In Gameweek 3, while that hipster defeated David Moyes, Marcos Senesi’s complete debut versus Gabriel Jesus probably wasn’t all that enjoyable.
In advance of another weekend of Premier League action, Stechitegist has once again identified five crucial clashes.
1) Kyle Walker vs. Ebere Eze
Kyle Walker will face Ebere Eze on Saturday, and after Allan Saint-Maximin gave him the runaround in the 3-3 draw with Newcastle last weekend, there won’t be any reprieve for him.
After an injury-plagued 2021/22 season, the 24-year-old appears to be back to his best, and without Wilfried Zaha, he will be expected to challenge Manchester City.
He and Vieira will likely target the City full-back after noticing what appeared to be aging legs in Walker’s performance against Newcastle. Walker will likely respond with a masterful performance to put any thoughts of a retirement to rest, as he usually does.
2) Brenden Aaronson versus Moises Caicedo
Brighton have improved despite selling arguably their two finest players this summer, Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma, and only reinvesting about a third of the £85 million transfer money they received. They are actually rather skilled at this transfer game.
Moises Caicedo, who Brighton acquired from Independiente at the beginning of last year for just £4.5 million, has filled the enormous void left by Bissouma without a hitch. Caicedo is currently being linked with all the big names in Europe. the 20-year-old is being watched by a number of teams, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid.
Brendan Aaronson, who shrewdly adapted his all-action RB Salzburg style to Leeds and scored his first Premier League goal in the historic 3-0 win against Chelsea last weekend, will put Brighton’s new find to the test.
3) Jamie Vardy vs. Raheem Sterling
As Chelsea continues to push Leicester in the hopes that they will make a mistake, tensions may be high on the touchline at Stamford Bridge will give in and let Wesley fofana move to west London.
There will undoubtedly be a goal-fest on Saturday because neither team can use the center-back.
That ought to make it possible for Raheem Sterling or Jamie Vardy to start the new season by scoring their first goal.
4) Aleksandar Mitrovic vs. William Saliba
Despite his hilarious own goal, William Saliba has adjusted to life in the Premier League about as seamlessly as anyone could have anticipated.
The 21-year-old was signed three years ago and has since been given a number of loans. He appears almost too at ease. He exudes the same calmness and timing as Thiago Silva or Virgil van Dijk, and when he isn’t, he’s more than quick enough to make up for it. He also has an air of both players.
Ben White at right-back will have to be very aware of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has already scored two headers this season climbing over defenders at the back-post. But Saliba too will have to be decisive against the big Serbian, who has already put doubters in their place with his Premier League displays this season.
5) Tyrone Mings vs Gianluca Scamacca
After three defeats in three and no goals scored, David Moyes surely has to hand a first start to his new £32m striker on Sunday, in what’s shaping up to be a an early-season must-win for both West Ham and Aston Villa.
While the Hammers support the table, Villa’s lackluster victory over Everton in Gameweek 2 hasn’t done much to relieve pressure on Steven Gerrard, who witnessed his team get destroyed at Selhurst Park the following week.
Despite Gerrard’s wishes, Mings now appears destined to be a mainstay at the heart of the Villa defense once more following the season-ending injury to new signing Diego Carlos. Mings was stripped of the captaincy late in the preseason and was not started against Bournemouth.
Mings’ confidence must be low under a management that obviously doesn’t have complete faith in him, therefore Scamacca would be prudent to rub Mings the wrong way.
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