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Liverpool face Chelsea in early title confrontation, Arsenal plan to stop decay at Man City

Liverpool and Chelsea go head to head in the first heavyweight conflict between title competitors of the Premier League season, while Arsenal plan to get off the imprint when they visit Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal endured because of Chelsea last end of the week as Romelu Lukaku scored on his second presentation in a 2-0 win for the Blues.

Presently 28, Lukaku looks the total package and the last piece expected to transform Thomas Tuchel’s European champions into Premier League champs.

However, of the pre-season title top picks, they have effectively opened up a two-point advantage over Manchester United and three-point lead on Manchester City.

The Dutchman’s presence has seen Jurgen Klopp’s men keep two clean sheets in their opening games against Norwich and Burnley.

“For what we believe and for what we want to achieve, it’s a good sign because you are playing one of the favourite sides in the title race and if you can beat one of these sides it’s always good for you to give confidence,” said the Brazilian.

More hopelessness for Mikel?

The Gunners got a confidence boosting 6-0 win over a young West Brom side in the League Cup in midweek to facilitate the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick in his first beginning of the season in the wake of testing positive for Covid.

City have not lost to Arsenal in the league since 2015 and can ill-afford another slip up in the wake of losing to Tottenham on the first weekend of the season.

City had to yield one more loss to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy this week after Harry Kane reported he will be staying at Tottenham this season.

Regardless of the speculation over his future, Kane was given a legend’s welcome by the making a trip Tottenham support away to Wolves last end of the week.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

Manchester City v Arsenal (1130), Newcastle v Southampton, Norwich v Leicester, Aston Villa v Brentford, Brighton v Everton, West Ham v Crystal Palace (every one of the 1400), Liverpool v Chelsea (1630)

Leeds v Burnley, Tottenham v Watford (both 1300), Wolves v Manchester United (1530)

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