And just like that, another Premier League gameweek is upon us. We could get used to this. Here are the standings after the first Premier League gameweek back:
(To recap, we get four points for predicting the correct winner, ten points for predicting correct score and winner, and zero points for doing neither).
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This week, we’ve got 10 mouthwatering fixtures, including a battle for a top four spot between Manchester United and Leicester, a heavyweight affair between Chelsea and Man City, and a London derby between Spurs and West Ham!
Leicester vs. Brighton
A win for Brighton will surely guarantee survival, while Leicester will want to respond quickly after a disappointing draw at Watford.
Ben Chilwell’s strike to put the Foxes ahead was a cracking goal and they must have thought they had nicked the points.
And that is exactly what Brighton did against Arsenal later in the day. Can they do it again against the Foxes?
Spurs vs. West Ham
Tottenham, apart from a shaky last 30 minutes, looked decent against Man United, while West Ham struggled in their loss to Wolves. The Hammers desperately need points, but it might be hard to come by this week.
This match is never without drama, however, so expect a feisty affair.
Manchester United vs. Sheffield United
Things have not gone Sheffield United’s way since the restart: One point from a possible six and a red card for John Egan in their match vs. Newcastle.
Man United, on the other hand, secured a good point vs. Spurs and have a near fully fit squad at the moment. This game will be massive in the fight for European qualification.
Newcastle vs. Aston Villa
Newcastle unexpectedly came back with a bang, while Aston Villa nearly did the impossible against Chelsea. These two have been fairly underwhelming all season, but very much have something to prove. This could turn into a cagey affair.
Norwich vs. Everton
Everton will be somewhat pleased in slowing their Merseyside rivals in their tracks a bit at the weekend. Ancelotti seems to have a good feel for his side now, and will look to finish the season strongly.
Meanwhile, Norwich seem destined to go down. Nevertheless, Farke’s men will fight to the end. Expect the Canaries to fight back.
Wolves vs. Bournemouth
Bournemouth head to the Molineux for a slightly uneven matchup. They’re without their talisman Ryan Fraser, and things aren’t really looking up. Wolves will continue in their surge for Champions League football.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
The Reds will be looking to wrap up the title as soon as possible after slipping up at Everton. Palace look good but will struggle against a fiery Liverpool side. Expect Mo Salah to come in with a chip on his shoulder. Roy Hodgson’s men will only be able to hold on for so long.
Burnley vs. Watford
Perhaps not the most exciting fixture on paper, both of these teams still have plenty left to fight for. Burnley with the outside chances of securing a rare appearance in Europe, and Watford at the other end of the table looking over their shoulders at the bottom three. Burnley will be looking to bounce back after humiliation at the Etihad, both on and off the pitch.
Southampton vs. Arsenal
Arsenal need to get back on track and fast. Arteta will be looking for a disciplined performance against a Southampton side coming off of a solid win at Carrow Road. If there’s one team that needs the three points this weekend, it’s Arsenal.
Chelsea vs. Man City
Both of these teams will be in confident moods after picking up maximum points from the first weekend of action. It’s becoming harder and harder to predict Lampard’s preferred XI with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic having to settle for appearances off the bench against Villa. The same can be said about Pep’s side that made 8 changes against Burnley. Chelsea will be motivated to maintain their lead in the Champions League spots. This will be a cracker.