Man City vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Now top of the Premier League only on goal difference, Manchester City come up against a Norwich City side that conceded seven the last time they visited the Etihad Stadium. The leaders perhaps came away slightly the happier after a desperately dull Manchester derby, which ended goalless as few chances were created by two teams who made avoiding defeat their main priority. It was a rare departure from Manuel Pellegrini from his usual attacking style, but he gained reward as his two central defenders remained secure throughout, with Nicolas Otamendi outstanding…

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Swansea vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be ready to pounce on any potential slip-ups by leaders Manchester City as they travel to South Wales for a tricky game against a Swansea City side that did the double over them last term. The hosts’ victory at lowly Aston Villa was a hugely welcome result after a build-up tinged by a number of malicious rumours concerning boss Garry Monk, who has done an exceptional job throughout his 20-month reign. It came after his first real run of poor results, culminating in an unimaginative display against Stoke…

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Watford vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

High-flying West Ham United will be aiming to pick up their sixth win in eight Premier League matches when they travel to Watford, who will be determined to avoid a third consecutive home defeat. After a three game run which yielded just one point and one goal, Watford upset the form book last weekend at Stoke City by claiming a richly deserved victory, taking advantage of some poor defending to move further clear of the bottom three. Out of the three newly promoted teams, it is the Hornets – contrary…

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Crystal Palace vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace face another tricky game at Selhurst Park as they look to avoid a fourth home Premier League defeat of the season, with Manchester United providing their latest opposition. The Eagles remain in a reasonable position, but a tough run of matches and some narrow defeats of late have seen them fall slightly adrift of the top five. There was very little between the sides when they met high-flying Leicester last time out, but the match was settled against them when a slip from the usually reliable Brede Hangeland…

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West Brom vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion will be looking to continue their rise up the Premier League table by gaining a third straight victory, but opponents Leicester City have lost fewer matches than anyone in the top-flight so far this season. It was a rearguard action early on for Albion last time out at Norwich City, but once the pressure had subsided they took control of the game and created a number of very presentable goalscoring opportunities. It took until early in the second half to make one of them pay, with the technically…

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Newcastle vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be looking to recover from their latest local derby anguish when they take on a Stoke City side which will be intent on claiming their fourth consecutive away win in all competitions. There were plenty of reasons to be encouraged for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren as he prepared to go in at half-time away to arch rivals Sunderland, as his side had totally dominated proceedings, albeit without edging ahead. However, it all went wrong just moments before the whistle to signal the break was due to be blown…

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Chelsea vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

A massively intriguing match-up at Saturday lunchtime sees labouring champions Chelsea entertain a Liverpool side looking to build on their first win under new manager Jurgen Klopp. The German’s opposite number Jose Mourinho has continued to come out fighting after yet more poor results, and members of the Chelsea squad keep insisting that they are firmly behind the 52-year-old, but the statistics speak for themselves. The club has lost more games in all competitions this time around than it did in the whole of last season, and has conceded two goals or…

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Liverpool vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

The atmosphere at Anfield on Sunday will be something to behold as Liverpool play their first home league game under Jurgen Klopp, but Southampton will be intent on spoiling the party. There was a sell-out crowd for the Europa League game against Rubin Kazan on Thursday, but it proved to be a frustrating evening as the Reds could only draw 1-1 against a side that played with 10 men. It came after a very respectable point at Tottenham, where they started very much on the front foot but did not have…

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Man Utd vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Old Trafford is the setting for an intriguing an potentially crucial encounter in the Premier League title race, as Manchester United take on bitter rivals Manchester City, who are two points better off. Manager Louis van Gaal has already claimed that victory for his United side would establish them as genuine title contenders, and it is hard to disagree with that assertion, given their increasing array of attacking talent as well as an aptitude for winning games when not at their best. Moving above City by taking all three points…

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Bournemouth vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be aiming to halt their slide towards the wrong end of the Premier League table by defeating a Tottenham side that is unbeaten in the top-flight since the opening day of the season. It is much easier said than done, but Eddie Howe’s men could really have done with a solid start to their last game away to leaders Manchester City. Instead, they found themselves two goals down within 10 minutes and although they managed to pull one back, the hope that brought was short lived as they…

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Sunderland vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland have a sensational record over arch rivals Newcastle United in recent seasons, and are desperately in need of another Wear-Tyne derby victory in Sam Allardyce’s first home match in charge. No matter who the manager has been, Sunderland have always had the better of this fixture home and away over the last three years, winning the last five. Here, Allardyce has the chance to extend one of football’s great ongoing coincidences, as each of his three predecessors have won their second game in charge of the Black Cats, all…

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Arsenal vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will – at least temporarily – go top of the Premier League if they can end an excellent week by seeing off Everton, against whom they have not lost at home for nearly 20 years. Very few people doubt now that the Gunners are serious title contenders in what looks a very open race, and they have certainly showed their class over their last three outings, during which they have scored eight times without reply. A terrific demolition of rivals Manchester United was followed after the international break by a…

