Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Premier League fixtures – Tough games for Manchester giants and Chelsea

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After the excitement of European football in midweek, Premier League action returns this weekend with a number of mouth-watering fixtures.

Although it still early days in the domestic campaign, the major clubs will want to start as they mean to go on and record as many points as possible in the first ten games of the season.

With the international break looming at the end of September, the contenders for the title and top four should be in place after the next couple of rounds.

This weekend’s most eye-catching clash will take place at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal do battle.

The reigning champions have put their opening-day defeat to Burnley behind them and will want to continue strong recent form with another victory over the Gunners.

A 6-0 win over Qarabag in midweek gave Chelsea the ideal start to their European adventure and the Blues are 4/5 favourites with those using their betamerica promo code to prevail against Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger’s men beat Cologne 3-1 on Thursday night in Europa League action, with Alexis Sanchez on the scoresheet – but the Gunners have a shorter recovery time than the Blues ahead of the game.

For Arsenal to represent realistic Premier League title challengers, recording victories over the other top teams in the division needs to occur.

Manchester United are currently top of the table and will want to extend that advantage as they host a wounded Everton side at Old Trafford, again on Sunday.

The Red Devils have been in blistering form so far this season and beat Basel 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with ex-Toffee Romelu Lukaku among the goals.

Everton will face their former striker this weekend for the first time since his big-money summer exit and go into the game in a terrible run of form.

A 3-0 humbling by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday night means that the bookmakers offer long odds of 9/1 for Ronald Koeman’s men to record a shock victory against United.

Tottenham Hotspur put in arguably the most-impressive performance of all the English teams in the Champions League in midweek, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino will urge his side to end the ëWembley hoodoo’ for good when they host Swansea City on Saturday and take advantage of the feel-good feeling around the club after the European win.

Fernando Llorente could face his former club, with Tottenham favourites to win with odds of about 2/9 with the bookies.

Finally, Manchester City are starting to click into top gear, with Pep Guardiola’s men winning their last two games 5-0 against Liverpool and 4-0 against Feyenoord.

The sublime amount of attacking options at the Etihad Stadium chief’s disposal is ominous for the rest of English football – and Watford are the next side to face the title hopefuls.

The Vicarage Road outfit look capable this term under Marco Silva and at home will look to put City under pressure in front of their passionate support.

Despite Watford being a tricky opponent, City are still favourites at odds of 7/19 to prevail.

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Nemanja Lazarevic


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