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Arsenal face Hull test as leaders Man City seek win over Bournemouth

Arsenal take on Hull City as they look to stay in touch with the teams at the top, while Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to improve their position with a big win over Bournemouth.

Manchester United need a response to their 2-1 derby defeat at home to Manchester City as Jose Mourinho's men travel to Watford on Sunday, 

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MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola's men are in splendid form. They've won all seven of their opening matches of the new season and the new coach has got them playing beautiful, attacking football. Bournemouth won their last outing in the Premier League but are enduring a difficult second season so far. With City's attack, this should be a formality.
Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth -- David Mooney

BOURNEMOUTH: Last weekend's 1-0 win over West Brom will fill Bournemouth with plenty of confidence heading into their next fixture against Manchester City. However, it's still a colossal task for the Cherries to overturn Guardiola's undefeated side. Eddie Howe's team won't go down without a fight, but they will lose.
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth -- Will Kent

HULL CITY: You have to go back to 1915 for the last time Arsenal came to East Yorkshire and failed to leave with a victory but Mike Phelan's side will fancy their chances of bucking the trend. Hull City are playing as well as their seven-point haul would suggest and showing no sign of trepidation against stronger opponents. That wasn't quite enough against Manchester United three weeks ago but they are capable of exposing Arsenal's frailties.
Prediction: Hull City 1-1 Arsenal -- Phil Buckingham

ARSENAL: A long trip to Hull after a draining sojourn to Paris presents an early test of Arsenal's mettle, but it is one they should pass. Class will prevail as Arsenal have too much talent, even if the two teams are locked together on seven points after four games of the season.
Prediction: Hull 0-2 Arsenal -- Tom Adams

WATFORD: Walter Mazzarri's men will be confident after a stunning comeback away at West Ham, but will be wary of a wounded Manchester United who will be looking to bounce back after their derby day defeat. The pressure is on Mourinho's men, but the Hornets must avoid the slow starts that have plagued their season if they are to avoid defeat here.
Prediction: Watford 1-1 Manchester United -- Mike Parkin

MAN UNITED: Watford have shown some strong form this season, providing a stern test for Chelsea and overwhelming West Ham. Manchester United, perhaps a little shaken their derby defeat, still have an attack that could punish the home defence, and should have enough for the win.
Prediction: Watford 1-2 Manchester United -- Musa Okwonga

LEICESTER: The champions will be confident of rounding off a superb week at home to Burnley. After thrashing Club Brugge 3-0 on Wednesday night, the Foxes will expect another three points. Riyad Mahrez has found his goal-scoring touch and his Algerian compatriot Islam Slimani will look to get off the mark. Leicester will get a huge ovation following their Champions League success and can win equally as handsomely as in Brugge.
Prediction: Leicester 3-0 Burnley -- Ben Jacobs

BURNLEY: Leicester's European exertions should give an advantage to the Clarets. They have had a full week to prepare for this game, rather than a couple of days, although a win against Club Brugge will be a lift to the Foxes. With both sides relying heavily on energy for their game, this could be a frantic match and Burnley can claim their first away point of the season.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Burnley -- Jamie Smith

TOTTENHAM: Spurs could not ask for a much easier fixture after Wednesday night's disappointment in the Champions League. They have slipped up in such circumstances before of course and, like Monaco, Sunderland will probably set up to defend and frustrate -- but Spurs' squad is stronger than it was last season and they should come out on top.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland -- Ben Pearce

SUNDERLAND: David Moyes' men have lost all three of their televised games this season and were thumped 4-1 in the corresponding fixture in February. Changes may be made at the back and there is a possibility Moyes may select three central defenders in a bid to stem the goals conceded while Victor Anichebe may add some much-needed muscle up front.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland -- Pete Sixsmith

WEST BROM: The Baggies need both a good performance and result at the Hawthorns against fellow early season strugglers West Ham to ease the pressure on head coach Tony Pulis. Brendan Galloway will need to improve on last week's performance against Bournemouth if he wants to keep the in-form Michail Antonio quiet.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 West Ham -- Matthew Evans

WEST HAM: Pulis' side have struggled this season so far but are on a high after beating Bournemouth. West Ham, meanwhile, are still stinging after huge criticism following last Saturday's defensive nightmare against Watford. These are two early season crisis clubs and it's hard to separate them.
Prediction:  West Brom 2-2 West Ham -- Peter Thorne

EVERTON: Evergreen midfield mainstay Gareth Barry could make his 600th Premier League appearance, against Middlesbrough on Saturday. Alongside the equally impressive Idrissa Gueye, Barry has been the driving force behind a fine start that has the Blues chasing a fourth consecutive league win and third successive clean sheet.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Middlesbrough -- Luke O'Farrell

MIDDLESBROUGH: Boro will be looking to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat of the season, at the hands of Crystal Palace. The Teessiders will be hoping to cut out the careless mistakes that let them down last week, but rallying against a buoyant Everton will be no mean feat. Centre-backs Ben Gibson and Daniel Ayala will be occupied with the unenviable task of keeping Blues' striker Romelu Lukaku quiet, but it might be too much.
Prediction: Everton 2-0 Middlesbrough -- Catherine Wilson

CRYSTAL PALACE: The Eagles appear to have found a spring in their step in recent weeks, and with more confidence and a striker hungry for goals, Alan Pardew's side look reinvigorated. It's the perfect time to face a Stoke side struggling to find their stride.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 3-1 Stoke -- Rob Sutherland

STOKE: Having overseen the club's worst start in 110 years, Mark Hughes will be firmly under the microscope when he takes his rock-bottom Stoke side to Palace. Playing away from home could help them, but the thought of an in-form Wilfried Zaha running at the Potters' porous defence is a frightening one.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke -- James Whittaker

SOUTHAMPTON: The Premier League season may only be four matches old, but this already looks like a pivotal game for Claude Puel against a Swansea side expected to struggle. The Frenchman is yet to taste victory in the league and is already coming under fire from fans over his tactics.
Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Swansea -- Alex Crook

SWANSEA: Swansea's unlikely 2-2 draw against Chelsea last Sunday should give Francesco Guidolin's side some belief, and belief might be all that's required to defeat the winless Saints. The Swans have beaten Southampton just once in the Premier League. Sunday presents a golden chance to make it twice.
Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Swansea -- Max Hicks

To get you in the mood for the weekend's action, read Richard Jolly on the issues facing Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp at their respective clubs, while Scott Patterson says Henrikh Mkhitaryan needs to be patient at Manchester United.

Michael Cox, meanwhile, says Mourinho has a problem fitting in his playmakers at United. Can the Portuguese find the right mix at Vicarage Road this Sunday? Vote in the match poll and have your say in the comments.

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