The Barclays Premier League is onto its 15th match day this weekend. There are a number of interesting and mouthwatering fixtures which can have a say on the Premier League table. League leaders Manchester City face Stoke City away from home while Arsenal will host Sunderland at the Emirates. Klopp’s men will travel to the St James Park while Chelsea and Mourinho will hope to take all three points against AFC Bournemouth. Louis van Gaal will face a tricky game against he Hammers while Leicester City will travel to Swansea in a set of intriguing fixtures this weekend.
Here are 5 things we can look forward for in this weekend’s Premier League action.
1. Steve McClaren might have bigger problems:
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have been the most happening part of the Premier League in the last few weeks. The Red’s are yet to be defeated on their travels under their new manager and will face Newcastle away from home on Saturday. Newcastle United lost 3-0 to Sunderland last week, and will face an even tougher fixture when they face a rampant Liverpool side. McClaren will have felt the pressure of the loss to arch rivals Sunderland and will be in deeper trouble if he is humiliated by a Liverpool side that have found some great rhythm off late.
2. Jose Mourinho proves he is dynamic:
For a manager known to stick to his philosophies, Jose Mourinho took a big step when he played Eden Hazard as the striker and a false 9 against Tottenham last weekend. Even with the changes, the Blues failed to impress and had to settle for a 0-0 draw on the night. But Chelsea at times looked innovative and adventurous with their new set up and might use the same to play against newly promoted Bournemouth. This fixture could not have come at a better time for the defending Champions as the club are trying to find their lost form and climb up the table, where they belong.
3. Arsenal and their injury woes:
Arsenal have been one of the worst injury hit sides this season in the Premier League. The club has lost up to 8 first team players and the manager has done extremely well to keep with the pace of the English calendar. However, losing Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla as well in the last game will weaken the side even more and will give the Black Cats a definite chance at the Emirates on Saturday. Sam Allardyce will surely have asked his troops to give their best and put pressure on second string Arsenal side as they will try and back their 3-0 victory against Newcastle United last week.
4. Jamie Vardy and his record:
The England International and Leicester City forward, Jamie Vardy is the hottest property in English football at the moment. Vardy has scored in 11 consecutive appearances for Leicester City and will play his 12th game when Leicester travel to the Liberty Stadium this weekend. Swansea showed some encouraging signs last week against Liverpool and a similar performance will make it difficult for Leicester City to keep up their great start to the season and stay at the top of the table. With the form and touch Vardy is in, not many will bet against him prolonging his record in this game against Swansea.
5. Louis van Gaal will have to find answers quickly:
Manchester United are lingering in the top fourth of the Premier League table but have not been anywhere close to that good on the field. They have looked devoid of ideas and have failed to create opportunities to win games comfortably. They have been fighting for their results in recent games and will have to improve a lot in the next few weeks if they want to have a sniff at the title. Van Gaal has not been able to change the style of play and will have to induce some energy and pace up front if he wants his team to outscore opponents. If nothing changes, it is just a matter of time that the resilience in defense is broken and that the club will face a tough time to finish even in top 4. This weekend’s game against West Ham is also a tricky fixture but a good performance and a result will go a long way in giving the club the confidence needed.