The first match in the Premier League this weekend sees top take on bottom as Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield.
The Reds will be confident of extending their unbeaten start to the season against a side that has won just once all season in the Premier League. However, the Hornets are playing for the first time under new boss Nigel Pearson and will be keen to impress.
The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Liverpool did a comprehensive double over Watford last season, winning 5-0 at Anfield and 0-3 at Vicarage Road.
* The Reds have won 24 of their last 25 Premier League matches, and are unbeaten in 33, with 28 wins.
* In contrast, Watford have won just one of their last 20 Premier League matches.
* Goalscoring is a problem for the Hornets – they’ve bagged just 9 goals all season in the league.
* Liverpool have a 100% record in league matches at Anfield this season but are still yet to keep a clean sheet there.
A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.
German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.
Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.
It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.
It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.
However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.
Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.
Only one match in the Premier League today but it is one of the biggest of the season – Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.
This rivalry goes back decades but has always been intense – the two sides genuinely dislike each other, especially if one is doing well and the other is struggling, relatively speaking, as is the case now.
The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Last season, it ended 0-0 at Old Trafford. Earlier in the season, Liverpool beat United 3-1 at Anfield.
* Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 5 league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford – they’ve won 3 of those
* Indeed, Liverpool have only beaten United once in their last 10 attempts in the PL – that win at Anfield last season, which prompted Jose Mourinho’s departure from the manager’s chair at United.
* If Liverpool win it will be their 18th in a row, equalling Manchester City’s top-flight record.
* A win for the Reds today will also the equal the Premier League record for most wins at the start of the season – 9. Chelsea achieved this in 2005.
* But United are out of form, winning just 2 of their last 13 league matches, losing 6.
* If United score twice they will be the first to reach 2,000 goals in the Premier League.
* However, United haven’t scored more than once since they thumped Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day of the season.
* If United lose, it will be their worst start to a season since 1986/7 – the season that one Alex Ferguson took over as manager.
* Only one side has ever won their first 9 league matches and not gone on to win the title – United in 1985/6. They won their first 10 that season but collapsed to let Liverpool take the glory.