The football world will be treated to some entertaining fixtures when action resumes in the English Premier League this coming weekend.
Chelsea, Liverpool Arsenal and Manchester United all stand a risk of dropping vital points in their respective fixtures when action resumes in the EPL next weekend. We are going to examine each of their games and see the reason why these teams might draw or lose their matches.
Liverpool will kickoff gameweek eight with their away trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford. Jurgen Klopp's team are still the only unbeaten team in the English top-flight but they have failed to win their last two matches (2 draws), including a 3-3 draw against Premier League newcomers Brentford in their last away trip.
They will face another daunting task against another newly promoted team as Watford have a decent record against Jurgen Klopp's team since he became their manager. Both teams are tied on head-to-head in Liverpool's last five visits to Vicarage Road (2 wins, one draw and two defeats each).
Their last encounter will still be in the memory of Klopp and his boys as Ismaila Sarr led the 'Hornets' to end Liverpool's hopes of winning the league unbeaten with a shock 3-0 result. Sarr will be raring to go against the Reds again this weekend and will pose a threat alongside Joshua King and Nigeria's Emmanuel Dennis in attack.
Manchester United will be hurting following bad results in their last two Premier League home games in which they lost to Aston Villa and were lucky to get a draw against Everton.
Their next encounter is against a Jamie Vardy-led Leicester City side. The veteran striker is currently the joint top scorer in the Premier League with six goals to his name (same as Mohamed Salah).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be forced to play this match without his first choice center back partnership of Raphael Varane and club captain Harry Maguire, who are both struggling with injuries. Even when they had those two players in the team, the Red Devils have only been able to keep one clean sheet in all competitions this season.
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are in top form at the moment and will be liking their lips at the prospect of facing Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly this Saturday.
Chelsea are the current leaders of the Premier League table but could drop from their position as they are faced with a tough fixture this weekend. They will take a short trip to the Brentford Community stadium to face Brentford FC in the West London derby on Saturday evening.
Newly promoted Brentford are punching above their weight at the moment as they currently find themselves in the top half of the table in seventh place. They have lost just once so far with impressive victories against London rivals Arsenal and West Ham, and also a dramatic draw with Liverpool in their last home fixture.
Thomas Frank’s side will look to continue their incredible form this weekend when they welcome the european champions who are sweating over the fitness of their top striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian forward suffered a muscular injury while on duty for his national team at the UEFA Nations League finals and had to return early to Chelsea's base in London. It is still unknown if he will be fit enough to feature and his absence will be a big blow to Thomas Tuchel's team.
Whether Lukaku features or not, Chelsea will find it hard to break down a Brentford defence that has let in just 6 goals across their seven games so far, keeping three clean sheets in the process. The Blues will also face a difficult task of keeping out Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo who have both been brilliant for the 'Bees' this season.
Mikel Arteta's side seem to have found their rhythm this season as they are currently on a 4 game unbeaten run (3 wins and one draw). However, their excellent run could come to an end in their next match against the resilient Crystal Palace.
The South Londoners have gotten the better of the Gunners in their recent visits to the Emirates Stadium where they are yet to lose since the 2017/18 season. Palace have one win and two draws in their last three visits to the Emirates Stadium.
The last London derby which Patrick Vieira's side were involved in was their 3-0 win over Arsenal's North London rivals - Tottenham Hotspur. They will be looking to get another positive result when they play Arsenal and you wouldn't put it past them to cause an upset on Monday night.
Note that Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City will all have an eye on their respective Champions League games after this weekend and it could influence their approach in their matches this weekend. With some added disadvantages working against them, they could all drop points this weekend in the Premier League.
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