Premier League Preview: Chelsea hosts Liverpool in star fixture

Premier League Preview: Chelsea hosts Liverpool in star fixture

The English Premier League is back with a host of mouth-watering fixtures after a mid-week of European football.

Amongst the pick is the visit of league leaders, Liverpool to Stamford Bridge against a menacing Chelsea side spearheaded by top scorer, Tammy Abraham.

Here is a preview of that and the other matches involving the ‘top six’:

LEICESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM

Tottenham is on the road again this weekend as they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester.

After dropping points in the north London derby, Spurs hit Crystal Palace for four last Saturday – but the vulnerability we saw at the Emirates returned in Greece on Wednesday as Mauricio Pochettino’s side let a two-goal lead slip to Olympiacos in the Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers’ side left Old Trafford empty-handed last time out against Manchester United.

They have another opportunity to try and prove their own top-four credentials this weekend.

 

MANCHESTER CITY VS WATFORD

Manchester City’s quest to get back on track after a surprise loss to Norwich City begins, domestically at least, with a home game against Watford on Saturday.

The champions fell to a shock 3-2 defeat at Carrow Road last weekend. They eased to a 3-0 win away against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but they have already drifted five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool at this early stage.

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Meanwhile, Watford picked up just their second point of the season but put in an impressive display in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

But will Quique Sanchez Flores manage to pull off an unlikely result against Pep Guardiola’s men?

 

WEST HAM VS MAN UNITED

West Ham welcome Manchester United to the London Stadium on Sunday hoping to capitalise on six days of rest.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were in European action on Thursday, the Hammers have not played since their 10 men battled to a goalless draw at Aston Villa last Monday.

West Ham has only beaten Manchester United once in seven meetings but that came in the same fixture last term, which Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 3-1 in east London.

A stuttering United have picked up just two points on the road this term – against Southampton and Wolves – and will be keen to build on last weekend’s narrow win over Leicester at Old Trafford.

 

ARSENAL VS ASTON VILLA

The air of optimism around the Emirates that accompanied Arsenal’s summer transfer activity has begun to fade after a tumultuous start to the campaign.

Unai Emery has come under fire after the Gunners threw away a two-goal lead at bottom side Watford last weekend, with defensive errors from centre-backs David Luiz and Sokratis costing them dearly.

Newly promoted Aston Villa have already had one unhappy visit to north London this season, having lost 3-1 away at Tottenham on the opening day.

Dean Smith’s side was held to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park by West Ham on Monday night, and have so far managed just one win, against Everton, since returning to the top flight.

 

CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL

Chelsea faces another stern test of their top-four credentials on Sunday as they welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge.

A big away win at Wolves last time out was an early statement for Frank Lampard, but Tuesday’s home loss to Valencia will have brought the mood right back down at the Bridge.

Liverpool, meanwhile, is five points clear at the top after just five games – a record lead for this stage of a Premier League season – and could well replicate the 4-0 hammering Manchester United gave Chelsea on the opening day given their form.

 

Mayowa Oladeji

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