Here we are – the first four day weekend of the 2020-2021 Premier League season. Now that the Champions League and Europa League have gotten into full swing, the games will begin getting more spread out to account for the teams playing in Europe. That just means more opportunity for games each week!!! But enough about that, let’s get into Matchweek 6, shall we?
Sunday, October 25th
Southampton v. Everton
This match should be filled with intrigue. Ancelotti’s Everton side have come out of the gates absolutely on fire. They’ve looked impressive at every turn, and have yet to show any signs of slowing down. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in top form, supported by the likes of James Rodriguez and Richarlison. Heading to St. Mary’s, however, will prove to be a test they should not take lightly. Richarlison is unavailable due to suspension, and Rodriguez may not feature due to injury. It remains to be seen if these obstacles will derail the freight train at all, or whether they’ll just keep speeding down the track.
The Saints showed grit and resiliency in their 3-3 draw against Chelsea last time out. They went down early, but kept grinding throughout the match. A stoppage time equalizer afforded them a point, and they will look to take all 3 this weekend when Everton pay a visit. If they can maintain the competitive level against a tough but shorthanded opponent they may be able to pull it off.
Wolves v. Newcastle United
It was a bounceback second half for Wolves that led to them escaping with all three points from Leeds last weekend. They were true to form after being outplayed in the first half. As usual, they hung around and kept themselves in the match. Adama Traore came off the bench and helped jolt the team. Raul Jimenez put one past Leeds keeper Meslier (with the benefit of a deflection) to secure the victory. They’ll come into this match looking to build momentum from this win.
Newcastle, on the other hand, will want to quickly put their last match behind them. The Magpies managed to keep a 1-1 scoreline against Manchester United, only to be blitzed in the final 5 minutes. The end result was a 4-1 scoreline that surely left a sour taste in their mouths. It was a bleak end to a match that showed their vulnerability at the back when they do manage to press forward. They’ll need to do better if they want to avoid a similar fate against Wolves.
Arsenal v. Leicester City
Both of these teams are coming off of losses in the league last weekend. Arsenal were felled by Manchester City while Leicester surrendered all three points to Aston Villa.
The Gunners have looked to be an improved squad under Mikel Arteta, and they seem to finally be settling into a reliable formation. Their recent shakiness in the back has been improving as well. Their victories so far this season have all been relatively routine, though they’ve still not shown an ability to handle the “big six”, having succumbed to Liverpool and Man City thus far. Having to account for their participation in the Europa League will make things interesting when it comes to the XI Arteta will put forth, and this clash with Leicester will be no easy task. Look for Alex Partey to factor into his plans.
The Foxes had gotten off to a solid start this season and looked primed to be in the mix for the top few spots. Recent form, however, have left some scratching their heads. A 3-0 defeat to West Ham followed by the 1-0 loss to Villa make for some questions about how realistic that goal may prove to be. They have had their fair share of injuries, to be fair, but they made it through their Europa League opener pretty unscathed. This should be a good battle between two teams looking to get “over the hump”.
Ten games over four days should provide plenty of excitement and entertainment for your Premier League weekend and Sunday is no exception!
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