Premier League Matchday 15: Leaders Arsenal head to London foes Chelsea
An action-packed Premier League weekend sees Chelsea face off with London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham host Liverpool on Matchday 15.
Elsewhere, Manchester City are up against Fulham while Manchester United head to Aston Villa in Unai Emery’s first game in charge of the Villans.
Read on as we run the rule over all 10 matches in the English top flight.
Leeds vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Leeds host Bournemouth at Elland Road on a high after ending an eight-game winless streak with a thrilling late victory at Liverpool last Saturday.
Scoring the winner for Jesse Marsch’s men at Anfield was Crysencio Summerville, who also netted against Fulham the week before.
The Dutchman can become the youngest player (21 years and six days) to score in three straight Premier League games for the West Yorkshire club since 20-year-old Alan Smith in August 2001.
After going unbeaten in six matches under caretaker boss Gary O’Neil, Bournemouth have lost their last three — most recently letting a two-goal lead slip to lose 3-2 to Tottenham.
Manchester City vs Fulham (Saturday, 3pm)
Champions Manchester City remain two points behind Arsenal at the summit of the Premier League ahead of the penultimate weekend before the World Cup.
In Saturday’s opponents Fulham, they face a side they have beaten in all of their past 12 meetings, including last season's 4-1 FA Cup fourth-round clash.
But the Cottagers can take a glimmer of hope from the fact that all of their last three wins against the Citizens have come at the Etihad, though they have not earned three points against Saturday's hosts since April 2009.
Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira has created 34 chances in the Premier League this term, second only to City’s Kevin De Bruyne who is on 40.
Nottingham Forest vs Brentford (Saturday, 3pm)
Nottingham Forest host Brentford in the first top-flight meeting between the two sides.
Despite a 1-0 win against Liverpool in their most recent home outing, Forest remain at the foot of the table thanks to a 5-0 loss at Arsenal last Sunday.
Brentford, who are in 11th place, have won five of their last seven away games against the Reds.
Goals look likely in the East Midlands, with Forest’s goal difference of -20 the worst in the Premier League this term while the Bees have just one clean sheet in their last 22 league games on the road.
Wolves vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm)
Wolves look to be edging closer towards appointing Julen Lopetegui as their new manager but they must negotiate the visit of Brighton with caretaker boss Steve Davis still in charge.
The Seagulls head to Molineux fresh from an exceptional 4-1 win over Chelsea last Saturday but are up against a team they have beaten just once in the last seven meetings — though that victory did come last season.
Wolves have won just two of their last 20 Premier League games, failing to score more than once in any of their last 16 matches.
Brighton pair Danny Welbeck (25) and Solly March (24) are the two players to have had the most shots without scoring so far this season in the Premier League.
Everton vs Leicester (Saturday, 5.30pm, Sky Sports)
Saturday’s late kick-off sees Everton take on Leicester, who remain in the bottom three despite a recent revival of sorts.
The Foxes narrowly lost 1-0 to Manchester City last Saturday but won their previous two to boost their survival hopes, while the Toffees are also without defeat in their last two.
Frank Lampard has certainly tightened things up, with the Merseyside club keeping four clean sheets in their last eight games including shut-outs in their last two.
Only De Bruyne (nine) has registered more league assists than Everton’s Alex Iwobi’s five this term, creating an average of 1.72 chances per 90 minutes.
Chelsea vs Arsenal (Sunday, 12pm, BT Sport 1)
Arsenal continue to sit pretty at the top of the Premier League but they know a trip to London rivals Chelsea will be no easy task.
The North London side have enjoyed recent trips to Stamford Bridge, though, winning the last two top-flight meetings — as many as they had in the previous 16.
But Blues boss Graham Potter seems to have Arsenal under his spell, having masterminded victory in three of his six games against them — against no side in the division has he won more often.
Former Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to torment his old club. The Gabonese striker can become just the second Premier League player to score for both sides in this fixture after Cesc Fabregas.
Aston Villa vs Manchester United (Sunday, 2pm)
Unai Emery has a challenging first game as Aston Villa boss as Manchester United arrive on a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
If he does engineer three points, he will end the hosts' run of 23 home league matches without a win against United.
Villa won four points off the Red Devils last term but they will have to watch out for United star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored more goals (eight) against them than any other Premier League team.
Southampton vs Newcastle (Sunday, 2pm, Sky Sports)
Newcastle continue to ride the crest of a wave as they head into Sunday’s trip to Southampton occupying fourth spot in the table.
The Magpies have won five of their last six games, in stark contrast to the form of the Saints, who have just a single victory in eight outings.
Only Chelsea (11) have had more different goalscorers than Eddie Howe's men (10) this term, while only Brighton (seven) and Arsenal (10) have made fewer changes to their starting XI (17).
Miguel Almiron is in particularly sensational form after netting six goals in his last six games, including all of his last three. He can become the first non-Englishman since Papiss Demba Cisse to score in four consecutive games for the Tynesiders.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Sunday, 2pm)
Three days after topping their Europa Conference League group with six wins from six, West Ham host fellow London side Crystal Palace.
The Hammers are unbeaten in their last four against Palace and are aiming for consecutive victories against them for the first time since January 2017.
Current form points to another success for David Moyes’ men, who have won their last three Premier League home outings. In contrast, the Eagles are winless in seven top-flight away trips.
Michail Antonio has been involved in 15 goals in his last 19 London derbies, while all nine of Odsonne Edouard’s Palace goals have come in the English capital (eight at Selhurst Park, one at the Emirates).
Tottenham vs Liverpool (Sunday, 4.30pm, Sky Sports)
Rounding off the weekend is a mouth-watering clash between third-placed Tottenham and inconsistent Liverpool.
Spurs have won just one of their last 21 matches against the Reds and have failed to emerge victorious from any of the 10 most recent meetings.
This is the first time Spurs face the Merseysiders above them in the table since December 2020, with Jurgen Klopp's men winning 2-1 at Anfield on that occasion.
Starting slowly has been an issue for both sides this term but particularly for the visitors, who have conceded the first goal in eight of their 12 league games — behind only Southampton and West Ham (both nine).