5 things to look forward to in Gameweek 8 of the Premier League
After the drama of World Cup qualifying, attention shifts to the Premier League as the front-runners will look to solidify their positions, while at the bottom, there is already an almighty scramble by teams to avoid being sucked into the relegation black hole.
With some of the top clubs missing important players due to various injuries sustained before and during World Cup qualifying games, some of the less heralded members of these teams will be looking to make positive impacts when they get their chances this weekend.
In what looks to be a promising weekend, here are, in our opinion, the 5 most noteworthy things to look out for:
#1 Can Stoke City stop the blue streak that is Manchester City?
Following the team’s impressive victory over defending champions Chelsea, Pep Guardiola’s men will be licking their lips at the thought of facing a Stoke City side that will be missing two key defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi, as well as influential midfielder -Joe Allen.
The Cityzens have been bolstered by the early return of top striker Sergio Aguero to training after his accident, and the youthful trio of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are expected to lead the line and with Manchester City in red-hot goalscoring form (22 goals in 7 games), it promises to be a long day for Stoke goalie Mark Butland.