1.) Have the Cherries become the new whipping boys of the English Premier League?
After two consecutive 5-1 drubbings by Manchester City and Tottenham, Bournemouth is away to a Southampton team in need of a "pick me up" after two consecutive draws. The likes of Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic will be licking their chops to play the Cherries porous defense. Things did not start out so dire, however, for Eddie Howe's team as Bournemouth allowed a respectable, especially for a newcomer, 12 goals in the first 8 games, but it's all gone downhill since the 1-1 draw at home against Watford. The backline of Francis/Distin/Cook/Daniels has had a torrid time against quick teams and it looks like this trend will continue on Sunday. Are you "buying" into another high margin Bournemouth loss this weekend?
2.) Can West Ham sustain its impressive form away to Watford?
Slaven Bilic's men already beat Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, but lost to Bournemouth and tied both Norwich and Sunderland. Watford at home has been a tough nut to crack, conceding only 1 (yes, just one) goal in four home games before the Arsenal debacle. What gives?
3.) Has Memphis Depay dropped below Jesse Lingard on the Manchester United pecking order?
The battle of Manchester was not pretty. The real shock came on the 67th minute when Juan Mata was replaced by Jesse Lingard, while the 25 million pound summer signing, Memphis Depay, remained on the bench. Memphis had played a total of just 10 minutes in the last three competitive games since being substituted in half time of the Arsenal game. So what the heck is going on in the United camp?
West Brom have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 games in the Premier League. Leicester are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 matches in the Premier League, scoring over 2.5 goals in their last 3 away games. Who wins this one?
5.) Was the firing of Tim Sherwood premature of justified?
The Villa gaffer was released of his duties after his team lost at home to a struggling Swansea side. His firing was not well received by some of the senior and youth players, as Sherwood was a player's coach. Now, there are news from the ex Villa boss, Paul Lambert, whom Sherwood ultimately ended up replacing, who blames the Villa owners and management for the club's shortcomings, particularly the unwilling to spent money to buy quality players. Could Villa have rebounded under Sherwood, or was it time for a change?