Box Set: The Weekend Premier League TV Preview

Manchester City have struggled in front of goal this season while Liverpool's troubles have come at the back, so who will prevail when the two meet on Sunday?

Matthew Crist

The teams that finished last season first and second in the Premier League meet on Sunday, but there are four other intriguing encounters for armchair fans to enjoy this weekend.

Having inflicted more defeats on Pep Guardiola than any other manager with eight wins, the pressure’s on the City manager in the big game of the weekend and that’s just how Jurgen Klopp tends to like it.

Before that clash, Newcastle travel to the South Coast to face an in-form Southampton side who currently sit fifth in the table on Friday night with both sides victorious last weekend.

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from European disappointment in midweek when they travel to face Everton on Saturday lunchtime who are without a win in three games.

That’s followed by a daunting trip to West London for Sheffield United, who are without a win all season, as they prepare to face a Chelsea side who have not conceded a goal in five games.

Leicester have lost both of their last two home games without scoring, while Wolves have won two of their last three away games without conceding, so this one could be tighter to call than the US Presidential election when they meet on Sunday afternoon.

Southampton v Newcastle: Friday 20:00 Sky Sports

Southampton FC Manager

Friday night’s game sees Southampton, who have only dropped two points from their last five Premier League games, face a  Newcastle side who are also exceeding expectations this season.

Despite losing their opening two games of the campaign, the Saints climbed up to fifth place in the table thanks to a thrilling 4-3 away win against Aston Villa.

Newcastle are also coming off a win in their last game, beating high-flying Everton at St James’ Park, with summer signing Callum Wilson bagging both goals.

And Steve Bruce’s side can take heart from an excellent head-to-head record in this fixture, winning the past three meetings and going six meetings without defeat.


Everton v Man Utd: Saturday 12:30 BT Sports

Everton v Manchester United

After going eight matches without defeat at the start of the season, Everton are staring down the barrel of a third in succession, something no Carlo Ancelotti side has experienced since 2005.

Richarlison will be sitting this one out due to suspension, causing more disruption for Everton’s attack, but the Blues’ ranks will be boosted by the return of James Rodriguez and Lucas Digne.

Manchester United might be enduring one of their worst starts to the season for years when it comes to their home form, but on the road they have been pretty impressive.

The Red Devils are yet to drop points away from home this season having won each of their last six Premier League away games, scoring 17 goals, keeping four clean sheets, and conceding just three in the process.

Interestingly, no side has more Premier League away wins at a specific ground than United at Goodison Park with 16, tied with their own tally of 16 at Villa Park.


Chelsea v Sheffield United: Saturday 17:30 Sky Sports

Mendy Chelsea

Chelsea’s new signings look to have got into the swing of things now, as both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner scored in the 3-0 win over Burnley last weekend.

And it’s not just upfront that the Blues have improved with Frank Lampard’s side not conceding a goal in five games in all competitions – with much of the credit for this being handed to new goalkeeper Eduard Mendy.

But things aren’t looking as rosy for Sheffield United, with Chris Wilder’s side going into their eighth game of the season still waiting to pick up its first win of the campaign.

Indeed, their only point so far came courtesy of a draw with fellow strugglers Fulham and with Frank Lampard looking like he has worked out how best to play his collection of stars, the Blades look unlikely to add to their tally this weekend.


Leicester v Wolves: Sunday 14:00 Sky Sports

Leicester City

Despite struggling at home, Leicester City are dominating games away from their own patch, as was shown in their recent 4-1 win at Leeds on Monday night which took them to second in the Premier League table.

In fact, the Foxes’ eight shots on target that night was more than the five they totalled in their two previous home games combined.

Meanwhile, Wolves have bounced back well from their 4-0 defeat at West Ham and have won three and drawn one with three clean sheets – earning as many points in four games (10) as they had in their previous nine.

So with Leicester having lost both of their last two home games without scoring, and Wolves having won two of their last three away games without conceding – this could be a fascinating encounter.


Man City v Liverpool: 16:30 Sky Sports

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Manchester City host Liverpool in this week’s stand-out fixture in the Premier League as the two sides that finished first and second last season meet at the Etihad on Sunday.

The Reds boast a terrific record against top-six opposition and are unbeaten against City in their last four, winning three and drawing one.

As for the hosts, goalscoring appears to be their biggest problem this campaign and have found the net just once in each of their last four Premier League matches and it’s 11 years since they went five games without scoring more than once.

Sergio Aguero has scored in his last five games at the Etihad but will be missing for this one with Gabriel Jesus looking to deputies despite a lack of valuable game time of late.

No such worries for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who put five past Atalanta in midweek and are second-top goalscorers in the Premier League with 17 – but their concerns might be at the other end.

It’s nearly 11 years since Liverpool kept a clean sheet at the Etihad and in the 10 matches since drawing 0-0 back in 2010, the Reds have conceded on average 2.6 goals a game – not very encouraging for a side with the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League this season.


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