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Preview -ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP RETURNS AFTER THE FIFA INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS

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Club football takes the center stage once the FIFA week of International matches go to sleep.The English Premier League will restart with mouth watering fixtures on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

KEY MATCHES

Manchester City will host Liverpool at the Ethihad Stadium for the early kickoff as the two sides prepare for their 2017/18 season UEFA Champions League kick off.

The time is 11:30 am GMT.

Pep Guardiola would be expected to reorganize his team and come good as the reds led by German tactician, Jurgen Kloop beat Pep’s side on the two legged affair for last season. Both team are lucky not to have any key player on the injury list as of now but Klopp will benefit the most as want away Philippe Coutinho returns to join the rest of the squad after his failed attempt to join Spanish side FC Barcelona. City will also miss winger Rahem Sterling who got sent off for over celebration when he got the winner against Bournemouth away.

Both sides have seven points from three games and a winner would push one on top of the other.

Arsene Wenger would have the opportunity ease some pressure off his head as he hosts Bournemouth in London. His side Arsenal lost massively to Liverpool before the international break and has come under bashing from some section of the Arsenal fans. The Gunners are lying 16th on the league table with just 3 points from 3 matches.

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Kickoff is 2:00 pm – Saturday

Meanwhile Bournemouth had a painful loss at home to Manchester City in the 3rd week as they succumbed to an added time goal from Rahem Sterling to loose 2-1. They are likely to give Arsenal a tough time with their closely knitted defense.

Wenger would approach the game more confident than before becasue his talisman, Alex Sanchez Sanchez remains at the Ethihad Stadium without embarking on his proposed move to Manchester City.

Italian Coach Antonio Conte still has to do without his rebel striker Diego Costa as Chelsea enplane for Leicester City to face Shakespeare’s side who are lying 15th on the log. But Conte will not have much problem as his new Spanish signing Morata has already got the goals coming.

Diego Costa feels Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has disrespected him.

Leicester are also lucky to retain their play maker Rijhard Maherz who also missed the boat on the transfer deadline day, he will be patternig with goal poacher Jimmy Vardey to trouble the Chelsea defense.

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Conte, who signed Davide Zappacosta from Torino for £23m and Danny Drinkwater from Leicester for £35m, has declared himself happy with his summer business despite missing out on Barkley.

Kickoff is 2:00 pm – Saturday

It will be a tough encounter as Chelsea have scored six goals and conceded four with Leicester City scoring five and conceding six.

Manchester United who have a good record of 14 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats against Stoke City, will travel to Britannia. They are they currently the league leaders with 100 percent record of 3 wins from 3 matches (9 points), 10 goals scored and none conceded and are expected to consolidate their lead on the summit with a win against the Britannia side.

Kick off is 4:30 pm – Saturday

Jose Mourihno would have all his men around as his leading marks man, Lukaku returns with an improved form as he scored for his nation, Belgium for them to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

There will be Ghanaian interest as Jordan Ayew’s Swansea welcome Christian Atsu’s Newcastle United in Cardiff. Atsu did well to give Newcastle their first win in the premier League when he assisted in the goals that saw them beat Dede Ayew’s West Ham United just before the international break. The will face off on Sunday.

Kickoff is 3:00 pm GMT

Wayne Rooney is also expected to shake off the drink driving problems as well as marital problems he encountered during the break to lead Everton into victory against Mauricio Pochettino’s side Tottenham Hotspurs. Toffees manager, Ronald Koeman has confirmed that new signing Nikola Vlasic is in contention to start the game.

Meanwhile Delle Ali of Tottenham is also in hot soup as he awaits his sentence from FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee after his alleged foul statements during England’s match with Slovakia.

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Tottenham Hotspur are without Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose (both knee), Erik Lamela (hip) and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot). Ivorian full back Sergie Aurier is likely not to feature for his new club after arriving late on Thursday for the afternoon fixture.

Kickoff  is 2:00 pm GMT

Other matches to be played.

Saturday

Brighton vs West Brom – 2:00 pm GMT

Southampton vs Watford – 2:00 pm GMT

 

Sunday 10th September 2017

Burnley vs Crystal Palace – 12:30 noon

Monday 11 September 2017
West Ham vs Huddersfield – 7:00 pm GMT

 

 

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