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Bournemouth v Man City VI­TAL­ITY STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 12.30PM

Manch­ester City have beaten Bournemouth 15-1 on ag­gre­gate across their past four meet­ings, so a visit to the south coast seems the per­fect match to rem­edy Mon­day night – when they res­cued a draw against Everton. Bournemouth are point-less and yet to score in the league, although a mid­week win at Birm­ing­ham has given Ed­die Howe a wel­come se­lec­tion prob­lem.

Crys­tal Palace v Swansea SEL­HURST PARK, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Nei­ther Crys­tal Palace or Swansea have scored a a league goal yet and even at this early stage of the sea­son this has the feel of a rel­e­ga­tion scrap. Palace and their new man­ager, Frank de Boer, will be without Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek, his best player to date, and must find a way of coax­ing form from Chris­tian Ben­teke if they are to kick­start their cam­paign.

Liver­pool v Arsenal AN­FIELD, SUNDAY 4PM

Liver­pool are again without Philippe Coutinho for Arsenal’s visit. Reds boss Jur­gen Klopp con­firmed the Barcelona tar­get is still “on our in­jury list” with a back prob­lem. Alexis Sanchez is in line to make his first Arsenal ap­pear­ance of the sea­son. The Chile in­ter­na­tional has been ab­sent with an ab­dom­i­nal strain but is set to be in­volved, as is de­fender Lau­rent Ko­scielny.

New­cas­tle v West Ham ST JAMES’ PARK, SUNDAY 3PM

After two league de­feats New­cas­tle could do with a win but will be wary of the ae­rial threat posed by West Ham’s Andy Car­roll. If Rafa Benítez has prob­lems, so does Slaven Bilic who is well aware of the per­sis­tent ru­mours sug­gest­ing West Ham would not be averse to re­plac­ing him with a New­cas­tle coun­ter­part openly un­happy with Mike Ashley’s trans­fer mar­ket par­si­mony.

Wat­ford v Brighton VICARAGE ROAD, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Wat­ford are short of a de­fender after José Hole­bas’s red card in the League Cup but Marco Silva will be re­lieved to suf­fer the sus­pen­sion against Brighton. Chris Hughton’s side have yet to score in the Premier League and strug­gled to beat Bar­net on Tues­day. Silva, hav­ing al­ready looked to have worked his magic with Wat­ford, will be dis­ap­pointed by any­thing other than three points.

Chelsea v Everton STAM­FORD BRIDGE, SUNDAY 1.30PM

Chelsea mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas re­turns from sus­pen­sion but de­fender Gary Cahill is still banned fol­low­ing his red card against Burn­ley on the open­ing day of the sea­son. Everton have doubts over both Idrissa Gu­eye and San­dro Ramirez , and will be without Davy Klaassen. Ross Barkley, who Chelsea are thought to be in­ter­ested in sign­ing, will also be on the side­line.

Hud­der­s­field v Southamp­ton JOHN SMITH’S STA­DIUM, SUNDAY 3PM

This prom­ises to be a tough test for Hud­der­s­field, who have yet to drop a point or con­cede a goal in the league. Southamp­ton, who could give a league de­but to £15m de­fender Wes­ley Hoedt, may have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup in mid-week but have won one and drawn one in the league un­der Mauricio Pel­le­grino. An en­ter­tain­ing con­test looks to be in store.

Man Utd v Le­ices­ter OLD TRAF­FORD, SUNDAY 5.30PM

Manch­ester United host Le­ices­ter City after record­ing con­sec­u­tive 4-0 wins but de­spite that José Mour­inho has warned his play­ers that Le­ices­ter are back to their ti­tle-win­ning best. But the United jug­ger­naut will take some stop­ping at Old Traf­ford, es­pe­cially as they will be in­tent on sign­ing off be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break with mo­men­tum main­tained.

Tot­ten­ham v Burn­ley WEM­B­LEY STA­DIUM, SUNDAY 4PM

Spurs re­main hope­ful that club-record sign­ing Davin­son Sanchez will re­ceive a work per­mit in time to fea­ture against Burn­ley. The de­fender joined Spurs from Ajax but may be forced to sit out the meeting at Wem­b­ley if his per­mit is not is­sued in time. Jonathan Wal­ters is out for Burn­ley while Jeff Hen­drick is a doubt . How­ever, for­mer Leeds striker Chris Wood could be handed his first start.

West Brom v Stoke THE HAWTHORNS, SUNDAY 1.30PM

Jonny Evans re­mains a doubt for West Brom be­cause of a ham­string in­jury and he will con­tinue to be as­sessed. Gareth McAuley re­mains out and Hal Rob­son-Kanu is sus­pended. New sign­ing Oliver Burke could be among the sub­sti­tutes. Xher­dan Shaqiri re­mains an in­jury con­cern for Stoke. Jack But­land, Ryan Shawcross, Darren Fletcher, Ro­driguez Jese and Eric Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing are ex­pected to come back into the team.

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