With English Premier League and the FA Cup in full swing this weekend, we are seeing a split schedule between both competitions. This is also the last weekend of EPL action before the international break.
Last weekend was lowkey but had a great round of fixtures. Chelsea and Liverpool competed in the Carabao Cup, and Liverpool ran out 11-10 winners on penalties after an enthralling 120 goalless minutes. That also meant that Arsenal and Leicester got the weekend off.
It's been a while since the English Premier League was in full swing. With the international break, FA Cup weekends, EPL play has been on the back burner. There was also the African Cup of Nations that was won on Sunday by Senegal for the first time.
As COVID-19 once again disrupts the festive English Premier League fixtures, teams and managers are left sweating about who is available and who is being pushed towards the red line as the number of games and minutes test even the strongest and fittest of players.
During the great midweek round of fixtures, we saw Liverpool dominate the Merseyside Derby; Manchester City looked good against Aston Villa, with Bernardo Silva scoring a lovely goal; and Chelsea just got their noses over the line against Watford to keep them at the summit of the English Premier League table.
A cold weekend in the EPL saw one fixture fall foul of the weather, heavy snow fell in Burnley and a decision was made to call off their match-up with Spurs. This match will now be rearranged for a later date.
The international break is over and we're back ready for English Premier League action. As various players left at the end of last month for the World Cup Qualifiers, the transfer window slammed shut until January.