We all know that the highlight of the Premier League weekend is its final act before the international break, but there’s more going on besides Liverpool-Man City.
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Below we take a look at the key storylines to keep an eye on across the PL this weekend.
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- Liverpool v. Manchester City, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN
This is it: The date circled by both of these fan bases and most neutrals when the Premier League fixture list was released this summer. Man City’s injury list is long and Anfield has been a fortress, but the onus is on the league leaders to handle their business against the two-time reigning champions.
The story lines within this match alone are myriad: Is Ederson‘s injury a mirage? Can City’s marauding full backs deal with the Reds’ wing wizardry? Plus, will the love between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp take a hit following a tense week of diving talk and a more tense battle on the pitch?
And let’s face it: VAR is gonna have something to say before the day is done on Merseyside.
Foxes can make Arsenal even smaller in rear view mirror
- Leicester City v. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN
The Gunners and Foxes know that at least one of the league’s top two will drop points this week, and Unai Emery knows the table can look a lot cozier if he can take three points from a Leicester City side which is overachieving by many metrics.
Chelsea finishes promising stretch of schedule at home
- Chelsea v. Crystal Palace, 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN
Since losing to Liverpool, Chelsea has won five-straight in league play. The Blues have outscored Brighton, Saints, Newcastle, Burnley, and Watford by a combined score of 13-4. Palace is the last match of a winnable run before Man City comes calling after the international break.
Improving Seagulls hope Red Devils are weary
- Manchester United v. Brighton, 9 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN
Graham Potter‘s Brighton and Hove Albion have won three of four to move within two points of fifth. United’s improved form took a step back at Bournemouth but picked right back up with a blowout of Partizan Belgrade on Thursday. Both sides will be looking for three points.
Blades aim to carve another point from a top end foe
- Tottenham Hotspur v. Sheffield United, 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN
The Blades have beaten Arsenal, drawn Chelsea, and probably deserved a point against Liverpool. Now they had to a Tottenham side whose been anything but consistent, and Chris Wilder‘s men will be thinking another result is in the offing.