There are 2 big fixtures in the Premier League this weekend. The first which will be played on Saturday is between 2 title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City, while the second which comes up on Sunday is a London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. We previewed both games and revealed what some popular football pundits predicted for both games.
Chelsea vs Manchester City
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Chelsea head into this match looking to extend their lead over Man City as they are 3 points clear of the defending champions. Unfortunately, they will have to do that without Mason Mount who assisted their winning goal against the Citizens in the Champions League final. Thomas Tuchel confirmed he sustained a minor injury against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup and did not recover in time for the match.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount (Photo credit: The Pride of London)
Having said that, the Blues are not short of players who can replace the England international. Tuchel could call on Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech to provide support for striker Romelu Lukaku.
Speaking of Lukaku, Manchester City has to stop the Belgium International if they hope to exact revenge for last season's Champions League final defeat. The 28-year-old has 4 goals in 4 games for Chelsea and he is hungry for more.
Pep Guardiola confirmed he has a few injury worries but didn't mention names. Perhaps that was to prevent Tuchel from predicting the players that could start.
Former Liverpool players Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen (Photo credit: NUFC blog)
Michael Owen said Chelsea will edge it and predicted a 2-1 win in their favour. On the other hand, Mark Lawrenson opined it will be a cagey affair and went for a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal vs Tottenham
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The derby match between Arsenal and Tottenham is not as big as that of Chelsea and Man City but it is no less important.
The Gunners have no new injury worries, they head into this match looking for a third consecutive win after losing their first 3. Martin Odegaard was the match-winner in their last Premier League match against Burnley. He scored in the corresponding fixture last season, the club would be hoping he would provide the needed goals as their strikers continue to struggle in front of goal.
Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard (Photo credit: Getty Images)
For Tottenham, they will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat to league leaders Chelsea. To do that they will need Harry Kane to return to goalscoring form as the England striker has not scored this season. Perhaps he is yet to get over the disappointment of missing out on a move to Manchester City.
For this match, Michael Owen said he would go with current form, therefore he predicted Arsenal to win 2-1. Mark Lawrenson on the other hand predicted a 1-1 draw.
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