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Its back: Premier league weekend preview

After the final international break of the calendar year top flight domestic football is back and heading into the most hectic part of an already condensed 2020/21 schedule.

The Premier League has already seen plenty of shock results this campaign and as things stand the top of the table is delicately poised with a host of clubs vying for supremacy.

Here are your big match previews for the weekend…

Premier League

Newcastle United v Chelsea Saturday 12.30pm

Frank Lampard’s side were in fine form before the break and the Blues legend will be hoping his side can pick up where they left off as they head to the North East.

Lampard will be without Ka Havertz and Christian Pulisic for the clash at St James’ Park while experienced centre-back Thiago Silva is a doubt.

Steve Bruce’s Magpies have been typically inconsistent so far this term without setting the world alight. However with the attacking threats of Ryan Fraser, Allan Saint Maximin and Callum Wilson, they can be confident of stopping the visitors heading to the top of the table.

Tottenham v Manchester City Saturday 5.30pm

A huge test of Tottenham’s early title credentials as Jose Mourinho’s men look to seize the opportunity to reach the summit of the table, albeit potentially for just 24 hours.

Spurs have been a tough team to beat this season and with the likes of Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Heung Min-Son in attack they pose a danger to any team.

Pep Guardiola, fresh off the back of a new contract, will be looking for more consistency from his side as they look to close the small gap to the league leaders. Gabriel Jesus is likely to be available whilst Sergio Aguero is a doubt.

Manchester United v West Brom Saturday 8.00pm

United went into the break on the back of a morale boosting victory over Everton, a victory that arguably saved Ole Gunnar Solskjær from a difficult conversation over this job.

Slaven Bilic’s Baggies meanwhile are desperate for points already as they flounder in the relegation zone without a win in their opening eight matches.

Leeds United v Arsenal Sunday 4.30pm

Perhaps evevery neutral’s favourite side to watch, Leeds United have made for enthralling viewing this season, unless you’re a fan of stout defending.

Marcelo Bielsa’s charges are a fast flowing bunch who always look to play on the front-foot, occasionally to their detriment. The Yorkshire side have already shocked the big boys this season, taking a point from the game with Man City.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners could almost do no wrong until they came unstuck in a big way against Aston Villa before the break. The North Londoners sit 11th in the table and will be desperate to start clawing their way up.

Liverpool v Leicester City Sunday 7.15pm

Arguably the game of the weekend as the reigning champions host the current leagues leaders at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this game with almost an unprecedented amount of injuries with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the majority of the season at least. Captain Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all major doubts for the clash whilst Fabinho has returned to full training.

The Foxes, not without their own injury concerns, must fancy their chances of taking a positive result back to the Midlands as former Reds boss Brendan Rodger’s pits his wits against Klopp.

Wolves v Southampton Monday 8.00pm

The weekend’s action rounds up at Molineux as this seasons surprise package Southampton head to Wolverhampton hoping to continue their positive start.

Ralph Hassenhutl’s Saints sit fourth in the table heading into the weekend after a 2-0 victory over Newcastle before the international hiatus. The visitors are likely to be without talismanic striker Danny Ings however as he recovers from a knee issue.

Wolves meanwhile haven’t quite hit the heights perhaps many expected this term so far as they struggle to get going with a host of new signings in their ranks. Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping this period can bring about a new level of consistency from his talented squad.

Other Fixtures

Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday 3.00pm

Fulham v Everton Sunday 12.00pm

Sheffield United v West Ham United Sunday 2.00pm

Burnley v Crystal Palace Monday 5.30pm

Is southampton FC the new feel good story of the Premier League?

It seems like only yesterday that we were praising how well Everton have started the new campaign and how James Rodriguez was the signing of the summer. 

Fast forward to the middle of November and it is now Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton who are competing with the early pace setters in the top flight.  

Where are the Saints in the current Premier League table?

Indeed, it maybe early days but the Saints have been mightily impressive, they finished last season brilliantly having lost just one of their Project Restart games.  

Despite losing their opening two matches, against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, they have since gone on a run that has seen them win five and draw just one of their next six matches. This is including their latest 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

Southampton currently in fourth place, having briefly led the table for the first time since 1988 and are just two points behind league leaders Leicester City.  

2019/20 League Low point

It seems certainly remarkable to contemplate that just over a year ago that Hasenhuttl was left to pick up the pieces from what was one of the darkest days in the Saints Premier League history, where they suffered a 9-0 reverse against Brendan Rodgers’ current league leaders. 

This proved a significant moment in the Austrian’s reign as manager as it was the not only the biggest ever victory by an away side in the top flight, but it was also Southampton’s biggest ever defeat in their history. 

That day saw a hat trick each for both Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez following an early red card for the Saints left back, Ryan Bertrand. 

The Rebuild 

The following day, the Austrian was understandably close to sack, but after some constructive talks what resulted was a getting back to basics approach. 

Indeed, Hasenhuttl took on board both players and coaches’ feedback and what came about was the Austrian reverting back to his favoured 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 formation.

What transpired from this tactical alteration was an encouraging 2-2 draw at Arsenal, which ultimately began their revival. 

Not only that but the players have also now understandably got more use to Hasenhuttl’s methods.  His preferred tactics is modelled on that of his former club RB Leipzig and involves: high energy, pressing and front foot defending. 

Key Players

The players who Hasenhuttl has undoubtedly had a positive impact on has been James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse is now not only the club captain but also figured prominently in the most recent England squads for Euro Qualifiers and The Nations League.

