By News Team
19th November 2020
The Premier League is back with a bang this weekend, with some cracking matches for fans to enjoy. The first eight games have seen plenty of unexpected results, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupying 14th, 11th and 10th places respectively at this stage of the season.
It’s certainly been a thrilling start to the new campaign and here’s our look ahead to a selection of the matches over the coming days.
Jose and Pep go head-to-head
Spurs currently hold a five-point and nine-place advantage over Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola’s side travel to north London on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs (16/5) seem to have found the knack of grinding out wins so far this season. Since their match against West Ham, the north London side have won six in a row in all competitions, three coming in the league. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve conceded just twice in those victories. As we know Jose Mourinho is meticulous in organising a defence and much of his success through the years has come from keeping it tight at the back.
With Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Son Heung-Min in their ranks, any defence in the world needs to be wary because we all know the quality they possess. Bale has scored just once so far on his Spurs return, but he’ll be keen to add to that figure on Sunday and he’s 23/10 to score anytime.
Sitting 10th in the table isn’t exactly ideal for Manchester City as they seek to wrestle back the title from Liverpool. Despite their lower position in the table, City are still the 21/10 favourite, with the draw available at 7/2.
There hasn’t been a 0-0 in this fixture since 2010, while the last five games have had an average of three goals, so it’s unsurprising that both teams to score is 6/10, while over 3.5 goals is priced at 11/8.
Rodgers heads back to Anfield
Sunday’s matches end with a thriller at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers takes his high-flying Leicester team back to his former side Liverpool. A trip to Anfield will be the real test of where this Foxes side are and if they could genuinely be title contenders. However, they are going to one of the hardest away grounds in the league, with the Reds unbeaten in their last 63 Premier League home games – their joint-longest run without defeat at home in the top-flight. Interestingly, their previous run was ended by Sunday’s visitors.
Much of Rodgers’ spell at Anfield will hold happy memories, but he’ll be keen for his side to perform better than they have recently against his old club, with both visits to Merseyside under the Northern Irishman ending in defeats. The league leaders have won their last seven in all competitions, though, and are 27/10 to extend that sequence.
Many might argue that Liverpool (19/20) have done very well to be where they are considering the ever-lengthening absentee list. Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez are two of the latest additions and join Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho on the sidelines. It’s a worrying time for Jurgen Klopp and he’ll be hoping the injury to Henderson isn’t too bad and he’s able to make it for this one.
It will be interesting to see how the Reds manager juggles his attacking options, with Diogo Jota, a scorer in all three of his home Premier League appearances, surely pushing for another start alongside Sadio Mane. You’d also imagine that Roberto Firmino will retain his place in the side, despite only scoring once so far this campaign. He’s scored five times against City and he’s 2/1 to score again on Sunday.