Premier League football returned this weekend following the international break and delivered a lot of talking points and highlight reels for fans and neutrals alike to enjoy. The first game of the latest round of matches set the tone for a series of top performances as well as vital results, with Liverpool hitting Watford for five.
Although Roberto Firmino managed to reintroduce himself with a brilliant hat-trick, it was the magical cameo by Mohamed Salah that is lingering in the minds of football fans. The Egyptian, who scored an astonishing solo-goal in the super clash with Manchester City, raised the bar for himself with one very similar to his last. The final result saw retain their status as the only club to be unbeaten this season.
On the contrary, Liverpool's rivals Manchester United saw their winless run continuing at the King Power Stadium in their meeting with Leicester. The latter showed up strong to secure a 4-2 win over the Red Devils who are set to take on Jurgen Klopp's red army in their next outing. Both Chelsea and Manchester City had very good days at the office with wins over Brentford and Burnley. Arsenal and Crystal Palace concluded this round of matches with a frantic 2-2 draw in what was Patrick Viera's first managerial appearance at the Emirates for the visitors.
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Manchester City set Sterling asking price - Manchester City will demand £80 million from any club who will be interested in signing England forward Raheem Sterling, a report from England has revealed. The 26-year-old attacker. Barcelona are reportedly interested in reinforcing their forward line with England international and could be making a swoop for the attacker in the next transfer window.
Report: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unhappy Manchester United failed to sign midfielder - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly dissatisfied Man Utd failed to buy a midfielder during the transfer window as he struggles to form a proactive pairing. According to a report from England, Solskjaer intended to bring in a midfielder in the summer, but a number of issues prevented the club from doing so.
Chelsea receive massive injury boost ahead of Malmo clash: Chelsea have received a big boost ahead of this week's Champions League tie against Malmo as two defenders returned to his squad for training on Monday. Both Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are set to be called upon after missing the weekend's trip to Brentford.
Top matches to watch in Premier League on October 22-24, 2021
Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arsenal will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Aston Villa on Friday. The Gunners were saved by the bell in their last outing as a 94th minute strike by Alexander Lacazette earned them a point against Crystal Palace on Monday. Relatively, Friday's visitors will be out to get a good reaction after suffering a disappointing 2-3 defeat against Wolves despite scoring twice first.
Brighton vs Man City: Brighton are currently enjoying one of their best-ever starts to a league campaign but will have to deal with league leaders Man City coming to town. The former are currently placed fourth on the league table and are only two points behind the Citizens who have managed 17 points from a possible 21. The Seagulls go into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Norwich while City aim to build on their 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Manchester United vs Liverpool: All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Matchday 9 with an old rivalry set to be rekindled. Both Manchester United and Liverpool have endured contrasting fortunes this season and will be out to get favorable results to aid their respective charges. The host will be eager to bounce back from a four-game winless run in the league whereas the visitors will have their eyes set on adding to their remarkable unbeaten run in the competition this season.
Other games to keep an eye on
Chelsea vs Norwich
West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur
Brentford vs Leicester City.
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