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Sunday Preview: Manchester City to punish injury-plagued Reds

Original article published 15 October 2022

After another feast of European football in midweek, five fixtures have moved to Sunday to give the respective teams as much time to rest as possible.

There will be no complaints from the neutrals, with a fantastic day of football on the cards that will be capped off by Liverpool's fixture against Manchester City at 16:30 at Anfield. 

The other four games will all start at 14:00, with Aston Villa hosting Chelsea while Leeds United welcome Arsenal to Elland Road. Manchester United face Newcastle United, while West Ham United travel to Southampton.

Chelsea can punish toothless Villa

WhatAston Villa v Chelsea
WhereVilla Park, Birmingham
When14:00, Sunday 16th October 2022
How to watchSky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
OddsAston Villa 7/2, Draw 13/5, Chelsea 4/5 

Chelsea are on the lookout for their fifth win in a row in all competitions as they prepare to travel to Villa Park to take on Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa. The Londoners are unbeaten since Graham Potter took charge halfway through September, and he has led his team to one draw and four successive victories. 

They have also kept three clean sheets on the spin in all competitions, while they have a superb recent record over Villa. Villa have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Chelsea, while the Blues have won six of their last eight matches at Villa Park. 

Steven Gerrard is fighting to keep his job in the Midlands, but his team's attack have struggled of late, scoring five goals in five matches, despite playing the likes of Southampton, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest. Chelsea are 7/4 to win to nil away from home, while a 0-2 correct score is available at 8/1

Leeds' home comforts should mean very little

WhatLeeds United v Arsenal
WhereElland Road, Leeds
When14:00, Sunday 16th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsLeeds 5/1, Draw 16/5, Arsenal 11/20

Leeds United have managed to stay unbeaten in front of their own fans this season, but they will do well to maintain that record after Sunday's meeting with Arsenal. The Whites have beaten Wolves and Chelsea on home soil while also securing draws against Everton and Aston Villa. 

However, they are without a win in five games in the top flight, and that does not bode well as they prepare to host league-leaders Arsenal. The Gunners have won six games on the spin, and only lost one of their previous 10. 

Jesse Marsch's side have struggled to find the back of the net in recent weeks, and they are unlikely to trouble an Arsenal defence that has kept three clean sheets in their last five matches. Arsenal won both meetings between the pair last season, and they are 7/5 to succeed in the half-time/full-time market. 

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Red Devils to be pushed all the way

WhatManchester United v Newcastle United
WhereOld Trafford, Manchester
When14:00, Sunday 16th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsManchester United 19/20, Draw 14/5, Newcastle 5/2

In the past, Manchester United will not have worried about a home fixture against Newcastle, but times are changing in the Premier League. The Red Devils have only lost one of their previous 37 home league matches against the Magpies, but Eddie Howe's side have turned a corner in the last 12 months since their takeover. 

Newcastle are unbeaten in four games, and while United continue to make strides under Erik ten Hag, he may have to accept that Sunday's game will not go his own way. The Red Devils have shown signs of vulnerability at home, losing twice in their last five fixtures, and Newcastle will feel they can grab a share of the points. 

The draw at 14/5 looks like an appealing option, while Newcastle are 4/5 in the double chance market. 

Moyes' men to add to Hasenhuttl's woes

WhatSouthampton v West Ham
WhereSt Mary's, Southampton
When14:00, Sunday 16th October 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsSouthampton 2/1, Draw 23/10, West Ham 7/5

Two teams in contrasting form meet on the south coast on Sunday, as West Ham travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton. The Saints' home is usually a happy hunting ground for the Hammers, as they are unbeaten in their last four league matches against Southampton. 

The formbook suggests they will stretch that record to five matches, with David Moyes' side winning their previous four games in all competitions. On the other hand, Southampton have lost four on the spin, and Ralph Hasenhuttl's side could be on the wrong end of a beating this weekend. 

Forward Jarrod Bowen has netted in three of his last four matches, and he is 3/1 to score anytime, while a Hammers win and over 2.5 goals is available at 3/1

Injuries to play their part at Anfield

WhatLiverpool v Manchester City
WhereAnfield, Liverpool
When16:30, Sunday 16th October 2022
How to watchSky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
OddsLiverpool 11/4, Draw 3/1, Manchester City 17/20

Liverpool will look to kickstart their Premier League title bid at Anfield when they host champions Manchester City. The Reds have already fallen 13 points behind their rivals and sit 11th, although they do have a match in hand over Pep Guardiola's men. 

Jurgen Klopp's side will have a spring in their step after a 7-1 success over Rangers, but City are unbeaten this season and could afford to give Erling Haaland a rest in midweek as they drew 0-0 with FC Copenhagen with 10 men. City were likely to have too much class for Liverpool before the injury issues at Anfield, but Arthur Melo, Luis Diaz, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita are all out of Sunday's tussle. 

That means Joe Gomez is likely to fill in at right-back, and City will no doubt exploit his lack of match practice in that position. Gomez is 11/4 to be booked on Sunday, while a City win and over 3.5 goals looks the way to go at 11/4, just in case Liverpool do find a way to score in front of their own fans.

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