Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 2-1 win over Wolves at the weekend. However, that counts for little when everybody plays again three days later.
Just three points separate Arsenal, Liverpool and City and all three sides face tricky away ties this week. Despite the way people talk about it, Luton Town’s home stadium – Kenilworth Road – is not a mythical place. It is a real Premier League stadium and Arsenal will find out what it’s like on Tuesday night.
A professional performance will be required from Arsenal in that game. On paper, they should dominate Luton. However, under the lights in a televised night game … it’s perfectly set up for them to stumble.
Following their bombastic 4-3 home win over Fulham, Liverpool travel to Sheffield United on Tuesday night. All four goals they scored over the weekend were incredible. However, they did need four wonder goals to overcome Fulham. There is a sense Liverpool are spoofing it somewhat this season with their open style.
A win away from home against a side like Sheffield United would further consolidate their title credentials. Manchester City travel to Aston Villa, who play Arsenal three days later, on Wednesday
Pep Guardiola’s team seek a return to winning ways after drawing three consecutive games for the first time since 2017. Unai Emery’s Aston Villa are flying high this season, and could go two points above City if they beat them.
The fact Villa host Arsenal on the weekend makes them kingmakers for the halfway point of the season. Of course, if they win both then they can claim to be in the title race as well!
Elsewhere, Manchester United play Chelsea in the ‘hoping to mount a challenge for fourth place’ derby. Tottenham play West Ham and Newcastle face Everton.