Although we are just five games in to the new season, the League table is already taking shape and some teams are already feeling the heat – both to keep in touch with the top of the table, or feeling the pressure at the wrong end of the Division.
Here, we look at three teams we feel, even at this stage of the season, MUST win this weekends game :
EVERTON (vs Bournemouth)
The pressure is on Ronald Koeman to start to deliver on the season that promised so much, yet so far has flattered to deceive. After an opening day win against Stoke, Everton have only picked up a further point in their next four games – although we must acknowledge the fact the fixtures could hardly have been harder – Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United. But that run of results has left them third bottom of the table – and fans are already getting anxious after seeing their Club not replace Romelu Lukaku – only scoring two league goals in the process. Everton despatched Sunderland midweek in the Carabao Cup and will want to pick up three points at home to Bournemouth – themselves floundering in the relegation zone. Its a must win in our eyes.
ARSENAL (vs West Bromwich Albion)
Gunners fans will have been relieved to see a convincing home win against Bournemouth and a dogged draw at Chelsea, leaving them sat mid table and the horror shows at Stoke and Liverpool relatively forgotten. But with City, United, Chelsea and Spurs already occupying four of the top five places in the table, Arsenal already can ill afford many more slip ups – and will want another convincing display and result against the Baggies – although that will be no easy feat. It is a reach to say that manager Arsene Wenger’s position at the Club is under threat – but he will know that if he wants a swift return to Champions League football via the Premier League, these are the games they must win – especially it being at the Emirates.
LIVERPOOL (at Leicester City)
Whilst Liverpool started the season well enough, their thrashing by Manchester City and poor home draw to Burnley has set a few alarm bells ringing at Anfield, and the King Power Stadium is not the best place to get three points….as a strong Liverpool side found out when losing their on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup. Like Arsenal, Liverpool cannot afford already to lose much more ground on their main Premier League rivals, with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea looming on their fixtures horizon. With the Champions League fixtures also set to kick in, this will test the Reds depth of squad and real Premier League criteria. Leicester will be a stern test – but again, we feel the Reds must prevail in this game with a draw being simply not good enough.
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