Mahrez expects close attention from Premier League defenders

Wayne Rooney scored his first Premier League goal since April as Manchester United comfortably leapfrogged rivals Manchester City to climb to the top of the table. This achievement will be much more satisfying.


Andy Carroll could make his first league start since January but is likely to be on the bench with Diafra Sakho recalled in attack, while Angelo Ogbonna (hamstring) is a major doubt with Alex Song (ankle) and Enner Valencia (knee) definitely out.

Louis van Gaal has praised Anthony Martial’s ideal start to his Manchester United career and insisted there was more to come.

He added: ” In my time at Chelsea I only managed to beat them once, but I won the last one in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Leicester finally tasted defeat this season, and Claudio Ranieri will not enjoy the irony. At the King Power Stadium, despite finding themselves 1-0 down not long into the game, Arsenal ultimately ran out 5-2 victors courtesy of an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick. Five of those teams went on to win the Premier League, and while such ambitions are outlandish for Leicester, the lowest finish of any of those sides was recorded by Villa in the 2006/07 season.

Everton’s defence looks to have regained its former solidity after last season’s disappointing showing, with the average of 18.2 shots faced per goal conceded higher than anyone except leaders Manchester City. After just six minutes, Amavi’s left-wing cross found the towering Gestede, whose powerful header flew just off target.

“People say, ‘Oh, it’s so easy in Spain and Germany because the same teams win the title every year.’ But if Barcelona, Bayern or Madrid played here, they would probably win the Premier League as well because they are simply the best in the world”.

For all their dominance of matches this term, Arsenal have often found a cutting edge elusive.

Norwich City stunned third placed West Ham at the Boleyn ground when they took the lead in the 9th minute through Robbie Brady.

Ozil is a player that many would love to have at their club and it isn’t hard to see why, he always has a complete picture in front of him. There’s something about the roar of over 51,000 Geordies which strikes fear in those wearing blue and now, more than ever, Newcastle’s players need a huge helping hand from their fans as the reigning PL champs roll into town on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Centre-back Per Mertesacker is available again following illness but midfielder Santi Cazorla is suspended after he was sent off in the Barclays Premier League match at Chelsea on Saturday. With midweek cup ties on both sides of this weekend’s Premier League slate it will be crucial to see who is in and who is out of their respective starting lineups. Leicester played a side made up largely of reserves in their midweek Cup win over West Ham, so they’ll restore their primary 11 for this match, with the exception of the injured Nathan Dyer and Matthew James.

In the last 10 league matches between the duo at White Hart Lane, Spurs won six to the Citizens’ three. They come up against Leicester City on Saturday as they try to rise up the table.


Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League as Daniel Sturridge netted twice as they claimed a 3-2 win at Anfield over Aston Villa.

Claudio Ranieri backs Arsenal for Premier League title