Liverpool going for history, Manchester United misery, Tammy Abraham close to equalling Cristiano Ronaldo record – Five things to look out for in the Premier League


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The Premier League returns this weekend after a week-long international break, although it will surely feel like longer to most fans.

Liverpool and Manchester City have continued from where they left off last season, battling for supremacy at the top of the table.

The Premier League returns after a week-long hiatus

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The Premier League returns after a week-long hiatus

Last season’s Championship winners Norwich City have entertained with their exciting brand of football, while there is a sense of nostalgia seeing Sheffield United and Aston Villa back in the top flight.

GameDay returns as well across the talkSPORT network this Saturday, with Liverpool’s game against Newcastle the first of three live and exclusive commentaries throughout the day.

As ever, there are a host of records and achievements which can be broken or reached this weekend as the standards continue to be realised higher and higher.

Check out the five things talkSPORT.com is looking out for this weekend.

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1) Liverpool aiming to equal Premier League record

The Reds have made a 100% start in the league this season after coming so close in the previous campaign and then winning the Champions League.

Victory in the talkSPORT live game against Newcastle will be the 14th in a row for Jurgen Klopp’s men, a feat managed by only three other sides.

Only Arsenal in 2002 (14 games) and Manchester City in 2017 (18) and 2019 (15) have achieved the feat.

The Reds could become the first team to do so while scoring more than one goal in each match.

Liverpool have made a flying start to the Premier League season

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Liverpool have made a flying start to the Premier League season

2) Leicester City producing title-winning form

Many people tipped the Foxes to break into the Premier League’s Top Six after another impressive summer recruitment drive.

The world record sale of Harry Maguire has done little to dampen the optimism at the King Power, with Jamie Vardy firing on all cylinders.

Should Leicester avoid defeat against Manchester United on Saturday, it would be only the second time in the last 19 seasons the Foxes have gone unbeaten in their first five league games of a season.

The last time they did that – in 2015-16 – they won the Premier League.

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Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Derby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Fulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT

3) Manchester United’s misery continues

Since Sir Alex Ferguson hung up his coat and retired as Manchester United manager, things have just not been the same at Old Trafford.

The legendary Scot achieved remarkable success with a very limited squad, with four of his successors unable to find the winning formula.

A draw at Southampton before the break for internationals meant United have made their joint worst start to a Premier League season since 1992/93.

United have five points from their opening four fixtures and a trip to the West Midlands is hardly the fixture needed to amend this slump.

Pogba will miss the clash against Leicester

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Pogba will miss the clash against Leicester

4) Crystal Palace taking names away from home

2019 has been an excellent year for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, with only Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool picking up more points this calendar year.

Victory against United at Old Trafford in their third game of the season was the latest in a long line of giant killings Hodgson has masterminded away from the sanctuary of Selhurst Park.

Palace take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday and another victory would add to their impressive tally.

In its last five away games against Top Six teams, Roy Hodgson’s men have beaten Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Jordan Ayew has led Crystal Palace to the Champions League spots

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Jordan Ayew has led Crystal Palace to the Champions League spots

5) Tammy Abraham aiming to equal Ronaldo’s record

Tammy Abraham could equal a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli this weekend, when Chelsea face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

It seems the days of sending an army of starlets out on loan are no more at Stamford Bridge, with Abraham profiting the most.

A double at Carrow Road against Norwich City was followed instantly by another, this time at the Bridge against Sheffield United.

And if Abraham can replicate the feat once again, he will put his name amongst esteemed company.

The striker can become only the third player aged 21 or younger to score at least two goals in three consecutive Premier League matches, after Cristiano Ronaldo, in December 2006, and Dele Alli in January 2017.

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Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.

We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.


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