The highlight of the televised football over the weekend in the Premier League is one of those south/north blockbusters that attract huge viewing figures around the world. For just the third time in the history of top flight football in England three teams are unbeaten after 10 matches. However, one of those records could go because Arsenal are fancied to beat Liverpool at the Emirates and extend their unbeaten run to nine matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal lost their first two league matches this season but they were tough fixtures. An easy run of matches since saw them earn maximum points from seven matches but they slipped up at Crystal Palace last weekend. An away point is not to be sniffed at but it was a disappointing for the winning run to end. Arsenal can get back on track with maximum points against Liverpool at their own ground. The visitors are the second in the league after a convincing victory against Cardiff at Anfield.
Liverpool were the highest spenders over the summer and they have a balanced squad. The team now plays as Jurgen Klopp likes it and the players have bought into his methods. Liverpool have not won the league since the 1989/90 season so have never been the champions of the Premier League. Manchester City broke points and goals records last season and look as good as ever. Liverpool will be thereabouts at the end of the season and that could be despite dropping three points at Arsenal on Saturday.
Saturday night has always been blank for Premier League matches broadcast live. Another previously empty slot is being filled when Wolves host Tottenham at a time when Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor are shown. Tottenham are in a bit of a mess despite a decent start to the season. The home match against Manchester City on Monday night was a farce due to the condition of the Wembley pitch. Mauricio Pochettino could be attracted to the manager’s job at Real Madrid.
Wolves are one of the best teams to come up from the Championship to the Premier League. There is a huge Portuguese influence due to the manager, an agent and some of the players. Wolves have drawn their last two league matches at home but this could be a good time to play Tottenham at Molyneux. Tottenham played fine against City but there efforts were undermined by the state of the playing surface which was in a bad state after an NFL match the day before.
The delay in moving to the new White Hart Lane is proving costly and Pochettino could be on his way to Spain. There were no significant purchases during the last transfer window and many players were involved in the World Cup right up to the last week. Wolves can take advantage of the uncertainty by winning this fixture.
Jose Mourinho seems to be facing must win games every week but Manchester United have come through a tough set of fixtures relatively unscathed. If they win at Bournemouth on Saturday United could be sixth in the league. Mourinho targets cups and competitions and knows the Premier League is gone for his team so the Champions League becomes a massive priority. However, United can pick up three points against Bournemouth on the road.
The Monday night match is a relegation six-pointer between Huddersfield and Fulham in west Yorkshire. Neither team has won in five league fixtures but home advantage should be key to the outcome which can be a Huddersfield win. Chelsea are the other unbeaten side with Manchester City and they will be much too strong at home for a Crystal Palace team who have drawn two and lost three of their last five fixtures. However, the most telling result could be an Arsenal win against Liverpool.