The latest round of Premier League fixtures present the division’s leading teams with the challenge of again balancing their domestic and European football ambitions. League leaders Liverpool may have lost to Napoli in the Champions League, but they have won six from six in the Premier League and appear unlikely to risk that fine run by rotating their key players – something Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is almost certain to do. Elsewhere, rumours persist that the futures of Mauricio Pochettino, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marco Silva are all uncertain.
In Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, Sheffield United host Liverpool. Then, at 3pm, Burnley, West Ham and Brighton respectively travel to Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Chelsea; Crystal Palace host Norwich, Tottenham welcome Southampton and Wolves face Watford in a perhaps surprise early-season basement battle. In the evening kick-off, under-pressure Everton host champions City; then, on Sunday, Newcastle travel to Leicester.
The gameweek then concludes on Monday evening, with perhaps the most significant fixture of them all – Manchester United against Arsenal.