EPL back with a bang after international break

Football commentator Kieran Burke previews a massive weekend of EPL football.

The English Premier League returns with a bang following the international break this weekend. First up is the Merseyside derby at Anfield as Liverpool looks to continue their dominant recent record against the Toffees.

Only once in the last 25 league meetings have the Reds come out on the losing side and having slipped up against Spurs and Brighton before the break, Jurgen Klopp will be keen for his team to keep the pressure on the early pace setters in what has otherwise been a strong start to the season from Liverpool.

Everton appeared to be turning something of a corner with impressive wins against Brentford and Bournemouth before the break but sandwiched between those results was a humbling defeat against Luton Town. A fresh crisis never feels too far away for the Blue side of Merseyside.

It’s a jam-packed Saturday in the Premier League with no fewer than eight matches. At 3.00, Newcastle must put the ongoing stories regarding their player Sandro Tonali to one side when they welcome an awkward Crystal Palace side to St.James Park.

Brentford v Burnley, Bournemouth v Wolves, and Nottingham Forest v Luton Town all look like matches that could have an early impact on this season’s relegation dogfight.

Meanwhile, Manchester City entertains a Brighton team who, incredibly, are the league’s top scorers this season with 21 goals in just 8 games. However, the Seagulls have been leaking goals like a burst pipe in recent weeks so the Champions will be keen to make something of a statement following their loss to Arsenal last time out.

Speaking of the Gunners, they head to Stamford Bridge for a meeting with London rivals Chelsea at 5.30 while at 8.00 on Saturday night, struggling Sheffield United are at home to a Manchester United team who rescued victory from the jaws of defeat against Brentford a fortnight ago.

With Man United’s next two league games being against City and Newcastle they simply can’t afford to drop points here.

On Super Sunday, two of England’s European representatives this season collide as Aston Villa welcomes last season’s Conference League champions West Ham while on Monday night there’s another London derby as league leaders Tottenham hosts Fulham.

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