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Premier League Talking Points: Arsenal & Liverpool in top-four fight and more…

How much could the table change this week


 

 

Arsenal vs Liverpool to produce goals aplenty


 

Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield in Saturday’s late kickoff, which could have a big say in the top-four race. Liverpool are experiencing their first pronounced downturn of the Jürgen Klopp era while Arsene Wenger’s men are going through an all too familiar mid-season crisis. 

 

But Liverpool have shown the strength to bounce back from a slump when you least expect it and Arsenal always have a point to prove when relieved off the pressure of expectations. A draw is no use to either side which should complement the history of this fixture which produced 31 goals in their last 7 clashes. That trend is unlikely to change tonight.

 

 

Tottenham facing the best league side in 2017

On Sunday, Tottenham welcome Everton to White Hart Lane where they are unbeaten in the entire campaign. Three points against Everton would mark a ninth home league win in a row. But it won’t be a cakewalk for Spurs who are facing an Everton side which has the best record in the league since the start of 2017—having won five, drawn two and lost no matches. 

 

Nor should they forget that this Everton side limited Spurs to a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season at Goodison Park despite being playing with an unsettled team under a new manager and missing key players like Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman. In fact, Everton has fought Tottenham to a draw over their last three meetings, and in none of those prior meetings were they on quite the high they are on at this moment.

 

 

Luke Shaw to start against Bournemouth?

It seemed the sky was the limit for the 21-year old left-back after his bright start to the 2015/16 campaign. But a sickening double leg break accompanied by niggling issues on the comeback trail has seen him making just 14 appearances this term with his last league appearance coming in October. Since then, he has featured only once in all competitions – against Wigan in the FA Cup.

 

However, it seems like Mourinho is finally ready to bring Luke Shaw out the Manchester United cold and could start against Bournemouth on Saturday. The Portuguese has named Shaw in the squad for Saturday's Premier League match against Bournemouth and hints that the full-back is in his long-term thinking.

 

"By age, by physicality, by intensity, by being aggressive going forward, he should be the best. But to be the best you need to work hard. It's what he's trying to do.”

 

 

Burnley teenager Dan Agyei set for Premier League debut

Burnley’s teenage striker Dan Agyei is in line to make his Premier League debut against Swansea this weekend. The 19-year has been in a sensational form for the Burnley Under-23s, scoring twice in their 5-3 Premier League Cup win over Sunderland last week. 

 

Dan was an unused substitute on the bench for the last two games, but Ashley Barnes' absence due to suspension means he should be involved at Swansea. A starting role is unlikely but we expect Sean Dyche to give the youngster his league debut tonight.

 

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