As the week draws to an end, all eyes are on this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. Amongst the excitement of a Merseyside derby, the stakes are high for managers, teams and players.
Both Slaven Bilic and Arsene Wenger look to secure their future at their respective clubs this weekend. With the pair facing criticism, the pressure is on for both of their clubs to take three points and climb the Premier League table.
Bilic looks to end a five-match run without a single win as Wenger hopes to lead his team to victory following defeats to West Brom and Liverpool. Calls for ‘Wenger out’ have circulated throughout social media, and similar comments have been made about the West Ham boss who has less than 15 months left on his contract at the London Stadium. It goes without saying that positive results for either of the teams would halt criticism and calm the nerves of fans.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare chase managerial records. A win for The Reds will make Klopp the first Liverpool manager to win his first three Premier League Merseyside derbies. Despite a turbulent start to the season and the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri, victory for Leicester’s Craig Shakespeare will see him become the fifth manager in history to win his first four matches in charge. This record has only been matched by Guardiola, Mourinho, Hiddink and Ancelotti.
Project11 are predicting that Hull v West Ham could be an exciting fixture, with the Hammers keen to climb to a potential ninth position in the table, and Hull keen to steer clear of the relegation zone. Fans are expecting to see goals, as West Ham have conceded the most goals within the first 15 minutes of matches this season, with 8, and Hull have coincidentally conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes, with 20.
Sunderland’s Jermaine Defoe has impressed in the England squad, but has left many wondering whether he can deliver again this weekend. Despite scoring against 35 different Premier League teams, the 34-year-old striker has not netted in his last four clashes with The Hornets.
Both sitting on 33 points, Bournemouth travel to Southampton to battle for points. Bournemouth’s Joshua King has played a great part in the club’s success so far this season, with an incredible eight goals and one assist in his last eight Premier League appearances, but can he continue his run away from home this weekend?
Tune in this weekend to catch all the action as it unfolds.