Red hot Liverpool could face the sternest test yet to their perfect English Premier League start when they tackle a familiar face on Saturday.
Former Reds coach Brendan Rodgers returns to Merseyside with his high-flying Leicester side sitting third in the EPL table, trailing only their hosts and reigning champions Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s men made it seven league wins from seven last Saturday, but only just. A goalkeeping blunder helped the Reds to a 1-0 win at impressive Sheffield United, leaving them five points clear at the top of the pile.
Leicester had no such struggle on Sunday, bashing miserable Newcastle 5-0 at the King Power Stadium. It was a result that left the Foxes just two points behind second-placed City ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Pep Guardiola’s champs must wait until Sunday to strike back in the battle at the top when they host Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.
They muscled their way to a 3-1 victory at Everton last weekend to keep the heat on their north west rivals at the summit. Wolves make the daunting trip to the Etihad off the back of their first win of the season, 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Watford.
Manchester United face a sporting crisis of their own, after a drab 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday night sealed their worst start to a top flight season in 30 years. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit tenth in the table, with just nine points from their first seven games.
The Red Devils now face Newcastle on Sunday, whose thrashing at Leicester sparked clear-the-air talks between boss Steve Bruce and his beleaguered squad. Arsenal start the weekend fourth as they prepare to face Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Improving Chelsea have another chance to continue their decent form as coach Frank Lampard finds his feet, making the trip south to struggling Southampton.
The Blues have lost once since the opening weekend, while the Saints are seeking to prevent a third straight EPL defeat. Tottenham were responsible for Southampton’s most recent loss and kick off the action in the early Saturday match along the south coast at Brighton, who fell to a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea last time out.
An unlikely battle for capital city supremacy also continues at the London Stadium in the late Saturday kick off, as impressive West Ham and Crystal Palace face off. It’s a derby between clubs who have lost just three times between them this campaign so far, with the Hammers unbeaten since the opening weekend.
The Eagles have taken four points from back-to-back home games at Selhurst Park, drawing with Wolves before seeing off Norwich 2-0. Daniel Farke’s men host ailing Aston Villa on Saturday, with the promoted sides starting the weekend either side of the relegation dotted line.
Burnley also return to home comforts as they welcome Everton to Turf Moor. Watford continue their quest for a first win of the season as Sheffield United visit Vicarage Road on Saturday.
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