A relatively difficult week for teams involved in European competition concludes with a further round of Premier League fixtures, before the start of the next international break. Tottenham and their manager Mauricio Pochettino are under pressure to respond to the embarrassment of their 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich, and in Saturday’s early kick-off they visit Brighton.
Brendan Rodgers then returns to Liverpool with Leicester, while Watford chase their first victory of the league season at home to Sheffield United. The recently promoted pair of Norwich and Aston Villa meet at Carrow Road, Burnley host Everton and the Saturday fixtures end with a London derby between West Ham and visitors Crystal Palace.
If Liverpool succeed in maintaining their 100 per cent start to the season, champions Manchester City will be under pressure not to fall further behind when they host Wolves on Sunday. Arsenal are also at home, to Bournemouth, whose south-coast rivals Southampton host Chelsea. Two further under-pressure teams then meet at St James’ Park, where Newcastle are at home to Manchester United. Amid all that, injuries to Joël Matip, Kevin De Bruyne and Lukasz Fabianski mean that plenty of fantasy managers will be exploring alternatives.