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Fulham v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal have won eight matches in all competitions in a row, maybe not entirely convincingly at times, but winning is becoming a habit under Unai Emery. To break the run Fulham must prey on Arsenal’s defensive fragility and they have the perfect man in…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: match preview

The most eagerly-awaited game of the Premier League season so far as first visit second. Anfield was where City’s unbeaten league run and Champions League hopes unravelled last season as Pep Guardiola’s side failed to come to terms with Jürgen Klopp’s …

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Southampton v Chelsea: match preview

Mark Hughes may stick with the back three that earned a Carabao Cup win on penalties at Everton in midweek, after seeing his team concede seven goals in their past three league games. Alex McCarthy and Ryan Bertrand face late fitness tests, but Shane L…

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Manchester United v Newcastle United: match preview

If Manchester United lose to third-bottom Newcastle United José Mourinho will surely spend international week wondering about a tap-on-the-shoulder regarding his position. If United failed to win at home then this will be their worst run at Old Traffor…

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Leicester City v Everton: match preview

Twelve months ago this fixture marked the beginning of the Claude Puel era at Leicester City. They won 2-0 that day against an Everton side in crisis but Leicester’s hugely impressive performance was not exactly a sign of things to come. Things are loo…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City: match preview

Neil Warnock says his job at Cardiff is “as difficult as any I’ve had in my career,” and it does not get any easier with this visit to a Tottenham side still smarting their Champions League loss to Barcelona. Warnock has worked wonders in his two years…

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Watford v Bournemouth: match preview

Watford’s excellent opening gambit has come to a close but their defeat to Arsenal last week could have easily been the reverse had they converted the numerous chances created. A visit from Bournemouth presents an opportunity to get back on track consi…

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Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers: match preview

This will be Crystal Palace’s fourth attempt to score a goal on their own patch this season with Roy Hodgson’s side having endured an erratic start to the new campaign. It says everything about their current predicament that the injured Christian Bente…

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Burnley v Huddersfield Town: match preview

Successive wins have propelled Burnley to mid-table after an uncertain start to the season, they now sit just below Manchester United and Everton and will be looking to make it three in a row against bottom club Huddersfield. David Wagner’s side have b…

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Bournemouth v Crystal Palace: match preview

Given that Crystal Palace did not have a point this time last season Roy Hodgson will hardly be panicking but it is safe to say that the underwhelming goalless draw with Newcastle at Selhurst Park has left him worried. Palace have scored only four goal…

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Cardiff City v Burnley: match preview

It is a little early to be talking about must-win games but Cardiff are already straying close to that territory. The fixture list has been unkind to them, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City their past three opponents, but this is the sort of ma…

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Huddersfield Town v Tottenham: match preview

Huddersfield need to find a way to start winning games but a visit from Tottenham is unlikely to yield any spark for their season. David Wagner’s side have scored the fewest and conceded the most goals in the league. Tottenham will be thankful for anot…

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Newcastle United v Leicester City: match preview

Newcastle fans will protest against Mike Ashley’s stewardship of the club outside St James’ Park as kick-off against Leicester approaches. The owner surprised everyone by turning up at Crystal Palace last week to watch Rafa Benítez’s side live for the …

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Arsenal v Watford: match preview

Arsenal kept the first clean sheet of the Unai Emery era in last Sunday’s home win over Everton but it was entirely down to Petr Cech. The team’s defence remains a work in progress and Watford will surely pose a physical test for it. Will Arsenal be ab…

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Everton v Fulham: match preview

After an inauspicious start – reflected in the joint lowest points return of any Everton manager from their first six league games since 1956 – Marco Silva needs a result that supports talk of positive performances against the Premier League newcomers….

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Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion: match preview

Leaders Liverpool are at Chelsea for the late game so Manchester City have a chance to leapfrog them – for a few hours, at least. Given how City hammered Cardiff 5-0 on the road in their last league outing Pep Guardiola’s side will surely relish a retu…

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Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion: match preview

Leaders Liverpool are at Chelsea for the late game so Manchester City have a chance to leapfrog them – for a few hours, at least. Given how City hammered Cardiff 5-0 on the road in their last league outing Pep Guardiola’s side will surely relish a retu…

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West Ham United v Manchester United: match preview

With Manchester United under pressure after their shock defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup, it will be interesting to see if José Mourinho starts Paul Pogba at the London Stadium. United could do with Mourinho and Pogba putting their differences…

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West Ham United v Manchester United: match preview

With Manchester United under pressure after their shock defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup, it will be interesting to see if José Mourinho starts Paul Pogba at the London Stadium. United could do with Mourinho and Pogba putting their differences…

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Chelsea v Liverpool: match preview

Chelsea’s League Cup win at Anfield in midweek checked Liverpool’s perfect start to the season, but this will be the clash that really counts. Liverpool must fine a way to quell Eden Hazard, or trust in their own formidable front three’s ability to inf…