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West Ham vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United have already ruffled a number of feathers in their first nine games of this Premier League season, and will now set their sights on overcoming defending champions Chelsea at Upton Park. It was another fabulous result for the Hammers last time out as they enhanced their fine away record further with victory at the home of one more of their London rivals, with fellow high-flyers Crystal Palace seen off. After an opener from Carl Jenkinson was cancelled out by a penalty, the game changed on a sending…

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Leicester vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Two members of the Premier League’s top six meet at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester City come up against a Crystal Palace side that has had the better of the majority of their recent meetings. Leicester’s game at Southampton last weekend followed a familiar pattern, as they went in at half-time two goals down only to make up the deficit in the second period and extend their unbeaten run on the road to eight matches. They are simply an incredibly difficult side to shake off and they never know…

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Stoke vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to collect their fourth consecutive Premier League victory when they play host to a goal-shy Watford side that has not won on any of their last three outings. After a slow start, the Potters have really found their groove in recent weeks, and the main secret to their improvement is a greater solidity at the back. In the early weeks of the season goalkeeper Jack Butland was given very little protection from those in front of him and was often the man responsible for keeping his side…

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Norwich vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be determined to bounce back from their thrashing at lowly Newcastle United by seeing off a West Bromwich Albion side that they have already knocked out of the Capital One Cup. For the remainder of this season, the Premier League is unlikely to see many worse defensive displays than the one Norwich produced on Tyneside, shipping six goals through a lack of intensity and organisation as well as carelessness in possession. Too many players were committed forward in attacking positions, leaving holding midfielder Alexander Tettey badly exposed…

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Aston Villa vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa continue their search for a first Premier League win since the opening day of the season when they take on another out-of-form side, Garry Monk’s Swansea City. There was not a great deal between Villa and defending champions Chelsea last weekend, but they slipped to another defeat which already leaves them four points adrift of the safety line. It was largely self-inflicted, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Joleon Lescott combining to gift the Blues their opener, and such is the extent of Villa’s struggles at present, they…

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Man City vs Sevilla – Match preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking for only their second win in their last seven Champions League home games when they take on Europa League holders Sevilla in a pivotal encounter at the Etihad Stadium. The two sides are currently level on three points, both having lost to leaders Juventus and beaten bottom club Borussia Monchengladbach, so the outcome of this double-header could prove highly significant when it comes to deciding who qualifies for the last 16. If City were to claim victory here, it may give them a much-needed psychological advantage when they make the return…

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CSKA Moscow vs Man Utd – Match preview and team news

Manchester United can put themselves in a strong position in Champions League Group B with a win away to CSKA Moscow, with the two sides currently level on three points. Indeed, all four teams in the section are on the same points tally after two games, with United having recovered from their opening loss to PSV Eindhoven by coming from behind to win at home to Wolfsburg in a hard-fought game which required them to cling on to their lead in the closing stages. Meanwhile, after losing in Germany on…

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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

With a win and a defeat from their opening two Champions League Group G matches, Chelsea make the long trip to face Dynamo Kiev for an encounter which could go a long way towards deciding to qualifies for the knockout stages. The current group table currently sees Chelsea third, a point behind their opponents who are joint top alongside FC Porto, who got the better of Jose Mourinho’s side on match day two. With two games against bottom club Maccabi Tel-Aviv coming up, Porto should be expected to all but secure…

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Match preview and team news

Arsenal have given themselves a mountainous task to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, and to keep their hopes alive they simply must get the better of group leaders Bayern Munich in the first of a double-header. The visitors have won both of their matches so far, condemning Olympiakos to a rare home defeat with a clinical performance before breezing past Dinamo Zagreb, and qualification for them already looks a foregone conclusion. On the other hand, Arsenal have lost to both of those sides and are now…

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Swansea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League games on Monday evening when they come up against Stoke City, who are after their third successive three-point haul. After a run of games where they had performed well below par and failed to find the back of the net, the draw at home to Tottenham before the international break was an improvement as far as Swansea were concerned, as they played with more fluency going forward and saw summer signing Andre Ayew get back among…

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Newcastle vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Having had two weeks to reflect on their mauling at Manchester City, bottom of the table Newcastle United will be going all out for their first league win of the season against Norwich City. It did not start badly for the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium, where they went ahead and had the title hopefuls rattled for a time in which their lead could have been extended. However, they caved in to the brilliance of Sergio Aguero, with the defence just collapsing and losing all belief as the goals flew…

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Ajax consider sending back Arsenal striker for not being good enough

Dutch giants Ajax are said to be eyeing up a new striker in the January transfer window as Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo has not been good enough, according to the Metro. The Eredivisie side reportedly sized up a bid for Danish forward Pione Sisto during the summer window, but ended up making a loan move for Sanogo instead as they were priced out of snapping up their initial target. And according to Dutch publication Soccer News, the striker has struggled to cope with the demands of playing for Ajax and…

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Bayern Munich fans to protest Arsenal ticket prices during Champions League clash

Bayern Munich fans are set to hold a protest during the upcoming Champions League clash with Arsenal by boycotting the first five minutes of the game at The Emirates Stadium, according to the Metro. The planned walkout is set to go ahead at this Tuesday’s Group F match next week that sees Arsene Wenger desperate for a victory as his side sits bottom with two defeats. The news comes after BBC’s Price of Football study, which pinpointed the Gunners as the most expensive football team in the country and the…

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