It feels almost like pre-Covid times with no fewer than six Premier League games on the cards today, including three “traditional” 3pm kick-offs.
The action gets underway at Goodison Park as Everton host struggling Newcastle and look to pile the pressure on Magpies boss Steve Bruce.
Then, Crystal Palace host Wolves at Selhurst Park at the start of what looks a crucial run of games for Roy Hodgson’s side, while fellow Londoners Fulham travel to the Hawthorns to meet West Brom in a massive relegation six-pointer. Scott Parker has said it is too early in the season to call that game a must-win fixture, but victory would help the Cottagers open up a sizeable gap to their fellow top-flight newcomers.
At the same time, Manchester City have the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League as they host the division’s bottom club, Sheffield United, who won at Old Trafford in midweek and are finally showing signs of the form we saw last season under Chris Wilder.
As well as all the goals and news from those matches, we’ll also have the build-up to undoubtedly the game of the day, as Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium this evening.
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Crystal Palace vs Wolves (3pm)
Crystal place fans will get their first glimpse of new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta, should Roy Hodgson hand the forward a debut against Wolves on Saturday.
The 23-year-old striker, signed on an initial 18-month loan deal with an option to buy from Mainz, had to miss Tuesday’s defeat to West Ham following visa issues.
Those issues have been resolved and now Hodgson has confirmed that the Frenchman will be in the squad on Saturday, though not whether he will start.
“He’s been good,” said Hodgson. “Unfortunately at the moment the training sessions you do with so many games tend to be fairly condensed and you don’t do a lot of work over big areas, it’s often much more small area work. It will be nice to see him when he can stretch his legs and play in a more 11-a-side area.
“He’s settled in very well, he seems like a very bright player and a bright person. We believe in him and believe that he will have a good future at the club. He’s in the squad [v Wolves] but I’m not prepared to say at the moment whether he’s starting or not, that will have to remain a surprise one way or another.”
Man City vs Sheffield Utd (3pm)
Raheem Sterling is expected to lead the line for Manchester City once again as they look to continue their terrific run of form against Sheffield United this afternoon.
Sergio Aguero is still in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus and Kevin De Bruyne remains sidelined for another month with a hamstring injury.
Gabriel Jesus is fit but seemingly out of favour as Pep Guardiola continues to enjoy success with a false nine.
Phil Foden was the only one of City’s forward line to fail to score or assist against the Baggies and will be hoping he isn’t dropped, though his early substitution could suggest he will again start. Ferran Torres is an alternative option for Guardiola.
Elsewhere, Kyle Walker could return after shaking off a hip problem to make the squad against West Brom. Nathan Ake continues to struggle with a muscle injury.
Predicted Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden
West Brom vs Fulham (3pm)
Parker: Today won’t define our season
It may be a massive relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns this afternoon, but Cottagers boss Scott Parker insists it is too early in the campaign to define his side’s season one way or the other.
“It’s a big game for us,” he admitted. “A massive game for us, and West Brom. [But] do I see it as a definer, do I see it as one which is going to define the season for us? No, I don’t.
“There’s 19 games left of this season, we’re five points difference with a game in hand on Brighton, a game in hand and six points off Newcastle.”
Everton vs Newcastle (12:30pm)
They’re underway at Goodison. We’ll bring you goal updates as we build towards this afternoon’s games.
Arsenal vs Man United (5:30pm)
Partey and Smith Rowe passed fit
Arsenal have received a major boost ahead of tonight’s clash with Manchester United, with midfielders Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe both passed fit to play.
The pair had been forced off in the win at Southampton on Tuesday night but are available for selection, while a late decision will be taken over the fitness of Kieran Tierney.
Everton vs Newcastle team news (12:30pm)
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Iwobi, Richarlison, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin.
Subs: Kenny, Holgate, Andre Gomes, Godfrey, Gordon, Davies, Virginia, Olsen.
Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Lascelles, Schar, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Hayden, Wilson, Fraser, Almiron.
Subs: Dubravka, Clark, Matthew Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Gayle, Krafth, Anderson.
- Everton vs Newcastle (12:30pm)
- Crystal Palace vs Wolves (3pm)
- Man City vs Sheffield Utd (3pm)
- West Brom vs Fulham (3pm)
- Arsenal vs Man Utd (5:30pm)
- Southampton vs Aston Villa (8pm)
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