From Jamie Vardy’s drought against table-toppers to Conor Gallagher’s red-hot form for Palace, another Premier League weekend pretty much guarantees drama and talking points.
Here are eight of those potential talking points to look out for via the Premier League.
Leicester vs Chelsea
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is just two goals away from equalling Ian Wright’s Premier League record of 93 goals scored after turning 30. However, Vardy has only netted in one of his nine PL matches against sides at the top of the table, doing so in a 5-1 defeat at Manchester City in February 2018.
Aston Villa vs Brighton
Steven Gerrard will be the 13th different permanent manager to take charge of Aston Villa in the Premier League. Only two of the previous 12 have won their first such match for the club (D6 L4), with John Gregory beating Liverpool (Feb 1998) and Gerard Houllier defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sep 2010).
Burnley Crystal Palace
Conor Gallagher has been involved in six Premier League goals in 10 appearances for Crystal Palace this season (four goals and two assists). He’s looking to become the first Englishman to score in three consecutive league matches for the Eagles since Glenn Murray in April 2015.
Newcastle vs Brentford
Brentford striker Ivan Toney made two Premier League appearances for Newcastle United in the 2015-16 campaign. In Premier League history, Newcastle has conceded more goals to players who used to play for them in the competition than any other side (49).
Norwich vs Southampton
Dean Smith will take charge of his first Premier League fixture as Norwich City head coach, while his last match with Aston Villa was also against Southampton. He’ll be the first manager to face an opponent in consecutive Premier League encounters in the same season but with different clubs.
Watford vs Man United
Since 2003-04 when he originally joined Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has been directly involved in 104 goals in 91 league appearances against promoted teams (83 goals and 21 assists), scoring or assisting every 71 minutes. He has scored 20 goals in his last 14 league meetings with promoted teams, across spells with Real Madrid and Juventus.
West Ham vs Wolves
West Ham United have won each of their last four Premier League matches, the longest current winning run in the competition. The Hammers haven’t won five PL contests in a row since February 2006 under Alan Pardew.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Arsenal is now on the longest unbeaten run of any side in the Premier League (eight – W6 D2). The Gunners last had a longer run without defeat in the competition between August and December 2018 (14 matches under Unai Emery).