Premier League preview: Match day 8
Tottenham set to return to winning ways:
Tottenham will look to squash rumours of a squad rift and get their season back on track as they face Brighton in the early kick-off match on Saturday.
Pochettino’s team will be hoping the to avoid a repeat of the shambolic performance they churned out against Bayern Munich on Tuesday where they lost by a tennis-like scoreline [ 2-7].
Brighton are not as lethal as Bayern Munich but Tottenham’s recent form suggest that they could be punished by Brighton.
Tottenham have won only 2 of their last six games despite facing opponents like Colchester, Olympiakos, Leicester City and Crystal Palace in the said period.
Their defensive record is poor too, they’ve kept 2 clean sheets[losing one of those games to Colchester on penalties] and conceded 11 goals in their last six games.
Regardless of their poor form so far, some of their key players like Harry Kane and Son are putting out good performances every game and we expect that Tottenham will do just enough to get all 3 points against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Stiff test for Liverpool:
Liverpool return to Premier League duties on Saturday – the task in hand is a tie against Leicester City which should test their resolve to some extent.
Jurgen Kloop’s have won all their games in the PL but a visit from a Brendan Rodgers tutored Leicester City side is a threat to that record.
Brendan Rodgers himself being a former Liverpool manager and almost even lead them to the title will be looking to dent the title hopes of his ex employers.
Liverpool looked shaky in defence against Salzburg in their midweek Champions League fixtures where they won 4-3 – they will need to improve defensively against Leicester City if they want to keep their 100% record intact.
More points on the road for Chelsea?
Chelsea travel to Saint Mary’s stadium on Sunday and the blues will be hoping to continue from where they left off against Lille OSC in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Chelsea’s attack have been very lethal this season – they’ve scored in all but one of their last six matches [against Valencia in the UCL].
They’ve scored seven goals in their last two away games, they probably will increase that tally on Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s team got their second away victory in 6 games [in all competitions] when they beat Lille 2-1 away from home and will be hoping to make it 2 wins from two away games in the match against Southampton.
12:30 Brighton vs Tottenham
15:00 Liverpool vs Leicester City
15:00 Burnley vs Everton
15:00 Norwich vs Aston Villa
15:00 Watford vs Sheffield United
17:30 Westham vs Crystal Palace
14:00 Manchester City vs Wolves
14:00 Arsenal vs Bournemouth
14:00 Southampton vs Chelsea
16:30 Newcastle vs Manchester United