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Manchester City v Everton: match preview

Manchester City welcome Everton in the unfamiliar position of not leading the league, having done so for 10 of the 16 Premier League games this season before last week’s loss at Chelsea. Yet as Liverpool do not play Manchester United until Sunday Pep G…

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Wolves v Bournemouth: match preview

Wolves are chasing a third successive win, thanks largely to Diogo Jota’s return to form, against Bournemouth. After failing to score in 14 appearances in all competitions he found the net in wins against Chelsea and Newcastle. Nuno Espírito Santo’s si…

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Wolves v Bournemouth: match preview

Wolves are chasing a third successive win, thanks largely to Diogo Jota’s return to form, against Bournemouth. After failing to score in 14 appearances in all competitions he found the net in wins against Chelsea and Newcastle. Nuno Espírito Santo’s si…

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Everton v Watford: match preview

Marco Silva faces Watford for the first time since being sacked at Vicarage Road. The background to his dismissal remains subject of a legal complaint from the visitors but a more immediate concern to the Everton manager is breaking down disciplined an…

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Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers: match preview

With Paul Dummett once again absent, injured, at left back for Newcastle and specialist cover thin on the ground Rafael Benítez may be tempted to play five at the back against a Wolves side seemingly recovered from their recent wobble. Whatever formati…

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Leicester City v Tottenham: match preview

A tricky match for Tottenham to negotiate, not least because they have a critical Champions League tie away against Barcelona on Tuesday. Three points would give Spurs their best top-flight record after 16 matches since the 1960-61 season. Jan Vertongh…

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Cardiff v Southampton: match preview

The Ralph Hasenhüttl era gets underway for Southampton in the Welsh capital in a relegation six-pointer. The omens are not good for the Austrian – Paul Sturrock was the last permanent Southampton manager to win his first game in charge back in 2004 and…

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Manchester United v Fulham: match preview

José Mourinho’s distinctly odd campaign had its latest instalment in Jorge Mendes’s statement on Friday that said his client will not be vacating his post at Manchester United. He may, though, have zero say if United fail to beat Fulham, the bottom sid…

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Arsenal v Huddersfield: match preview

The story about the night on the eve of the season when some of the Arsenal players allegedly inhaled nitrous oxide brought some shock value – partly because the club have come to sail under the news agenda. Since Unai Emery took charge they have done …

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Chelsea v Manchester City: match preview

Chelsea take on Manchester City having lost two of their last three in the league, most recently at newly promoted Wolves, acutely aware that defeat to City would leave them 13 points behind the league leaders. This is arguably the champions’ trickiest…

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: match preview

Neutrals might hope for a repeat of 2016’s frantic game when Bournemouth came from 3-0 down to snatch a late 4-3 victory but alas Liverpool’s watertight defence will probably prevent that. Jürgen Klopp will have to do without Joe Gomez, who broke his l…

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Burnley v Brighton: match preview

Burnley have to regard this as a must-win match, even if Brighton are 12 points better off and in the top half of the table. Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are next for Sean Dyche’s side so they could easily be spending Christmas in the bottom three, u…

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West Ham United v Crystal Palace: match preview

These sides head into this London derby in contrasting moods. While West Ham are looking to win three consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time since December 2016, Crystal Palace are reeling from their humbling by Brighton on Tuesday….

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Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

What a game this promises to be. Unai Emery has made his mark at Arsenal so far by attacking from all angles and – when required – making bold, offensive changes while Tottenham have found greater rhythm in recent matches, not least in the overwhelming…

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Chelsea v Fulham: match preview

Claudio Ranieri’s second game in charge takes him back to Stamford Bridge, his old stomping ground for four years at the turn of the millennium which, probably unfairly, is remembered more now for the lengthy period he was a dead man walking while Roma…

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Liverpool v Everton: match preview

Jürgen Klopp believes this Merseyside derby will be his toughest as the Liverpool manager. Everton’s recent form under Marco Silva would suggest so, with summer signings André Gomes, Richarlison and Yerry Mina raising the standard. It still demands a s…

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Manchester City v Bournemouth: match preview

Three straight defeats in the league represents the worst run of the season so far for Bournemouth. Matters will not be getting any easier for them on Saturday. Eddie Howe’s side face Manchester City, the champions have scored 13 goals against Bournemo…

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Southampton v Manchester United: match preview

José Mourinho said earlier this week he would always prefer to play at Old Trafford, but he might think twice if offered a change of venue on Saturday. Southampton have not won at home since April and slipped into the relegation zone after defeat at Fu…

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Newcastle United v West Ham United: match preview

Many people would say Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles are Newcastle’s best players but after injuries cost them their places the fit again pair are struggling to get back into a team which has won its past three games. Rafael Benítez – a manager muc…

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Huddersfield v Brighton: match preview

This is not the assignment that Chris Hughton would have chosen as he seeks to end Huddersfield’s three-match winless run. Huddersfield have beaten Brighton on their last two meetings at the John Smith’s Stadium and David Wagner’s side go into this mat…