MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, August 25, 2014: Liverpool's Javier Manquillo in action against Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City vs Liverpool gets top billing in weekend Premier League Fixtures

The Premier League makes a welcome return this weekend following a two-week break. We preview the upcoming action.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, August 25, 2014: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The final international break of 2015 is over, and we can all rejoice as there’s now wall-to-wall domestic action until March next year, and there is almost a feeling that the season starts properly now.

Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool side have been stewing over that hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in their last outing, and will be desperate to bounce back at Man City on Saturday.

It is one of a number of eye-catching encounters over the next few days.

Etihad showdown catches the eye

Liverpool’s trip to face City is clearly the standout match of the weekend, and will be a further test of both sides’ credentials this season.

The Reds won 3-0 at Chelsea in their last away game in the league, and Klopp will feel his team are capable of springing an upset.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side remain the favourites to win the title, however, and the potential return of both Sergio Aguero and David Silva is a massive boost for Citizens.

Mamadou Sakho being out is a huge blow to Klopp, and it is time Dejan Lovren stepped up to the plate and justified the £20 million Liverpool paid for his services last year.

Man United keep quietly going about their business, despite not playing well, and you would expect them to pick up another three points away to Watford on Saturday lunchtime.

The same applies to Arsenal, who are experts are racking up victories against teams from around eighth place downwards.

Arsene Wenger’s men should win at a struggling West Brom side, although you can never guarantee that away to a Tony Pulis side.

In-form Tottenham host West Ham on Sunday afternoon, and Liverpool fans will be hoping the north Londoners slip-up, in terms of Champions League qualification.

Struggling Chelsea have a kind fixture at home to Norwich City, which despite their woes so far in 2015/16, you would expect them to win.

It will be intriguing to see if Leicester City can keep up their incredible run of form when they face Newcastle at St James’ Park. Jamie Vardy now has Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive games in sight.

Bournemouth (18th) and Sunderland (19th) visit Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively, while bottom side Aston Villa face a tough trip to Everton in one of the traditional Saturday three o’clock games.

On paper, many of these matches are quite easy to predict, but it doesn’t always work like that.

Full Fixtures & UK TV Info

Watford vs. Manchester United – Vicarage Road, Saturday 12:45pm, BT Sport 1

Chelsea vs. Norwich City – Stamford Bridge, Saturday 3pm

Everton vs. Aston Villa – Goodison Park, Saturday 3pm

Newcastle United vs. Leicester City – St James’ Park, Saturday 3pm

Southampton vs. Stoke City – St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Swansea City vs. Bournemouth – Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal – The Hawthorns, Saturday 3pm

Manchester City vs. Liverpool – Etihad Stadium, Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United – White Hart Lane, Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland – Selhurst Park, Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

Fantasy Football Tips

United may not be firing on all cylinders, but one thing that cannot be denied is how solid they are looking defensively.

Much of this is down to the impeccable form of Chris Smalling, but Phil Jones has also impressed following his return from injury. He would be a good inclusion to your fantasy football team, with many having Smalling already.

Arsenal are having a strong season, and the performances of Olivier Giroud have been a big reason for a number of victories.

The Frenchman may have been poor in the derby against Spurs, but he has eight goals in all competitions this season, and his physical prowess will be a match for West Brom‘s burly defence. He could be the match-winner.

Aston Villa will slowly improve under new manager Remi Garde, but they still look a shambles defensively. They will be facing one of the Premier League‘s most in-form strikers in Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian has been bullying sides all season, and looks to be maturing as a player. Only Vardy has scored more in the league, and selecting him for your team this weekend feels like a no-brainer.

Harry Kane has got his groove back following a slow start, scoring six goals in his last four games in all competitions.

The England international is the real deal, and he will fancy himself to find the net against West Ham. Partnering him with Lukaku this weekend could see your points tally look very healthy come Monday morning.

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