Liverpool, Arsenal & Spurs: 5 things to expect from the Premier League

Here are five things to expect from Week 4 in the Premier League.

  1. 1 End-to-end at the Etihad

    In our tactical preview, we discussed how this fixture was one of the game's of the season last year.

    It was a bold performance from two sides trying to go for the win, so you should expect much of the same this weekend. Neither manager focusses too heavily on defence, so we should see two teams vying for possession looking to score as many goals as possible.

    Both City and Liverpool's strengths can exploit the other team's weakness, therefore this will be an interesting tactical match up.

    Liverpool love playing against the big sides where they can use their gegenpressing style, but it can leave a lot of space in front of their defence. 

    City meanwhile work best when there is space to expose, but can fall victim to a well-organised and energetic pressing side with their insistence on playing out from the back.

    This has the potential to be the game of the season, in a tactical sense at the very least.

  2. 2 Debuts galore

    It was one of the busiest transfer deadline days in Premier League history, with clubs scrapping to last-minute deals over the line, though perhaps it wasn't the most exciting.

    Whilst Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk all stayed put and failed to secure their big money moves, it led to some surprising transfers.

    Former European Golden Boy Renato Sanches joined Swansea City on loan, with Wilfried Bony rejoining the club on a permanent deal.

    He replaced the outgoing Fernando Llorente, who signed for Spurs out of the blue.

    Other debutants potentially include Danny Drinkwater for Chelsea, immediately returning to Leicester City, and names such as Davide Zappacosta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Aurier among many others.

  3. 3 A tense affair at the Emirates

    Fans are already revolting and the club is seemingly in turmoil again.

    A horrific transfer window saw only two acquisitions in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac while a host of players failed to leave the club in the last year of their contract.

    Star men Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can both leave for free at the end of the season, with Arsene Wenger gambling on keeping the pair, hoping an improved season will encourage them to sign new deals.

    This is looking messy and the north London club are in an unenviable situation, compounded by two defeats in their opening three games, which easily could have been three had Olivier Giroud not saved the day against Leicester.

    Failure to get the victory at home to Bournemouth could lead to the most hostile atmosphere at Arsenal we have seen yet, but a win is far from guaranteed.

  4. 4 Go long, Frank!

    Crystal Palace hired the Dutch legend, Frank de Boer, on the idea he will help to change the footballing culture at Selhurst Park.

    Playing out from the back, possession and creative football were the main reasons Palace hired the former Ajax manager to overturn the legacy left by Sam Allardyce.

    However, after three losses in their opening three games, the Eagles are failing to grasp de Boer's methods and ideologies and it is reported this is his last game to save his job.

    Not only that, there are also reports de Boer has been convinced to change his style to stop the rot. Ultimately, he's trying to play possession football with a group of players suited to a direct, route one style.

    It was never going to end well.

    It begs the question: If Palace weren't willing to give him the time, and are already insistent on him changing his methods after three games, what was the point in hiring him in the first place?

  5. 5 Say goodbye to August

    A lot has been made about Harry Kane's apparent 'August curse.' 

    Despite winning the Premier League Golden Boot in two consecutive seasons, Kane is yet to net in August even though he has played 13 times in that month throughout his career.

    However, on September 1st, Kane scored twice for England against Malta, signifying the turn of the month.

    August is over and that means, probably, that Kane is ready to hit the back of the net for fun.

    Watch out Everton.

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Harry Brooks


Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!