Premier League Matchday 5: What you need to know

James Sharman and Craig Forrest breakdown the best matchups in Matchweek 5 of the Premier League highlighted by Manchester United versus Watford.

The Premier League continues this weekend with Matchday 5, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.

Saturday, September 15
• Chelsea vs. Cardiff City, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet)
• Huddersfield Town vs. Crystal Palace, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet NOW)
• Watford vs. Manchester United, noon ET (Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE)

Sunday, September 16
• Wolves vs. Burnley, 7:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet World)
• Everton vs. West Ham United, 10:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet World)

Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend.

MARQUEE MATCH

Tottenham vs. Liverpool: The Reds pay a visit to Wembley Stadium on Saturday, looking to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Liverpool sits atop the table with four wins from four games, having outscored the opposition by an impressive 9-1 margin. Tottenham enters this match in fifth place with three wins – Spurs suffered a humbling 2-1 loss to Watford last time out.

The home side will be without Dele Alli (hamstring) and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (thigh). Son Heung-min is back from at the Asian Games, but it’s unclear whether he will start on Saturday. Liverpool will miss midfielder Adam Lallana (groin), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and defender Dejan Lovren (stomach).

PLAYER TO WATCH

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United: If the Belgian scores in Saturday’s road game against Watford, he’ll reach the 20-goal mark for Manchester United in 39 appearances. Only three players took less time to do it: Ruud van Nistelrooy (26 matches), Robin van Persie (32) and Dwight Yorke (34).

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BOURNEMOUTH vs. LEICESTER CITY

Jamie Vardy has scored nine of Leicester City’s last 17 goals on the road in the Premier League.

CHELSEA vs. CARDIFF CITY

Pedro could make his 100th Premier League appearance in this match. The Spaniard has scored three goals his last four league matches, matching his goal tally from his previous 26 appearances.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN vs. CRYSTAL PALACE

Huddersfield Town is looking for a first Premier League win in nine matches after losing four and drawing four.

MANCHESTER CITY vs. FULHAM

The last time Manchester City lost a Premier League home match to a promoted team was to Reading in February 2007. Since then, they have since won 29 and drawn four times.

NEWCASTLE UNITED vs. ARSENAL

Arsenal is looking to win consecutive away games in the Premier League for the first time since May 2017.

WOLVES vs. BURNLEY

Wolves are winless in their 15 home matches in the Premier League (with 10 losses), their longest winless run at Molineux in the English topflight.

EVERTON vs. WEST HAM UNITED

Everton HAS won more Premier League matches (24) and scored more goals (80) against West Ham United than any other team.

SOUTHAMPTON vs. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Saints forward Charlie Austin has scored seven goals against Brighton in all competitions, more than against any other side.

THE BIG QUESTION

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HE SAID IT

“People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like [Jose Mourinho]. Because most managers in the league, when they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy. You should respect that he wants to keep his personality and not shy away from confrontation. He wants us to improve. He’s a normal guy… he’s cool with everybody.” – Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku.

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