PL Preview: Can West Brom stop shipping goals and can Odegaard shine in the Premier League

A sacking and an action packed midweek fixture list was what Premier League fans were treated to this week.

Oh and another five goals scored by the away side at The Hawthorns, but that is par for the course these days.

The VAR drama didn’t live up to that of the previous week so does that mean it’ll all come this weekend?

We hope not.

Points are more precious at this point in this season and they will continue to become more important as they weeks go on.

Here are four standout key fixtures coming across the weekend

West Brom vs Fulham

Siri, give me a word to describe Fulham’s trip to West Brom.

….. ‘Relegation six pointer.’

Perfect, and that is exactly what this fixture is. One if not both of these clubs are destined for the drop.

Fulham will be buoyed by the fact West Brom are only one step away from actually picking up the goal and throwing it in their own net.

But, after shipping a catalogue of goals at home since Big Sam took charge, Albion can actually leap frog their London visitors this weekend.

Both sides have picked up credible draws against big clubs recently, but they’re in as bad form as one another.

Albion have brought in a striker so you’d have thought they’ll hold more of an attacking threat in this one.

But the almightly leaks at the back are still there. If Fulham, who have the firepower, can capitalise on that then Fireman Sam may not be able to put out the blaze.

Arsenal vs Man United

These games used to he blood, thunder and more blood.

Now they’re more like a quiet stroll in the park.

More and more these days we are seeing bigger games fail to live up to their hype, but hopefully this isn’t an example of that.

Arsenal are ten points off United in the table but in reality, after their below par season it feels like they should be even further away.

Martin Odegaard may be the on to watch in this. We’ve heard all about the younger midfielder for many years, but he has never had the chance to consistently do it on the big stage.

If he sets this game alight then he’ll have well and truly announced himself.

Southampton vs Aston Villa

Two surprise packages this season.

Villa are still riding high up the top but Southampton have dipped to 11th, after a rip roaring start to the campaign.

But considering they were tonked nine by Leicester last season, 11th is a huge improvement.

Villa are continuing to turn heads and it wouldn’t be out of place to say three or four faces next summer and they could be a serious contender for the top four next season.

You could argue that if they continue their form this term, they could be in with an outside chance this time.

West Ham vs Liverpool

When David Moyes was sacked by Sunderland a few years ago, no one could have inviseged he could take a club into the top four again.

But this season his Hammers side is riding on the crest of a wave and continues to defy the odds.

In midweek they were above the current Champions, and on current form this should make for a fascinating encounter.

Moyes is being hailed whereas some are calling for Klopp’s head (just the chosen few idiots who manage to get through to the national radio stations).

Klopp needs a win and needs a win bad. But West Ham are one of the last side’s he will have wanted to face.

A win in this one and the doubters are going away, and if his frontline fire you wouldn’t like to bet against them turning their form around at the London Stadium.

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