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The Big Talking Points For Matchday 10
With matchday 10 upon us already, let's take a minute to have a look at some of the biggest talking points as we head into the next batch of Premier League fixtures.
Manchester United Must Respond
After the horror show against Liverpool last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his troops must find a response against Tottenham this weekend. Man for man - the Red Devils need to respond. If they don't, you fear for not only Oles' job security but for where this side might end the season. They have the perfect opportunity to turn things around immediately against an underwhelming Tottenham Hotspur side. Nuno Espirito Santos' Spurs side have been woeful after a promising beginning to the season., Harry Kane is sulking and is just not the Harry Kane of seasons past. It promises to be a crucial fixture for both sides and it could be the point of no return for the losers.
The Top Three
All three of City, Chelsea, and Liverpool play at the traditional 3 pm kick-off time this weekend, and with only 2 points separating them, none will want to drop points. Liverpool faces Brighton in potentially the trickiest of the three fixtures. Pep Guardiola will lead his men into battle against Crystal Palace in a seemingly very winnable match at the Etihad and Chelsea will take on Saudi-rich Newcastle United at St. James Park. Goal rush will be the place to be if you can't make it to the stadiums to watch. It'll be fascinating watching the live league table as the three fixtures play out.
Hammers Look To Cement Top 4 Spot
A fact that seemingly flew under the radar after Manchester United's capitulation last weekend, was West Ham cementing their place inside the top 4. The Hammers face a very winnable fixture in the Venice of the North against Aston Villa. And with Michail Antonio scoring goals for fun at the moment, along with arguably the best defensive midfield duo in the league in Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice - you'd be a brave man to bet against them not securing a victory.
Is This Norwich's Last Chance to To Win One This Season?
Daniel Farkes' Canaries side hosts a struggling Leeds United at Carrow Road. I know it's not even November, but can anyone reading this genuinely tell me that Norwich has a better chance to secure a victory this season? I mentioned on the After Extra Time podcast this week that if the Canaries don't manage to win this one, I don't see where they are going to pick up a victory this season. With a losing streak that dates back to the last day of February 2020 - we could be witnessing one of the worst Premier League sides in history.
Arsenal Look To Maintain Undefeated Streak
The Gunners have quietly turned their season around with an eight-game undefeated streak after a woeful start to the season. This week they face one of the sterner tests in Brendan Rodgers Leicester City. The Foxes have set such high standards in recent seasons under the Northern Irishman that they will be disappointed with where they sit at the moment. Particularly when the fourth spot that has eluded them in the past couple of seasons is there for the taking.
Jamie Vardy is set to play after passing a late fitness test. The Foxes will need him because Arsenal has one of the most exciting young sides in the Premier League at the moment, and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back in the goals. This promises to be a cracker way to start the season and will be a true litmus test of Arsenal's true credentials.
Come back after the weekends' fixtures for a full rundown of how the games played out and how things stand as we head into November in the English Premier League.
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