League is back after the international break and there are plenty of talking
points for the week that will be scrutinized through week eight of the
season. New entries into the managerial space or potential exit after a huge
takeover are just a few of them. This stretch of the season up until the new
year may well be the most important as it has the making of a make or break moment
at both the top and the bottom end of the season.
Here are a few things to watch out for in the
Premier League this week.
of Steve Bruce: Newcastle
United have got the new owners now and things look bright for the club financially
as far as the future is concerned. But what does the takeover mean for their
manager Steve Bruce? Newcastle’s opponents are Tottenham Hotspur, who are as
unconvincing as they can get. But even a win might not be enough for Bruce to
save his job. And the end of his reign seems inevitable.
United’s form: The
most successful side in the Premier League era has not won a league title for
eight seasons now. The 13-time winners have not won a trophy since their Europa
League title in 2017 under Jose Mourinho (which is also the last time Mourinho
won anything). Though Manchester United are in a much better shape than they
were at this point last season, scrutiny over their playing style under Ole
Gunnar Solksjaer refuses to go. And they play Brandon Rogers’ Leicester City
who have not been the way we have come to know them in recent years. That will
be one to watch out for.
Ranieri’s comeback: Watford
have singed Claudio Ranieri, the one who got Leicester City their first Premier
League title in 2016, as their new manager. Can he work his magic at a club that sacks managers
faster than cars running on the freeway? That’s the thing to watch out for as they
take on Liverpool this weekend.