Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - Two-Match Preview (Round 6)

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - Two-Match Preview (Round 6)

With great skill and movement, it still remains to be seen whether he can match the goal-scoring prowess of Costa and whether his palette of skills translates into the Premier League. By November, the Premier League table begins to truly take shape.

Early in the English Premier League calendar, it's easy to think we know more about the state of the league than we do.

Though the return of Philippe Coutinho will be a boost to the Merseyside club, they will need to improve things at the back if they wish to challenge for trophies this season.

"Rapid progress has been made and the clubs' commitment to improve facilities, and other services, is unprecedented in scale, scope and speed by any group of sports grounds or other entertainment venues in the United Kingdom". Hodgson will likely set up his team to play very defensively and deeply, and look to frustrate City while causing problems on the counterattack.

"I always encourage my players to fight for the recognition of his team-mates".

However, the 28-year-old has found himself down the pecking order since the summer arrival of Nemanja Matic, making just one Premier League start for the club so far this season.

United is riding the wave brought by new signing Romelu Lukaku.

The most evenly matched game on the betting board this week is the only game being played on Sunday, with Brighton and Hove Albion going off at +165 at home against Newcastle United (+185) with draw odds of +205.

Late arrivals in the transfer window were matched by late departures, too.

It leaves then with Bruno Martins Indi as their only regular central defender, who could be paired alongside full back Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters if they continue to field three at the back. However, the Blues will be looking to bounce back from what was a lacklustre performance in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last gameweek. All of the players who have been key in Southampton's squad this season are 100% fit. I never expected to be in Germany or here now in England. In their last clash, Manchester City defeated them 5:0 at the Etihad Stadium. Everton despatched Sunderland midweek in the Carabao Cup and will want to pick up three points at home to Bournemouth - themselves floundering in the relegation zone. The striker had to settle for a bit-part role at Real Madrid but his knack for finding the back of the net earned him a move to Chelsea. The Blues head into the weekend in third position, three points behind the two Manchester teams who are neck-to-neck at the top. And if it doesn't, that's just one more reason to not buy into anything that happens now.

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