Take a look ahead all of to this weeks’ Premier League fixtures following the International Break.
Premier League fixtures this weekend
Tottenham V Bournemouth
Kick-Off 3 pm Saturday 14th October
Tottenham will no doubt be looking to Harry Kane to continue his blistering form to bury the jitters and bag their first Premier League win at temporary home Wembley Stadium.
Spurs have lost last minute points to both Burnley and Chelsea, and again in the frustrating 0-0 draw with Swansea. Mauricio Pochettino knows that if any serious title challenge is to be maintained, these must remain the only lost points at home.
Unbeaten at White Hart Lane last season, away has been the new home for Tottenham. Recent wins against Everton and Huddersfield on the road will have to be matched now with those on Wembley turf.
Resting for the Real Test ?
A visit to the Bernabau Stadium to play Real Madrid awaits on the 17th, may see Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele rested. Young Harry Winks again will step up. Dele Alli will be given a big role, given that he still has one more game remaining on his European ban.
Whilst Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and the long lost Erik Lamela are both now back in training, they are still unavailable for Saturday’s game.
Jermaine Defoe will face his old club for the first time with his new club Bournemouth, and will be looking to get on the score sheet to aid the struggling Cherries down in 19th place.
Eddie Howe’s side will be hoping they and the travelling fans can rise to the Wembley occasion. Bournemouth are making their first visit there in 19 years, and will most likely adopt the Burnley and Swansea method, defending their lines, and slowing down the favoured high press that Spurs play.
Liverpool V Manchester United
Kick-off 12:30 pm Saturday 14th October
Manchester United face a real test of their Premier League title challenge this week. They travel to meet Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
So far, Manchester United are yet to face any tough opposition. They are still without Paul Pogba. They are also now missing Marouane Fellaini who was injured on international duty for Belgium. Luckily, star striker Romulu Lukaku looks set to return following a slight ankle strain.
Second placed United will be looking to keep the pressure on title holders Chelsea, and fend off the challenge of neighbours and arch enemy Manchester City. The Citizens are level on points but ahead on goal difference.
No Mane no gain?
Liverpool will now be without Sadio Mane, injured on international duty, news which Jurgen Klopp will not have taken well. With midfielder Adam Lallana and right back Nathan Kline, also injured, his options are limited.
Klopp knows a home win against in-form Manchester United will send out a clear message to fans and rivals. Liverpool’s form has been both exciting and frustrating in equal measures. They are currently seven points adrift of the lead.
Crystal Palace V Chelsea
Kick-Off 3 pm Saturday 14th October
Roy Hodgson hopes to welcome the return of winger Wilfred Saha on Saturday when his side host the title holders and league leaders at Selhurst Park.
Whilst he may not play the whole 90 minutes, the 24-year-old is hoping to return in part. He faces fitness assessments later this week.
Palace are currently bottom of the Premier League having lost having lost all seven of their opening matches. The have also failed to score this season.
Antonio Conte will be happy that striker Alvaro Morata is confident he will be fit to face Crystal Palace, following a minor hamstring pull in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Scoring seven goals in eight appearances, Conte will want to cement his sides’ current position at the top of the Premier League.
Watford v Arsenal
Kick-Off 5:30 pm Saturday 14th October
Having started badly, Arsenal will want to make it five games unbeaten in succession. They have an away clash this weekend with Watford at Vicarage Road.
Only dropping points in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Arsene Wenger will be looking to keep up the momentum, and get back into the top four.
Now only a point behind their North London neighbours, they will not find an easy game against the Hornets who are indeed just a point behind them.
Troubled midfielder Mezut Ozil is now fit to return to duty but may not regain his place easily. Newbie Alexandre Lacazette is firing freely, and Alexis Sanchez is improving. German international Ozil may have to take his place on the bench.
The hornets feel the sting of the Internationals
Watford are without injured Nathaniel Cheboa. They hope Younes Kabul will play following a hamstring injury whilst on international duty.
