Premier League Sunday preview: Man City vs. Chelsea; Everton, Spurs, Man United in action
On Sunday there is a bumper slate of action in the Premier League with four games involving some massive teams coming your way.
The match that stands out is reigning champions Manchester City welcoming Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium, as Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho’s sides clash as the two title favorites this season.
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Tottenham and Everton are both in action at home, while Manchester United’s superstar offense are on the road. Let’s see what lies in store for a ‘Super Sunday’ as you can watch all four games live online via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion - Live on Premier League Extratime, 8:30 a.m ET
Spurs are back in PL action after their Europa League excursions on Thursday. Mauricio Pochettino’s men drew 0-0 away at Partizan Belgrade but rested several first-choice stars and are set to recall the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen for this clash. As for West Bromwich Albion, they are set to hand debuts to Silvestre Varela and Joleon Lescott. Tottenham’s new Argentine boss has brought a high-pressing philosophy to the North London club and his players will be expected to start quick against the visitors on Sunday, as Alan Irvine’s side have yet to win this season. West Brom have drawn three of their last four games at White Hart Lane but Spurs are the heavy favorites and are unbeaten in their last nine matches against the Baggies.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United - Live on CNBC, 8:30 a.m. ET
Manchester United head to Leicester City in search of their second win of the season. Last week Louis van Gaal’s men beat QPR 4-0 for their opening win of the campaign, while Leicester beat Stoke City 1-0 for their first victory back in the PL. LVG insists no player is a guaranteed starter for United, as he continues to rebuild the Red Devils. Kasper Schmeichel (son of former United legend, Peter) could be back in goal for Leicester, while Matty James is also fit and former United youngster Tom Lawrence could make his debut for the Foxes. Luke Shaw could make his Manchester United debut, Chris Smalling is back from injury and Radamel Falcao awaits his first start. United have won their last nine successive PL games vs. Leicester, so will they keep that run going in the Midlands?
Everton vs. Crystal Palace - Live on Premier League Extra time, 11 a.m. ET
The Toffees will be flying high after their 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday. However, Everton’s American ‘keeper Tim Howard equaled the Europa League record for most saves in a match (12) as the defense in front of him looked shaky at times in Everton’s first European outing in five years. Everton will give a late fitness test to Leighton Baines, while Samuel Eto’o could make his first start. Neil Warnock has drawn both of his opening game since taking over at Selhurst Park and Palace will be tough to break down. The Eagles should have Marouane Chamakh, Wilfried Zaha and Joe Ledley fit as they seek their first win of the season. In the corresponding fixture last season Palace won 3-2 and have won three of their five PL games at Goodison Park. Bodes well for the away side...
Manchester City vs. Chelsea - Live on NBCSN, 11 a.m. ET
Massive, I repeat, massive clash at the Etihad Stadium as reigning champs Man City host top of the table Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has fueled the fire before the game, claiming that City should have “title and points taken away” for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. Last season Chelsea beat City home and away in narrow wins and that’s something which will rankle with Manuel Pellegrini and his players. On Sunday the key battle to watch out for will be Chelsea’s striker Diego Costa (7 goals in 4 PL games) versus Man City’s captain and defensive lynchpin Vincent Kompany. Elsewhere, it is crucial Yaya Toure regains his form following his lackluster start to the season which resulted in his inept display at Bayern on Wednesday. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard could play against his old team as he continues his loan spell at City from New York City FC in Major League Soccer, while Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho are both expected to miss out for the home side. Chelsea have won four from four to start the season and have won 11 times at City during the PL era, more than any other team.