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LONDON: Tottenham’s title credentials face a radical examination after they host Manchester City because the Premier League returns on Saturday after the worldwide break.
Spurs are only a level behind early tempo setters Leicester, however solely three factors separate the highest six, with Chelsea and Aston Villa additionally having the prospect to assert prime spot for just a few hours no less than after they face Newcastle and Brighton respectively.
With the ultimate worldwide fixtures of the yr finished and dusted, a gruelling winter schedule of membership soccer awaits for England’s prime-flight with 9 rounds of league matches earlier than January 2.
Defending champions Liverpool are already bearing the brunt of the hectic schedule as Jurgen Klopp‘s squad has been ravaged by damage forward of Leicester’s journey to Anfield.
Tottenham loved a pair of hours on the prime of the desk for the primary time in over three years previous to Leicester’s victory over Wolves earlier than the worldwide break.
Jose Mourinho’s males are unbeaten in seven league video games, with the shape of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min elevating hope they may win the league for the primary time in 60 years.
However, these title aspirations might be put to the check with City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester to come back of their subsequent six video games.
City are languishing down in tenth, six factors off the highest however with a recreation in hand. A return of simply 12 factors from their opening seven video games of the season is by far their lowest since Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester 5 years in the past.
Yet, after a troublesome begin brought on by the dearth of a pre-season, accidents, Covid circumstances and a troublesome run of fixtures, the journey to Tottenham may also be an indicator as as to if City have turned the nook.
Guardiola’s males are unbeaten in 9 video games in all competitions, however have unusually struggled for targets, scoring simply as soon as in every of their final 5 league video games.
The lack of a pure striker for a lot of the marketing campaign attributable to accidents to Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero has been a big handicap.
But Guardiola, who penned a two-yr contract extension on Thursday, might have each Jesus and Aguero to select from for the primary time this season on the weekend, whereas Ferran Torres is full of confidence after scoring a hat-trick towards Germany in Spain’s 6-0 win on Tuesday.
Already rocked by the lengthy-time period damage to Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool’s defensive sources had been additional depleted over the worldwide break with Joe Gomez dominated out for the rest of the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is out for an additional two weeks, whereas Jordan Henderson is an damage doubt after choosing up a muscle pressure on worldwide obligation.
Top scorer Mohamed Salah may also be lacking for Leicester’s go to after testing constructive for coronavirus whereas in Egypt.
Despite the disruption, the Reds might return prime of the desk with victory on Sunday ought to Spurs not beat City.
But there’s a big alternative for former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to develop into the primary man to steer a visiting aspect to a league win at Anfield since April 2017 with no such damage issues for the excessive-flying Foxes.
Jamie Vardy’s retirement from England obligation means the Premier League’s joint prime goalscorer has had two weeks off, whereas Rodgers might have full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne again from damage.
United’s victory at Everton ensured the 2-week break was not stuffed with extra hypothesis over supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.
But in a topsy-turvy season for United, there aren’t any ensures Solskjaer’s crew will construct on that win even when West Brom go to Old Trafford on the lookout for their first win of the season.
United haven’t received at dwelling within the Premier League for six matches and have already misplaced as many video games at Old Trafford as they did in all of final season.
West Brom ought to be the proper guests with Slaven Bilic’s males taking simply three factors from their opening eight video games.
But the Baggies have received three and drawn one of their final 5 visits to Old Trafford.

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