Thursday, June 21, 2018

Premier League Preview – Gameweek 4

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 9 Sep 2016



All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime as Gameweek four in the Premier League kicks off with the one hundred and sixty-eighth meeting between Manchester United and Manchester City.

Both sides have started the season in fine form under their respective new managers, who will renewing their rivalry come the 12:30 kick off.

Sergio Aguero’s absence has been the main team news talking point over the past few days with the Argentina international beginning a three match suspension so it remains to be seen how Guardiola will set up.

He may place his faith in Raheem Sterling, who has been named the Premier League Player of the Month following his impressive start to the campaign.

Chelsea will be watching with baited breath and ready to take advantage as the only other side in the division to have recorded three wins from three.

On Sunday they travel to Swansea City, who have lost their last two in the league having recorded an opening victory at Burnley.

Hull City will be hoping for similar fortunes as they travel to Turf Moor looking to return to winning ways after their late defeat to Manchester United last time out.

However after winning their first two games against the odds caretaker manager Mike Phealan was awarded the manager of the month ahead of his big name counterparts, though a permanent deal for him at the KC Stadium is yet to materialise.

Along with the Tigers, Middlesbrough have begun life back in the top flight impressively and are yet to taste defeat having taken five points from nine available.

They host a Crystal Palace side who have taken just a point so far and will be without Loic Remy who has returned to parent club Chelsea after suffering an injury.

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Stoke City with out of form Harry Kane still looking for his first goal of the season.

The England international, who has recently been linked with a big money move to AC Milan finished last season as the division’s top scorer and can be backed at 7/2 to get the first goal of the game.

Arsenal could have two new signings on show as they host Southampton with Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez in line for their debuts though Saints’ record signing Sofiane Boufal is out for a month as he is yet to regain match fitness following a long term injury.

Saturday’s other games sees Bournemouth host West Bromwich Albion, Watford travel to West Ham United while the late kick-off puts Liverpool against champions Leicester City in the first match at Anfield this season.

The round of games concludes on Monday evening as Sunderland, now managed by David Moyes host the Scotsmans’ former club Everton.

The Toffees go into the weekend in third place having taken seven points from three games and could end Monday on top of the table should other results fall in the favour.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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