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Crys­tal Palace v Southamp­ton SELLHURST PARK, SATUR­DAY 12.30PM

The last time Southamp­ton vis­ited Sel­hurst Park they con­fronted a Crys­tal Palace man­aged by Alan Pardew and hurt­ing from a six-game los­ing run. Fraser Forster gifted the hosts an early goal and Pardew won breath­ing space, al­beit for only three weeks. Now, with Pardew, Sam Al­lardyce and Frank de Boer gone, Roy Hodg­son will seek a re­sult just as em­phatic.

Liver­pool v Burn­ley AN­FIELD, SATUR­DAY 3PM

The be­gin­ning of Sa­dio Mané’s three-match sus­pen­sion opens the door for Philippe Coutinho to make his first start of the sea­son for Liver­pool, while Daniel Stur­ridge is also push­ing for in­clu­sion . Burn­ley had to wait un­til April 29th for their first away win last sea­son but they have al­ready col­lected four points from trips to Chelsea and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

Wat­ford v Man City VICARAGE ROAD STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Given that Manch­ester City thrashed Wat­ford 5-0 the last time they vis­ited Vicarage Road, this one may seem a for­mal­ity. In re­al­ity, the cir­cum­stances are en­tirely dif­fer­ent this time round. Cur­rently in fourth place with three clean sheets out of four, Wat­ford should be dif­fi­cult to break down. In­deed, Marco Silva’s side will go top of the league, for a day at least, if they were to win.

Tot­ten­ham v Swansea WEM­B­LEY STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 5.30PM

Tot­ten­ham are fly­ing af­ter bury­ing their Wem­b­ley jinx in the Cham­pi­ons League win over Borus­sia Dort­mund while Swansea City have been gripped by in­tro­spec­tion fol­low­ing their fail­ure to per­form against New­cas­tle United. Paul Cle­ment can take heart from how his team have played away from home of late. He knows he needs some­thing spe­cial.

Man Utd v Ever­ton OLD TRAF­FORD, SUN­DAY 4PM

PaulPogba’sham­string­in­juryrules­themid­fielder out although Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are set to re­turn to the heart of the United de­fence. Af­ter a mis­er­able run of form, Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man looks set to make changes with the likes of Ash­ley Wil­liams, Idrissa Gu­eye and Davy Klaassen ex­pected to be re­called. Ever­ton re­main with­out James McCarthy and Sea­mus Cole­man.

Hud­der­s­field v Le­ices­ter JOHN SMITH’S STA­DIUM, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Le­ices­ter face another pro­moted side af­ter beat­ing Brighton last month and need a win af­ter three de­feats against teams in last sea­son’s top five and with Liver­pool up twice next week. The Chelsea loa­nee Kasey Palmer will miss eight weeks with a ham­string in­jury and Ab­del­hamid Sabiri stands by af­ter mak­ing his Hud­der­s­field de­but from the bench in the de­feat at West Ham.

New­cas­tle v Stoke ST JAMES’ PARK, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Rafael Benítez will be back in the New­cas­tle dugout af­ter his her­nia-re­lated op­er­a­tion. His re­turn means Mark Hughes can ex­pect a warm wel­come. José Mour­inho may have de­clined to shake the Stoke man­ager’s hand last week­end but Benítez is a Hughes fan. “I don’t have any prob­lems with Mark,” he said. “He’s a good man­ager, do­ing a great job. There won’t be any prob­lems.”

West Brom v West Ham THE HAWTHORNS, SATUR­DAY 3PM

Slaven Bilic gained a re­prieve when his side beat Hud­der­s­field on Mon­day but his fu­ture will be thrust back un­der the spot­light should West Ham lose at West Brom. Tony Pulis’s side are in need of a re­sponse af­ter their good start to the sea­son was de­railed fol­low­ing a 3-1 de­feat to Premier League new­com­ers Brighton and it could help that West Ham have con­ceded 10 goals in three away games.

Chelsea v Arse­nal STAM­FORD BRIDGE, SUN­DAY 1.30PM

Chelsea mid­fielder Danny Drinkwa­ter is ex­pected to be out un­til the Oc­to­ber in­ter­na­tional break with a calf prob­lem but play­maker Eden Haz­ard is in con­tention to start this sea­son. Arse­nal are likely to re­call a host of first-team reg­u­lars af­ter man­ager Arsene Wenger made nine al­ter­ations for the Europa League win over Cologne. Fran­cis Co­quelin and Santi Ca­zorla are still out.

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