Familiar foes will take front seats in Sunday’s matches in the English Premier League as Stamford Bridge and Etihad are expected to be lit by top gladiators.
Chelsea play hosts to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge before Manchester City now referred to as ‘The Unstoppables’ go up against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
It is London versus Manchester on Super Sunday.
Chelsea v Manchester United preview
A number of familiar faces will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Chelsea playing host to Manchester United.
The reigning Premier League champions will head into the match looking to remain within touching distance of the early-season pace setters, while they will also be hoping to bounce back from their 3-0 humbling at the hands of Roma in the Champions League during the week.
Chelsea will certainly fancy their chances of securing a positive result against United, as they have lost just one of their last 15 home league games against the Red Devils, a run that includes last season’s 4-0 success.
Boss Antonio Conte could be boosted by the return of midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury, although Victor Moses remains unavailable due to a similar problem.
United will head into the match having lost just one of their 10 league games to date this term, although they have failed to win any of their last two away fixtures, going down 2-1 at Huddersfield in October.
Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge will see United boss Jose Mourinho return to the club he managed over two different spells, while Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata will also be returning to their former stomping ground.
One man who will not feature is Jesse Lingard, who suffered a back injury during the midweek Champions League triumph over Benfica.
Manchester City v Arsenal preview
Sunday serves up a very tasty looking clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s side are being raved about by everybody, and are leading the way at the summit of the Premier League with nine wins from 10. The Citizens have swept aside everybody bar Everton so far this season and confidence appears to be coursing through every single player.
They are five points clear of neighbours Manchester United, and will definitely be eyeing three points against an Arsenal side who have had an indifferent start to the new season.
They may have won back-to-back league matches, but the Gunners are fifth in the division having been beaten three times already.
They are yet to really hit the ground running in the Premier League, and couldn’t ask for tougher opponents at this moment in time to keep their recent momentum going.
It will be interesting to see if the midweek European action for both sides plays a part, with City having had to travel to Naples and the Gunners at home to Red Star Belgrade.
The form guide is one thing to go off, but looking at the head-to-head stats, it’s a very tricky one to call. The past few years have thrown up Manchester City wins, Arsenal wins and draws in fairly equal measure – at the Etihad, the last three matches have ended in a City win (2-1, 2016), a draw (2-2, 2016) and an Arsenal win (0-2, 2015). One thing looks certain though, there’s going to be goals.
Possible starters for Man City v Arsenal