The English Premier League resumes with a host of interesting matches lined up.
Pick of these matches is the clash between league leaders, Liverpool, and champions, Man City.
Here is a preview of that and other matches involving the ‘top 6’:
CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE
Chelsea welcomes Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the last game before the final international break of 2019.
The Blues are currently the Premier League’s in-form side having won their last five games on the bounce – a run of results which has lifted them to within just two points of second-place Manchester City.
Palace enters their fourth game in a row against one of the league’s current top five – falling short against City and Leicester in that period but claiming a valuable point away to Arsenal in between those defeats.
Chelsea is out to win their sixth consecutive league game for the first time since lifting the trophy in May 2017.
N’Golo Kante is set to make his return from injury on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old has not featured for the Blues since 6 October with the midfielder ordered to rest in a bid to cure a series of injuries which have undermined his season to date.
Kante’s latest groin complaint follows knee, ankle and hamstring problems which have restricted him to just six appearances in all competitions this season.
TOTTENHAM VS SHEFFIELD UNITED
Tottenham made a mess of their most recent PL fixture, as on the road, they were held to a draw by Everton. More than the result, it was how the proceedings went that attracted wide-spread attention.
Forward Son Heung-Min was sent off for his unintentional yet horrific tackle on Andre Gomes, which left the midfielder screaming on the ground with his ankle broken.
The game ended 1-1 after Tottenham conceded in the 90+7th minute, which would further impact their confidence for the coming days.
Meanwhile, new entrants to the league, Sheffield, has been having the time of their life in the top division. The last match-day, they demolished Burnley with a 3-0 scoreline, with all three goals coming before the half time.
LEICESTER CITY VS ARSENAL
Leicester City and Arsenal meet on Saturday evening in a match which could go some way to deciding who ends up with a Premier League top-four finish.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester has been in fine form as they sit third in the table with seven wins from 11, while Arsenal is fifth – six points off the top four.
Unai Emery knows he must qualify for the Champions League this season to realistically stand a chance of keeping his job beyond next summer, but it is Leicester who looks the likelier to do so on current results.
Saturday is a golden chance for the Gunners to prove they are still in the conversation to finish in the top four, but a defeat would potentially leave them nine points off the pace before December has even begun.
Emery has also made the bold call to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy and hand the armband to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and this match will prove a litmus test of the squad’s unity.
MAN UTD VS BRIGHTON
Manchester United will hope Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay can recover in time to face Brighton on Sunday.
Sweden international Lindelof suffered a knock in last week’s EFL Cup tie against Chelsea and aggravated it in defeat to Bournemouth in the following game.
He was ruled out of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping rest will ease the issue.
United are already short in defence with Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot also out; while Harry Maguire was in pain during the 3-0 win over Partizan – but Solskjaer believes the England international will be fit.
Midfielder McTominay is also a doubt after suffering an ankle injury on Thursday night.
LIVERPOOL VS MAN CITY
Title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City collide in a mammoth Premier League clash at Anfield this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s top-flight leaders go into Sunday’s fixture; knowing that a victory on Merseyside would see them move nine points clear of the reigning champions, who currently occupy the second spot.
City pipped Liverpool to the title by a single point on the final day of last season; drawing 0-0 away and beating them 2-1 at home. They earned further bragging rights at Wembley in August; as Gabriel Jesus‘ penalty secured a shootout win in the Community Shield.
The latest chapter of this budding and high-profile rivalry is sure to capture the imagination of football fans across the globe.
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