Football fans around the world witnessed an exciting, quick and end-to-end game of football when the two Manchester clubs met at Old Trafford last week, and Pep Guardiola continued to keep an upper hand after beating his old rival Jose Mourinho. After a set of compelling Champions’ League fixtures that were held in the middle of the week, all attention will now be diverted to the Premier League for the weekend, where 3 exciting games are to follow:

Chelsea v Liverpool:
Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend is set to commence at Stamford Bridge, the home ground of Chelsea football ground. A promising yet inconsistent Liverpool side put together by Jurgen Klopp are expected to make life difficult for their west London rivals this weekend, who have found a new boss in Italian mastermind Antonio Conte.

Match facts:
The two sides have faced each other 41 times since 2005, and in different competitions; such as the League cup finals, Champions League and the FA cup as well. Overall,the two sides have met 48 times since the inception of the Premier League, of which Liverpool have won 18 and lost 19. If the Reds do win this game, they can boast back to back wins at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 40 years. No Liverpool player has ever scored a hat trick at Stamford Bridge.

Key players to watch out for:
Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane. Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, arguably Liverpool’s best player in the final third, is set to make his 150th appearance for the club. New signing Sadio Mane has been a big hit for the Reds too, having already scored 2 goals in 3 games for them.

David Luiz, Diego Costa. Word has it that Brazil international David Luiz who returned to Chelsea from PSG, is set to start for this one. All eyes will be on the versatile defender. Chelsea’s first choice striker Diego Costa, who hit a brace against Swansea last weekend, will be expected to score given the run he has had.

Venue: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, United Kingdom
Date and Time: 8:00 pm, (16th September) (BST) 12:30 am (17th September) (IST)
Tickets: Viagogo

Arsenal v Hull City:
The 2014 FA Cup champions and runners up Arsenal and Hull City AFC meet this weekend in a game that could distance Arsene Wenger’s side from the title given Manchester City’s form, or, hamper Hull City’s objective of making a statement against a team that snatched the FA cup trophy from under their noses.

Match facts:
The Tigers have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 13 encounters, back in the 2008-09 season. Their last meeting resulted in a 4-0 thumping victory for Arsenal.

Key players to watch out for:
Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil. Arguably Arsenal’s most influential and most creative players, the German number 10 and the little magician will play a key role for the Gunners in this game. In fact, the duo’s form could determine where Arsenal ends up this year!

Hull City:
Robert Snodgrass. Arguably Hull’s best player. He should be fit for this one and will be a major threat to Arsenal’s back line on set pieces and counters.

Venue: KC Stadium, West Park, Hull, United Kingdom
Time and Date: 17th September , 3:00 pm (BST), 7:30 pm (IST)
Tickets: TicketMaster

Manchester City v Bournemouth:
There there! Many of you reading this would think this fixture is a no-brainer. I mean, seriously, how would this not be a one sided match?

Well, there are many reasons to believe that Bournemouth could make life uneasy for The Citziens when they visit the Etihad stadium on Saturday. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who has been touted as the next big ‘English’ manager in world football, managed to avoid relegation with what was being called the ‘weakest’ squad on paper. One look at their team, and there is probably not a single player an average Premier League loving fan has heard of.

Bournemouth FC did manager to sign Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on a season long loan this summer, who could be at the heart of everything the Cherries try to do.

Key players to watch out for:
Manchester City:
Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho. Belgian attacker De Bruyne and City starlet Iheanacho both scored in last weekend’s Derby game, with the latter, scoring off a De Bruyne assist. Both will be expected to start against Bournemouth this season.

Jack Wilshere. The England international has been the most looked after big name signing for the Cherries, who will be determined to respond to the pressures of world football by fighting to the death. It is likely they will build their game around Wilshere, provided they get the ball at all from Pep Gurdiola’s men!

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Road, Manchester, United Kingdom
Date and Time: 17th September at 3:00 pm (BST), 7:30 pm IST
Tickets: Viagogo

(Image by Julian Osley)

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