Premier League preview: Steve Bruce under pressure; Liverpool close to £50m striker deal

While Newcastle United face a tough assignment on home soil, there will be plenty of other intriguing clashes in the Premier League this weekend.

Friday, 4th October 2019, 12:00 pm
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And with managers under pressure, injuries taking a grip and transfer rumours aplenty, it looks set to be another entertaining and unpredictable round of fixtures as the table continues to take shape at this early stage. Scroll down and click through the pages as we preview each game in the top flight this weekend, while taking a look at all the big news surrounding of all of England’s elite clubs:

The two struggling sides meet at St James’s Park on Sunday afternoon as they look to halt their downturn in form. The Magpies are yet to win on home soil this term and have won just once in the Premier League.
Manchester United are now winless in ten games away from home in all competitions, heaping the pressure on manager on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. He’s now one of the favourites to be the next Premier League manager sacked. A win at Newcastle, therefore, is vital.

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is also facing some intense pressure, with a run of disappointing results seeing Spurs plummet to 6th. They’ll be keen to return to winning ways as they travel to Brighton on Saturday (12:30pm).
Everton, too, are facing some criticism from supporters as they currently sit in the bottom half of the Premier League - despite investing heavily over the summer. Marco Silva will be eyeing three points as the Toffees head to Burnley (Saturday, 3pm).
And ahead of the game, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is keen to ensure that Ben Mee does not become the next Steve Bruce and keep missing out on England call-ups - after failing to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad yet again.
Fresh off their thumping win over Newcastle United last weekend, the Foxes will be looking to spring a surprise as they head to Anfield (Saturday, 3pm) to face Brendan Rodgers’ former side - Liverpool.
In the build-up to the game, Liverpool have been heavily linked with PSV striker Donyell Malen. The Reds are thought to be closing in on a £50m deal for the former Arsenal youngster.
Norwich host Aston Villa this weekend (Saturday, 3pm) in a game which could prove crucial as the newly-promoted sides look to seal points - and Villa boss Dean Smith believes the Canaries are a ‘team to be reckoned with’ this season.
Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford’s game against Sheffield Untied (Saturday, 3pm) is a ‘must-win’ - and believes the Hornets are already facing ‘finals’ in the Premier League after a poor start to the campaign.
Saturday’s late kick-off sees West Ham welcome Crystal Palace to the London Stadium - and Hammers winger Andriy Yarmolenko has warned the Eagles that there is still more to come from him and his side - despite a fairly strong start.
The Gunners welcome Bournemouth on Sunday (2pm), with Unai Emery having to decide whether to risk Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin after the recovering duo impressed in the Europa League against Standard Liege.
The Citizens welcome Wolves (Sunday, 2pm) - who are buoyed from a fine Europa League win at Besiktas - and Phil Foden has been tipped to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side after some negative news on the injury front.
Mason Mount insists that Chelsea fans should be ‘excited’ by the potential of Frank Lampard’s young team - as they prepare to welcome Southampton on Sunday (2pm)