This week marks the 8th round of the Premier League, and it is eagerly anticipated by all following the international break. This week there are 2 particularly interesting match ups.
Reigning Champions take on rivals Chelsea
The first game sees the defending champions take on Chelsea, which takes place in Stamford Bridge. Leicester have left a lot to be desired in recent weeks, but in the Champions League they cannot be faulted. Maybe they are focusing their energy on European glory this year following their Premier League glory last season. We will have to wait to find.
Clash of the Titans: Klopp vs Mourinho
The second, and the more appealing of the 2 for obvious reasons, sees Liverpool take on Manchester United. United will be hoping to get back into a winning routine following their dry spell with some shocking losses. Not only will it be a spectacle, but with we will also see the return of the Klopp Mourinho rivalry. The pair are very competitive and it will be a bitter tasting reunion for Mourinho, especially if he fails to get a result. In the 2012/13 season these 2 managers met face to face 4 times in the Champions League. This occurred when Klopp was in charge of Dortmund and Mourinho was over Real Madrid. The score currently sits 3-1 to Klopp as he ultimately knocked Mourinho’s Real Madrid out of the Champions League that season.
Other than these 2 games the rest of the games are business as usual for the remaining clubs. Arsenal are within 2 points of City at the top and so will be hoping this weeks games churn up a few results in their favour. They take on Swansea. Spurs take on West Bromwich Albion who are just hanging in there doing their best to stay in the top half of the table. You can view all Premier League tips here!
The Bottom Feeders
At the opposite end of the table, Sunderland face Stoke City. The 2 clubs are 19th and 20th in the table and are desperate to move up it. They are both currently on 2 and 3 points from 7 games, which leaves a lot for both sets of fans to be desired. In the middle of the table a lot of teams are hovering around the same number of points and so this week we could see quite a bit of activity with teams moving up the table as well as down.
Overall, the table is fairly close on points, there’s been no “break-away group” as of yet. Just 9 points separates City at the top of the table from Southampton in 10th place. It’s early days still and it’s all to play for.