1) Games that were supposed to take place last week
The Premier League Last weekend’s matches should not be postponed. If people are working, it’s a mistake to confiscate their entertainment, and that’s before we even think about fans who took a vacation or paid for a transfer to watch their team. Moreover, there are families who depend on football-related income to pay the bills and eat food whose right to earn has been revoked without warning, while cricket, rugby union and – among others – polo have the self-confidence to carry on. Football is called the people’s game because it was started by people – people who sought a bit of fun on the weekend to escape the hustle and bustle of normal life and forget where they put things in order, just for a few hours. It’s good to remember the suits that have since been expropriated. Daniel Harris
2) Will Forrest recover from embarrassment?
After allowing Bournemouth to fall behind by two goals to beat them, Nottingham Forest take on another new teammate at Fulham as they attempt to stem a streak of three losing streak, the last of which was greeted with a rare but audible sound from the City Ground stands. Despite playing without a volatile striker, Forrest scored two first-half goals against Bournemouth, but proved utterly unable to handle Gary O’Neill’s first-half move to three at the back, when he replaced left-back Jordan Zimora with more offensive center back Ryan Fredericks. . After spending an extra week on the training ground to get things right and get a better idea of what constitutes his best lineup, Steve Cooper is expecting a reaction from his team in a game that should be entertaining between two attacking teams. With three of their next four matches remaining away from home, recent evidence suggests that failure to get one will be a concern for all involved ahead of the international break. Barry Glendinning
3) Possible mystery of the villa keeper
Five years ago Philip Marshall wouldn’t have worn a pair of goalkeeper gloves but if injuries don’t subside as Steven Gerrard predicted by the time Southampton visits Villa Park on Friday, the 19-year-old could start. Marshall joined Villa in 2018 from Cambridge City, where he played as a defender until the age of 13. Achilles injury. Gerrard hopes Martinez will be fit in time. Marshall was part of Gerrard’s squad on Villa’s pre-season trip to Australia and recently signed a new long-term contract, but the youngster, who was on loan in the sixth tier with Gateshead last season, could end the weekend with his first appearance in the Premier League. Noun. He’s ready to be ready,” Gerrard said. Ben Fisher
4) That Costa let the wolves leash?
The tape is set. Wolves have announced the signing of Diego Costa until the end of the season with an adorable video of the chiseled striker keeping three roaring wolves, James, Alice and Gray, in shackles and now Bruno Lage must consider whether to let the 33-year-old out of the race. bond. The clip went viral and Costa will be hoping to hit the ground running immediately upon his return to England, his last appearance for Chelsea was in the 2017 FA Cup Final against Arsenal. Costa is working on a tailor-made training program and said he needed “two or three weeks to get fit”, but that Lagg should be tempted to throw him against Manchester City. “If I had ever questioned my potential, I would not have accepted this challenge,” Costa said this week. “I can bring something to the table.” bf
5) The highest standards of the city
Finding holes in Manchester City and finding fault with Pep Guardiola is foolish, given that the former has won three of the last four league titles and the latter is an all-time great coach if he retires tomorrow or never claims another title. But the feeling continues that City can and should be better than they are, not just in defense – a weakness in all of Guardiola’s teams – but in attack. It might be best to abandon Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, but the fact remains that without them, City lack balance and speed. Of course, they’re adept at offsetting, whether through the cadence of their passes or their ability to conjure a goal out of nothing, but any team that likes to stay tight and defend with discipline and aggression has a chance to frustrate them – especially if, like Wolves, they also have speed on the counter. DHA
6) Howe urges Newcastle players to shoot higher
It took Newcastle until November 30 last year to reach the seven-point mark. After only six matches they’ve gotten there this season, but they’ve only won once Nottingham Forest in St James’ Park – And Eddie Howe is not overjoyed. “I’m not happy, I want more points,” the Newcastle boss said before giving his side a seemingly stern talk about the need to consistently achieve and maintain high standards. Despite the likely absence, due to injury, of two key creatives Alain Saint-Maximin and Bruno Guimarães, he will be particularly keen to beat Bournemouth at home on Saturday. Admiration for Howe on Tyneside knows no bounds at the moment, but the manager is aware that Newcastle’s Saudi owners have spent more than £200m on new players in less than a year and will feel entitled to translate that investment into gains. No wonder Howe is doing everything he can to ensure his team doesn’t falter against the team he’s led to three promotions in six years, but still without a permanent manager. Louise Taylor
7) Bees to test Arsenal’s durability
The Brentford Community Stadium will bring back difficult memories for Arsenal, who suffered a heavy defeat there on the opening night of last season, even if it came with warnings related to Covid. Mikel Arteta’s side is a different proposition now, but bees feel more comfortable as a well-established unit in flight as well, so Sunday lunchtime margins will likely be fine. It will be a test of Arsenal’s ability to recover after the ruthless 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford two weeks ago, which ended their winning start but did not affect their status as league leader. A win this time would ensure the weekend finishes top of the table, and that will come in handy as any claims in the title bid will be scrutinized in subsequent domestic meetings with Tottenham and Liverpool. Arsenal are on the cusp of seeing their durability under scrutiny and would feel good if they left West London with three points. Nick Ames
8) Conte needs more stability than Bisoma
Antonio Conte intends to rotate his side to visit Leicester – after the Champions League has been drained mentally and physically Defeat in Sporting On Tuesday – but he doesn’t seem ready to call Yves Bisoma. It looked like a coup when Tottenham took Bisuma from Brighton for £25m over the summer. Here was a player who could add a new dimension in midfield, running with the ball, breaking lines and creating chances. But it’s not easy to play in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation and the verdict so far for Bisoma, in the manager’s words, is that he “struggles a bit with the tactical side. He’s really good with the ball. Defensively he has to pay more attention”. It goes a long way to explaining why Bisuma has only started once and has totaled 121 minutes in all competitions. It needs time to adapt. David Heitner
9) Time is running out for Rodgers?
Brendan Rodgers is an excellent coach – if you’re not sure, just ask him – but maybe it’s because he’s running out of the way at Leicester, who sit at the bottom of the table with one point from six games, and travel to third unbeaten. He replaced Spurs this weekend. The malaise isn’t all his fault, as his board of directors didn’t give him much room to boost this summer. Citing FFP regulations and ground improvements as the reason. But it’s hard not to wonder if the pandemic is also having an effect, with less travel meaning less fee-free income for the King Power group – a line the club will never talk about publicly, because who will excuse a tiny billionaire for the cost of a living crunch? Rodgers, though, must also justify any money allowed to him, and that means it’s time to coax or coerce tunes from Patson Dhaka and Popakari Somare, players who were bought into with fanfare last summer but who haven’t contributed much since. DHA
10) The importance of Calvert Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s placement as Harry Kane’s replacement seemed secure in the England hierarchy 14 months ago when he replaced the captain in the Euro 2020 quarter-final match against Ukraine. He has not played for his country since then, and this week saw Brentford’s in-form Evan Toni in Gareth Southgate’s squad for international finals in England ahead of the World Cup. Qatar now looks a distant hope for the 25-year-old, who has been limited to just 18 games for Everton since winning his last international match due to toe, thigh and knee injuries. Frank Lampard has been desperate to have Calvert Lewin all season, and despite signing Neil Maupay, has claimed that the striker’s return has reduced the need to add another striker in the transfer window. Goals remain a serious problem for the unbeaten side in the Premier League this season, but after resuming training during the forced break, Calvert Lewin should soon get a chance to restore his manager’s confidence and perhaps send a belated message to Southgate. Andy Hunter