If the highlight of Saturday’s games is the latest installment in the Pep and Jose show, Sunday’s games are dominated by table-toppers Leicester City’s trip to champions Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp faces the man he replaced at Anfield in 2015.
Jamie Vardy will no doubt be licking his chops at the thought of going-up against the Reds’ depleted defence in the season’s first real six-pointer.
But before all that we have Everton’s trip to Fulham to look forward to, Sheffield United seeking their first win of the season at West Ham and a moth-watering encounter between Leeds and Arsenal.
We’ve asked Sheffield United supporting Jonny from The Shoreham View to give his thoughts on how these games play out – and you won’t be surprised to hear he’s full of the joys of spring ahead of their game with West Ham.
Fulham v Everton 12:00
After their eight game unbeaten run at the start of the season, the Blues have lost their last three games, scoring two and conceding seven.
But Richarlison and Digne are back now, and James Rodriguez looks to be back to full fitness after completing 90 minutes twice for Colombia while on international duty.
Scott Parker achieved his first ever Premier League win as a manager against the Toffees after Fulham had already been relegated back in 2018, but he’ll have his work cut-out of his side are to avoid the drop again this season having recorded just one win in nine games.
Jonny’s View: “Like us (Sheffield United) Fulham look like a team in crisis on the pitch, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.”
Jonny’s Prediction: Everton win
Sheff Utd v West Ham 14:00
Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw with Fulham remains the high point of their season so far and is the only time Chris Wilder’s side managed to avoid defeat in the Premier League having conceded 20 goals in their last 11 Premier League games.
To make matters worse, the Blades have only scored seven goals this season and also lead the league for points dropped from winning positions with six.
Michail Antonio is still ruled out for West Ham while Andriy Yarmolenko is also a doubt, meaning David Moyes’ options will be limited as they look for their first-ever Premier League win at Bramall Lane.
Jonny’s view: My beloved Blades have not had a great start, but as we can see; despite the injuries, despite the really tough start, despite the poor refereeing decisions and every obstacle that’s been put front of us, the players are determined to put it right. They will be bang up for this game and ready to kick start the season properly and really show what they can do
Jonny’s prediction: West Ham win
Leeds v Arsenal 16:30
Leeds head to the Emirates Stadium following back-to-back 4-1 defeats, staring their first ever thrid consecutive leage defeat under Marcelo Bielsa squarely in the face.
That said, Arsenal are still licking their wounds after the joint biggest defeat of Mikel Arteta’s reign, when they lost 3-0 at home to Aston Villa last time out.
And it won’t have escaped the attention of the Leeds manager that the Gunners have lost three of their last four Premier League games without scoring with their last league goal from open play coming some six hours and 26 minutes ago.
Jonny’s View: This is a strange one. A team getting all sorts of praise, managed by a man being hailed as the one to turn things around, despite having a worse record than the previous manager who was hounded out! I can honestly see this one being zero fun to watch.
Jonny’s Prediction: Draw
Liverpool v Leicester 19:15
Liverpool are unbeaten since losing to Crystal Palace back in April 2017, claiming 167 points from 189 available, meaning one more win and the Reds will set a new club record; but former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers would love nothing more than spoiling his old club’s party on Sunday night.
Injury problems could scupper their bid for Anfield immortality though with Jurgen Klopp’s side potentially lining-up without any of their regular back four while Rhys Williams withdrew from England duty on Wednesday while Mo Salah is missing after contracting Covid-19 during the international break.
Since losing at home to West Ham and Aston Villa, the Foxes have won six games on the bounce, while Jamie Vardy (who boasts a fantastic record against Liverpool with seven goals in 12 games) has scored eight in seven league games this season – so this might not be about ending Liverpool’s magnificent run, more so claiming three vital points in what could be a titanic title battle between the two clubs.
Jonny’s view: Brendan Rodgers is still looking to get one over on his old club and cement Leicester as a serious top spot contender while Liverpool’s players are dropping like flies. So for that reason I can see this being an entertaining, thrilling edge of your seat, nil nil!
Jonny’s prediction: Goalless draw
Acca Pays: 294.18
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