It’s Super Sunday!
Ready, set, go ... fans have plenty to look forward to with mouthwatering line-up
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