Premier League team news
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.