After a busy midweek set of fixtures and more managerial changes, Fantasy Prem bosses at least get another chance this weekend. Marco Silva may have been dumped by Everton after their Anfield mauling, but his former charges begin the weekend with a home fixture against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – themselves back to form against Aston Villa in midweek – in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
At 3pm, Hayden Mullins’ interim role at Watford continues with a home game against Crystal Palace, while José Mourinho and Tottenham will hope to return to winning ways when they host Burnley. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are back in action away at Bournemouth, where they have registered 4-0 victories in each of the past two seasons. The Saturday evening kick-off looks to be the pick of the weekend’s games, however, as Manchester United make the short trip to face rivals and defending champions Manchester City at the Etihad.
Four games on Sunday: Aston Villa host Leicester, in-form Southampton make the long trip north to in-form Newcastle, Sheffield United put their unbeaten away record on the line at Norwich, and two in-demand managers face off on the south coast as Graham Potter’s Brighton welcome Nuno’s Wolves.
Then there’s Monday night, when under-pressure Manuel Pellegrini plays host to Freddie Ljungberg as West Ham play struggling Arsenal at the London Stadium. It’s in the north of the capital, however, that we find our suggested skipper for the weekend.