The international break is over – welcome back the Premier League.
There are some tasty ties across the board as Manchester City travel to Fulham, Manchester United host top-six bogey side Watford, while the showpiece fixture of the weekend sees Tottenham travel to Liverpool, hoping to record their first away win at Anfield since 2011.
Our football expert previews the action and gives you his top tips for this weekend’s biggest matches.
Fulham v Man City
The Premier League’s top goal scorers face the team with the most goals conceded in this weekend’s early kick-off. Fulham have managed to ship 70 goals in 31 games, averaging 2.25 goals-per-game, whilst Manchester City have scored 79, netting on average 2.54 goals-per-game.
It makes for some torrid reading for a side who, aside from their hideous defensive record, have scored just four goals in their last seven domestic outings.
It’s a game in the calendar which City can ill-afford to slip up, with sterner tests in the form of Manchester United and Tottenham looming in the weeks to come, but Fulham’s resilient performance against Liverpool ahead of the international break suggests that Saturday will be anything but a walk in the park.
Nevertheless, we’re going for Raheem Sterling to score and get and assist in this one, continuing his prolific form for club and country, which you can get at 5/1 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Liverpool v Tottenham
It’s a big fixture for Liverpool. They’ll play the day after Manchester City travel to west-London and providing Pep Guardiola’s side avoid a colossal calamity, the pressure will be on for the Reds to get an important victory against a Tottenham side with a point to prove.
It’s pressure that the Liverpool players are all-too familiar with at Anfield this season and the first goal in this game is going to be huge.
There is one big advantage that may play nicely into the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s side. Tottenham have clocked up over 63,000 air-miles within their squad over the course of the international break, over 75 per cent more than the Liverpool squad, who have amassed a total of 36,000.
Weary legs and a fast Liverpool start may ultimate prove the downfall of Spurs, who have been struggling with match fitness all season, and the Anfield crowd will be sure to urge their players on with every breath.
We predict Tottenham’s wait for a win on Merseyside will continue, with Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 with Grosvenorsport.com.