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

Gameweek 10 of the 2022/23 Premier League season gets underway on Saturday the 8th of October.

There is no early kick off on Saturday, with four games at 3 pm instead.

Brighton then face Tottenham at the Amex on Saturday evening, with four games then taking place on Sunday.

Crystal Palace vs Leeds and West Ham vs Fulham take place at 2 pm, with Arsenal vs Liverpool the 4:30 tie.

Manchester United and Everton then round out the day’s action at 7.

The gameweek is rounded out by Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa on Monday.

Here are five talking points ahead of the upcoming gameweek.

Can Arsenal step up?

Arsenal head into the weekend sat top of the Premier League after beating Tottenham 3-1 last time out.

However, after the Gunners truly want to be considered title challengers, they did to get results against sides like Liverpool.

Even in poor form Liverpool are a threat, and dispatching them would go a long way to making the Gunners credible title challengers.

Haaland on fire

Erling Haaland has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season, meaning he is already just nine goals off last season’s Golden Boot winner.

The Norwegian has scored hat-tricks in his last three league outings and netted a brace in the Champions League on Wednesday.

He now faced a Southampton side sat 16th in the Premier League with a fairly poor defensive record. Another hat-trick incoming?

Will Manchester United bounce back?

Manchester United have not had the start they will have wanted post-international break.

The Red Devils were smashed 6-3 by Manchester City last weekend and narrowly beat Omonia in the Europa League on Thursday.

They now face an Everton side with a solid defensive record who have been beaten just twice this season. Can they bounce back in gameweek 10?

Brighton set for major test

Brighton’s first match post-Graham Potter saw them draw 3-3 with Liverpool.

That result means they sit 4th in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with a game in hand.

Should the Seagulls wish to continue their upward trajectory and possibly end 2022/23 with some form of European football, results against sides like Spurs, who they play on Saturday, are necessary.

Rodgers’ test

Leicester won their first game of the season on Monday vs Nottingham Forest.

The Foxes are still in dismal form, though, and sit 19th in the league with just four points.

They now face newly-promoted Bournemouth this weekend, and unless they win, the pressure is likely to mount on Rodgers.

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