Joleon Lescott returns with the latest edition of his Premier League column
Joleon Lescott returns with the latest edition of his Premier League column

The Premier League is back with a bang this weekend now that the final international break of 2021 is done and dusted.

We have plenty of content to get you ready for the action, including Joleon Lescott’s exclusive column, in-depth features and the latest transfer news.

Joleon's back for more

Lescott returns to run the rule over what promises to be a thrilling round of games. 

All eyes are on tomorrow night's clash between Liverpool and Arsenal — but the former England defender believes the in-form Gunners will have their work cut out against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The two-time Premier League winner also focuses on recently appointed bosses Steven Gerrard, Dean Smith and Eddie Howe, as well as delivering his Matchday 12 predictions.

Read more: Joleon Lescott's Premier League Matchday 12 column

Premier League focus

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah makes our combined XI but who will join him?
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah makes our combined XI but who will join him?

Ahead of the Anfield showdown, we have pulled together a combined XI from the two squads. 

Read more: Check out LiveScore’s Liverpool x Arsenal combined XI

Be sure to let us know what you think of our side by dropping us a line on our social media channels.

Things have not been going too well at Aston Villa of late but Gerrard’s arrival in the dugout marks the start of a new era in the West Midlands.

To preview Villa's clash with Brighton, we turn the spotlight on John McGinn and consider how the 27-year-old midfielder could be a key figure for his new boss. 

Read more: McGinn set to be a Villa thriller under Gerrard

Want to get clued up on all of the Premier League action? Our bumper Matchday 12 preview has you covered.

We have compiled all the key stats and facts on each of the 10 games in one handy place for your pleasure.

Read more: In-form Arsenal face Liverpool test as Gerrard returns

European previews

New Barcelona boss Xavi will take charge of his first match this weekend
New Barcelona boss Xavi will take charge of his first match this weekend

Europe’s top tiers are also ready to resume their respective campaigns.

In LaLiga, Xavi is preparing for his first game as Barcelona boss when Espanyol visit the Camp Nou, while Real Madrid face a tricky trip to Granada and surprise leaders Real Sociedad host Valencia.

Read more: Xavi kicks off Barca reign with Catalan derby

Meanwhile, Serie A's pacesetters face huge tests as AC Milan travel to Fiorentina and Napoli tackle Inter Milan in the game of the weekend.

Read more: Leaders Napoli visit reigning champions Inter

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich enter the weekend with a four-point lead over nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund — the Bavarians go to struggling Augsburg and BVB host Stuttgart.

Read more: Bayern bid to increase gap at the top against Augsburg

Finally, the key game in the Eredivisie sees PSV host high-flying Vitesse — and we have selected a combined XI from the two squads.

Before you go

As well as all our preview content, there is a range of other features for you to enjoy.

Our daily transfer round-up leads on reports that Paul Pogba will not be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Read more: United unlikely to offer Pogba new deal as Real wait in wings

And motorsport fans are also in for a treat as F1 expert Jim Munro takes a look at six key questions ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix.

Six key questions ahead of the maiden Qatar Grand Prix

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