Nine Premier League matches will take place this weekend after the majority of clubs faced their last battles over Covid-19.
Here, the Palestinian News Agency takes a look at some of the key talking points ahead of this round of matches with important clashes at both ends of the table.
Will Tuchel have a Midas touch?
Chelsea travel to the Etihad at lunchtime on Saturday, already 10 points behind Manchester City. When Thomas Tuchel first arrived in England, he beat Pep Guardiola in three crucial games at the end of the 2020-21 season, one of which was the Champions League final, but lost to the champions in September. Now would be the perfect time to rediscover his winning formula against the Spaniard.
wood believe it
At the other end of the table, Newcastle, after their embarrassing FA Cup exit to Cambridge, are hoping new signing Chris Wood can score a decisive victory over relegation rivals Watford. The 19th-placed Magpies and their new owners weakened another struggling player in Burnley’s form by tipping out a player who had been Clarett’s top scorer in each of the last four seasons. Wood should make his first match against Watford, who have lost seven times in a row but are still outside the bottom three.
Catch up on time for foxes and claret
Leicester’s Covid-19 and injury problems have been well documented over the past month, and this has resulted in Brendan Rodgers’ side only playing twice in the Premier League during that time. The Foxes have been involved in four separate postponements and a fifth was added to the equation after Burnley’s request to cancel the weekend’s match between the two sides was agreed. Claret will now have played just 17 of the 22 scheduled first-division matches, keeping both clubs playing catch-up over the coming months.
Coutinho quickly avenge Gerrard?
Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend by Manchester United despite their dominant performance at Old Trafford. The 1-0 loss was harsh for the former England captain’s side, who got some sort of payback seven days later. The arrival of Philippe Coutinho on loan gave a boost to Fia, and he has a good record against United recently, where he scored in his last appearance against the Red Devils for parent club Barcelona and also in 2016 with Liverpool.
Arsenal want more Will Tottenham
The truth about Antonio Conte’s mission at Tottenham was recently revealed. The 3-0 aggregate defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final followed a tougher-than-expected FA Cup win over third-tier Morecambe and squandered points against Southampton. With Son Heung-min still injured, a visit to Arsenal was the last thing Spurs wanted, especially after Arsenal showed good determination to score a goalless draw with 10 players at Liverpool on Thursday.