Sep 30, 2016

    EPL records at stake as top two clash


    THE Premier League's only remaining unbeaten records are on the line on Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur will hope to follow Celtic and inflict another dent in Manchester City's superb start to the campaign.

    The City juggernaut had crushed all before them, winning every competitive game they had played this season, until they were held to a surprise 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    That result, and the way the Scottish side exposed chinks in City's defensive armour, will have given a fillip to Tottenham, fresh from a crucial Champions League win in Moscow, before England's top two clash at White Hart Lane.

    Pep Guardiola's impressive start at the Etihad Stadium has made City many people's favourites for the title, and Spurs will need all the grit they showed in their victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday to avoid losing further ground to their opponents.

    Arsenal, who are third, and Liverpool (fourth) will both expect to maintain their challenges away to struggling sides.

    Arsene Wenger's men will be bidding for their fifth league win in a row on Sunday at newly promoted Burnley, who won for only the second time this season on Monday when they beat Watford.

    Swansea City beat Liverpool 3-1 at home last season, but with Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin under pressure following their poor start to the campaign and Liverpool revitalised under Juergen Klopp, they will be hard-pushed to match that in the corresponding fixture on Saturday.

    Fifth-place Everton could go second for at least 24 hours if they beat Crystal Palace at home tonight.

    Manchester United - with captain Wayne Rooney by no means certain of a recall - will be looking to extend their impressive home record against struggling Stoke City on Sunday, having won their last eight league games against Mark Hughes's side at Old Trafford. REUTERS

    Weekend fixtures


    Everton v Palace


    Swansea v Liverpool

    Hull v Chelsea

    Sunderland v W Brom

    Watford v Bournemouth

    West Ham v Middlesbrough


    Man Utd v Stoke City

    Leicester v Southampton

    Tottenham v Man City

    Burnley v Arsenal