Terrific clashes await English football followers this weekend as the Premier League returns with three derbies involving four sides in the top five.
Although action begins on Friday night, when Cardiff City host Wolverhampton Wanderers, many neutrals are already anticipating the Liverpool versus Everton and Arsenal versus Tottenham games scheduled for Sunday.
But before then, leaders Manchester City will hope to extend their lead on Saturday afternoon when they confront Bournemouth, while their neighbours Manchester United play at Southampton in the day’s late kick-off.
Below are the Premier League games to look out for this weekend.
Arsenal vs Tottenham (Sunday, 3:05pm)
Unai Emery’s Arsenal will hope to keep their unbeaten streak intact when they host fierce rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners did not lose in their last 18 matches in all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men should have something to say about Arsenal’s unbeaten run. They ended Chelsea’s last weekend and the last time the Gunners lost in the league was to a London side – Chelsea.
Liverpool vs Everton (Sunday, 17:15pm)
While Jurgen Klopp’s men will be aiming to recover from a Midweek Champions League defeat to French side Paris Saint-Germain, the Toffees, under Marco Silva, will be looking to sustain their strong form in the Premier League.
Everton may have won five of their last seven league games, but against Liverpool, Silva should be rightfully worried because the Reds have not lost at home to the Toffees in 19 years.
Chelsea vs Fulham (Sunday, 1:00pm)
The Blues do not know how to lose to Fulham. Records between these teams show that Chelsea have only lost one of their 26 Premier League matches against Fulham. They won 15 and shared the spoils on 10 occasions. Also, Fulham have won just one of their 24 away top-flight matches against Chelsea (D9 L14), a 2-1 win in March 1964. So, everything points in one direction: Chelsea win.
Manchester City vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 4:00pm)
Pep Guardiola’s men have been all-conquering this season. And come to think of it, they have an intimidating record against their visitors. City have won all six Premier League matches against Bournemouth, scoring 21 goals and conceding only two. But wait a minute, The Cherries have something to bank on: they are yet to lose an away league match against the reigning champions – they beat Chelsea in both the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons and drew with Leicester City in 2016-17.
Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 6:30pm)
Jose Mourinho’s men are struggling, no doubt. After sharing the spoils with Crystal Palace last weekend, the Red Devils know they cannot afford to drop more points. They should fancy their chances against Southampton, who are even worse off as they are in the relegation zone. Southampton are winless in seven home Premier League matches against Manchester United since a 1-0 win in August 2003.
16:00pm: Crystal Palace vs Burnley
16:00pm: Huddersfield vs Brighton
16:00pm: Leicester City vs Watford
16:00pm: Newcastle Utd vs West Ham