We had another action packed round full of goals last weekend in the Premier League with some surprising results.
Watford were unlucky against Champions Chelsea, and lost a 2-1 lead after missing lots of great chances to wrap the game up, before losing 4-2.
Manchester City were their clinical selves, although Burnley did put up a great fight for a lot of the match. Though, perhaps in the biggest shock of the round, Huddersfield beat Manchester United 2-1.
On Sunday we saw 12 goals in two action packed games. Arsenal beat Everton 5-2, it was a defeat for Everton which resulted in them sacking boss Ronald Koeman. In the later match, Tottenham amped up the pressure on Jurgen Klopp by beating them 4-1, with Harry Kane scoring another two goals.
This weekend is expected to be a bit quieter, but we still have one particularly interesting match at the top of the table.
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 home matches
Jose Mourinho will have been furious after watching his side turn in an inept display which saw United trailing title rivals Manchester City by 5 points at the end of the weekend.
The players stated that they didn’t show enough fight, but they have the perfect opportunity to show that it was just a blip against Tottenham.
It is these big games that Mourinho thrives, he loves the head to head battle with other top coaches, but for the neutral it’s never normally a good thing. The games are often tight, and very boring affairs, as seen by United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool a few weeks ago.
But United know that they need to secure 3 points this weekend, otherwise the gap with Manchester City will likely increase.
One of the key features of United’s defeat was the fact that centerback Lindelof was extremely poor and responsible for Huddersfield’s goals. Luckily for Mourinho, he is boosted by the return of both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones to bolster the United back line.
Fellaini and Carrick are still out, while Paul Pogba is close to a return but a doubt for the weekend. This means Herrera and Matic are set to resume their partnership. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock against Swansea in midweek but is expected to be fit.
Tottenham meanwhile, are just finding the form that saw them challenge for the title last season, except for a midweek blip against West Ham when they squandered a 2-0 lead. They have title aspirations of their own, and a win against United would put them clear in second place, and maintain the gap with Manchester City provided they overcome West Brom.
Tottenham are getting into a good place with injuries, with Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele making midweek returns. Just Victor Wanyama is out, with Erik Lamela fit but not deemed ready for a competitive match yet. There are question marks over the fitness of Harry Kane after he limped off against Liverpool but he is expected to face United.
This match finished 1-0 to United last season, and a similar pattern to the match is expected this time around too.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Huddersfield’s last 3 away games
This weekend see’s the Premier Leagues two German managers go head to head for the first time. Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner also happen to be best friends after playing together in Germany and working together at Dortmund. They have described it as a strange situation to be facing each other, but neither team will wish to lose.
The focus for Liverpool will be on improving their defence after shipping 4 goals against Tottenham. Question marks are being asked of Klopp and whether he can get his defence performing well, so it is expected that Liverpool will be a bit more defensively minded.
Other changes are expected to the side, with Dejan Lovren looking like he may make way after being substituted just 30 minutes into his horror show against Tottenham. Liverpool are without Lallana, Clyne, and Mane still.
Huddersfield will be on a high and full of confidence after picking up the scalp of United last weekend. If there is one thing they know how to do, it’s play with passion and be solid in defence.
It is likely that they will remain unchanged from the United game. Except, Rajiv van La Parra coming in for the injured Elias Kachunga.
Again, another close matched is expected in this battle between the two German bosses.
Everton have failed to win their last 12 away matches
It was a disastrous weekend for Everton last weekend, after getting thrashed 5-2 by Arsenal. You have to feel sorry for Ronald Koeman after his sacking. They lost their best player and signed half a new team. This made it difficult for him to get the squad playing as a team.
They looked like a team of individuals against Arsenal. You have to wonder how a new manager is going to perform any differently.
Currently, David Unsworth is the caretaker manager. He has stated that he intends on winning over the faith of the owners to go full time.
He must do so without Idrissa Gueye who was sent off against Arsenal. As well as Barkley, Bolasie and Coleman are long term absentees. Morgan Schneiderlin is also a doubt.
Leicester have recently made a managerial change of their own. Former Southampton boss Claude Puel takes charge for the first time against Everton.
Leicester have seen something of a turn around, with two back to back wins since the sacking of Craig Shakespeare.
They have no new injury concerns going into the game and will be the more confident of the two sides.
Suggested bet: Leicester to win @ 1.15 (William Hill)*
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