As the Premier League kicked off a midweek round of matches started Tuesday, the big game on Wednesday is the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool with Everton’s former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez under increasing pressure after a run of seven games without a win, ending in a dreadful 1-0 defeat to Brentford on the weekend.
Liverpool are in excellent form and recent results against Everton mean they are favorites for another three points that would leave Benitez in a very delicate position.
League leaders Chelsea make the short trip to play an erratic Watford and could have Romelu Lukaku back in the side after injury, while Manchester City’s visit to play Aston Villa will provide a fascinating test of Steven Gerrard’s coaching ability after the former Rangers boss’ arrival at Villa Park with consecutive wins.
West Ham look to end a run of consecutive defeats when they face Brighton, who have slipped into mid-table after a run of eight games without a win due mainly to their familiar problems in front of goal.
Southampton look to bounce back from their weekend thrashing against Liverpool with a home game against an irregular Leicester City, while Burnley travel to face Wolves after their weekend game at home to Tottenham was snowed off.
Tottenham play Brentford on Thursday, when all eyes will probably be on Old Trafford where Ralf Rangnick is expected to make his debut as Manchester United coach with a difficult home game against Arsenal.