Chris Wilder will be delighted at his team
occupying a top six position in the Premier League. However, his delight may be
short lived considering that Liverpool are in town this weekend. The defending
European champions have a 100% record in the Premier League after the recent
success over Chelsea. The Reds have already built up a five-point advantage
over Manchester City and Klopp will not be looking to drop points against a
newly promoted outfit.
Chris Wilder will be delighted at his team
The weekend’s clash at Goodison Park could be a potentially gloomy affair, with neither the Toffees nor Wolves having set the Premier League alight with their performance. In fairness to Wolves, they have had the excursions of the Europa League and that has somewhat contributed to their three successive draws to start the Premier League campaign.
Still, Nuno’s side can take heart from the fact that they have given a good account of themselves without getting beaten. The Wolves face another stern test of their credentials against the Toffees on Sunday, considering they will go into the game on the back of the second leg of the Europa League playoff against Torino.
All of Europe’s four major domestic leagues, the Premier League, La Liga, the German Bundesliga and Serie A are all in full swing as we’re about to hit October.
Every reigning champion from the top leagues, Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all encountered slip ups, some bigger than others. Yet, the bookies are still backing last year’s winners despite them all showing signs of weaknesses.
The race for the Premier League title is on, with Liverpool still the favourites to lift the trophy. This has been the deal for the past three years and it seems this term is going in the same direction.
The Red have 100 percent record after three games, and they are widely expected to see off Burnley despite it being an away fixture. This would leave them with 12 maximum points but still far away from the 38-game haul for the season.
The off-season in Spain has been filled with transfer activities from the top three clubs in the top flight. Real Madrid as expected made a huge splash in the market signing the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
Barcelona not to be undone signed Antoine Griezmann from rivals Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid meanwhile secured Portuguese golden boy Joao Felix from Benfica for a club record fee. All the sehappeningsmean that we are in for an amazing season.
Gareth Southgate’s England are scheduled to face the Netherlands at the semi-final stage of the Nations League next week. The Three Lions have had a brilliant run over the past year where they made the semi-final stage of the World Cup while also beating the likes of Spain and Croatia en route to topping their Nations League group.
Since then, Southgate has experimented with a number of younger players getting the chance to impress, and the Three Lions boss is certainly spoilt for choices when they face off against the Netherlands, who have gone through a fascinating resurgence under the guidance of Ronald Koeman over the past year.
Manchester City have the opportunity to secure a domestic treble when they face Watford during this weekend’s FA Cup final. Pep Guardiola’s side have already landed the League Cup and the Premier League crown and they are now the bookies favourites to secure the FA Cup against the Hornets at the Wembley.
It’s hardly surprising that the Citizens have been the best team in England this campaign and they recently wrapped up the Premier League title after beating Brighton & Hove Albion on the final matchday of the season. In comparison, Watford went off the boil during the run-in and they ended the Premier League campaign on a rather disappointing note as three successive defeats dropped them to the bottom half of the table from a position of good strength in seventh.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues have enjoyed a successful campaign under his management. The Blues are currently placed fourth in the league table with the chance of progressing to next season’s Champions League, but Sarri insists that the campaign can’t be deemed a failure, should they fail to qualify for the elite competition.
Speaking in a press conference, Sarri said that the season has been fairly successful with the team having impressed in the League Cup final where they only lost to Manchester City on penalties. He acknowledged that the club are still in the running for the top four in the Premier League as well as the Europa League title and he would like to achieve both objectives at the end of the season.
Napoli has sent down Chievo with their victory by 3-1 in the Serie A match on Sunday in between the two sides. Kalidou Koudibaly, the captain scored 2 goals on either side of the strike of Arkadiusz Milik. This sent Chievo to Serie B. As a matter of fact, this has also delayed the title celebration of Juventus for another week.
Carlo Ancelotti is now concentrating on the team’s second leg quarter-final of Europa League against Arsenal which is to take place on Thursday as the squad attempts on overturning the 2 goal deficit and move on to the next round of the competition.
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has said that he remains part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at the club after recovering from a series of injuries. The Argentine has made just the single substitute appearance since the turn of the year but he is likely to feature from the starting lineup this weekend with Luke Shaw suspended for the next two matches after reaching the 10 yellow card limit.
Speaking to MUTV, Rojo revealed that he has been pleased with the recent developments following injury and he is hoping to play a part in the club’s run-in, he said: “It’s been very good. Since he [Ole] arrived, he’s had an incredible relationship with me. When he got here, he told me I was part of his plans and that he wanted me to get myself fully fit.