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Premier League: 10 things to watch this weekend

1) Last storm for Bruce on Tyneside?

It seems trivial to only discuss football matters when it is set against ethical concerns Originated from Saudi takeover of Newcastle, but looks like whatever happens on the pitch against Tottenham will intensify Steve Bruce’s departure. He is unlikely to get much credit if his side registers its first league win of the season; Instead it will only add to the sense of “new sweep” momentum that will require a big-name manager as soon as possible, while defeat will only serve to demonstrate the urgent need for change. It helps Bruce that the first opponents of Newcastle’s new era are a side that has been extremely unaffiliated for at least a month, and who could be there to pick if the hosts move quickly. A loss to Spurs will intensify early pressure on Bruce’s counterpart, Nuno Espirito Santo, and focus various aspects of Tottenham’s game that are not working properly, especially if Harry Kane remains goalless. It will be a morally unsettling occasion but the party atmosphere may work in Newcastle’s favor, as it will do Bruce good. td

Newcastle v Tottenham, Sunday at 4.30pm (BST all times)

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2) Burnley will test the city’s lack of speed

Manchester City lacking a bit of pace, a strange thing to write about a Pep Guardiola side but true nonetheless. This is partly because by signing Jack Grealish and playing him to the left, he has removed it from an area of ​​the pitch in which it is usually found, but also because he has no centre-forward. And they have handsome midfielders who – apart from Kevin De Bruyne – lack the legs to run ahead of the strikers. In some games, most recently against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool, it doesn’t matter much, as such teams’ willingness to attack means they can be passed over and run around. But Burnley would stick eight men behind the ball, so the ability to avoid hitting them could be crucial in preventing a draw at City when visited southampton. As such, perhaps it is time for Guardiola to restore Raheem Sterling from their league to the starting XI, because although he is out of form, his ability to build up space and time back-post arrivals can be crucial against a well-organized defense. can. of Dhanbad

Manchester City v Burnley, Saturday at 3 pm

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3) Solskjær needs more than a good result

neither Leicester nor Manchester United Have a good start to the season, but although United are still placed at ease, it is they who come under more pressure in the game; Where Leicester want results, their opponents want results And a performance. In their quest to achieve this, they will be without Rafael Varane and perhaps Harry Maguire, but if they fail, they will not be a cause for absence. At first, Leicester will miss Wesley Fofana, Wilfred Nadi and James Justin and cannot afford United as much to mitigate such misfortunes. But beyond that, Viktor Lindelof is a decent defender who should have enough experience to prevent Eric Bailly, his potential mate, from going on crazy adventures, and Ole Gunnar Solskjor’s side’s attackers to score goals faster than their defenders. enough for. . The question – this weekend and for the rest of the season – is whether their midfield can feed the former while protecting the latter. of Dhanbad

Leicester v Manchester United, Saturday at 3 pm

4) Will Ranieri embody emotion and coherence?

Why Watford hired managers on contract for more than a year remains a mystery, and Claudio Ranieri’s first game under a two-year deal could hardly have been a tough one, with Liverpool playing eight games at home. Started a grueling race involving both the Manchester club and Chelsea. Ranieri won’t be judged on the results of those games – you’d expect – but performances will need to be more consistent and spirited than in this stint under Xisco Muñoz. Tinkerman’s ability to get the best out of limited resources will be tested to meet Watford’s current injury problems. Ranieri’s attitude and feel mean he won’t feel as much pressure as some – “I keep my spirit, no one can kill me,” he said at his unveiling – So it could be a tough afternoon for Liverpool, as could have been anticipated had Zisko remain in position at a point where he suffered a strong first defeat of their title-winning campaign two seasons ago. td

Watford v Liverpool, Saturday at 12.30 pm

'I'm too young... why are you laughing?': Rainieri Watford prepares for trial - VIDEO
‘I’m too young… why are you laughing?’: Rainieri Watford prepares for trial – VIDEO

5) Frank V Tuchel Adds Intrigue to the Derby

Chelsea at home would have been one of the games that Brentford fans looked forward to most when the fixtures came out. The West London side have not met in the league since seeing a crowd of 33,000 at Griffin Park to win the top-flight match 2–0 in 1947 for Chelsea, led by Tommy Lawton. And although Thomas Frank’s side is a steadfast underdog, he can go into it in better spirits than his opponents. of Brentford victory in West Hamo What felt like the most significant of their three victories to date, demonstrating their ability to absorb pressure and win over breaks that have often promoted other easy-to-promote sides in recent seasons (especially neighboring Fulham). did. Chelsea haven’t hit Top Gear for a while, but N’Golo Kante’s potential return from injury could give Thomas Tuchel’s team an edge in the industry and Knuss meeting two of the top flight’s cannier and more interesting coaches. td

Brentford v Chelsea, Saturday at 5.30 pm

6) Benitez and Moyes to deliver the weekend match?

