Defending Champions Manchester United face an uphill task against visiting Manchester United in a thrilling derby on Match day eight at the Etihad.
Both teams have been in blistering form of recent with Manchester United on the ascendancy after winning four straight games including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.
Manchester United’s midfield has played a big part in the recent resurgence by Erik ten Hag’s side – but it is absolutely crucial he gets that area right at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Ten Hag has to decide whether he keeps both Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes in there against Manchester City, or chooses a more defensive-minded set-up and goes with two proper holding players this time.
Meanwhile. City striker, Erling Haaland who has been scoring goals for fun in his debut season at the Etihad will be having another opportunity to add to his tally.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be hoping not to lose their place on the second spot for now depending on whether Arsenal lose or win against Tottenham Hotspurs.
However, Arsenal presently occupy the top spot of the Premier League table after a superb start to the season, but face their trickiest test so far with the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates this Saturday.
The Gunners only previous match against a ‘big six’ side this campaign ended in a closely fought defeat to Manchester United that has given ammo to many who have accused them of being flat track bullies.
Tottenham Hotspurs will be looking to consolidate on their position on the log as they will aim all three points at the Emirate.
Unfortunately for Tottenham ,forward Son Hueng-min is set to miss a ‘number of weeks’ of action after suffering a fractured arm during the Premier League win over Aston Villa.
The south Korean is due to undergo surgery on the injury this week, and will undergo rehabilitation in order to attempt to return to action as quickly as possible.
After almost a month of waiting, Liverpool finally take to the field in a Premier League game on Saturday.
Brighton are the visitors to Anfield in what really is a must win game for Liverpool.
The Reds injury woes have lessened with many players on the injury list fully recovered and ready to do business for the Reds.
Liverpool will be hoping to secure all three points against Brighton in order to brighten their hopes of being a serious contender in this season EPL.
However, Chelsea will be looking forward to shaking off a shaky start to the season on their match day eight encounter with Cyrstal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Having played at Selhurst Park three times as Brighton manager, Potter was unable to win any of the games, drawing all three 1-1. That itself follows a similar trend across his managerial career in which he is yet to beat the Eagles in six attempts but has only lost two of those.
Potter’s first game in charge of the Blues was a Champions League game with Salzburg of Austria and it ended in a draw.