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Premier League preview: Spurs ready to cut down struggling Blades

The English Premier League returns this weekend following the international break and Tottenham are at home to lowly Sheffield United, while Manchester City defend their 100 per cent record at West Ham.

Former Australia and Celtic head coach Ange Postecoglou has enjoyed a superb start to his tenure at Spurs, who have won their last three league matches to stand second in the fledgling table.

Above them lie reigning champions Man City, who have won four out of four ahead of their trip to the London Stadium to take on fourth-placed West Ham.

Another notable fixture sees Everton play host to Arsenal, with the Toffees having endured a sticky start to the campaign by taking just one point from their opening four matches.

Spurs rattling along nicely under Ange

WhatTottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United
WhereTottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
When00:00 AEST, Sunday 17th September
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsTottenham 1.28, Draw 5.50, Sheff Utd 11.00

Football fans familiar with Postecoglou’s work will already have known that he is a coach who deals in definites and he has quickly made his mark in north London, despite losing star striker Harry Kane to Bayern Munich.

South Korean ace Son Heung-min has stepped up to take the captain’s armband and also got off the mark for the season with a superb hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Burnley last time out.

Now another newly-promoted team aim to stop Spurs in their tracks, with Sheff Utd at least having gained the boost of a first league point of the season gained from a 2-2 draw at home to Everton.

And this may be surprising, but the last five league meetings of these two teams have produced two wins apiece and one draw, although the Blades have not won at Spurs since November 1991.

Son was among the scorers in a 4-0 win for the hosts the last time the Blades visited in the league in May 2021 and he is 1.83 to score at any time this time around, with Tottenham 2.00 to keep a clean sheet.

Citizens remain the team to catch

WhatWest Ham v Manchester City
WhereLondon Stadium, London
When00:00 AEST, Sunday 17th September
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsWest Ham 7.00, Draw 4.50, Man City 1.45

Man City seem like an unstoppable juggernaut already this season, having secured a famous treble last term, including being crowned champions of Europe for the first time in their history.

A fourth straight Premier League crown is definitely on the cards this term, while it would also be their sixth title in seven seasons and would represent the most successful run in that timeframe in the history of the English game.

The signing of Norway striker Erling Haaland has given them an extra cutting edge in attack and the former Borussia Dortmund frontman already has six league goals to his name this term.

He is 3.25 to open the scoring against the Hammers and is 1.66 to net anytime at the London Stadium, with Haaland having netted three times against the Irons in the two Premier League meetings last season.

Resurgent Reds up for title fight

Liverpool are the only side to have denied City the title in the last six seasons and the Reds look to have found their feet quickly after a summer of change at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have picked up ten points from a possible 12 to match the tallies of Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal and appear to be well on track to avoid a repeat of last season, when they missed out on the top four altogether.

They kick off the weekend programme with a trip to Molineux to take on Wolves and the visitors are 1.40 to leave the Black Country with all three points.

Another notable fixture as Saturday turns in to Sunday is Brighton making the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, while Aston Villa play host to Crystal Palace, Fulham welcome in Luton Town and Brentford travel to Tyneside to meet Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, the last hour of Sunday sees Chelsea head to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth, with Mauricio Pochettino eager to see his Blues avoid a second straight defeat on the road in the league this season.

Toffees in a twist already

WhatEverton v Arsenal
WhereGoodison Park, Liverpool
When01:30 AEST, Monday 18th September
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsEverton 5.75, Draw 4.50, Arsenal 1.53

Everton only narrowly avoided relegation last season and another desperate fight for survival looks to be the order of the day already.

The Toffees have secured just one point from their opening four games, that coming from a 2-2 draw at Sheff Utd last time out, meanwhile, visitors Arsenal have ten from a possible 12 and are already showing that last season was no fluke.

The Gunners were the closest challenger to Man City last term, eventually finishing five points adrift of the champions.

However, they will well remember that a blip of two losses and a draw in three games in February saw their potential title hopes take a huge blow and one of those defeats was a 1-0 reverse at Goodison Park.

Sean Dyche will be eager to replicate the success of that day, which marked his first game in charge of the Merseysiders, but his side are as long as 4.50 to even grab a share of the spoils this time around.

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