Arsenal vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be determined to hit back from another bad result in Europe by extending their fine run in the Premier League, but it will not be a simple task as North London rivals Tottenham are unbeaten in 10 top-flight matches. Injuries are becoming a growing concern for home boss Arsene Wenger, and they certainly had a part to play in what turned out to be a chastening defeat in Munich on Wednesday; one which leaves their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League hanging by a…

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce in all competitions when they face a Crystal Palace team which did the double over them last season, but have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks. The signs are very encouraging so far for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp, whose pressing game has clearly been bought into by the squad, who are beginning to look much more of a fluent force on the pitch. It all came together at Chelsea last weekend, where they recovered…

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Aston Villa vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde could hardly have been given a tougher first game at the helm, with Premier League leaders Manchester City providing the opposition in front of a capacity crowd on Sunday afternoon. Appointing somebody with no experience of having managed in England does appear to be a major risk by the West Midlands side, especially given the predicament they are in, but Garde does have some pedigree in his native France, winning two domestic honours while in charge of Lyon. This represents an altogether different test,…

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Leicester vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

They have had their titanic battles in the Championship over recent years, but now Leicester City and Watford meet in the Premier League with both sides ecstatic with the start they have made to the season. There was clearly luck involved for Leicester regarding a couple of penalty shouts at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but on the balance of play they certainly deserved to come out on top. Ahead of that game against their Midlands rivals, there were questions posed over whether the top-flight’s current most dynamic duo could get…

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Man Utd vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be hoping to build on their confidence boosting Champions League in the week by return to form domestically as they entertain West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The Old Trafford faithful clearly made their feelings known against CSKA Moscow, crying for their team to attack with greater purpose and then an almost universal chorus of boos when Anthony Martial was substituted by manager Louis van Gaal. The decision was eventually vindicated to the extent that United were able to find a winner in the end through recently maligned…

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Stoke vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

The next opportunity for Chelsea to try and put a stop to their faltering defence of the Premier League comes on Saturday at Stoke City, where they were recently knocked out of the Capital One Cup. Securing that penalty shootout victory perhaps had an effect on the Potters, who showed signs of fatigue in their subsequent outing at Newcastle United last weekend, where they had goalkeeper Jack Butland to thank for preserving a point in a goalless draw. It was not the first time the Bristol-born stopper has rescued his side…

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West Ham vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Everton will be hoping to close to within one point of sixth-placed West Ham United by taking all three points when the two sides meet in the Premier League on Saturday. Meanwhile, the hosts will be keen to bounce back from their below-par performance at Watford last weekend which saw their unbeaten away record come to an end., as they suffered their first defeat in the league since August. Manager Slaven Bilic admitted that his team were outplayed in all departments as they slipped three places in the table, and the afternoon was made…

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Sunderland vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be determined to hit back from their hefty defeat at Everton last time out, but face another tough test as they come up against an upwardly mobile Southampton side. To their credit, the Black Cats always looked a threat going forward at Goodison Park, hitting the frame of the goal twice early on and then retrieving a two-goal deficit, but despite fielding three centre-backs and holding midfielders they were much too open at the back and were eventually punished ruthlessly. Once they fell behind again at 3-2 they folded in…

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Norwich vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City will be desperate to end a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats by getting the better of a Swansea City side who themselves have one just one of their last eight outings in all competitions. Nobody gave Alex Neil’s side a chance when they travelled to leaders Manchester City last time out, but they gave a very good account of themselves and only lost due to a rush of blood from goalkeeper John Ruddy and Russell Martin’s subsequent handball to give away the crucial penalty with just…

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Bournemouth vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be aiming to escape the Premier League’s bottom three at the expense of Bournemouth by continuing the Cherries’ losing streak when they meet in Saturday’s early kick-off. The home side have lost all four of their matches in all competitions since the last international break and now lie just one place above the drop zone and a single point ahead of their opponents, so this is a critical encounter. They have struggled to compete against quality opposition in recent weeks, and although they showed some signs of…

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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be aiming to repeat their recent home success over Bayern Munich and bring themselves right back into contention in Champions League Group F as they head to the Allianz Arena for the return fixture. Having lost their first two group matches amid a catalogue of errors, that 2-0 win over the German champions has breathed new life into the Gunners’ European campaign, but there is still a considerable amount of work to be done. It is important that they avoid defeat here, as should they lose and Olympiakos get the better…

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Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev – Match preview and team news

Chelsea and their beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho will once again be looking to the Champions League to provide some respite from their dismal domestic form as they face Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. Everything is going wrong in the Premier League, but a win here will at least put them well on track in their attempts to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s leading competition. It is important that they do take maximum points, as they currently sit third in Group G, a point behind their opponents and three behind leaders…

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Sevilla vs Man City – Match preview and team news

Manchester City can give their hopes of making the knockout stages of the Champions League a major boost as they travel to Spain to face Sevilla, who will looking to gain revenge for their late defeat in the reverse fixture. Though scarcely deserved, Kevin de Bruyne’s stoppage time contribution in the match between the sides a fortnight ago appears a potentially crucial one in deciding the outcome of Group D. It leaves Man City on six points and level with leaders Juventus, while Sevilla have three points and sit alongside…

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Man Utd vs CSKA Moscow – Match preview and team news

Manchester United will be keen to gain maximum points from the first of two consecutive home games in Champions League Group B as they take on CSKA Moscow with the two sides level on four points. This, and the next European outing at Old Trafford against PSV Eindhoven, is likely to decide whether United make it through to the last 16, so manager Louis van Gaal will be determined to see more cutting edge in the final third than he has in recent matches. The group is finely poised, with…

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Tottenham vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Managerless Aston Villa will be hoping to start turning things around after losing eight of their last nine Premier League games, but face a tough ask on Monday evening as they visit a Tottenham side which has not lost over the same period. Were it not for the fact they have drawn five of their matches, Tottenham would be much closer to the top of the Premier League, but recent form does suggest that they are serious top four contenders. Last time out the Londoners hit back brilliantly from the early…

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Southampton vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Struggling Bournemouth will be determined to turn things around after two successive heavy defeats in the Premier League when they make the short journey to the St. Mary’s Stadium to take on local rivals Southampton. The home side come into this in good form and will feel that they should be slightly higher up the table after sharing the points in their last two league outings. The game against Leicester City a fortnight ago should definitely have resulted in victory as they squandered a two-goal lead, but last weekend they…

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Everton vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be hoping to take the confidence gained from another Tyne-Wear derby success into their trip to Goodison Park, where they have got the better of Everton in each of the last two seasons. The home side will be intent on avoiding a third straight league defeat, having produced a poor showing in a comprehensive reverse against Manchester United and then conceded two sloppy goals in quick succession to ensure they came away with nothing from high-flying Arsenal. In midweek they lacked vibrancy again, but were able to eventually see…

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