City and Wat­ford eye Premier League sum­mit as two un­beaten teams go head-to-head

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“It’s not about this. It is about be­ing dom­i­nant and los­ing, a bit, the grip on the game. We need to learn to be dom­i­nant and not give easy goals away.”

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur will hope to prove their com­mand­ing 3-1 mid­week win against Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League at Wembley — just their third in 13 games at the na­tional sta­dium — was no fluke when they wel­come Swansea City to their tem­po­rary home.

Spurs are play­ing at Wembley while White Hart Lane is be­ing re­de­vel­oped.

Mean­while, base­ment club Crys­tal Palace will play their first game un­der for­mer Eng­land man­ager and boy­hood Ea­gles fan Roy Hodg­son when they face Southamp­ton at Sel­hurst Park.

Hodg­son has re­placed the sacked Frank de Boer after the Dutch­man’s four games in charge all ended in de­feat, with no goals scored dur­ing his brief time in charge of the south London club.

“You are look­ing for char­ac­ter re­ally, you’re look­ing for de­sire, you’re look­ing for peo­ple with en­thu­si­asm,” Hodg­son said when asked what he wanted to see from his play­ers.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Chelsea, fresh from a 6-0 thrash­ing of Qarabeg in the Cham­pi­ons League, face Ar­se­nal, mid­week Europa League win­ners against Cologne at Stam­ford Bridge to­mor­row.

The day’s other Premier League match is set to see for­mer Manch­ester United favourite Wayne Rooney make his first re­turn to Old Traf­ford since re­join­ing boy­hood club Everton in pre­sea­son. This fix­ture takes place just a day be­fore Rooney is due to ap­pear in court on a drink-driv­ing charge. AFP

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