Sep 16, 2016

    Chelsea have chance to top table tonight


    THE Premier League table has returned to familiar type after last season's delightful anomaly featuring Leicester City, with Manchester City and Chelsea now setting the pace and Manchester United back in the top four.

    Antonio Conte's Chelsea have an early chance to set the weekend pace with tonight's visit of Juergen Klopp's Liverpool, who return to London for the third time in five games after winning at Arsenal and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur.

    Stamford Bridge will be the backdrop to an intriguing subplot involving two of the most excitable managers in the league and goals should trigger wild celebrations on the touchline.

    On their day, Klopp's side are a match for the "big three" and arrive on the back of a 4-1 demolition of last season's champions, Leicester.

    Although he did not score at Anfield, Daniel Sturridge looked back to his best and produced a stunning assist to set up Sadio Mane.

    Liverpool know they must nullify the threat of Diego Costa, who has scored four goals in as many Premier League games, but the Brazilian Oscar has been almost as influential in Chelsea's strong start.

    Statistics released this week by show that since being handed a more deep-lying role by Conte, Oscar has made more successful passes and tackles and created more chances than in any of his four previous seasons with the Londoners.

    Victory would put Chelsea on top for only less than 24 hours should City, still defending a 100 per cent record since Pep Guardiola took the reins, defeat Bournemouth, a team they have never lost to, at the Etihad on Saturday.


    Weekend fixtures


    Chelsea v Liverpool


    Hull City v Arsenal

    Leicester v Burnley

    Man City v Bournemouth

    West Brom v West Ham

    Everton v Middlesbrough


    Watford v Man Utd

    Palace v Stoke City

    Southampton v Swansea

    Tottenham v Sunderland