Rafael Benítez vs. David Moyes seems like another decade-long fight, with two football dinosaurs struggling to stay relevant. But the reality is very different and this proves yet again that football remains a simple game as much as some people like to tangle and tangle; Whether you call “sitting midfielders” a “double pivot” or “put them under the “high press”, quality is quality. Everton arrived at this game with good enthusiasm, thank you One point earned at Old Trafford before the break. Important for him was Benitez’s decision to play a three-winger; The speed, flexibility and creativity of Anthony Gordon, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray asked questions that United struggled to answer, and Richardson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are still injured, through two sides of four moyas and Looks like a sensible way to choose around that. Almost certainly deployed. West Ham, however, will be much less open in the transition and look to be progressing well, so it should be a great competition and could be a weekend match. of Dhanbad

Everton v West Ham, Sunday at 2 pm

Andros Townsend (left) celebrates with teammates Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon after Everton’s draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Clive Mason / Getty Images

7) Villa needs creativity

From the point of view of things, 10th is not a bad place Aston Villa to be in; They finished 11th last season, then lost their best player and talisman Jack Grealish. But although they have produced some decent results, they haven’t been great overall, with Dean Smith tinkering with formation and personnel in search of his best starting XI. As such, Amy Bandia – a club record signing at £38m – has started the last four league games on the bench, to feature a solid but stable midfield from Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey and John McGuin. It could be that Buendia’s best position is on the right side of the attacking trio, a position which, given Villa’s 3-5-2 setup, does not currently exist – a position that is unlikely to change, Ings and Ollie Watkins judging an appearance on Danny’s squad. However, both of those players required serve and, already deprived of wingers and overlap, would benefit from discarding a holder by Smith in order to reintroduce Buendia’s creativity. of Dhanbad

Aston Villa v Wolves, Saturday at 3pm

8) Will Arsenal develop a natural game?

When Mikel Arteta took over at Arsenal he inherited a bloated squad lacking the quality and mindset expected for a top Premier League club. Since then, he’s done a decent job of replacing people he didn’t like, to the extent that he now has a player in his first XI that he likes in every situation, but with that comes pressure, especially As Arsenal, although able to perform just fine, struggle to score – only Norwich have managed less than their five league goals. Whether Arteta can solve that problem is unclear, as cohesion will improve as familiarity increases, while Arsenal attacks a general lack of imagination, independence and competitive charisma in ways that fit with the personality of their manager projects. Not there. he can get diamond palace To their liking, because Patrick Vieira played under Arsene Wenger in his golden age, his side moves the ball quickly, leaving space behind. But until Arteta finds a way to make his team play naturally, he will continue to be less good than the players involved. of Dhanbad

Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Monday at 8pm

Arsenal on attack against Chelsea at Emirates earlier this season
Arsenal on attack against Chelsea at the Emirates earlier this season. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC / Getty Images

9) Leeds looking for the cruel side

For fans of a certain vintage, the Leeds and Southampton meetings will forever bring back memories of Don Revi’s team’s 7-0 romp in 1972. The famous, almost brutal passing sequence at the end Marcelo Bilsa’s football was often considered in a way other-worldly. But Bielsa could do with some of the ruthlessness of 50 years ago, Leeds’ West Hamo’s recent defeat Type failure to calculate temperament. The unavailability of Patrick Bamford, who has an ankle problem, and the possible absence of Rafinha, a late returnee from international duty with Brazil, will further blunt that disposition, and Balsa will hope that Calvin Phillips is well enough to recover from the injury. enough to bring something. Reliability of steel and side. Southampton played well in their last outing, a loss at Chelsea, and Leeds were able to capitalize on their failures again. td

10) Hanley Provides Hope for Hardworking Canaries

There is a lot Norwich can learn from Brighton, a similarly sized club from a one-team city that has learned to adapt and survive in the top flight after promotion in 2017, while the Canaries have yo-yo between the top two divisions. has done. Daniel Farke’s side looked to be reiterating their disappointing 2019–20 campaign in the opening weeks, but there were signs of more hope in the conceded goalless draw. burnley Who got Norwich’s first point before that break. Grant Hanley’s appearance, on the back, offers a firmness and leadership that has often gone missing, and the forward promises of Mathias Norman and Ozan Kabak give Fark hope that Groundhog Day may yet be avoided, and – Despite Brighton’s current seventh place – a Seagulls side that still doesn’t score as many goals as their attacking game merits could still be overstated. Norwich will have to go for it. td

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