The weekend kicks off with a desirable London derby at Stamford Bridge, where Frank Lampard’s Chelsea combat Crystal Palace with Roy Hodgson’s side having already won away at Manchester United this season. Chelsea have made a tepid start to the campaign, with one win from three, despite spending more the £200million within the transfer window .
Everton, rejuvenated under Carlo Ancelotti, will look to increase their perfect start to season with a fourth successive league win once they combat Brighton at Goodison Park, before Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United host Pep Guardiola’s Man City at Elland Road.
Leicester City host West Ham : who might be without David Moyes for a fourth successive match following his positive coronavirus test. Southampton combat West Brom, Fulham visit Wolves and Arsenal face Sheffield United at the Emirates.Burnley’s trip to Newcastle United completes Saturday’s action, before a bumper Super Sunday.
Positives for Villa as champions come to town : Jack Grealish skilled the news that Ross Barkley had signed for Aston Villa in typically impish fashion: a tweet filled with heart emojis. And why not? Barkley, arriving on a season-long loan, is sort of the coup for a side that almost stayed up last season by one point. The question is how Dean Smith finds an area for Barkley during a midfield that has now found some balance Villa are now unbeaten in six league games after their 3-0 win at Fulham.
Smith would be smart to go away Barkley out of the XI for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday his side will need defensive discipline and tactical awareness that has obviously been honed on the training ground in recent weeks but his time will come. Beyond this weekend, Barkley should enjoy being an ingenious talisman once more alongside Grealish. Villa feel an honest fit.
Leeds v Man City set to be a football fiesta : Manchester City skilled their first league defeat last season by winning their next league game 8-0. Leeds are not any Watford but we will make certain that Pep Guardiola are going to be demanding another goal spree. Marcelo Bielsa will probably do likewise so this showdown might be a breathless attacking fiesta.
The managers have similar thoughts about the sport but their personalities are different: it'd just be that Guardiola’s is beginning to decline his players, whereas belief in Bielsa is inspiring a team of comparatively modest parts to greater feats. Saturday’s clash at Elland Road might be revealing; it'll definitely be entertaining.