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Premier League 2017/18 – Matchday 13

Premier League is back.

Let’s take a quick look at the matches to be played by the big clubs over the weekend as they try to battle their way to the top of the Premier League table.

Manchester United

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba of Manchester United

Manchester United returned to Premier League duty last weekend with an impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle but on Saturday they will be looking to bounce back from their first Champions League setback of the season by beating Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Basel spoiled the Red Devils’ previous 100 per cent record in Europe, and Chris Hughton’s Seagulls will be wary of a backlash from Jose Mourinho’s side. The Portuguese made seven changes for the fixture in Switzerland but should bring back a host of more familiar names in the bid for three more points.

Kick-off: Tomorrow 8:30 p.m

Manchester City

Manchester City
The boys from Manchester have been on a goal-scoring spree having already scored 40 goals in 12 Premier League games.

Pep Guardiola’s men maintained their eight-point advantage at the top of the table with a comfortable 2-0 win against Leicester City last weekend and the men from Manchester have dropped just two points after 12 Premier League matches this season – matching their achievement from the 2011/12 title-winning campaign under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini. It should be an easy for the Blues of Manchester considering their recent form.

Huddersfield, however, has been beaten in just one of their seven matches on their own patch this term and, having taken the scalp of City’s rivals Manchester United last month, the Terriers will be eyeing another famous victory when the Premier League leaders visit John Smith’s Stadium.

Kick-off: Sunday 9:30 p.m

Tottenham –

Tottenham
Tottenham seems pretty confident after that away win against Dortmund.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men will head into this tie beaming with confidence after a remarkable outing in Europe. Beating Dortmund away from home gave them the much-needed confidence after that loss to Arsenal last weekend. Tottenham Hotspur entertains managerless West Bromwich Albion at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Harry Kane has scored six league goals against West Brom and having found the back of the net against BVB in midweek he is fully expected to be a major threat throughout the match.
Kick-off: Tomorrow 8:30 p.m

Arsenal –

Arsenal player Olivier Giroud

 

With all kind of speculation surrounding Mesut Ozil’s probable transfer, Arsenal will be looking forward to being back on winning terms after that loss to F.C Koln in the UEFA Europa League.

Burnley have established a reputation for being hard to beat at home and Arsenal will not be looking forward to their trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, defender Matt Lowton has said.

Burnley, who lost six home league games last season, have conceded just two goals at home this campaign and recorded three wins, two draws and a defeat in six home matches.

Burnley will be going into the match confident of getting a result as they are level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal.

Burnley is on a three-game winning streak and Lowton credits the club’s success since earning promotion in 2016 to long-serving manager Sean Dyche, who has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor in recent weeks.

Kick-off: Sunday 8:30 p.m 

Liverpool & Chelsea –

Liverpool vs Chelsea
Roberto Firmino and Eden Hazard have been in great form this season and they will be hoping to continue with their good run of form.

 

This will definitely the highlight fixture of the weekend. Liverpool and Chelsea have produced fine matches in the past and I hope that it doesn’t disappoint us tomorrow.

Liverpool will look to rebound from their mixed fortunes in Europe when they host Chelsea at Anfield in a key Premier League encounter on Saturday. By contrast, the Blues will be aiming to keep pace in the title race after moving up to third last week.

Chelsea’s season has been revived by a sequence of four consecutive wins, including victories over Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion. Manager Antonio Conte’s team scored 10 times and kept three clean sheets during this run.

The Blues will feel confident about turning prolific striker Alvaro Morata and in-form forward Eden Hazard loose against a shaky Liverpool defense. Defensive issues saw the Reds blow a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 away to Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Kick-off: Tomorrow 11 p.m

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