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Swansea v Man. Utd LIB­ERTY STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 12.30PM

José Mour­inho’s only real se­lec­tion dilemma re­volves around whether he should set up a bit more con­ser­va­tively away from home and re­call An­der Her­rera. As for Swansea, they are still with­out Fer­nando Llorente, who is build­ing up his fit­ness af­ter break­ing an arm. Roque Mesa could make his de­but in place of Leon Brit­ton, who is strug­gling with a back prob­lem.

Burnley v West Brom TURF MOOR, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Burnley have never made a bet­ter start to a Premier League cam­paign, or per­haps any cam­paign. Ex­pec­ta­tions will be high at Turf Moor but Tony Pulis’s side are un­likely to fall apart like Chelsea. The two sides ap­pear evenly matched, and while Al­bion’s away form is not great ei­ther, it would not be an enor­mous sur­prise to see the points shared, as hap­pened last sea­son.

Liver­pool v Crys­tal Palace AN­FIELD, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Crys­tal Palace can be­come only the fourth vis­it­ing team in his­tory to win four suc­ces­sive league games at An­field but it will take a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion from the open­ing day to achieve that feat. Liver­pool will be look­ing to build on a valu­able Cham­pi­ons League play-off win at Hof­fen­heim. That first leg may prompt changes, by Jür­gen Klopp but his op­tions ap­pear lim­ited

Stoke v Arse­nal bet 365 STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 5.30PM

Stoke City’s re­cruit­ment of Jesé Ro­dríguez on a sea­son-long loan from PSG means Mark Hughes now has five Cham­pi­ons League win­ners in his squad, more than any other club. The winger is ex­pected to be in­volved at some stage against Arse­nal, 4-1 win­ners here in May and ea­ger to se­cure a re­turn to Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth last sea­son.

Tot­ten­ham v Chelsea WEM­B­LEY STA­DIUM, SUN­DAY 4PM

Kieran Trip­pier could be fit for Tot­ten­ham af­ter miss­ing out with an an­kle in­jury and will be as­sessed on Satur­day. Fel­low Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Danny Rose re­mains side­lined, as does Erik Lamela. Mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could make his Chelsea de­but fol­low­ing a knee in­jury. Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabre­gas are sus­pended fol­low­ing their dis­missals against Burnley.

Bourn­mouth v Wat­ford VITALITY STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Ed­die Howe will be look­ing for a re­ac­tion from his side af­ter an un­der­whelm­ing per­for­mance in the 1-0 de­feat by West Brom. Jer­main De­foe could make his first start for Bournemouth since May 2001 and Jor­don Ibe may re­turn to the start­ing lineup. Wat­ford, who drew 3-3 with Liver­pool in their sea­son opener, could have their cap­tain, Troy Deeney, avail­able fol­low­ing groin surgery.


Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with de­feats, both clubs will be keen to get points on the board. Le­ices­ter let vic­tory slip through their fin­gers against Arse­nal while Brighton could only hold out for so long against Manch­ester City. Keep­ing Jamie Vardy quiet will be the main task for Brighton af­ter the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional scored twice in a su­perb in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance at Arse­nal.

Southamp­ton v West Ham ST. MARY’S, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino has few in­jury con­cerns for a fix­ture that has been switched to St Mary’s with the Lon­don Sta­dium not ready af­ter the world cham­pi­onships. Ryan Ber­trand has re­cov­ered from a knock, while Cé­dric Soares should start. For West Ham, Michail An­to­nio is fit again af­ter four months out with a ham­string in­jury. Slaven Bilic will be tar­get­ing a de­fen­sive im­prove­ment af­ter last week­end.

Hud­der­s­field v New­cas­tle JOHN SMITH’S STA­DIUM, SUN­DAY 1.30PM

Af­ter miss­ing last week­end’s 3-0 win at Crys­tal Palace, Jonathan Hogg, Nahki Wells, Mar­tin Cranie and Jon Gorenc Stankovic re­main un­avail­able. New­cas­tle boss Rafael Ben­itez will be with­out key mid­fielder Jonjo Shelvey as he be­gins a three-match ban. Ben­itez will also be with­out Flo­rian Le­je­une and Paul Dum­mett, while the game will come too soon for full back DeAn­dre Yedlin.

Man City v Ever­ton ETHIAD STA­DIUM, MON­DAY 8PM

Manch­ester City are still with­out new sign­ing Ben­jamin Mendy and mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan. City have no fresh in­jury con­cerns but mid­fielder Fabian Delph is also out with an un­spec­i­fied knock. Ever­ton’s record sign­ing Gylfi Sig­urds­son is ex­pected to make his de­but and, al­though he only feels ready to play 45 min­utes, boss Ron­ald Koe­man said he would be in­volved.

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