Watford vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be aiming to win three successive Premier League matches for the first time as they take on a Crystal Palace team which will be keen to avoid a third defeat on the spin. The hosts are beginning to gain the recognition their early performances deserve after impressive triumphs over Swansea City and Newcastle United, while those who felt they would be vulnerable at the back have been proved emphatically wrong thus far as they are yet to concede a goal at Vicarage Road – a testament to the understanding…

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Man Utd vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be intent on picking up their third consecutive Premier League win against a Sunderland side that sits bottom of the table with the future of Head Coach Dick Advocaat in renewed doubt. The Red Devils come in Saturday in second place and just the two points behind their city rivals, and boss Louis van Gaal is making noises that his side can challenge for the title. If they can continue to grind out positive results, that may well be possible, but performances are still unconvincing and the sort of attacking…

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West Ham vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be looking to make it three Premier League wins in succession when they host a Norwich City side that has only lost once on the road in the entire calendar year thus far. Widely written off before each of their three away games this season, West Ham have been able to leave most football observers dumbstruck after taking a maximum nine points from trips to Arsenal, Liverpool, and most recently leaders Manchester City. Last weekend’s success at the Etihad Stadium was far and away the most impressive,…

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Newcastle vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be desperate for a win in Saturday’s teatime clash to kick-start their season, but face a tough test against a Chelsea side that is working its way up the Premier League table. One thing that counts in their favour is that visiting boss Jose Mourinho has still never tasted victory on Tyneside, experiencing frustration on each of his six visits in all competitions, but given the way the Magpies are playing at present, achieving a positive result here looks set to be an uphill task. Just one…

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Leicester vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City are now the only remaining unbeaten side in the Premier League, but that record is sure to be tested by an Arsenal side that will be buoyed by a Capital One Cup triumph over rivals Tottenham in midweek. Few would have predicted that the Foxes would be the last team standing with no defeats to their name, but they have been relentlessly difficult to shake off so far. Stoke City were the latest side to be frustrated, emerging with just a point after taking what looked a comfortable 2-0…

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Southampton vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides who finished in the top eight last season but have taken just a single point from the last six available will be keen to return winning ways on Saturday as Southampton face Swansea City in what promises to be a game full of attractive football. It was fine margins that cost the Saints last time out at home to Manchester United, as the width of a post and the brilliance of David De Gea combined to frustrate them at one end, while an incorrect offside call and a defensive lapse…

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be looking to win for the first time in five Premier League outings as they take on an Aston Villa side that should come into the game with renewed confidence following their victory in the Second City derby. Wins are as hard to come by as goals for the Reds at present, with their far from convincing penalty shootout victory over League Two outfit Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup representing the eighth failed attempt to score more than once in a match this term. Such struggles…

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Stoke vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Determined to lift themselves out of the bottom three, Stoke City will be hoping to claim their first Premier League victory of the season over a confident Bournemouth side who they have not faced since the 2001-02 season when they were both in the third tier. There was a marked improvement from the Potters in their last game against Leicester City, with the return of long-term absentee Bojan Krkic to the starting XI making a massive difference in terms of their attacking play. His presence inspired more inventiveness and incision,…

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Tottenham vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to get back to form in the Premier League as they head to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, who are after their third straight top-flight victory. Narrow successes over Sunderland and Crystal Palace have helped lift the hosts up the table, results which have been secured thanks in no small part to two new additions to the starting XI. Delle Alli has wasted little time in showing why he has been tipped for big things ever since bursting on the scene at Milton Keynes…

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Southampton vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be aiming to bounce back from a dismal European night as they travel to Southampton, who have failed to score in three of their five Premier League games so far. The latest blank came last time out away to West Bromwich Albion in a game of few chances, but having looked the more likely to break the deadlock it will have been frustrating for manager Ronald Koeman that his side did not manage to come away with all three points. Dusan Tadic provided their biggest threat, and…

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Liverpool vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be determined to recover from defeats in their last two Premier League matches as they take on a Norwich City side that currently lies above them on goal difference. A positive first three weeks of the season which yielded seven points now seems like a distant memory for all concerned with the Reds, who had an afternoon to forget against West Ham United on their last Anfield outing and were then dispatched by arch rivals Manchester United in a display which led to manager Brendan Rodgers being criticised in…

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Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Two attack-minded teams come together at White Hart Lane on Sunday as Tottenham take on away specialists Crystal Palace in what has the look of a highly entertaining affair. There was much relief around the Spurs camp last time out at Sunderland as they claimed they claimed their first league victory of the season at the fifth time of asking, at a time where there were murmurs of manager Mauricio Pochettino coming under pressure. It was a tight affair on Wearside, but the one real moment of quality decided the game…

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Man City vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Top of the league with maximum points from five games, Manchester City will be aiming to recover from their midweek European setback with a win over West Ham United in Saturday’s late kick-off. There was a noticeable difference between City’s display against Juventus on Tuesday evening and the ones which have seen them imperiously to the top of the Premier League. They lacked flair and inventiveness for the most part as their attacking quartet all struggled to get into their game. Samir Nasri was particularly anonymous, while Wilfried Bony found…

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Stoke vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

