Liverpool and Chelsea face off within the first heavyweight conflict between title contenders of the Premier League season, whereas Arsenal purpose to get off the mark once they go to Manchester Metropolis on Saturday.
Arsenal suffered by the hands of Chelsea final weekend as Romelu Lukaku scored on his second debut in a 2-0 win for the Blues.
The Belgian, who returned to Stamford Bridge this month for a membership file £97 million ($133 million), scored his 114th Premier League objective on the Emirates, however his first for Chelsea after failing to make an impression in his first spell on the membership.
Now 28, Lukaku seems to be the entire bundle and the ultimate piece wanted to show Thomas Tuchel’s European champions into Premier League winners.
Chelsea and Liverpool are two of 5 groups to take most factors from two video games alongside West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton.
However of the pre-season title favourites, they’ve already opened up a two-point benefit over Manchester United and three-point lead on Manchester Metropolis.
Lukaku faces a a lot more durable take a look at at a full Anfield with Liverpool rejuvenated by the return of followers and talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk from damage.
The Dutchman’s presence has seen Jurgen Klopp’s males preserve two clear sheets of their opening video games in opposition to Norwich and Burnley.
However goalkeeper Alisson Becker acknowledged that beating Chelsea would ship a far stronger sign to their title rivals that Liverpool are again to their greatest.
“For what we imagine and for what we wish to obtain, it’s a very good signal since you are enjoying one of many favorite sides within the title race and if you happen to can beat one in all these sides it’s at all times good so that you can give confidence,” mentioned the Brazilian.
“We gained the Premier League earlier than and we all know that we have to suppose at all times in regards to the subsequent problem that we’ve in entrance of us, so this sport is vital.”
Extra distress for Mikel?Arsenal sit second backside and not using a level or perhaps a objective to point out from their first two league video games and face a frightening journey to the defending champions if they’re to interrupt that drought earlier than a two-week worldwide break.
The Gunners received a morale-boosting 6-0 win over a youthful West Brom aspect within the League Cup in midweek to ease the strain on supervisor Mikel Arteta with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick in his first begin of the season after testing optimistic for coronavirus.
Arteta has reportedly been given till the October worldwide break to show issues round, however Arsenal’s current file in opposition to Metropolis provides little trigger for optimism come Saturday.
Metropolis haven’t misplaced to Arsenal within the league since 2015 and may ill-afford one other slip up after dropping to Tottenham on the primary weekend of the season.
Homecoming for KaneCity had been compelled to concede one other defeat to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this week after Harry Kane introduced he shall be remaining at Tottenham this season.
The England captain had needed to maneuver to the Etihad with the purpose of ending his wait to win a trophy, however Metropolis had been unwilling to satisfy Levy’s calls for of a price nicely in extra of the Premier League file £100 million they paid for Jack Grealish earlier this month.
Regardless of the hypothesis over his future, Kane was given a hero’s welcome by the travelling Tottenham help away to Wolves final weekend.
After committing his future to his boyhood membership, he’s anticipated to start out for the primary time within the league this season when Spurs purpose to maintain their excellent begin going at dwelling to Watford.
Fixtures (all instances GMT)
Manchester Metropolis v Arsenal (1130),
Newcastle v Southampton,
Norwich v Leicester,
Aston Villa v Brentford,
Brighton v Everton,
West Ham v Crystal Palace (all 1400),
Liverpool v Chelsea (1630)
Leeds v Burnley,
Tottenham v Watford (each 1300),
Wolves v Manchester United (1530)