Football: Premier League Preview


BY Eric White

LIVERPOOL face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with manager Brendan Rodgers knowing a win is paramount if he is to turn around the recent fortunes of a club that narrowly missed out on the title last year.

Rodgers’ team sit 14th in the league table with only seven points from six games this season but it is the defeat to Basle on Wednesday that could potentially the most damaging of all of their results so far.

West Bromwich Albion will come into the match with huge confidence after impressive back to back wins over Tottenham and Burnley, the latest of which saw Saido Berahino strike twice in a 4-0 thrashing.

Arsene Wenger will hope Danny Welbeck’s stunning Champions League hat-trick against Galatasaray can ensure Arsenal keep up the pace with leaders Chelsea when the sides face each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wenger famously suffered a crushing 6-0 demolition at the hands of manager Jose Mourinho in March and knows a similar result would be a huge blow in

confidence for his undefeated side.

Everton travel to Old Trafford with both Louis Van Gaal and Roberto Martinez knowing they are in desperate need of a victory.

Martinez is no doubt facing the toughest period of his reign at Toffees’ manager so far with six points amassed from six games, despite the praise he receives for his attacking philosophy.

Van Gaal has stated he was pleased with Manchester United’s fight and desire in their narrow win over West Ham United, he knows momentum needs to continue if his side are to challenge for the Champions League places.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew defiantly said he would not quit as Magpie’s boss, despite the fact they sit second from bottom and without a win this season in the league, ahead of his sides’ trip to fifth-placed Swansea.

Southampton travel to Tottenham in sensational form after making it six wins in a row in all competitions with a hard-fought win over QPR while Spurs contrastingly are without a win in four league games.

Champions Manchester City suffered a shock 3-2 loss away to Aston Villa last season, and if they are to keep up with Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini knows a repeat is unthinkable.

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