If struggling Stoke City are to earn their much-needed first Premier League win of the season, they will have to break the seemingly unquenchable momentum of Leicester City, who currently lie in the lofty territory of second place. After a summer of high-profile signings and a tangible sense of optimism, the home side are really struggling to get their campaign going, with several powder puff displays characterised by a general lack of a goal threat; surprising given that they now possess the creative talents of Xherdan Shaqiri among others. Captain Ryan Shawcross has…

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Swansea vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton have never lost a Premier League match away to Swansea City, and they enter this latest visit in good shape after their memorable win over the champions last time out. The hosts, meanwhile, have had a week to mull over an off-colour performance at Watford which condemned them to a first defeat of the season, failing to raise their game even after their opponents went down to 10 men. Even the Player of the Month for August, Andre Ayew, could not produce that piece of magic to help his side get…

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Newcastle vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

After four games without a goal, Newcastle United will be intent on moving off the bottom of the Premier League table when they take on Watford, who opened their account in terms of wins last out. There was a total lack of quality in the final third on Monday as the Magpies came badly unstuck at West Ham United, play that showed exactly why they have struggled to find the net this season. Time and again they gave the ball away as chances proved hard to come by, with right-back…

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Aston Villa vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be desperate to bounce back from the dejection of their miraculous defeat at Leicester City as they play host to West Bromwich Albion in the second of three consecutive Midlands derbies for Tim Sherwood’s side. The former Tottenham boss could not contain his disappointment and disbelief as his side contrived to throw away a two-goal lead to come away from the King Power Stadium with nothing on Sunday. It had been going so well, with the dynamism of attacking midfield trio Carles Gil, Jack Grealish and Scott Sinclair…

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Bournemouth vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be hoping that it will be third time lucky in their attempts to notch their first home Premier League win as they come up against a Sunderland side that sits 19th the in table with only two points from a possible 15. After a decent opening to the campaign, the Cherries dipped below the required standard as they were well beaten by fellow promoted club Norwich City last time out in a game that looked close on paper. They rarely gained a significant foothold in the encounter, and were forced on to…

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Chelsea vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Lying just a place above the bottom three, defending champions Chelsea will hope to build on their midweek Champions League victory by getting the better of an Arsenal side who triumphed when the clubs met in the Community Shield in August. Although up against limited opposition in Maccabi Tel-Aviv, it was huge for the Blues to get back to winning ways in what has been a very poor start to the season, bouncing back well from a jaw-dropping penalty miss from Eden Hazard, who along with Cesc Fabregas is still…

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Man United expect to break revenue records before going after Gareth Bale

Manchester United expect to become the first English club to surpass the half-billion pound mark for revenue, before using their financial muscle to land some of the best players in the world, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Red Devils’ predict that they will make between £500m and £510m in revenue, which would take them above Real Madrid in football’s money table (via MEN). And to celebrate, they are hoping to lure one of Los Blancos’ key men away from the Bernabeu. According to the Manchester Evening News, the…

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Man United boost as Louis van Gaal confirms Wayne Rooney is available for Southampton clash

Manchester United have been handed a major boost ahead of their clash with Southampton this weekend, after Louis van Gaal confirmed that Wayne Rooney is available for the game at St Mary’s, according to the Daily Express. As well as confirming that defender Phil Jones is back in training, the Dutchman explained that the skipper missed the game against PSV Eindhoven as they did not want to take the chance and face losing him for even longer (via Express). “Wayne is fit to play,” he said. “He’s only had one…

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Liverpool plot move for Man United and Chelsea target William Carvalho

Liverpool are plotting a potential move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to the Daily Express. The 23-year-old is being monitored by several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, but it is the Reds that are hoping to swoop in ahead of their rivals for his signature. Carvalho is likely to provide some much-needed depth to the holding role, should Brendan Rodgers decide to make a move. The Anfield outfit were close to letting Brazilian Lucas Leiva leave Merseyside this summer (via Express), and while he…

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Liverpool defender closing in on new five-year deal at Anfield

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is close to agreeing a new five-year deal at Anfield, according to the Daily Express, despite only making his first appearance of the season this week. The France international’s current deal runs out in 2017 (via Express), but this extension could see him remain with the club until 2020. The 25-year-old was linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer, but the Reds rejected loan bids from both Roma and Bayer Leverkusen (via Express). Despite the interest in Sakho from the two Champions League sides,…

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Arsenal legend wants Theo Walcott to start ahead of Olivier Giroud for Chelsea clash

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to start with Theo Walcott spearheading the attack against Chelsea instead of Olivier Giroud, according to the Metro. Keown suggested that the system currently being employed by Wenger means that it makes more sense to use the England man. “Arsenal are at their best when they pass it through the compartments. When they get Ozil and Sanchez in a central position they are able to play good quality balls on the deck for Theo’s pace,” he said. The tough-tackling centre-back believes that the…

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Chelsea without Willan for Arsenal game, but Pedro could feature

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Willian will miss Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, but hinted that Pedro may well feature at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express. Despite only playing 23 minutes of the clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv, it was the Brazilian that opened the scoring in the Champions League tie. Meanwhile, Pedro may have given Mourinho a worry ahead of the visit from Arsene Wenger’s men after missing the game against the Israeli side. But, the Blues boss has suggested that the former Barcelona man, as…

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