Sep 23, 2016

    Will Rooney get to hound the Foxes?


    AFTER successive Premier League defeats, Manchester United will hope to re-energise their faltering campaign and make up ground on the early pacesetters with victory at home to champions Leicester City tomorrow.

    After losing to leaders Manchester City and Watford, either side of a Champions League defeat to Feyenoord, United already trail Pep Guardiola's vibrant City by six points and sit in seventh place.

    There will be interest in Mourinho's team selection and whether England and United captain Wayne Rooney, who has been in poor form, keeps his place to take on the Foxes.

    City, having won their first five league games under Guardiola to top the table, visit Swansea City for the second time in four days.

    His men had won 2-1 in a League Cup tie on Wednesday.

    Striker Sergio Aguero will be available after completing a three-match suspension, although City scored six goals without him in the two league matches he missed against United and Bournemouth.

    Everton and Tottenham, the two other unbeaten sides lying second and third respectively, face long trips tomorrow.

    Everton go to the south coast to face Bournemouth.

    Tottenham, missing injured England striker Harry Kane, head to the north-east to face promoted Middlesbrough.

    Arsene Wenger, named as Arsenal manager 20 years ago this week, will hope to celebrate with victory in the London derby at home to Chelsea.

    Antonio Conte's side slipped up at home to Liverpool last Friday to drop to fifth place before impressing the manager by recovering from 2-0 down to win a League Cup tie 4-2 at Leicester.

    Liverpool's victory at Stamford Bridge took them up to sixth. They will be fancied for a third successive league victory at home to Hull City.

    The only two clubs without a win both have home games with mid-table opposition: Sunderland against Crystal Palace and Stoke City against West Bromwich Albion.


    Weekend fixtures


    Man Utd v Leicester

    Bournemouth v Everton

    Liverpool v Hull Middlesbrough v Tottenham Stoke v W Brom

    Sunderland v Palace

    Swansea v Man City

    Arsenal v Chelsea


    West Ham v Southampton


    Burnley v Watford