What to look out for in the return of Premier League football
22 November 2019
With domestic football returning this weekend, we look ahead to a weekend full of fixtures in the Premier League and what games to look out for.
Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard’s squad’s face-off for the first time this season at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
Both sides have reaped the rewards from the international break with Tammy Abraham continuing his impressive scoring record and notching his first goal for England against Montenegro.
Chelsea bolstered their numbers in the England squad this time out with Fikayo Tomori registering his first England cap and Mason Mount recording a goal in his country’s colours against Kosovo.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling returned to the Three Lions’ side earlier this week, this time turning provider for the England skipper, Harry Kane who slotted home from close-range.
Chelsea currently sit a point above City in the Premier League table, with Lampard and his squad looking to continue their excellent run of six consecutive wins in the Premier League.
Blues forwards Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham have been prolific in front of goal in recent weeks, with both youngsters recording goals in the last three outings in Chelsea colours.
Pep Guardiola’s title defence is looking more difficult by the week, now nine points adrift of the top of England’s top division, last year’s champions injury woes are taking its toll on Guardiola’s attempt for a third league title with the Sky Blues.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park to face a tough fixture with Crystal Palace, the Reds will look to continue their unbeaten run at the summit of the league.
One man inform for Jürgen Klopp’s side is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, brimming with confidence since the return from injury, the midfielder been directly involved in six goals in his last seven games for club and country, after netting against Montenegro and assisting Harry Winks in England’s opener against Kosovo.
Tottenham Hotspur’s new head coach was announced this week as three-time Premier League winner Jose Mourinho.
The ‘Special One’ takes over the reins in north London after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.
Forward Harry Kane has continued to produce on the national stage during the break as England breezed into next year’s Euro 2020 competition.
The Spurs and England skipper’s four goals over the break means the prolific scorer has found the back of the net in each of the Three Lions’ eight qualifying matches.
Spurs travel to East London to face a struggling West Ham United side at the Olympic Stadium.
Both Spurs and West Ham have seen a dip in form of late, with both teams not seeing victory in the Premier League since September.
Mourinho’s side is full of goal scorers Heung-Min Son heads into the fixture firing having scored six goals in his last five games, the return of Dele Alli from injury has also added extra firepower to the North London outfit’s attack, with Spurs’ number 11 finding the back of the net against Everton and Watford.
Looking to the Emirates, Arsenal host 19th place Southampton, where the Gunners will be hoping to bounce back from their Premier League hangover, Unai Emery’s men head into the home fixture heavy favourites having never suffered a defeat to the Saints at home since the formation of the Premier League.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping to add to his 50 goals for Arsenal heading into the weekend after the Premier League’s September player of the month has already notched eight goals in a Gunners shirt so far this season.