Premier League preview: October 25-26

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Last weekend saw no less than 40 goals scored in the Premier League as Southampton humbled Sunderland and Manchester City blitzed Spurs - let's hope for the same this time around shall we?

While it may be a stretch too far to expect another goalfest, there are still some pretty tasty ties to keep you interested across the weekend - not least on Sunday when early pacesetters Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

However before then there's plenty of action to whet your appetite, so lets get started shall we?


West Ham v Manchester City

We start off at Upton Park where West Ham will be hoping to maintain their strong start to the season against a Manchester City side who were devastating while dismantling Tottenham last time around. The Citizens  certainly hold the upper hand when it comes to recent meetings and won all four games in which they met last season, scoring 14 times.

The Hammers will be able to call upon Cheikhou Kouyate and defender James Tomkins again after they returned from injury, while Manchester City will be without Samir Nasri and Frank Lampard.

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Liverpool v Hull

Next up and Liverpool play hosts to a Hull City side that gave Arsenal a run for their money last weekend - and they may smell blood after the Reds' mid-week defeat against Real Madrid.

Liverpool have looked far from solid this season and currently sit in 5th place following their nervy win against QPR last weekend. The big question for Brendan Rodgers is whether to start Mario Balotelli, who was hauled off at half time in mid-week.

Sunderland v Arsenal

Arsenal will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league after their draw against Hull, although a lucky late win against Anderlecht in mid-week won't exactly give them the confidence to do just that.

Still, a beleaguered Sunderland could be the perfect opponents. Jack WIlshere is suspended and Theo Walcott is in the squad, although won't start after a lengthy injury lay-off, and defeat could leave the Gunners 13 points off the top if results go against them.

Tottenham v Newcastle

Onto Sunday and Tottenham will be hoping for a semblance of consistency in the league when they take on Newcastle at White Hart Lane. They've won just one of their last six Premier League fixtures but have a good record against Newcastle in recent seasons and go into the fixture afer a strong performance in midweek.

Manchester United v Chelsea

That then leads us onto Sunday's huge encounter at Old Trafford; Manchester United v Chelsea. Blues boss Jose Mourinho will come up against his former boss at Barcelona, Louis van Gaal. 

The two won't be friends for 90 minutes tomorrow, and it certainly looks like the apprentice is primed to get one over his old master. Chelsea are top of the table while Manchester United are struggling to find their feet under the Dutchman. Angel di Maria should be fit despite a thigh problem, while Cesar Azplicueta is suspended. 

Manchester United are ten points adrift of the Blues after just eight games and will need a win if they have any hope of staying in touch with their rivals.

The weekend's remaining fixtures are as follows: Southampton v Stoke, West Brom v Crystal Palace, Swansea v Leicester, Burnley v Everton, QPR v Aston Villa

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