The international break is officially over and players are now returning to various clubs after representing their country in one league or another. European teams played in European Championship qualifiers, Africa played in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and South America played several friendly matches.
However, football fans will be happy to see club football continue. The English Premier League kicks off this weekend with an exciting schedule, but Manchester City and Liverpool look set to be the toughest fixtures of the week.
The Citizens host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. The hosts are looking for ways to put pressure on Arsenal for the league title. Chelsea host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge and look to draw with Everton before the international break.
Manchester United’s trip to St Mary’s will be a tight and intense encounter with Newcastle United looking to avenge their League Cup defeat. Arsenal, meanwhile, will be chasing three points against Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Ahead of this match, the standings before the international break are as follows: