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Premier League Weekend Preview: Matches and Analysis

 Premier League Weekend Preview: Matches and Analysis

Premier League Weekend Preview
Premier League Weekend Preview(Image-Getty)

In-depth Previews and Data for Upcoming Premier League Matches (September 1-3, all times GMT):

Friday, September 1

Luton Town vs. West Ham United (1900)

* West Ham, currently in second place, seeks to continue their unbeaten streak into the new season against newly-promoted Luton, who are yet to secure a point.

* Luton will be without midfielder Jordan Clark and defenders Dan Potts and Gabriel Osho due to injuries.

* West Ham has scored seven goals across three games, with two wins and a draw. Conversely, Luton has conceded an equal number of goals in two league losses.

Saturday, September 2

Sheffield United vs. Everton (1130)

* Everton languishes at the bottom of the table with three consecutive losses, while Sheffield United stands 17th with an identical number of defeats but a better goal difference.

* Everton has yet to find the net this season and has conceded six goals.

* Sheffield United has lost 35 of their last 44 Premier League matches.

Manchester City vs. Fulham (1400)

* City's manager, Pep Guardiola, is recovering in Spain from routine back surgery. Assistant manager Juanma Lillo is once again taking charge in Guardiola's absence.

* Following a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United, City has risen to the top of the table. Rodri's 88th-minute winner in the previous match highlights his potential as a key player.

* Fulham has faced defeat in their last 14 encounters against City.

Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest (1400)

* Chelsea aims for back-to-back league victories after a 3-0 win against Luton.

* Raheem Sterling shines as one of Chelsea's bright spots, looking to regain his prime form under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

* Despite a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes against Manchester United, Nottingham Forest suffered a 3-2 defeat. Manager Steve Cooper seeks positives from that match.

Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur (1400)

* Spurs, after a League Cup exit, strive to rebound under new manager Ange Postecoglou following a promising league start.

* Burnley, back in the Premier League after a Championship season, previously defeated Spurs 1-0 at home.

* Spurs' midfield is hampered by injuries, ruling out Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon, and Bryan Gil.

Brentford vs. Bournemouth (1400)

* Undefeated Brentford hosts winless Bournemouth.

* Ivan Toney's absence due to suspension hasn't hindered Brentford, with Bryan Mbeumo, Kevin Schade, and Yoane Wissa contributing goals in the opening matches.

* Brentford secured a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in their previous meeting.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United (1630)

* Brighton has claimed victory in six of their 15 league clashes against Newcastle, with 9 goals scored this season, the most in the league.

* Previous season matches between the teams resulted in a scoreless draw at Amex and a 4-1 win for Newcastle at St James' Park.

Sunday, September 3

Liverpool vs. Aston Villa (1300)

* Liverpool's season includes two wins and a draw, with recent success against Newcastle and goals from Darwin Nunez.

* The absence of captain Virgil van Dijk, red-carded in the previous match, challenges Liverpool's defense.

* Midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Curtis Jones may return from injury. Villa contends with injuries to Philippe Coutinho, Alex Moreno, and Jacob Ramsey.

Crystal Palace vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (1300)

* Wolves' Ireland defender Matt Doherty could make his return to the Premier League following his stint in LaLiga.

* Recent clashes between the two sides saw Palace secure a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park, countered by Wolves' 2-0 win at Molineux.

* Attention centers on Matheus Nunes, amid transfer speculation linking him to City. Manager Gary O'Neil anticipates Nunes' continued presence at Wolves.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United (1530)

* Arsenal aims to recover from a 2-2 draw against 10-man Fulham, while United seeks to maintain momentum after a 3-2 comeback win against Forest.

* Last season's encounters witnessed a 3-1 United victory and a 3-2 Arsenal triumph.

* United's new signing Rasmus Hojlund eyes his debut after recovering from a back injury.

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