Another weekend filled with top-flight football beckons once again, and this one bares extra significance with it being the last one before the two-week-long international break.
It’s a final chance for the 20 clubs’ players to make an impression before some go off with their nations to take part in do-or-die clashes, while it’s the last opportunity punters have to make a profit on the Premier League for a fortnight.
The stand-out fixture is undoubtedly Arsenal v. Manchester United, with United sitting top of the table for the first time in a while.
Elsewhere, rivals Manchester City will look to get back-on-track against Newcastle at the Etihad, while Everton face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
Manchester City v Newcastle United- Saturday, 3pm
City made a blistering start to the campaign after losing their title last term, winning all of their opening five matches to nil and scoring 12 goals in the process.
The wheels have come off since losing to Juventus in the Champions League a fortnight ago, winning just one of their following four games in all competitions. Last weekend saw a humiliating 4-1 drubbing at Tottenham Hotspur.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men should get back on track this weekend, against a Newcastle side who remain winless after surrendering a 2-0 lead against Chelsea.
New boss Steve McClaren is already under intense pressure, but it will be miraculous if things improve here- the Manchester outfit are 8/13 to beat the Geordies by more than one goal.
Sergio Aguero has returned from *another* injury and when he plays, the Argentinian star tends to get the ball rolling for his side. He is 5/2 to score his side’s first goal of the meeting, while new boy Kevin De Bruyne is 4/1 and has scored in his last three appearances.
Arsenal v Manchester United- Sunday, 4pm
Sunday sees these two old foes lock horns once again, albeit not as glamourous as their glory days.
United sit top of the still young league table – the first time they have done so in almost two years.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were on the receiving end of an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at home to Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League, and find their hopes of qualifying for the next round in huge danger with a double header against heavyweights Bayern Munich next.
The Red Devils came out victorious in this fixture last term despite being unfancied, and they are 2/1 to come away from the Emirates with another victory.
Unsurprisingly, previous encounters suggest this will be a cagey encounter and a draw at 23/10 seems to be the most likely result.
Sunderland v West Ham- Saturday, 3pm
West Ham United are having a rollercoaster season so far to say the least, marred by total inconsistency.
While excellent on their travels, the Hammers have been relatively average at Upton Park thus far, and a trip to the North East will probably be welcomed.
Sunderland have endured an abysmal beginning to this season, following their perennial escape act at the end of last term.
Manager Dick Advocaat’s future remains up in the air, and Slaven Bilic’s men are a tempting 13/10 to continue their faultless away run in the league having beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their travels.
Midfielder Dimitri Payet has been a revelation since joining the Hammers this summer, and he is 21/10 to find the net at any point during the match.
Victor Moses scored the opening goal at the Etihad against City two weeks ago, and he is the same price to net again this time around.
Elsewhere, Sunderland frontman Jermain Defoe has a knack of scoring against the East London outfit. He is 29/20 to do so once again.
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