October’s Premier League action is wrapped up this afternoon with four games to look forward to.
With the curtain-raiser on Friday night providing a record-breaking 9-0 win for Leicester over Southampton, and VAR-related drama occurring on Saturday, there is a great deal of expectation that today will provide similar levels of talking points.
Indeed, looking at the games, there should be no end of discussion and debate to look forward to:
Newcastle v Wolves
Wolves have earned late goals against Newcastle in their most recent games and will be looking to replicate that this afternoon in the first kick-off.
Newcastle come into the game on the back of a narrow loss to Chelsea whilst the Old Gold are fresh from a turnaround win in Europe against Slovan Bratislava.
It’s likely to be a fairly tight game with Steve Bruce surely looking to get the Magpies’ home form as strong as possible given their current league position.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Arsenal eventually won in the Europa League on Thursday night, whilst Crystal Palace are in the thick of a very tough run of fixtures.
The Eagles lost at home to Manchester City last weekend, whilst they have games with Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool on the horizon.
However, they have the counter-attacking game to cause each of these teams problems and Unai Emery will be well aware of that going into a match where, if a positive result isn’t secured by the home side, the pressure could increase on him.
Norwich v Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about how United need to be at their best to get a result at Norwich and whilst some ridiculed him for that, it shows the respect he has for the Canaries.
The Yellows shocked Manchester City at Carrow Road earlier on this season and will fancy doing the same against United.
The Red Devils earned a point last time out in the league against Liverpool whilst also winning in the week in the Europa League – so a win here could potentially spark some sort of corner turning at the club.
Liverpool v Tottenham
The biggest game of the weekend sees us at Anfield as Liverpool and Spurs face one another.
The Reds dropped their first points at Old Trafford last time out in the league with a lacklustre performance whilst Spurs also drew against Watford last weekend.
In Europe, though, both enjoyed big wins in the Champions League and so the pair should take confidence into this one.
It’s a first meeting since the Champions League final of last season, of course, and so there’s that riding on this game as well as the obvious big three points on offer.