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Premier League: Match Week 5 Preview

The Premier League returns after the international break with some eye-catching fixtures scheduled to take place over the weekend.

The action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime as table-topping Everton go head-to-head with reigning champions Liverpool.

The Reds remain favourites to retain the title despite being humiliated in their last outing against Aston Villa.

Jurgen Klopp’s team were thrashed 7-2 at Villa Park and will need to show a vast improvement if they are to take anything from the derby game.

While Liverpool were being brought down to earth by Villa, their local rivals maintained their unbeaten start to the new campaign with a 4-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Toffees have looked much-improved under manager Carlo Ancelotti and will fancy their chances of picking up three points this weekend.

Everton haven’t beaten Liverpool in the Premier League since 2010, but their current line-up possesses the attacking talent to cause plenty of problems.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James Rodriguez and Richarlison have made a sparkling start to the season, while Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure look solid in midfield.

If Everton can keep things tight defensively, they are more than capable of ending their miserable recent record against Liverpool.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Chelsea are a good bet to record their third victory of the season when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues triumphed 4-0 at home to Crystal Palace in their last outing and should have little trouble following up against the Saints.

Manchester City will be eager to kick-start their Premier League campaign as they face Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in the early evening game.

City have collected just four points from their first three matches and desperately need to make some ground on the early front-runners.

The Gunners have lost just once in the league this term and could prove troublesome to City this weekend.

Manchester United are on a recovery mission in the final match on Saturday as they travel to St James’ Park to meet Newcastle United.

The Red Devils head into the weekend in 16th place after being thumped 6-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in their last game.

Newcastle are currently in the top half of the standings, but may have their work cut out against a team who have a major point to prove.

The clash between Leicester City and Villa at the King Power Stadium on Sunday is likely to attract a large audience watching on football streams.

The Foxes’ unbeaten start to the season was ended in stunning fashion as they crashed 3-0 at home to West Ham United in their most recent outing.

By contrast, Villa were imperious against Liverpool and will be keen to prove that the result didn’t flatter them when they take on Leicester.

Spurs are a good bet to follow up their win at Old Trafford with another three points against West Ham United, while the Sheffield United versus Fulham and Palace versus Brighton games look primed to finish as draws.

West Bromwich Albion should record their first victory of the season on Monday evening as they host Burnley, and Leeds United can edge a tight contest at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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