Premier League – 17 October Preview

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There are some great Premier League games to look forward to on Saturday including the first Merseyside derby of the season, and Arsenal’s trip to the Etihad Stadium where Mikel Arteta returns to locks horns with his former boss at City, Pep Guardiola.

Everton v Liverpool

Everton go into the first Merseyside derby of the season top of the Premier League and welcome a Liverpool side still shell-shocked after a humbling 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa last time out.

Everton have won their opening four games scoring 12 goals in the process. Dominic Calvert-Lewin again got on the score sheet in their latest 4-2 win over Brighton in what was another impressive display by Carlo Ancelotti’s side. That took Calvert-Lewin’s tally to six league goals in four games and he has since scored on his international debut for England in a 3-0 win over Wales.

Liverpool had won their opening three games, including victories at Chelsea and at home against Arsenal. However, they then suffered a humiliating night at Villa Park as the current Premier League champions were sensationally beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa.

The Premier League break might have come at a good time for the Reds, but it will be no easy task at Goodison Park. That said, it has been 10 years since Everton last beat Liverpool in all competitions, a run of 22 games.

The last win for the Blue half of Merseyside came in 2010 when they won 2-0 at home in the Premier League, but the last three meetings at Goodison Park have resulted in three 0-0 draws.

Manchester City v Arsenal

Manchester City go in search of just a second league win of the season when they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

After a 3-1 win at Wolves in their first game, City have since been beaten 5-2 at home against Leicester, before being held to a 1-1 draw by newly promoted Leeds United. They now sit eight points off the top of the Premier League and need to get their season going again as soon as possible.

Arsenal have won three of their opening four games, with only a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool tarnishing their record. They beat Sheffield United 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium last time out thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, and the Gunners will hope to get something from the game to cement their place in the top four.

City and Arsenal last met in July in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Gunners won 2-0 that day thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, a month earlier when they met at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, City won 3-0 with goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden.

In fact, City have won their last four meetings at home against the Gunners, whilst the visitors are without a win at the Etihad since 2015.

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