PL Matchweek 3: Man United beat Leicester City; Arsenal travel to Liverpool on Sunday

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

AFC Bournemouth will be missing Simon Francis (hamstring), Junior Stanislas (groin) and Callum Wilson (knee). Jermain Defoe is nearing full fitness after a groin strain and in contention to start. Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy could debut for his side after signing from Monaco. Ilkay Gundogan (knee) is still not fit and Kyle Walker is suspended.

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Manchester United vs Leicester City

Manchester United are still without Ashley Young and Luke Shaw, both of whom are approaching full fitness.

Marcos Rojo (knee) is a long-term absentee, and so is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who signed a one-year deal on Thursday to return to the club.

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has finally recovered from a back injury. Kelechi Iheanacho (toe) and Harry Maguire (knock) will be assessed before the game.

Jamie Vardy, Danny Drinkwater and Nampalys Mendy have returned to full training but Robert Huth (foot) and Vicente Iborra (groin) are likely to miss out.

Manchester United have lost only two of their 22 PL matches with Leicester City and only one of these came at Old Trafford: 0-1 in January 1998.

 

Manager talk:
Jose Mourinho: “In terms of their qualities, I think they are the same team and they are playing exactly the same way they played before. It will be a very difficult match for us.”

Craig Shakespeare: “They (United) have looked powerful. To score eight goals in two games in the Premier league is no mean feat.”

Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea have a fully-fit squad with only Eden Hazard (ankle) still returning to full fitness.

Everton have doubts over Idrissa Gueye (hamstring) and Sandro Ramirez (foot).

Davy Klaassen (foot) is out, as is Ross Barkley (hamstring). Morgan Schneiderlin is suspended.

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Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 22 home Premier League matches with Everton since a 0-1 loss in November 1994. Only against Tottenham Hotspur (25) are they on a longer unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Talk:
Antonio Conte: “Ronald Koeman has built a really strong team. This season they improved a lot and we must pay great attention on Sunday.”

Ronald Koeman: “We’re still looking to bring a striker in. We need more competition. We have a lot of tough fixtures coming up.”

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool expect to have Emre Can and Trent Alexander-Arnold fit for Sunday. Georginio Wijnaldum is also available. Philippe Coutinho (back) will be absent.

Arsenal have Alexis Sanchez returning to fitness and Laurent Koscielny back from suspension. Liverpool won both of their PL matches with Arsenal in 2016/17. They have not won three in-a-row since May 1998 when they won four in-a-row.

Games between these two clubs in the PL have produced 17 goals in the 90th minute or later – more than any other fixture.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in their last three PL matches at Anfield. The last time they kept four was in September 2013.

 

Manager Talk:
Jurgen Klopp: “They are an outstanding strong side. We need the help of the crowd. Let’s make it really difficult for them.”

Arsene Wenger: “Good memories and bad memories [of Anfield]. Overall we have done well there.”

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