life,” he said. “But we won there once, which was good, and we still had dinner there once in a while.” On Saturday they will wait for some new material on which to break bread and, although City has clicked on something that is close to its best form, it does not feel impossible. Palace is still plagued with injuries, but they have a special ability to get a result when the chips appear to be down; It is worth noting that in their nine league games since losing to Liverpool in November, they have only lost once. They will have to break the rhythm of City, just as they managed to get Arsenal out of their way last weekend, but they are masters in staying in the games. Another satisfying dinner is not out of the question. N / A

5) A battle in the basement that you must win at Carrow Road

After a league victory in four months and now eight security points, Norwich is in a lot of trouble. At least this weekend they will play against Bournemouth, who in his last three league games has played against the teams currently 14th, fifteenth and 17th in the league, losing all three by an aggregate score of 0-9. Eddie Howe’s side is currently the closest thing the Premier League has to a point dispensing machine. Norwich will have Teemu Pukki available, in whose absence they placed an insipid display in Old Trafford. The Cherries follow this with the home games against Brighton and Aston Villa: the worst of their form is that they are in the middle of a sequence of six games as friendly as any team will get this season, and anything but an immediate improvement could fatally undermine Your survival possibilities. SB

Since beating Manchester City in September, Norwich has accumulated only eight points.

Since beating Manchester City in September, Norwich has accumulated only eight points. Photography: John Sibley / Action Images / Reuters

6) Bruce’s welcome selection dilemma

Newcastle’s injury crisis is declining, and Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles are likely to be available for selection when Chelsea play at St James’s Park. Finally out of the mark in the Premier League, Miguel Almirón can’t stop scoring, while Joelinton’s confidence is likely to be driven by the mid-week goal against Rochdale who finished a 20-game streak without a goal. Newcastle fans have every reason to be optimistic before a game against rivals who defeated them by the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge in October. After his trouble-free reintroduction against Rochdale after a four-month layoff, Matt Ritchie has given Steve Bruce a rare and welcome headache. However, Chelsea is a completely different proposal to the League One set, so it remains to be seen whether or not it starts this weekend. BG

7) Ings claim claim from England

Two months and 10 days before England’s next move seems like a strange time to speculate on possible calls. With Harry Kane injured, Danny Ings’s international goals of 14 goals are again a hot topic. “I think it’s even more spectacular if you’re scoring for a team that isn’t called the big club; that really proves you can do it,” said Ralph Hasenhüttl this week from Ings. “I think England has so many good strikers, but right now Ingsy is in a very, very fantastic way. “If he receives a call for England, he will not only be happy, but also me.” Ings has scored in 12 of his last 16 league games and nine of his last 11, a surprising record, and he would become the fifth member of This Southampton team will be crowned while in the club, another impressive record. SB

8) Villa Strikerless aims to pull Brighton to the mud

Aston Villa is about to enter its third consecutive game in all competitions without a recognized striker. They are close to signing Genk forward Mbwana Samatta to fill the void and should expect paperwork to be done soon, or more realistically, in time for a seismic confrontation with Watford on Tuesday. Meanwhile, they visit Brighton and can’t be depressed. Graham Potter has received accusations for his reconfiguration of the Seagulls style and there are no realistic expectations of stellar results at this time. But Villa, despite all his dramas, sits just three points behind them and a victory as a visitor would lead Potter’s dog fight. It is a case of “how many more, better” when it comes to those at the center of the survival battle, and if Villa can dig up a result, it would be a big boost in difficult times. N / A

The Brighton side of Graham Potter is pleasing to the eye, but still runs the risk of being involved in descent problems.

The Brighton side of Graham Potter is pleasing to the eye, but still runs the risk of being involved in descent problems. Photography: Nigel Keene / ProSports / Shutterstock

9) Randolph has another chance at West Ham

In April 2017, Darren Randolph was removed from the West Ham team after making a series of mistakes, which ended with a costly 2-2 draw against Sunderland. “Darren has raised his hands on the targets,” said Slaven Bilic. “Everyone knows when the goalkeeper is guilty. Of course it was a mistake. ” The first game after he lost his place was a home game against Everton. Just under two years later, David Martin’s mistake led to defeat against Sheffield United and the Hammers have re-signed Randolph in a hurry. Although Randolph is supposed to be returned to the bank once Lukas Fabianski recovers from his thigh injury, the circularity here is delicious. SB

10) Ndidi, an expensive absent from Leicester

In a run of four consecutive losses in the league, Burnley will have to work hard to stop the depression on Sunday. Sean Dyche will be able to comfort visitors who arrive at Turf Moor without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who was absent in his most recent defeat at the hands of Southampton. The Nigerian recently underwent minor knee surgery that is expected to keep him out until the end of February this week, and we will miss him very much. The strength of Leicester’s defense has been widely praised this season, but they were noticeably less composed without their reassuring presence in front of them last weekend. Since his arrival, Leicester has averaged a little less than half a point more per game with Ndidi, which has been linked to a move to Arsenal, on his team than without him. It is an unlikely statistic that Dyche and his coaching staff have gone unnoticed, as they will have planned it accordingly. BG



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