This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off with a replay of the Community Shield as FA Cup winners Manchester United take on champions Leicester City.
Jose Mourinho’s side survived a scare midweek to eventually end a run of three straight defeats with victory over Northampton Town in the third round of the EFL Cup.
Victory for the Red Devils will see them, if only temporarily move into the top three while Leicester, who were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Chelsea after extra time will overtake their opponents should they take all three points.
Second place Everton, who have dropped just two points from their opening five games could move to the top of the table should they beat a Bournemouth side who currently sit just one place and one point above the bottom three and Manchester City fail to get a positive result against Swansea City.
It is the second time Pep Guardiola’s table toppers travel to South Wales in just four days after they knocked the Swans out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening.
Guardiola made it a club record nine wins from nine with that triumph midweek and another victory here would further strengthen their grip at the summit as they look to secure a first championship in three years.
Meanwhile Swansea are one of a number of sides who could end the weekend in the relegation zone and a third defeat in four will pile the pressure on manager Francesco Guidolin with talk of Ryan Giggs being lined up to replace the Italian.
Tottenham Hotspur take their unbeaten run to Middlesbrough who themselves are without a win in four games in all competitions.
Fourth meets fifth in Saturday’s late kick-off as Arsenal host Chelsea with both sides currently tied on ten points along with Liverpool who host Hull City earlier in the day.
Crystal Palace face struggling Sunderland, with the Black Cats only off the bottom of the table by virtue of having a better goal difference than Stoke City, who host West Bromwich Albion.
Sunday’s only action comes form the Olympic Stadium where West Ham United host Southampton.
The Hammers ended a run of four straight defeats with a narrow, late victory over League Two Accrington in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening – star man Dimitri Payet scoring the only goal of the game in injury time.
Turn in fortunes
Slaven Bilic’s side were one of the surprise packages in England’s top flight last season but are struggling this time around and are now priced at just 7/1 to drop down to the Championship.
Gameweek six concludes on Monday evening where Watford go in search of what would be a third straight win as they take on Burnley at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche’s side are favourites to be relegated but haven’t lost in front of their home fans since their opening day defeat to Swansea City.
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