The Normal One Comes to the BPL

By Jack Patel

The Barclays Premier League returns this weekend from an international break with quite a few changes on the managing front. Dick Advocaat is out as Sunderland continues to sit at the bottom and the experienced Sam Allardyce has come in. Also right at the beginning of the break, Brendan Rodgers was sacked. Fenway Sports Group didn’t hesitate bringing in Jürgen Klopp to manage Liverpool. This could prove to be a very excited weekend. Here is a preview of this weekend’s biggest games.

Spurs v Liverpool – White Hart Lane, 7:45 a.m. Oct. 17

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The self-proclaimed “Normal One” Klopp looks to get his first win leading the Reds and it won’t be an easy one. The former Borussia Dortmund coach faces a Tottenham side that hasn’t been beaten since their first game of the season. Injuries have become the theme for Liverpool after the break. Defender Joe Gomez is out for a lengthy time while forward Danny Ings also faces a similar knee issue. Forward Christian Benteke and midfielder Roberto Fimino also remain sidelined for the Reds. Meanwhile, Spurs will be missing Son Heung-min, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, all to lower body injuries. Eric Dier is also suspended for yellow card accumulation. Despite Spurs good run of form, the atmosphere around Liverpool has changed since Klopp has arrived. I’m going with Liverpool 2-1.

Chelsea v Aston Villa – Stamford Bridge, 10:00 a.m. Oct. 17

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The Special One and Chelsea come into this game facing a strong Aston Villa team. Mourinho’s men are in the midst of his three-year struggle, something many of his previous teams have faced. This is a huge turning point in Chelsea’s season. With a win, they should be able to turn things around and hope for a top-four finish. Mourinho is currently appealing his one game stadium ban and fine. Yet again he’s just pulling the spotlight over himself and picking battles. Diego Costa is back from suspension and Chelsea supporters will be ecstatic to hear horribly out of form Branislav Ivanovic is expected to miss. Ivanovic is having his worst season of his career bringing up questions as to why Mourinho hasn’t benched him yet. Tim Sherwood’s side has scored in their last nine games and Chelsea still has a lot of work to do. 1-1 draw.

 Everton v Man United – Goodison Park, 10:00 a.m. Oct. 17

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One of my favorite clashes of the weekend, both teams come into the game with some interesting form. Everton have taken nine points from six games while the Red Devils have taken ten. Teenage sensation Anthony Martial won BPL player of the month at just the age of 19, living up to his lofty price tag. Roberto Martinez’s side have won just one game in their last six at home. Wayne Rooney missed games for England over the break and is doubtful for Man United this weekend. Bastian Schweinsteiger also was injured during time with his country. Meanwhile Leighton Baines remains out for Everton. This was one of the harder games to pick but I’m going with the upset, Everton 3-2.

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