5 key talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Gameweek 6 of the 2022/23 Premier League season gets underway on Saturday the 3rd of September with Everton playing host to Liverpool.

Tottenham vs Fulham, Nottingham Forest vs Bournemouth, Chelsea vs West Ham, Brentford vs Leeds, Wolves vs Southampton and Newcastle vs Crystal Palace all take place at 3 pm, with Aston Villa vs Manchester City rounding out Saturday’s action.

There are then two league games on Sunday, with Brighton facing Leicester at 2 pm and Manchester United clashing with Arsenal at 4:30 pm to round out the gameweek.

Here are five talking points ahead of the upcoming gameweek.

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Can Erling Haaland be stopped?

Probably not, no. There were doubts among many fans that Erling Haaland would not have the same impact in the Premier League that he did in the Bundesliga.

However, with just five gameweeks played, those doubts have been firmly put to bed.

Haaland has featured five times for Man City this term and already has nine goals – scoring back-to-back hat-tricks for City most recently.

This leaves Haaland with an average of 1.93 goals per 90 in the PL, with the previous record Sergio Aguero with 0.54 per 90.

Now, Manchester City will face off with Aston Villa this weekend, a side who are sat 19th in the league and who have shipped nine goals already this term.

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Merseyside clash

The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place on Saturday afternoon. It is a clash both sides have to win, but there is only one likely winner.

Liverpool had a slow start to 2022/23, but have since bounced back by beating Bournemouth 9-0 and edging past Newcastle on Wednesday.

They now face an Everton team who have beaten them just once since 2010.

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Old rivalries renewed

The big game this weekend sees Arsenal take on Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The two sides were once the most dominant outfits in the Premier League, but they have since been replaced and are now fighting it out in the Europa League.

Nevertheless, Sunday’s game should be an interesting one. We will see how Arsenal, who are top of the league, fare when facing an actual top side this season, whilst this is also United’s biggest test since their return to form.

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Can Chelsea bounce back?

Chelsea have had a dismal start to the campaign, which most recently saw them lose to Southampton.

The Blues head into the weekend all the way down in 10th place, with two losses under their belt already.

For context, title-winning sides generally lose 3-4 games a season on average, yet Chelsea already have two under their belt from five games.

So, if they are to stand any chance of challenging Manchester City, they must beat West Ham on Saturday.

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Can Tottenham make a title push?

Of all the top teams in the PL, there has been perhaps the least focus on Tottenham this season.

However, Antonio Conte’s side have had a solid start to the season, which has gone somewhat under the radar.

They are currently 3rd in the Premier League and are one of just three sides yet to lose.

Spurs now face a Fulham team who have an awful record against the top-six.

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Josh Barker

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