It’s Su­per Sun­day!

Ready, set, go ... fans have plenty to look for­ward to with mouth­wa­ter­ing line-up

CityPress - - Sport - ADAM ALEXAN­DER sports@city­

There are some tan­ta­lis­ing games in the Pre­mier League this Su­per Sun­day as Chelsea host Manch­ester United and Arse­nal face Manch­ester City. The Red Devils, who tasted de­feat for the first time this sea­son in a shock 2-1 de­feat to Hud­der­s­field Town, re­turned to their win­ning ways by beat­ing fel­low ti­tle hope­fuls Tot­ten­ham 1-0 at Old Traf­ford last week­end – to re­main sec­ond in the stand­ings.

The Blues also had to bounce back from de­feats in re­cent weeks, los­ing to Manch­ester City and Crys­tal Palace be­fore beat­ing Wat­ford and, most re­cently, Bournemouth in the league.

How­ever, they were thumped 3-0 by Roma in the Cham­pi­ons League in the mid­dle of the week as ru­mours sur­face of dis­cord within the club.

United won the most re­cent en­counter be­tween the two, 2-0, in the league, but lost 4-0 in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture and were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup.

In team news, Chelsea ex­pect to wel­come N’Golo Kanté back to the mid­field. That leaves Vic­tor Moses as their only in­jury ab­sen­tee, with the Nige­rian nurs­ing a ham­string in­jury.

For United, Jesse Lin­gard will face a late fit­ness test for his back in­jury, but Marouane Fel­laini is not ex­pected to re­cover from his knee lig­a­ment in­jury. Still side­lined are Michael Car­rick, Paul Pogba, Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović and Mar­cos Rojo.

Prior to kick-off at Stam­ford Bridge, Arse­nal will visit the Eti­had Sta­dium look­ing to be the first team this sea­son to en­gi­neer a win over Man City.

The Cit­i­zens are un­de­feated with nine vic­to­ries from 10 Pre­mier League matches, in­clud­ing their last eight in a row. They have also been suc­cess­ful in the Cham­pi­ons League, beat­ing Serie A lead­ers Napoli 4-2 away in Italy on Wed­nes­day.

While City were flex­ing their mus­cles in Naples, the Gun­ners slumped to a 0-0 draw against Red Star Bel­grade in the Europa League on Thurs­day, with a sec­ond-string side un­able to find the net against the Ser­bians.

How­ever, Arse­nal have won four of their last five league matches and re­main fifth in the stand­ings, al­beit nine points off the lead­ers.

City cur­rently have just two in­jury vic­tims ahead of the clash, with Vin­cent Kom­pany still nurs­ing a calf mus­cle strain, while fel­low de­fender Ben­jamin Mendy is out with a knee in­jury.

For Arse­nal, goal­keeper David Ospina is a slight doubt with a groin strain, but the match will come too soon for Danny Wel­beck, Shko­dran Mustafi and Santi Ca­zorla.

Tot­ten­ham kicks off the day’s matches against Crys­tal Palace at Wem­b­ley, look­ing to keep up the pace set by the two teams from Manch­ester.

Spurs re­cently tasted just their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son against Manch­ester United, but had won four in a row be­fore that and look a good bet to bounce back straight away with the mo­men­tum from Wed­nes­day’s thrilling 3-1 win over Span­ish gi­ants Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League.

They will face a Palace side who have won just once all sea­son. The Ea­gles shocked Chelsea 2-1 for their first win of the cam­paign a few weeks ago, but went on to lose 1-0 to New­cas­tle, and held West Ham to a 2-2 draw last week­end.

Also this week­end, Ever­ton are in cri­sis mode as they pre­pare to wel­come Wat­ford to Good­i­son Park. The Tof­fees have lost three of their last four games, and were elim­i­nated from the Europa League af­ter be­ing beaten 3-0 by Lyon on Thurs­day.

They face a Wat­ford side who lost to Chelsea and Stoke City in their most re­cent matches, but got the bet­ter of Arse­nal.


TUM­BLE Zla­tan Ibrahi­mović of Manch­ester United is fouled by Cesc Fàbre­gas and Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek of Chelsea dur­ing their Pre­mier League match at Old Traf­ford on April 16 in Manch­ester, Eng­land

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