A trio of old rivalries come together this weekend as the Premier League resumes one of its most exciting seasons yet.
The three-way title fight continues with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all facing potential banana skins, and Thomas Tuchel’s side have a bit more spice with a London derby.
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Manchester United would love to join their top four opponents, and could do so this weekend, but standing in their way will be an old nemesis in the Crystal Palace dugout canoe.
Meanwhile, in the Midlands, two former Old Firm bosses will get to know each other, seeking to claim a place in Europe.
Can West Ham knock their rival Chelsea out of first place?
Chelsea looked close to their best in quite dominant wins over Leicester and Juventus, but a lack of cohesion returned to their game.
Tuchel admitted that a midweek win over Watford was one of the worst performances he had seen from his side, saying Chelsea “stole three points”.
West Ham are not at their best in the midst of a three-game winless streak, but David Moyes is hopeful his side can cause some drama during Saturday morning’s kick-off at London Stadium.
A very familiar face returns to Old Trafford
Ralf Rangnick’s first game as interim Manchester United boss will likely steal the weekend headlines, but he could be spoiled by his counterpart used to taking down the Red Devils.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira plays at Old Trafford with his new team Crystal Palace and will be a decent first test of Rangnick’s credentials.
The new United boss is renowned for his intense pressing football, but could have his work cut out for him against a young and energetic Palace side led by a Premier League icon.
Rodgers and Gerrard reunite
Gerrard spoke about his former boss at Liverpool in glowing terms ahead of Aston Villa’s clash with Leicester, but that’s not all.
After narrowly missing out on a Premier League title together at Liverpool in 2013-14, Liverpool started a terrible season with an even worse Champions League campaign.
Rodgers had started cutting Gerrard’s minutes but went too far when he left the club legend on the bench for a trip to face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Gerrard left Liverpool the following summer after admitting he was injured by the appeal, and the two have since met twice in clashes between Celtic and Rangers, each claiming a 1-0 victory .
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