One of the standout performances that demonstrate Ward-Prowse’s quality that immediately comes to mind was at Villa Park in the 4-3 win over Aston Villa where he scored two stunning free kicks.

While another who has flourished is Ward Prowse’s fellow England international, Danny Ings, who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season and has already managed four goals in six, games this time around before his most recent knee injury.

In addition, Che Adams has stepped up in a big way since the unfortunate injury sustained by Ings. Adams has scored three goals in his last four appearances, having had to wait until his 30th appearance to grab his first Saints goal.

Not only that but Adams has since been nominated for the PL Player of the Month award following some of his recent impressive displays.

At the back, meanwhile, Danish centre back Jannik Vestegaard is rapidly becoming one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League after overcoming a rather shaking start to life in the top flight. 

Where next for Hasenhuttl’s rejuvenated side? 

The big question for Saints fans and Hasenhuttl is can they keep their impressive run going? 

Well they do have two potentially tricky fixtures against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves and the rather unpredictable Manchester United. There is, however, certainly no reason why they could not maintain their impressive start to the campaign with subsequent games against Brighton and current strugglers, Sheffield United.

After all, in this strange 2020/21 season, the side from the South Coast could perhaps start dreaming of a top six finish or more? 

Where do you think Southampton will finish this season? Feel free to leave predictions in the comments below….

Danny Ings keeps proving doubters wrong

In a normal world we would have been enjoying the Euro’s but circumstances beyond our control means the tournament will have to be put on hold for another year.

If Euro 2020 would have gone ahead, there would have been one man who would surely have been part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Danny Ings.

The Winchester born 27-year-old is already a contender for the Golden Boot award, having hit 18 Premiership goals so far this season, after a brace against Watford at the weekend and is only one behind Jamie Vardy.

Ings started his career in the youth team at Southampton but was released as a schoolboy. Little did they know at the time that they would be calling for his services again in helping the Saints maintaining their stay in the Premiership.

The prolific striker had two seasons at near rivals Bournemouth back in 2009-11 where he made 27 appearances for the Cherries with seven goals to his name.

In between his time with Bournemouth he was sent out on an initial one-month loan to non-league side Dorchester Town, where he scored on his debut against Ebbsfleet United in a 2-1 home defeat. His loan spell was eventually extended by the Conference South side, with Ings grabbing a further three goals in eight more appearances.

In August 2011 Championship side Burnley secured his services. He went on to play 122 games, hitting the net 38 times. His impressive appearances for The Clarets was rewarded when he won the Championship Player Of The Year at the Football League Awards  in 2014.

A year later Ings joined Liverpool, making his debut in a 3-0 loss to West Ham at Anfield. In October Ings suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

However, Ings proved the doubters and everybody wrong by making a quick recovery  and returned back to the side to feature in the final match of the season against West Brom.

Ings, has always had to fight of injuries in his career and suffered another setback when he damaged his right knee in a League Cup match against Tottenham that would require another spell on the sidelines, this time it was nine months.

In September 2017, Ings made his first appearance in 11 months since his injury when he came on as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City in the EFL Cup. He spent a total of four seasons at Anfield, making just 14 appearances with three goals scored.

Due to the form of Liverpool’s magnificent trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino, Ings felt disillusioned and requested a move away from Liverpool. Ings joined Southampton on an initial loan spell in August 2018, which eventually turned into a permanent move. Since the move back to his original club, Ings has scored twenty-five goals for the Saints and this season in particular has looked a classy forward.

One can’t deny that Ings is such an important player for the Saints. If he gets a chance, he rarely misses.  This is a sign of a quality striker.

When you consider the setbacks he has had to suffer- two really bad injuries- he has always come back a better player. He leads the line brilliantly, and at 27 has still got more years in him-injuries permitting.

Although, Euro 2020 will now be 2021 make no mistake that Danny Ings name will still be on everybody’s lips come next year when Southgate names his squad for the Euro’s.

Interested in finding out which players are due to be released from their Premier League clubs this summer?

See details here in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/29/which-players-have-been-released-from-each-premier-league-club/

 

3 players Sheffield United should buy for promotion push

Sheffield United have been the Championship’s surprise package this season. After promotion from League One, the Blades won 12 from 17 which saw them in the automatic promotion spots and neck to neck with Wolves. However, one win in nine since then has seen them slip to seventh. So, which signings should the Blades make to fight for that double promotion?

  1. Jan Kirchhoff

Kirchhoff, a free agent who has plenty of Premier League experience with Sunderland, known for his amazing passing and tackling, and even won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month. He would cost nothing for Chris Wilder, and would also not only help fight to get to the Premier League, but would also be a massive boost in staying there.

2. Danny Ings

Ings, a well known player for Liverpool who has been out of action for a while with injury and is finding it next to impossible getting into Liverpool’s XI. However, he has proven that he is a goalscorer in the Championship and Premier League, and so would be a massive boost to Sheffield United and would give competition, or even a partnership, with Billy Sharp or Leon Clarke.

3. Jack Colback

The Newcastle United man is out of favour with Rafa Benitez and is barely getting any game time, and would not cost a lot. But his experience, with Newcastle United and Sunderland in both divisions, and still plenty of years left in him at just 28, would be pivotal in guiding the Blades to Premier League promotion and Premier League survival.

Sheffield United fans would you like to see Kirchoff, Ings and Colback at Bramhall Lane this month? Let us know in the comments section…