The pick of the weekend’s action sees Chelsea travel to a resurgent Manchester United on Saturday evening where they will face a Red Devils side who have recorded two impressive away wins in the last week.
The last time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side played at Old Trafford they were hammered 6-1 by Spurs, but since that defeat, United have demonstrated a commitment and character which wasn’t evident in their opening couple of games with impressive wins at Newcastle and PSG.
Meanwhile, Chelsea come here on the back of two draws, having seen a late Danny ings goal rob them of all three points at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, as they look to win at Old Trafford for the first time in eight visits.
In the weekend’s other live televised games, West Ham will look to build on their thrilling comeback at Spurs when they host Manchester City while Everton can maintain their unbeaten start to the season at Southampton before Wolves entertain Newcastle on Sunday evening
West Ham v Man City – Saturday, 12:30
Their incredible comeback at Spurs last Sunday ensured that West Ham became the first team in history to draw a Premier League match having been 3-0 down as late as the 81st minute.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. David Moyes has turned his side into an attacking force and the Hammers have scored at least three goals in each of their last three matches and could make it four in a row for the first time since 1928.
That looks highly unlikely against a Manchester City side who have enjoyed their meetings with West Ham in recent years, however, with City winning the last nine meetings between the sides with 30 goals scored and just three conceded.
That said, Leicester exposed City’s susceptibility to the counter-attack during their 5-2 win recently, an approach which has worked out well for West Ham this season – just ask Jose Mourinho.
Man Utd v Chelsea – Saturday, 17:30
A fortnight ago it looked like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s days in charge at Old Trafford could be numbered after a home defeat to Crystal Palace was followed up by a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Spurs.
But two weeks is a long time in football and since that hefty defeat United have bounced back with a 4-1 win at Newcastle and a dramatic last gasp victory against PSG in the Champions League also on the road.
In fact, United’s issues have come at home and since July 13, the Red Devils have won just two of seven home games and if they go down here on Saturday it will be the first time they’ve lost three home games in a season since 1930/31 when they were relegated.
Chelsea Old Trafford form leaves little to be desire too and the Blues haven’t recorded a win at the “Theatre of Dreams” in their last seven trips – their longest run without a win there since a run of 16 games between 1920 and 1957.
Though Frank Lampard will be aware that just three months ago his side beat the Reds 3-1 in the FA Cup semi-final, and now has the likes of Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz at his disposal, making his side a much tougher prospect than it has been on previous visits to Manchester.
Southampton v Everton – Sunday, 14:00
Everton currently sit top of the Premier League table with 13 points from their five games and deservedly so, but Southampton will be going into this one with plenty of confidence based on their recent form against the Toffees.
That’s because the Saints have more clean sheets against Everton than against any other Premier League side, with 10 of 13 coming at home. Five of the last seven meetings at St. Mary’s have been won by Southampton while Danny Ings six goals in 10 appearances against Everton.
Meanwhile, last week’s comeback draw at Chelsea only underlined the belief Ralph Hasenhuttl has instilled into his side who have registered six wins and four draws from their last 12 games.
The visitors do have a number of absentees with Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Cenk Tosun and Seamus Coleman all injured, while Richarlison is suspended following his red card against Liverpool – but they do have the most prolific striker in the league to call upon in Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The newly capped England striker rescued a point against Liverpool with his 10th goal of the season across all competitions, and the 23-year-old has found the net at least once in all six encounters with Premier League clubs so far.
Wolves v Newcastle – Sunday, 16:30
By winning at Leeds last Monday night, Wolves made it three wins from their opening five games, something they’ve not achieved since way back in 1979.
They have also kept seven clean sheets in their last nine home games with five wins and a draw in that run.
That’s a statistic which will worry Steve Bruce given Newcastle’s struggles in front of goals on the road as – in their last 13 away games, the Magpies have scored just 13 goals.
But with that in mind, it’s woth noting that the last 10 meetings between these two have finished all square, including three consecutive 1-1 draws, and it’s also the most played fixture in which both teams have scored – with no side having shut out the other in the Premier League.
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