Liverpool face Premier League pacesetters Everton this weekend decided to show their 7-2 drubbing by Aston Villa was only a weird blip whereas misfiring Manchester United may slip into the relegation zone. The Merseyside derby kicks off the Premier League motion on Saturday after the worldwide break, with Manchester City’s match in opposition to Arsenal additionally catching the attention. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably be determined to show round Manchester United’s fortunes at Newcastle after their 6-1 humbling by Tottenham.
AFP Sport appears to be like at a few of the most important speaking factors forward of the motion.
Can Everton finish Liverpool hoodoo?
Everton have been rivals to Liverpool in identify just for the previous decade, with out a win in opposition to their near-neighbours since 2010.
But the Goodison Park membership are high of the desk with 4 wins out of 4 and Jurgen Klopp won’t be relishing the quick journey throughout Stanley Park.
The champions are smarting from their pummelling at Villa, which adopted spectacular wins in opposition to Chelsea and Arsenal, and it will likely be the defence that’s giving the German boss his greatest headache.
Liverpool have conceded 11 objectives within the Premier League to date — solely West Brom have conceded extra (13) — and they’re arising in opposition to the Premier League’s joint top-scorer in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has six objectives.
The ahead, who scored for England on his debut final week, is fast to reward fellow attackers James Rodriguez and Richarlison.
“I demand high standards from myself every day,” he instructed Everton TV. “I continue to work hard, like I always have, to get into this position. I am just grateful the quality behind me is producing the opportunities for me to score the goals.”
Man Utd should cease rot
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described his facet’s 6-1 defeat at residence to Tottenham because the “worst day” in his profession as a Manchester United participant or supervisor.
United are simply three factors above the relegation zone after delivery 11 objectives of their three matches to date and their confidence appears to be like to be in tatters.
The query till just lately was who would companion Harry Maguire on the again however the world’s most costly defender is himself enduring a horror season on and off the pitch.
The central defender’s newest low level was his purple card throughout England’s 1-Zero defeat to Denmark within the Nations League on Wednesday.
Left-back Luke Shaw, whose place is underneath risk from the arrival of Alex Telles, urged United to tighten up.
“We need to be clinical and, especially at the back, we need to be more solid,” Shaw mentioned. “Not just as a backline but throughout the whole team, a bit more defensively solid and a bit more compact.”
Spurs’ feelgood issue
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham began the season with a disappointing Premier League defeat in opposition to Everton however they’re unbeaten since then regardless of a busy schedule main as much as the worldwide break.
Their seismic victory at Old Trafford introduced an finish to a sequence of eight matches in 22 days as Spurs reached the League Cup quarter-finals and certified for the Europa League group stage.
Lucas Moura says Tottenham are eager to select up the place they left off.
“We need to start the new month in the same way, with the same fighting spirit,” he mentioned. “I’m very positive. I think we are building a very strong squad and we can dream of big things this season, that’s our objective.”
Villa meet Leicester in summit conflict
When Aston Villa escaped relegation on the ultimate day of the 2019/20 season, few would have anticipated them to be second within the desk, with three wins out of three, in mid-October.
Defender Ezri Konsa is assured they’ll keep that flying begin in opposition to Leicester, who’re simply behind Villa on objective distinction.
“It’s been a great start for us,” he mentioned. “We’ve carried on our kind from final season, and we have to preserve going and preserve the concentrate on ourselves.
“The chemistry within the squad has gone up one other degree and we preserve constructing on that in coaching.”
Everton v Liverpool (1130 GMT), Chelsea v Southampton (1400), Manchester City v Arsenal (1630), Newcastle v Manchester United (1900)
Sheffield United v Fulham (1100), Crystal Palace v Brighton (1300), Tottenham v West Ham (1530), Leicester v Aston Villa (1815)
West Brom v Burnley (1630), Leeds v Wolves (1900)
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