5 key talking points ahead of the midweek Premier League action

Gameweek 12 of the 2022/23 Premier League season gets underway on Tuesday the 18th of October with several games.

Brighton host Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace taken on Wolves on Tuesday evening.

There is then five league games taking place on Wednesday; Bournemouth vs Southampton, Liverpool vs West Ham, Brentford vs Chelsea, Newcastle vs Everton and Manchester United vs Tottenham.

The gameweek ends on Thursday with Fulham vs Aston Villa and Leicester City vs Leeds.

Here are five talking points ahead of the upcoming gameweek.

Liverpool on the rise?

Liverpool’s 2022/23 Premier League title challenge is likely already all but over.

However, the Reds do appear to have found some form in recent games. They smashed Rangers 7-1 in the Champions League last week.

And most recently, earned a huge 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Merseysiders looked a much more cohesive unit vs City, can they continue that rise vs a midtable West Ham?

Rodgers in danger

Leicester drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Saturday, meaning they are now sitting 19th in the league with just one win from 10.

The Foxes face off with Leeds in gameweek 12 and if they fail to win, it must surely be time for Rodgers to finally go.

Can Chelsea cope without Reece James?

Reece James is expected to be out for around six to eight weeks following an injury picked up vs AC Milan.

Chelsea’s first game without the right-back came vs Aston Villa on Sunday. They won 2-0 but were the worse side and were only able to come away with the win thanks to a mistake, some brilliance from Mason Mount and a starring display from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

They now face a tougher test vs Brentford and it will be interesting to see how Chelsea cope without James.

Forest falter

Despite sacking Steve Cooper, Forest are still struggling and most recently lost 1-0 to Wolves.

That result means they are sat 20th in the Premier League with a staggering -16 goal difference.

They now face a Brighton side whose form his dipped following the departure of Graham Potter.

Top-four race

Manchester United and Tottenham clash on Wednesday in a tie that could have some barring on this season’s top-four.

Tottenham are currently sat 3rd in the Premier League with 23 points to their name after 10 games.

Manchester United have 16 points, but they do have a game in hand on Spurs, meaning a win on Wednesday and a win in their game in hand would move them to within a point of Antonio Conte’s side.

Tottenham head into the match having won four in five, whilst United have won three and drawn one of their last five.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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