Man City v Spurs, 12:45
Tottenham have seen much change over the last couple of years whilst not really making a massive amount of progress overall, and in some respects the White Hart Lane club have gone backwards. Results against the teams they aspire to rival and one day overtake have been shoddy at best and downright embarrassing in the worst instances, making this game with City a big one with their morale and momentum in mind. Spurs have only won one of their last five matches, so the reverse also applies, that a win would give them a giant boost.
Manchester City could rest Yaya Toure, with Frank Lampard his likely replacement in midfield. Tottenham have doubts over Hugo Lloris and Nacer Chadli, Kyle Naughton is out and Emmanuel Adebayor and Nabil Bentaleb need to be assessed.
Arsenal v Hull, 15:00
At this point Arsenal’s record reads played seven, won two, drawn four and lost one, and that isn’t what they’d have wanted or expected from their first few matches of a Premier League season that many thought could be a good one for the Gunners. Hull at home is a match they’ll want and expect to take three points from even with a couple of key men missing, and with the Tigers having just one win from their last six games that is more than possible too.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has overcome a calf problem but Calum Chambers is suspended and Laurent Koscielny is out, while Mesut Ozil faces two months on the sidelines and Theo Walcott isn’t quite ready to return. Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady has recovered from a back spasm but Mohamed Diame will be assessed prior to the game.
Burnley v West Ham, 15:00
These two share colours and an occasional nickname, but for a long time West Ham have occupied the space Burnley are aiming for as a bottom-of-the-middle team in the Premier League and it’s rare for them to meet in the top division. The Hammers are sitting seventh in the league table at present with a chance to go into the top four if results go their way today, while Burnley are yet to win a game and must be worrying their fans with a record of four draws and three losses.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche expects to have Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier, David Jones, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane back and fit following injuries, but Dean Marney and Steven Reid are unlikely to feature, with Matt Taylor ruled out. West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is expected to play and Enner Valencia should also be involved despite his long international trip.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea, 15:00
Going away to Palace is not easy, and even with the dam-busting style of Tony Pulis no longer in fashion Chelsea know they’re in for a battle today, but one well worth trying to win. Palace have won two of their last three including a victory over Everton, but Chelsea are as yet undefeated in the league and lead the way with a five point advantage after seven games, meaning they are heavy favourites and Palace may well set up not to lose first and foremost.
Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann is ruled out with Adrian Mariappa expected to deputise. Chelsea are monitoring the fitness of Andre Schurrle, but Didier Drogba and Ramires are not available.
Everton v Aston Villa, 15:00
Everton had a good end to last year and a few of their fans were very optimistic coming into this season, not least because the club had broken its transfer record to bring in Romelu Lukaku. Since the first match that confidence has been somewhat eroded it is fair to say, by poor results and injuries to key players, and today Everton come into this game with Villa sitting seventeenth in the Premier League table with just six points from seven games.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could be involved against Aston Villa, and there is more good news as Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Steven Pienaar are expected to be fit. Villa captain Ron Vlaar returns after a four-match absence and Christian Benteke could make his first start since March, but Fabian Delph has a suspected dislocated shoulder and Philippe Senderos is a doubt.
Newcastle v Leicester, 15:00
Although Newcastle have only lost three games this season there is still pressure on their manager, mainly due to the lack of wins counterbalancing the negative results so far and the fact that has left them in the bottom three and looking enviously at Leicester’s record. The Foxes have already beaten Man Utd and sit twelfth in the table at the time of writing so you can expect the away side to have the self-belief and attitude of a side with much better prospects and resources.
Newcastle are pleased that Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse should all be fit to play despite various degrees of travel and rehabilitation from injuries. Leicester have no fresh injury worries, with Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp due to be assessed on Friday.
Southampton v Sunderland, 15:00
Southampton have won four of their last five games and sit third in the table before this match, so the losses they suffered over the summer may have to be put into the category of ‘happy accident’ after all, and the wailing withdrawn. A home match against a Sunderland side that hasn’t lost in five games doesn’t seem like a nailed-on three points, but when you consider the Black Cats are struggling to score and have won once all year it may be that this game will depend on how the home side attack.
Southampton have reported no fresh injury concerns, but will assess Sadio Mane following his return from international duty. Sunderland full-back Billy Jones is ruled out, joining Sebastian Coates, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ricky Alvarez on the sidelines.