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Premier League Preview – Gameweek Five

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 16 Sep 2016

Chelsea will be looking to claim top spot with victory over Liverpool on Friday night

Chelsea will be looking to claim top spot with victory over Liverpool on Friday night

Gameweek five in the Premier League kicks off at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening when Chelsea face Liverpool.

Antonio Conte’s men extended their unbeaten run last weekend but dropped two points in their game against Swansea City last time out.

Victory for the Blues here will see them, if only temporarily rise to the top of the table while Liverpool, who thumped champions Leicester City last time out can move level on points with their opponents should they emerge victorious.

100% record

League leaders Manchester City are the only side in the division with a one hundred percent record in tact after beating rivals Manchester United in last weekend’s early kick-off.

Pep Guardiola’s side host a Bournemouth side fresh from their first win of the season, with the Cherries beating West Bromwich Albion at the Vitality Stadium last time out.

Saturday’s late kick-off comes from Goodison Park where third place Everton take on Middlebrough.

Hat-trick hero

A Romelu Lukaku hat-trick secured the points for Ronald Koeman’s men when they traveled to Sunderland on Monday evening and they will be hoping for similar joy where they takes on the Black Cats’ north east rivals who lost for the first time since returning to the top flight a week ago.

Manchester United will hope to return to winning ways when they face Watford in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Cherries on top

Like Bournemouth, the Hornets secured their first victory of the campaign last weekend and did so in fine style, coming from two goals down to secure a 4-2 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur are hot on the heels of the top four and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing Champions League loss to Monaco when they take on Sunderland on Sunday.

David Moyes’ side are currently second from bottom after taking just one point from their opening four games and could end the weekend propping the rest of the division if their result is worse than Stoke City’s against Crystal Palace.

Palace were another side to register their first triumph of the season a week ago and will fancy their chances against a Stoke City who have lost their last two games without scoring.

Seventh meets eighth as Arsenal travel to Hull City with both sides tied on seven points while Leicester host a Burnley side who sit one place above them in the table thanks to a slightly better goal difference.

Finally West Bromwich Albion host West Ham United on Saturday afternoon with the Hammers sitting just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

The East London side have conceded nine goals so far, just one less than bottom of the table Stoke and West Brom can be backed at a price of 9/5.


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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