PL Preview: Covid, Moyes, North London derby and Jota’s return

Another big weekend in the Premier League brings with it a potential for a whole load of controversial stories.

Here is my look at the possible big talking points ahead of another busy Premier League schedule.

Covid postponement

Aston Villa’s clash with Newcastle United fell foul to Covid earlier this week, after an increase in cases at the North East club.

There have been cases in Premier League camps for months, but nothing to the level that forces postponements.

So the fact that this is the first one of the season, and one of the first since the resumption of sport, is credit to the governing bodies and the club’s themselves.

Newcastle’s following fixture may be hit but hopefully this is an isolated case.

Moyes in with a chance of revenge

How Manchester United would like a run that former boss David Moyes is on at the moment.

While Moyes is flying high with West Ham, his old employers are flagging down the table.

It isn’t where they or many others thought they would be at this stage of the season, and recent league performances have been far from convincing.

The Champions League has offered some solice for United fans, but this midweek wasn’t to be the case against PSG.

Things need to changed at Old Trafford and they need a run to kick start some momentum.

But many will bet against it happening this weekend, with Moyes and his boys on a roll.

North London Derby – Jose Joy or Mikel Misery?

Much like United, Arsenal fans have taken some hope from their Europa League exploits.

But that form has certainly not be transferred onto the pitch when the Premier League comes around.

And the bitter derby with their near neighbours couldn’t really have come at a worse time.

Spurs are in form, Arsenal are anything but.

Arteta will surely be causing some worries amongst the Gunners hierachy at the moment, with the first rumbles of a replacement beginning to emerge.

Everyone knows he needs time to re-build, but the word time is banished from the chairman’s handbook in the modern era.

Its a crossroads this win. Lose and the slope could get even more slippery.

Win and the whole situation changes.

The return of the Jota

Wolves have been off the pace this season compared to their recent exploits.

The bar has been set in Wolverhampton and they haven’t been able to reach it in the opening months of this campaign.

It could be down to a catalogue of things, but one thing you would say is playing a factor is the departure of Diogo Jota.

The Liverpool man seems to arrived at Anfield for a snip in the summer, considering he has bagged a hatful of goals in his Reds career already.

It may have been an error on Wanderers part to sell him for so little. But on the other hand the replacements haven’t lived up to the billing either.

You’d probably bank on a Liverpool win in this one, and you’d think if Jota was fit he could play a part against his former employer.

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