1) Some modifications in personnel from Klopp?
Jürgen Klopp loves a Saturday lunchtime kick-off away from house after his workforce has performed on the earlier Wednesday evening, and the fortunate Liverpool supervisor has one other one to look ahead to at Selhurst Park. Regardless of his grumbles about the dire want for additional substitutes to assist ease participant fatigue on this compacted season, Klopp didn’t use any of the three out there to him in opposition to Tottenham, an absence of touchline exercise BT Sport reporter Des Kelly is likely to be minded to inquire about if he’s feeling courageous. With eight of the workforce that began in opposition to Tottenham having performed the total 90 minutes in opposition to Fulham, Klopp might freshen issues up somewhat earlier than a festive schedule by which his workforce is slated to play 4 matches in 13 days, together with the FA Cup tie in opposition to Aston Villa. Midfielders Naby Keïta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are each match once more and should effectively function in opposition to Palace. BG
2) Agüero’s return can get Metropolis firing once more
Having made a 14-minute cameo in opposition to West Brom in midweek Sergio Agüero might return to Manchester Metropolis’s beginning eleven as they search to finish a run of two successive attracts. Agüero has scored in every of his final three appearances in opposition to Southampton and in 4 of the final 5 – the Saints’ 1-0 win on this fixture in July got here whereas the Argentinian was out with a knee harm. That is the primary time in somewhat over six years that Southampton will go right into a fixture in opposition to Manchester Metropolis above their opponents within the desk. In November 2014, they hosted a battle between second and third, however a 3-0 away win noticed Metropolis vault above the Saints and into second place, the place they stayed for the rest of the marketing campaign; Southampton misplaced their subsequent three league video games and completed seventh. SB
3) In-form Iwobi returning to hang-out Arsenal?
Everton v Arsenal, or the Kevin Campbell derby, as completely no one calls it. After all, Arsenal’s journey to Goodison Park can also be a dose of nostalgia for supervisor Mikel Arteta, whereas former Gunner Alex Iwobi is beginning to regain the shape which brought on Everton to spend round £30m on the Nigerian worldwide. In a barely deeper function, Iwobi has added work charge and tactical understanding to enrich his attacking aptitude below Carlo Ancelotti, who was stuffed with reward for the Arsenal academy graduate after Everton’s 2-0 win at Leicester. “It’s Iwobi’s finest second since I arrived. He’s displaying confidence, is absolutely good in one-on-one conditions and is working exhausting.” All qualities which Arsenal might do with for Saturday’s match. MB
4) Newcastle’s Bruce faces ‘can’t win’ sport
A penny for the ideas of Steve Bruce after he noticed his Newcastle aspect get dismantled by Leeds. Saturday evening’s house sport in opposition to Fulham actually isn’t “should win” for the Newcastle boss, however he goes into it figuring out it’s positively “can’t win” from a private perspective. Such is the contempt by which he’s held on Tyneside, Bruce is aware of he can be criticised regardless of the end result. Even victory would doubtless be greeted with shoulder shrugs accompanied by grumbles that it was “solely Fulham”. Newcastle’s each good outcome seems to be attributed to blind luck, and each dangerous one blamed particularly on his shortcomings. You would be forgiven for questioning what, if any, sort of job satisfaction the Newcastle supervisor enjoys. Followers stay infuriated to the purpose of apoplexy by his conservative method, however he would possibly contemplate releasing the handbrake, if stopping a spike in his already sky-high ranges of unpopularity didn’t rely fully on merely avoiding defeat. BG
5) One other probability for Sánchez at Brighton
Brighton have conceded 21 targets this season; exterior the underside three, solely Leeds have conceded extra. That’s regardless of the Seagulls permitting their opponents solely 112 photographs, fewer than each workforce however Manchester Metropolis. Of each 5 photographs taken in opposition to them, one will go in. Mat Ryan’s obvious lack of ability to cease photographs resulted in his being dropped for the midweek journey to Fulham, and Graham Potter has mentioned Robert Sánchez will keep in purpose for this sport. “There’s a bit about Rob’s high quality that we imagine in quite a bit and generally you must give them the chance to indicate what they’ve bought,” Potter says. “I believed he introduced his high quality to the [Fulham] sport, he made necessary saves and he has enormous potential. He has all of the attributes to be a high goalkeeper.” Sánchez is unlikely to be vastly examined by a Sheffield United aspect whose begin to the season is now formally the worst in English top-flight historical past, even when 9 of their final 12 video games have been misplaced by only one purpose. SB
6) Ndidi’s welcome return to Leicester midfield
Each Tottenham and Leicester go into their assembly on Sunday on the again of defeats to Merseyside golf equipment, with each in want of at the least a degree to maintain spirits up for the festive interval. Having been compelled to play Wilfried Ndidi in a makeshift defence in opposition to Everton, Brendan Rodgers will welcome again Jonny Evans from suspension, whereas the anticipated return of Timothy Castagne after almost two months out will additional bolster their defence. Making his second begin after an eight-week absence by harm, Ndidi was one among few Leicester gamers to impress in opposition to Everton and his return to his rightful place in midfield might show essential as Rodgers plots to nullify Tottenham’s doubtlessly deadly assaults on the break. BG
7) Sturdier defences at Elland Street 90 years on?
