The Premier League returns this weekend, with many of the teams involved in European action looking for a response domestically. There is no doubting the game of the weekend, as Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United vs Arsenal
Manchester United seem to have turned a corner over recent weeks, and they will be looking to replicate what they have been achieving in Europe against the Gunners in the Premier League this weekend. United were excellent in midweek against Leipzig as they ran out 5-0 winners. Man of the moment Marcus Rashford scored a hat-trick from the bench in the win, which was his first for United. Meanwhile, there were also goals in the victory for Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial. United have won just two games this season in the league, but they are now unbeaten in eight in all competitions.
Arsenal are just a few places above United in the league, as they have won three of their six games so far this season. However, they haven’t won in two league games after falling to defeats against Leicester City and Manchester City. Mikel Arteta’s side bounced back from their last league defeat against Leicester with a home win against Dundalk in the Europa League in midweek, with Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe among the scorers.
The last two meetings between these sides at Old Trafford have ended in draws, but we expect United to get their 100th win against the Gunners this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton
It has been a challenging week for Jose Mourinho and his team, and he was highly critical of his team’s performance in midweek against Royal Antwerp. Spurs were beaten 1-0 in that fixture, which came after they had beaten Burnley 1-0 in their last Premier League fixture. Spurs were below par in that outing, but there will be recalls for Heung Min-Son and Harry Kane for this fixture in the Premier League.
Brighton have been getting a lot of plaudits for their performances at this early point of the season, but they are finding hard to transfer performances into wins. They have won just once so far this season, and currently sit in 16th place in the league standings. They drew 1-1 to West Brom in their last Premier League fixture, but they will be hoping for better results over the coming weeks.
Tottenham’s home form will be a concern for gamblers, but we still expect them to get all three points from this fixture.
Newcastle United vs Everton
Everton will be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend, as they travel to Tyneside to take of Newcastle United. The Toffees are still the league leaders, but they haven’t won in their last two league games. They suffered their first defeat of the season last time out, as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton.
Newcastle United’s aim will remain Premier League survival, but they have started the season in decent form. They have won two from six, and have lost just twice. The Toon haven’t won in the previous two games, but they bounced back from defeat last time out by claiming a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Newcastle have been a difficult side to predict this season, but we expect Everton to respond for their bad performance against Southampton last weekend with a win at St James’ Park.