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Talking points ahead of the midweek games in the Premier League

Talking points ahead of the midweek games in the Premier League
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Jordan Pickford and Jose Mourinho among the central characters in the forthcoming fixtures.

The weekend's saints and sinners have little time to reflect upon an eventful round of fixtures as they head into a full Premier League programme on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the issues which could prove central.

Stay calm, Jurgen

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp simply could not contain himself after substitute Divock Origi headed his side to a stoppage-time derby victory over Everton on Sunday, racing on to the pitch to embrace keeper Alisson Becker. The German later apologised for his actions, but that did not spare him a Football Association charge and all eyes will be on the visitors' dug-out at Burnley on Wednesday evening.

Pick-ing up the pieces

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Anfield
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Anfield (Peter Byrne/PA)

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, one of the stars of England's march to the World Cup semi-finals this summer, left the field at Anfield with the weight of the world on his shoulders after his error allowed Origi to snatch victory. The former Sunderland keeper, however, has the perfect incentive to make amends with the Black Cats' arch-rivals Newcastle heading to Goodison Park.

Forgotten Howe to win?

Eddie Howe has built himself an enviable reputation by guiding Bournemouth into the Premier League and establishing them as a fixture in the division. However, he will send them into battle with Huddersfield on Tuesday night on the back of a four-game losing run which has taken the gloss off their impressive start to the campaign.

Gunning for Jose

FT: The Reds come from behind to earn a point following first-half strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera.

Posted by Manchester United on Saturday, December 1, 2018

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has found himself in the firing line in recent weeks with his team labouring, with the joke on Monday that Southampton counterpart Mark Hughes had been sacked for only managing a 2-2 draw against United. In the circumstances, Arsenal's arrival at Old Trafford brimming with confidence after their 4-2 derby victory over Tottenham is perhaps not the fixture Jose might have chosen, but does represent an opportunity to answer some of his critics.

Wolves looking for bite

Having won the Sky Bet Championship at a canter, Wolves took to life in the top flight like ducks to water, winning four and losing only one of their first eight fixtures. However, things have become significantly more taxing since with Wanderers having managed just a single point from a possible 18 they have contested, hardly the form they would have chosen as they prepare to host Chelsea.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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