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Premier League Preview: Matchday Four

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 8 Sep 2017

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The Premier League recommences on Saturday lunchtime with arguably the game of the weekend getting things underway as Manchester City host Liverpool.

Should either side win the match they will find themselves, if only temporarily top of the league with both boasting an unbeaten start to the campaign taking seven points from nine available.

The hosts could be without captain Vincent Kompany, who picked up a minor injury on international duty with Belgium while Raheem Sterling misses out against his old club after being sent off last time out though Kyle Walker returns after serving his suspension.

Coutinho return?

Philippe Coutinho could play for the first time this season after remaining at the club following his summer long transfer saga while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in line for his debut following his arrival from Arsenal though fellow England internationals Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana remain out.

The nine league meetings between the sides prior to last season saw three or more goals in the game and you can back that outcome this time around at 8/15 with Bet 365.

Arsenal take on one of the four sides actually below them in the table after back to back defeats saw them slip into the lower reaches of the table while there opponents Bournemouth are one of three sides yet to get off the mark.

Yet to score

Brighton and Hove Albion do have a point to their name but are yet to score in the Premier League and will hope that can change as they take on West Bromwich Albion who themselves are unbeaten, while elsewhere on Saturday afternoon last season’s top two Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Leicester City and Everton respectively.

Two more sides yet to lose clash at St Mary’s Stadium as Southampton play Watford while Saturday’s action concludes at the Bet 365 Stadium where Stoke City host top of the table Manchester United.

The Red Devils are the only side to have won all three of their games so far this season and one of just two yet to concede – the other being Huddersfield Town who go into the weekend sitting pretty in third place.

Dream start

The Terriers will be confident of continuing their impressive start to life in the Premier League when they take on bottom of the table West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday evening.

Sunday afternoon’s action kicks off at Turf Moor where Burnley will be hoping to pile more misery on under fire Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer before Swansea City take on Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans will be boosted by the return of Wilfried Bony, who netted an impressive thirty-five goals in seventy appearances for the South Wales club prior to his move to Manchester City.

Matchday 4 Fixtures

Saturday

12:30 Man City vs Liverpool
15:00 Arsenal vs AFC Bournemouth
15:00 Brighton vs West Bromwich
15:00 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
15:00 Leicester City vs Chelsea
15:00 Southampton vs Watford
17:30 Stoke City vs Man Utd

Sunday

14:30 Burnley vs Crystal Palace
17:00 Swansea City vs Newcastle United

Monday

West Ham vs Huddersfield Town

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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