Premier League team news
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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