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London derby in sight

Super Sundays do not come much bigger than a London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham — especially when the rivals are slugging it out to go top of the table.

Today’s Premier League action kicks off on the South Coast when high-flying Southampton tackle Manchester United, with the hosts eyeing a spot in the top three.

Attention then switches to Stamford Bridge before Arsenal and Wolves bring the curtain down this evening.

Southampton vs Manchester United (2pm, Sky Sports)

In-form Southampton will be out to end a dire recent head-to-head record when they host Manchester United.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are exceeding expectations in fifth and are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the league after losing their opening two matches.

Yet United have typically proven a thorn in the side of the Saints in recent years.

The visitors are undefeated in their last nine league trips to St Mary’s and have only lost two of the last 23 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

For all their troubles at home, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been imperious on the road this term and are searching for a club record eighth consecutive away win in the league.

Southampton are still without star striker Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond is also ruled out with a hamstring problem.

Both Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford should be fit for United after shaking off minor knocks, but Paul Pogba misses out with an ankle problem.

Chelsea vs Tottenham (4.30pm, Sky Sports)

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are unbeaten in league action since their opening day loss to Everton and will be searching for a fifth consecutive win.

But victory will move Chelsea above them and into first on goal difference, with Frank Lampard looking to become the first manager to beat Mourinho (pictured above) on three consecutive occasions.

Recent history certainly favours the Blues given they have won the last three meetings between the sides, while Spurs only have one solitary win at Stamford Bridge from their last 34 visits.

The Blues are boosted by the return of Christian Pulisic, while Kai Havertz is expected to feature after making his own comeback in Tuesday’s 2-1 triumph over Rennes.

Mourinho is confident that Hugo Lloris, Giovani Lo Celso and Stephen Bergwijn are all fit enough to play a part, but Toby Alderweireld is out.

Arsenal vs Wolves (7.15pm, Sky Sports)

Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways when Wolves visit the Emirates in today’s finale.

It has been a tough period for Mikel Arteta, with the Gunners only taking four points from a possible 15 in a run where they have failed to score from open play.

A goalless draw with Leeds last time out was a credible enough result given Nicolas Pepe’s needless red card, while a momentum-building midweek win in Molde should ensure they enter this contest in better spirits.

Wolves have only scored nine goals in as many outings themselves but their typically resolute defence has helped them rack up a respectable 14 points.

Despite having not won at Arsenal since 1979, their last three trips have all ended in a 1-1 draw — something that will offer encouragement to boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Along with the suspended Pepe, Arsenal will be without Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac (both coronavirus).

Romain Saiss is also in self-isolation but the visitors have no fresh injury concerns and Conor Coady should return.


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