Premier League 2021/22 – Matchday 5 Preview
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea FC
⏰ Sunday 19th September 2021 16:30 BST
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Another week, another London Derby that involves Tottenham Hotspur. This time round they host title chasers and champions of Europe, Chelsea. Last time out Spurs headed across to Selhurst Park to face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace who hadn’t picked up a win yet this season. Spurs struggled to break down their London rivals and struggled to maintain composure in a frustrating affair for them. Young central defender Japhet Tanganga was sent off following two yellows early into the second half and Palace punished them. The first competitive defeat for Spurs under Nuno Espirito Santo who has had a decent start to life in North London.
They are facing hot in-form Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku has started life at Chelsea very, very well. He scored on his second Chelsea debut vs Arsenal and most recently hit a brace against Aston Villa, in some style. He was quiet throughout the game but had two chances and converted both. The Spurs defence definitely has to find solutions for the Belgium striker. Midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are also in fine form, with the former picking up a goal and an assist vs Villa and the latter winning the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
West Ham United vs Manchester United
Sunday 19th September 2021 14:00 BST
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West Ham failed to score in a goalless draw vs Southampton last weekend. This was their second straight draw; they also drew 2-2 to Crystal Palace. This last draw came at a bigger cost however. Their main-man and top scorer in the Premier League era Michail Antonio was sent off. He will miss their next game in which they host Manchester United. West Ham will look to get back to winning ways. Manager David Moyes is looking to get one back on his former employers. Something he has failed to do since being sacked by United in 2014.
United now have arguably their strongest side and best suited to forge a title charge since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Cristiano Ronaldo has had a flying start on his return to Manchester, scoring twice on his second debut for the club. New centre back Raphael Varane has also made an instant impact. He is already forming an excellent partnership with Harry Maguire. The last time this fixture played out, United displayed an impressive second half performance to be 3-1 victors, in what was the first game with some sort of capacity with a section of West Ham fans being allowed into the stadium.
Aston Villa vs Everton
Saturday 18th September 2021 17:30 BST
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Villa have had a somewhat rocky start to the season, despite the loss of Jack Grealish they have still been considered a side that should be competing for European football. The acquisitions of Emi Buendia and Danny Ings have improved them immensely. Despite this Villa were beaten by Watford on the opening day and have recently suffered defeat to Chelsea despite performing very well in that game. They are currently sat in just 12th after four games and a win is almost a must.
On the other hand, Everton have had a flying start to their Premier League campaign. Unbeaten in four and level on points with Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool. Everton started very well last season as well, they had title shouts in the early stages of the season but dropped off. Everton, like Villa are also eyeing up Europe this season. They’ll be hoping that Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin can fire them back to Europe for the first time since 2018. The physical presence of Calvert-Lewin should stir up a good match-up between him and England teammate Tyrone Mings, who is also known for his physical stature.