Despite a promising start, Marco Silvas’ men have conceded nine goals in three games. He will be looking to cash in on Arsene Wengers’ slight defensive issue. Shkordan Mustafi is ruled out with injury picked up internationally. Laurent Konscielny could also still be out with an Achilles problem. Meanwhile, Calum Chambers is sidelined with groin strain.
Manchester City v Stoke City
Kick-Off 3:00 pm Saturday 14th October
Pep Guardiola will hoping for another 5-0 scoreline to add to his sides’ recent collection. With a defensive record almost as impressive, City will no doubt want no less than three points from the home tie, which will mean 20 games unbeaten at the Etihad.
The somewhat shock return of Sergio Aguero following his car accident will please fans and Guardiola alike. Aguero is suffering a broken rib. It was feared the in -form striker would be out for considerably longer.
Mark Hughes’ Potters have been inconsistent in form: drawing 2-2 with Manchester United; losing 2-0 away to Bristol; and 4-0 to Chelsea. A home against win Southampton was some compensation, but Hughes will be battling against not to be the third team to be beaten badly by Manchester City in as many weeks.
Burnley FC v West Ham
With just one defeat this season, Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be determined to continue their run as they welcome the Hammers to Turf Moor. They look to hold on to their current sixth place in the Premier League table.
In a battle of the clarets, Slavan Bilic will also want his improving West Ham to build on the two wins out of the last four for the East London side. He will welcome the return of Edimilson Fernandes, who hasn’t played since their loss to Newcastle.
West Ham have won five out of the last six meetings with Burnley, but Dyche has made just five changes to his squad since the start of the season, and their current success will be no doubt see the now famous bus, park up once more breaking down the visitors.
Premier League Sunday
Brighton v Everton
Ronald Koeman is desperate for the win when his team travel to south coast Brighton for the Premier League clash on Sunday. Following a poor start to the season, they sit in 14th place in the table. The blame largely falling on himself, he will be anxious to gain points.
After losing 3-0 on the opening day home to Tottenham; 4-0 to Manchester United; and then 1-0 at home to in form Burnley; Toffees’ boss Koeman will be hoping the return of injured Phil Jagielka may change to his sides fortunes.
An early kick-off will see around three thousand fans up early to make the 500 plus mile trip to the Amex Stadium.
Tough for the Toffees in the Premier League
Chris Hughtons’ 16th placed Brighton haven’t fared much better in their campaign so far. The news that their Dutch star Davy Propper has been injured during the International break, will only add to the Seagulls’ woes.
With a only 3-0 win over West Brom and narrow victory over Newcastle in the league to show – Chris Hughton will be hoping his seagulls can swoop in and steal three points from Evertons net.
Southampton V Newcastle
When the Saints host the Magpies on Sunday, new manager Mauricio Pellegrino needs to add to the seven points from eight games. A reasonable figure that has done little to appease the clubs’ fans discontent.
The last ten games at St. Mary’s have seen nine where Southampton fail to score.
Rafa Benitez will also be more than keen to secure three points at Newcastles away trip. Facing his former assistant Pellegrino, he will want to stay ninth in the Premier League table; just a few points off the top four.
Leicester V West Bromwich Albion
To be or not to be? 4-4-2?
Leicester will be looking to try and rescue a poor start. They may even be looking to change from their familiar 4-4-2 formation. Foxes boss Shakespeare has stuck to this for the first seven games of the season.
Leicester face a tough challenge when visited by the Baggies on Monday, who have an excellent record against the home side.
Unbeaten in all seven previous visits to the King Power Stadium, they will be looking to stop them making it eight.
Manager Craig Shakespeare and the coaching team have kept quiet as to their intentions. Hoping to surprise West Brom who on paper look to be favourites, despite being the visiting side.
Having won just one of their last four matches, an adjustment must now be inevitable. Leicester fans desperate to return to their glory, are more than keen to see evidence of a new Shakespeare play.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Newcastle United Manager / Head Coach Rafael Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)