The new season of the Premier League will enter its second third this campaign as teams from around the country fight for a place at the top of the table.
The previous round in the league produced some games to remember leaving Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table, 12 games into the new season. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are closing in and there is not much that separates the top-5 teams in the league making this season one of the most interesting in recent times.
With the festive season fast approaching, every point becomes vital making this weekend an important match-day for the teams in the league. Here are 10 talking points from the Premier League this weekend:
Tough test for Guardiola:
Manchester City have shown a slight weakness against teams that are ready to frustrate them and that is exactly what Sean Dyche’s Burnley will try to do this weekend as they welcome the Citizens in an interesting game. Turf Moor has not been an easy place to go and will surely test Guardiola’s side.
Can the Baggies keep ascending?
Tony Pulis’ West Brom side have made a decent start to the campaign picking up 16 points from 12 games and will travel to the KCOM this weekend to face a Hull City side that is in the relegation zone. A victory on the night can potentially take the Baggies to the 6th place in the points table adding some weight to this game.
Battle of the strugglers:
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough and Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City have made similar starts to their campaign and are separated by just one point ahead of their clash at the King Power this weekend. The Champions are expected to take 3 points from this game but Boro have been hard to beat and might frustrate Leicester City on the night.
Can Liverpool bounce back?
After being knocked off the top place in the points table by Chelsea last weekend, Liverpool have a chance to go top this weekend when they face a struggling Sunderland side at Anfield. The Black Cats are, however, fresh from a victory against Hull and will hope to keep up the good work and get out of the drop zone quickly.
Can Swansea pull Palace down?
Crystal Palace have been one of the worst sides in the Premier League this year and are currently in the 16th place, just a point off the relegation zone, 12 games into the new Premier League season. They will travel to the Liberty Stadium this weekend in what can be a virtual six-pointer for both sides at the bottom of the table.
Yet another London derby:
This weekend it is Chelsea’s turn to face a London rival as Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Stamford Bridge this weekend to face their second London side in the last two league games. Both sides are separated by just a couple of points and win in this game can give both of them a huge boost early this season.
Watford to continue their form:
The Hornets have been in fine form this season picking up 18 points from 12 games standing in the 8th place in the points table. They will welcome Stoke City to the Vicarage Road this weekend and will hope to pile more misery on the Potters who are fresh from a defeat to Leicester City, on their way up the points table.
Can Arsenal get back to winning ways?
The Gunners have now drawn 3 of their last 4 games and have not been at their best in recent games. They will have to stop dropping points to compete for the title this season and will have to give the Cherries not chance this weekend on their trip to the Emirates in a crunch game.
Hammers test for Mourinho:
Slaven Bilic’s side have been far from decent this season and are currently in the middle of a relegation scrap. However, they have enough quality to test even the best sides in the league and will hope to do so on their trip to the Old Trafford this weekend.
Everton to halt Saints’ progress:
Southampton have been in some decent form in recent games, picking up a point at home against Liverpool in the last round. They will face a tough task this weekend as the second team from the Merseyside, Everton, will travel to the St Marys in what promises to be a feast for even the neutral.
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