Liverpool and Chelsea face off within the first heavyweight conflict between title contenders of the Premier League season, whereas Arsenal goal to get off the mark once they go to Manchester City on Saturday.
Arsenal suffered by the hands of Chelsea final weekend as Romelu Lukaku scored on his second debut in a 2-0 win for the Blues.
The Belgian, who returned to Stamford Bridge this month for a membership report £97 million ($133 million), scored his 114th Premier League objective on the Emirates, however his first for Chelsea after failing to make an impression in his first spell on the membership.
Now 28, Lukaku appears the whole package deal and the ultimate piece wanted to show Thomas Tuchel’s European champions into Premier League winners.
Chelsea and Liverpool are two of 5 groups to take most factors from two video games alongside West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton.
But of the pre-season title favourites, they’ve already opened up a two-point benefit over Manchester United and three-point lead on Manchester City.
Lukaku faces a a lot more durable take a look at at a full Anfield with Liverpool rejuvenated by the return of followers and talismanic centre-back Virgil van Dijk from damage.
The Dutchman’s presence has seen Jurgen Klopp’s males preserve two clear sheets of their opening video games in opposition to Norwich and Burnley.
But goalkeeper Alisson Becker acknowledged that beating Chelsea would ship a far stronger sign to their title rivals that Liverpool are again to their finest.
“For what we believe and for what we want to achieve, it’s a good sign because you are playing one of the favourite sides in the title race and if you can beat one of these sides it’s always good for you to give confidence,” mentioned the Brazilian.
“We won the Premier League before and we know that we need to think always about the next challenge that we have in front of us, so this game is important.”
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Arsenal sit second backside with out a level or perhaps a objective to point out from their first two league video games and face a frightening journey to the defending champions if they’re to interrupt that drought earlier than a two-week worldwide break.
The Gunners obtained a morale-boosting 6-0 win over a youthful West Brom aspect within the League Cup in midweek to ease the stress on supervisor Mikel Arteta with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick in his first begin of the season after testing constructive for coronavirus.
Arteta has reportedly been given till the October worldwide break to show issues round, however Arsenal’s current report in opposition to City offers little trigger for optimism come Saturday.
City haven’t misplaced to Arsenal within the league since 2015 and might ill-afford one other slip up after dropping to Tottenham on the primary weekend of the season.
Homecoming for KaneCity have been compelled to concede one other defeat to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this week after Harry Kane introduced he will probably be remaining at Tottenham this season.
The England captain had wished to maneuver to the Etihad with the goal of ending his wait to win a trophy, however City have been unwilling to satisfy Levy’s calls for of a charge properly in extra of the Premier League report £100 million they paid for Jack Grealish earlier this month.
Despite the hypothesis over his future, Kane was given a hero’s welcome by the travelling Tottenham assist away to Wolves final weekend.
After committing his future to his boyhood membership, he’s anticipated to start out for the primary time within the league this season when Spurs goal to maintain their excellent begin going at house to Watford.
Fixtures (all instances GMT)
Manchester City v Arsenal (1130), Newcastle v Southampton, Norwich v Leicester, Aston Villa v Brentford, Brighton v Everton, West Ham v Crystal Palace (all 1400), Liverpool v Chelsea (1630)
Leeds v Burnley, Tottenham v Watford (each 1300), Wolves v Manchester United (1530)