Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

Premier League: five things to keep in mind this weekend

FIVE THINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND: Parallel worlds collide as Steven Gerrard and Graham Potter finally intersect as Dean Smith makes history with Norwich City.

  • The Premier League returns to action this weekend after the international break
  • Parallel worlds collide as Steven Gerrard and Graham Potter go head-to-head
  • Dean Smith makes history by facing Southampton again, but with Norwich
  • Digital-focused Eddie Howe will miss his Newcastle debut like he has Covid


<!–

<!–

<!–

<!–

<!–

<!–

The international break is over and gives way to the Premier League as all 20 clubs prepare to start their winter assault in force this weekend.

In the space of two weeks, three clubs have appointed new managers, with Eddie Howe, Steven Gerrard and Dean Smith arriving in Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich respectively.

Here, Sportsmail’s DAN MATTHEWS looks forward to five things to look out for ahead of this weekend’s round of matches.

The Premier League is back in action this weekend with plenty to look forward to.

The Premier League is back in action this weekend with plenty to look forward to.

1) Parallel worlds collide in Villa Park when Steven Gerrard returns to the top flight to find Graham Potter in the other dugout.

One built his arsenal in the shadows of Scandinavia, the other played in the limelight before jumping straight into Rangers hell.

They are now known as two of the most promising young coaches in the country. And two of the favorites to be the next England coach, sure?

Gerrard takes over Aston Villa for the first time this weekend

Gerrard takes over Aston Villa for the first time this weekend

Graham Potter has thrived in Brighton and received tips for the England post

Graham Potter has thrived in Brighton and received tips for the England post

Parallel worlds collide as Steven Gerrard (left) and Graham Potter (right) face off

2) Those irritating pros on the Arsenal AFTV fan channel must be close to packing it up.

There is not much to shout about these days: Arsenal are eight games unbeaten and Mikel Arteta’s men have been three away games without conceding a goal.

Since 2005 they have not achieved four in the spin. Mind you, it’s been seven years since Liverpool scored less than three against Arsenal at Anfield.

Arsenal will seek to continue in good shape and are currently unbeaten after eight games.

Arsenal will seek to continue in good shape and are currently unbeaten after eight games.

Arsenal will seek to continue in good shape and are currently unbeaten after eight games.

3) After nearly 500 days, Eddie Howe is back on a Premier League bench.

His training sessions in Newcastle have been converted to ‘digital format’. Hopefully ‘win.doc’ wasn’t lost on unreliable USB. Newcastle is none of 11.

A slice of optimism? Burnley and Norwich got a first win against Brentford before the break.

However, you will have to watch from afar on Saturday as it tested positive for Covid. Assistant head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones will now lead the team in pursuit of their first win of the season.

4) A record day for Dean Smith.

Never before has a Premier League manager faced the same team (Southampton) in consecutive games in the same season, but with different clubs (Aston Villa and now Norwich).

Dean Smith makes history this weekend by facing the same opponent in successive weeks, but with different clubs in the same season

Dean Smith makes history this weekend by facing the same opponent in successive weeks, but with different clubs in the same season

Dean Smith makes history this weekend by facing the same opponent in successive weeks, but with different clubs in the same season

5) For nearly a decade, tension and bitterness rumbled between Rafael Benítez and Sam Allardyce.

Very soon they could be bedfellows. Benitez takes Everton to Manchester City tomorrow with the aim of ending a five-game Premier League streak without a win.

The last time there were six was in January 2018. The coach back then? You guessed it.

Commercial

.