Friday night will see the return of the Premier League, with David Moyes searching for his first win with West Ham, Liverpool winger Mohammed Salah is on the hunt for goals and a new era at West Brom. Ahead of the weekend’s action, we have picked the five moments to look out for over the weekend.
Moyes already under fire
The pressure is already on West Ham boss David Moyes following the Hammers 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend. A win against Leicester at the London stadium on Friday night is imperative for the Scottish manager if he is to keep an already angry fan base on side. Moyes is likely to be without strikers Javier Hernández and Marko Arnautović for the match and will look to Andy Carroll to lead the line for his side. As for Leicester they have no injury concerns heading to the match and have enjoyed good form away from home this season, with their last away defeat in the league coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford at the end of August.
Salah to strike again?
Fifth place Liverpool take on third-placed Chelsea at Anfield in the late kick-off on Saturday in what will be one of the matches of the weekend. The match will be of special significance for Reds winger Mohammed Salah who had two frustrating seasons at Chelsea only making six Premier League appearances for the Blues. The Egyptian international is the league’s leading marksman and has grabbed a brace of goals in his last two Premier League games. Antonio Conte will certainly be paying close attention to the Egyptian, and hoping that his side can keep Salah quiet on Saturday evening.
Wagner out to derail Guardiola
Manchester City already has an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League and have not tasted defeat in 20 Premier League games. Pep Guardiola’s side is playing some sublime football at the minute but could be tested with an away trip to Huddersfield. Terriers boss David Wagner will be relishing the opportunity to test himself tactically against the league leaders. Having beaten Manchester United 1-0 at home, Huddersfield may upset the citizens on Sunday afternoon
New era at West Brom?
West Brom parted ways with Tony Pulis following their 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend. Baggies fans heralded the move and are hoping whoever is installed as a replacement can bring in a brand of more forward-thinking football. For now, they will have to do with caretaker boss Gary Megson, who previously managed WBA from 2000-2004. Megson will have a tough opening game against Spurs who are now undefeated in five Premier League games at Wembley
Gunners need to tough it out at Burnley
Arsenal shocked many with their 2-0 North London derby win over Tottenham. The Gunners wanted it more against Spurs and it showed with a comprehensive performance. Now Arsene Wenger’s side needs to do it all again when they take on Burnley away from home on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal has been guilty down the years for not toughing it out against the more physical sides in the league. A victory at Turf Moor and a few results elsewhere could give the Gunners a major top four boost.