The international break is over and players are back with their clubs prepared to earn their pay checks. Manchester City have Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League in what is possibly the biggest match of the Week 4 schedule.
Table toppers Manchester United face a troublesome adventure down to Stoke City, as Chelsea visit 2016 title winners Leicester City.
We have analyzed each of the ten matches set to take place in the English Premier League this end of the week and our entire EPL Week 4 tips and stats can be found underneath.
MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL
Both clubs preparing for the Champions League Group Stage kick off the fourth round of Premier League fixtures. Liverpool holds a significant advantage in the recent meetings between the clubs having won four of the last five meetings.
Nobody can accuse them of playing conservative football this season, with Liverpool scoring eight goals in their opening three games, including a brutal 4-0 demolition of Arsenal in their last outing.
Senegalese striker Saido Mane has been the key man so far in his second season at Anfield scoring three times and with the support of Roberto Firmino, gives Liverpool their most potent attack since the SAS days.
Their hosts meanwhile are also on seven points and looking to keep pace with their cross-town neighbors.Defensively they are much more stout so far giving up two goals in three games however they face a tough assignment this week.
With criticism coming from all angles, the club needs to rediscover their scoring touch as they have not found the back of the net since Olivier Giroud’s winner against Leicester in the opening round, or over 180 minutes of football ago.
They have form against Bournemouth having won three of the four meetings between the clubs. Bournemouth are just looking to get their first points of the Premier League season having lost to West Brom, Watford and Man City and only scoring once.
Arsenal should get back in the winning circle but it is hard to see them keeping a clean sheet given the uncertainty at the back.
Prediction: Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score
BRIGHTON VS WEST BROM
Aussie goalkeeper Mat Ryan faces some competition from deadline day acquisition Tim Krul and may find himself on the bench for Brighton & Hove.
In the Championship last year, the Seagulls did have the best home record so it would be very helpful for them if they were to rediscover that home form sooner rather than later.
Expect a fairly cautious contest with both keepers having a relatively easy game.
Prediction: Any body wins
Tottenham will be glad to return to a stadium they are used to playing in with Goodison Park presenting a more familiar setting than their temporary home of Wembley. The last two times these sides met at this ground each produced 1-1 draws, however, Everton have not won a game since December 2012.
A draw is the most frequent result in their last ten fixtures happening five times.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane is yet to get off the mark for this season but did manage a double in a recent qualifier for England.
Everton are yet to fully replace Romelu Lukaku up front as Sandro Ramirez adjusts to the Premier League, this game should go Tottenham’s way but Everton have proven to be tricky in the past so steer clear here.
Prediction: Tottenham Wins or draw
The last two champions of England face off at the King Power Stadium this weekend and just like in every other game, both sides will want a win. Chelsea will still be missing captain Gary Cahill who will be serving the final game of his suspension issued as a result of an opening day red card.
The defending champions will be feeling fairly confident having passed two stern tests before the international break in Everton and Spurs.
Last season they recorded two 3-0 victories over Leicester, however, both came before their managerial change.
Since the start of the 2016/2017 season, Leicester has struggled against the traditional “Big” opposition winning just two of fourteen games in that time. They will need to turn that form around quickly if they want to return to the top of the Premier League as they will not want to lose any more ground.
Both sides would be relatively satisfied with how things have gone in their opening three fixtures, establishing a decent platform to build on. So far both sides are on five points with a win and two draws each.
Neither side has been overly potent so far this year, however, Southampton will be hoping that the re-introduction of Virgil van Dijk will help them out in front of goal.
Watford’s leading goalscorer is defender Miguel Britos but they will be wanting one of their strikers to take over that mantle in the coming weeks.
Crystal Palace have been absolutely abysmal. Zero goals score in this campaign. In all fairness, their injury list is long and it includes their best striker. This game doesn’t look good either for them. Having said that, it doesn’t look good for Burnley either. D-L-W is their current form so it doesn’t inspire this writer.
Prediction: Any body Wins
SWANSEA VS NEWCASTLE
Swansea has lost their best striker in Llorente (Tottenham) and Newcastle have found some form of rhythm winning their cup game and their last league game. This could be an interesting encounter. Swansea have good results against Newcastle at home winning 3 of the last 4 vs Newcastle at the Liberty stadium. Shelvey will sit his last game through suspension.
Prediction: Both teams to score
WEST HAM VS HUDDERSFIELD
Not a glam Monday night fixture but an interesting one nonetheless. West Ham really have to win this one if they want to aspire to a mid-table place this season. Arnautovic and Carroll will be out for this one and this means a low scoring affair for West Ham unless they can pull a swift one.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.