It’s greater than 9 years since these nice rivals final met, and this sport can be performed on the ninetieth anniversary of Leeds’ most emphatic victory within the fixture. Manchester United misplaced 5-0 at Elland Street in 1930 and gave, based on the Guardian, “the poorest exhibition of soccer seen at Leeds for a very long time”, by which “they have been lucky to lose by not more than 5 targets” – the Yorkshire Submit mentioned that “on the probabilities and the run of play this rating would possibly effectively have been doubled”. Manchester United went into that match on the foot of the desk, having already conceded 4 targets on 4 events, 5 targets twice, six targets twice and 7 in a daft house defeat to Newcastle. They ended the season with a purpose distinction of -62 and have been relegated in final place. Leeds went down with them. SB
8) West Brom’s board can be blamed if Baggies go down
Soccer isn’t honest, simply ask José. And whereas there’s normal uproar at West Brom’s sacking of Slaven Bilic after automated promotion final season and the Baggies’ spirited draw away at Manchester Metropolis on Tuesday, the straightforward truth is that seven factors from 13 video games is relegation type and a change of supervisor is the simplest, most cost-effective method to deliver overhaul to a membership. The soccer may not be fairly, however Sam Allardyce has by no means been relegated and has twice earlier than been appointed to golf equipment in nineteenth place – Blackburn in 2008 and Sunderland in 2015 – and survived on each events. If West Brom do go down, the board can be responsible – they sacked two managers (Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew) in 2017-18 and completed backside. They’ve been warned. MB
9) Financial institution on a late penalty leveller at Turf Moor
It might reassure Wolves, whose final two matches have featured decisive stoppage-time targets, to know that Burnley are but to attain within the ultimate quarter-hour of both half in any sport this season, and the Clarets’ two targets at Turf Moor to this point have come within the third and eighth minutes. Then again, each video games between these sides final season featured stoppage-time penalty equalisers, with Chris Wooden’s 96th-minute spot-kick at Turf Moor Burnley’s solely shot on track in that match. “The workforce was at all times in management however generally justice within the sport doesn’t exist,” complained Nuno Espírito Santo. Maybe karma was at work: at Molineux again in August 2019, Raul Jiménez’s 97th-minute penalty was Wolves’ second shot on track. SB
10) Has Haller earned his place for Hammers?
It’s been a humorous begin to life at West Ham for Sébastien Haller. Very like his efficiency (and marvel purpose) in opposition to Crystal Palace, the £45m signing has ranged from full obscurity to centre of consideration. Seven targets in 15 appearances this season isn’t dangerous, although, and his bicycle kick on Wednesday oozed class. It was paying homage to one other large, France-born striker, Oliver Giroud, who has additionally flickered between the chic and the odd throughout his profession. Haller has a protracted method to go earlier than he might be talked about in the identical bracket as his opponent on Monday evening, however can be hoping for a begin at Chelsea even when Michail Antonio returns from harm. MB