Preview of the Weekend: Real aim to bounce back; The Reds face Foxes again in just 4 days

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Focus:

1. Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antonio Valencia, David De Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic will all return to the starting XI after being given the night off against Burton in midweek.

2. Luke Shaw made his first appearance of the season in Wednesday’s League Cup outing but isn’t expected to start against his former club this weekend.

3. Marcus Rashford went straight down the tunnel after coming off in the second half of United’s 4-1 win over Burton but is expected to recover in time for Saturday’s trip to Southampton. Anthony Martial is on standby to deputise.

4. Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still ruled out for the away side.

Prediction

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

Alaves vs Real Madrid

Kick off: 16:15 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Marcelo is added to Real Madrid’s injury list, alongside Theo Hernandez, after picking up a hamstring problem against Betis.

2. Nacho should be deployed at left-back as a result, with Zinedine Zidane’s back four otherwise unchanged.

3. Marco Asensio should start in midfield, with Los Blancos likely to keep a consistent team out to build up some much-needed momentum.

Prediction

Alaves 0-5 Real Madrid

Girona vs Barcelona

Kick off: 20:45 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba should rotate back in at centre-back for the away side, replacing Javier Mascherano and Lucas Digne respectively.

2. Sergi Roberto should be given minutes at right-back ahead of Nelson Semedo, with Ivan Rakitic returning in midfield.

3. Gerard Deulofeu will likely hold his place in the attack, with Denis Suarez dropping out at the expense of Luis Suarez.

Prediction

Girona 0-3 Barcelona

Stoke vs Chelsea

Kick off: 16:00 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. David Luiz sustained a wrist problem in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal and is not expected to feature for Chelsea at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

2. Andreas Christensen is in line to cover for the Brazilian, while Willian and Eden Hazard could both start behind Alvaro Morata, particularly with Pedro struggling through injury.

3. Danny Drinkwater is again ruled out for the Blues with a calf issue and is unlikely to be fit to feature until after the international break.

Prediction

Stoke 1-2 Chelsea

Leicester vs Liverpool

Kick off: 18:30 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Sadio Mane serves the final game of his three-match ban here.

2. Jamie Vardy was not risked in midweek but should recover from a muscle injury to play against Liverpool – against no team has Vardy scored more goals against in his career than Liverpool (5).

3. Philippe Coutinho was subbed off at half time against Leicester in midweek but that was a decision made before the game and he is fine to play here.

4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been struggling with a small calf issue since joining from Arsenal and will be managed by Liverpool.

Prediction

Leicester 2-3 Liverpool

Montpellier vs Paris Saint Germain

Kick off: 17:00 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Marco Verratti will return from suspension and should feature here as Unai Emery rotates ahead of PSG’s clash with Bayern Munich.

2. Angel Di María is also close to featuring; the Argentine will make the trip to the Mosson, but is more likely to appear from the bench.

3. Javier Pastore remains absent with a calf injury.

Prediction

Montpellier 1-3 Paris Saint Germain

Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion

Kick off: 21:00 (CET)

Date: Mon, 25-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Arsene Wenger is expected to recall a number of players he rested against Doncaster in midweek.

2. Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes for the first time in more than three years in midweek but isn’t expected to start against West Brom.

3. Calum Chambers and Theo Walcott suffered injuries against Doncaster, which might rule both out for this fixture.

4. A groin injury will keep Danny Welbeck sidelined until after the international break, while Mesut Ozil is closing in on a return from a knee injury.

Prediction

Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace

Kick off: 16:00 (CET)

Date: Sat, 23-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Ilkay Gundogan was forced off in midweek on his first start in almost a year, though Pep Guardiola is hoping it’s only a minor concern after a serious knee issue.

2. Vincent Kompany is also a doubt with a calf problem, however the Manchester City boss has no further pressing worries ahead of the welcome of Crystal Palace.

3. Guardiola could name an unchanged XI from the side that blew Watford away last weekend.

Prediction

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg

Kick off: 20:30 (CET)

Date: Fri, 22-Sep-17

Probable Lineups:

Focus:

1. Manuel Neuer underwent foot surgery this week and will be sidelined for the rest of the year, while Thiago Alcantara sustained a minor injury in training and won’t be fit until the Champions League meeting with PSG next week.

2. Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels could rotate back in at centre-back, with Javi Martínez and Niklas Süle probably dropping to the bench.

3. Manager Carlo Ancelotti is also expected to make several changes in midfield ahead of their important Champions League match at PSG next week.

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