Another bumper weekend of English Premier League
action is upon us and fans are in store for non-stop excitement from minute one!
Catch all the action including Man United’s early trip to West Ham before Arsenal, Spurs and City take centre stage ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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West Ham United vs Manchester United – London Stadium
The Hammers followed up their first victory of the campaign by picking up an impressive point in their goalless stalemate with Chelsea last weekend before a hugely convincing 8-0 midweek win over Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup, suggesting that new manager Manuel Pellegrini may have finally found his sides winning combination.
The media attention this week has been surrounding the seemingly tumultuous relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and World Cup winner with France Paul Pogba after the midfielder was left out of the Red Devils squad as they were dumped out of the League Cup by Derby County, after Pogba’s apparent attack on United’s tactics following their 1-1 home draw with Wolves in the league.
Man United are unbeaten in their last five meetings with West Ham in all competitions since a 3-2 defeat in May 2016 in what was the last match to be played at the old Boleyn Ground – West Ham’s only win over United in their last 18 attempts. The corresponding fixture last season ended 0-0 in what was a rather dull affair.
Arsenal vs Watford – Emirates Stadium
One of the season’s numerous London derbies sees Arsenal take on Watford
this weekend in a fixture that could have far reaching implications at the top-end of the table. The Gunners have won their last six matches in-a-row in all competitions since a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Chelsea back in August.
Watford have been the surprise package so far in 2018/19 and find themselves in fourth place after picking up four wins in their opening six league matches. The Hornets, however, are now on a three-game winless run after they were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur on penalties in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Arsenal won this fixture 3-0 last season, ending a two-match losing run against Watford, courtesy of goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Etihad Stadium
Pep Guardiola saw his City side bounce back brilliantly from their shock 2-1 defeat at home against Lyon in the UEFA Champions League last week by annihilating Cardiff City 5-0 in their own backyard on Saturday before a comfortable 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup, a fixture which saw Man City prodigy Phil Foden score his first professional goal for the club.
Brighton have endured a difficult start to life in their second season in England’s top-flight. Chris Hughton’s men have notched up just one win in their opening six encounters, a fine 3-2 victory over Manchester United, although they now find themselves amidst a five-game winless streak in all competitions.
City did the double over Brighton in 2017/18 in what was the Seagull’s maiden season in the Premier League. Goals from Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho handed the home side a 3-1 win. A similar result this weekend could see Man City go top-of-the-table and throw a cat amongst the pigeons with Chelsea and Liverpool set to lock horns later in the day.
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