With another week of football gone teams are gearing up once more for the latest round of domestic fixtures.
It’s been a damaging week for Chelsea and things are going from bad to worse for Everton and David Unsworth.
So with all that in mind here are five things you should keep your eyes on this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
1) A Conte comeback or a victory for the ex?
Considering the success English sides have enjoyed in the Champions League it was a shock to see Chelsea getting battered as much as they did against Roma.
As Antonio Conte watched his league champions fall apart defensively, the pressure has already started to pile on the Italian with many anticipating he won’t be in the job by this time next year.
So who would be the perfect person to head to Stamford Bridge at a time like this? Well that would be Chelsea’s ex-manager Jose Mourinho with Manchester United.
The Red Devils – despite some debatably boring football – sit second in the Premier League five points behind high-flying Manchester City.
Mourinho will be desperate to dish out some more misery to his former employers as he hopes to catch Pep Guardiola’s side.
So who will rise to the occasion? Find out on Sunday afternoon.
2) Will majestic Manchester City outgun the Gunners?Embed from Getty Images
Everyone is quite rightly drooling over some of the football on display in the blue half of Manchester.
While it is still relatively early days many can’t see beyond Pep Guardiola’s team for the Premier League title as they swept all before them.
However, this Sunday – after excellently dispatching Napoli in midweek – City play host to an Arsenal team that have managed to progress to the Europa League knockouts without risking any of their main players.
Can Guardiola’s team outgun a Gunners side that has had their fair share of problems defending against top-six rivals?
Or will Arsene Wenger’s players perform in an impressive manner that helped them keep a clean sheet against Chelsea earlier in the season?
3) Will the troubled Toffees find a boost?
How do you solve a problem like Everton? Well if you ask Joey Barton the club’s caretaker, David Unsworth is not the answer.
After a shambolic start to the season that led to the sacking of Ronald Koeman the Toffees have somehow managed to get worse.
The personnel seems unbalanced, the style of play is lethargic and following another damaging defeat – this time a 3-0 loss to Lyon – the beleaguered Blues are desperate for any type of boost whatsoever.
However, on Sunday they face Watford – a team who have impressed under exciting manager Marco Silva despite their surprising defeat last time out.
Things might just get worse before they get better…
4) The Stadium of Fright
Rather coincidentally, on Halloween night, Sunderland’s plight descended into a fully blown nightmare.
If things were bad before – and they were – the Black Cats fall from grace has continued in devastating form.
Following their relegation from the Premier League, Sunderland have failed to adapt to Championship life and – with just one win in 15 games – Simon Grayson was sacked moments after their 3-3 draw against Bolton on that Halloween evening.
This Sunday the managerless Black Cats travel to Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough for a lunchtime local derby.Embed from Getty Images
Considering the calamitous situation they find themselves in you would be hard pushed to find any joy right now on Wearside.
5) A classic Klassiker?
Ever since Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern following the firing of Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich’s form has dramatically turned around.
They are now sitting pretty back at the top of the Bundesliga but this Saturday they play host to one of their main rivals Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
Peter Bosz’s Dortmund had started the league campaign in impressive fashion but in recent weeks things have unravelled particularly defensively.
As showcased by Tottenham in the Champions League, the Dortmund defence can be undone far too easily and they have slipped to second following two losses and a draw in their last three games.
Just three points separate the German giants and it is sure to be a goal-filled game.
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