I guess the highlight of this weekends Premier League football (after the unedifying International Break) will be Jose Mourinho’s trip to Anfield on Saturday Lunchtime – but actually, as with all other ‘proper’ football weekends, there are many other battles to whet the appetite.
Liverpool v Man Utd
Liverpool are winless in six Premier League matches against Manchester United (D2 L4), their worst run since an eight-match winless run against them between 2004 and 2008.
Since Jose Mourinho was appointed Man Utd manager, these two clubs have won the exact same number of points in the Premier League (88).
If Man Utd win they will have their best points tally after eight matches of a Premier League season (22), following 20-point hauls in 2011/12 and 1999/00.
Romelu Lukaku could become the first player to score eight goals in his first eight PL appearances for United.
Burnley v West Ham
West Ham United have won their last four Premier League matches against Burnley. They have only won five consecutive matches versus a single opponent once before (v Blackburn between October 2006 and August 2008).
West Ham could win consecutive PL matches without conceding for the first time since December 2016.
Burnley are currently on their longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2 D3 L0).
Robbie Brady has scored three goals in five Premier League matches versus West Ham, more than against any other side in the competition.
Palace v Chelsea
Crystal Palace have won only one of their previous eight Premier League matches against Chelsea at Selhurst Park (W1 D1 L6).
Chelsea (421) have won more points in London derbies than any other side in PL history (P232 W119 D64 L49).
Antonio Conte could become the first Chelsea manager to record two separate winning runs of 6+ PL away matches (also December 2016).
Cesc Fabregas is one away from becoming only the third Spanish player to score 50 PL goals, after Diego Costa (52) and Fernando Torres (85).
Man City v Stoke
Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in eight of their nine Premier League home matches against Stoke City (W7 D1 L1) – only against Aston Villa (9) have they kept more at home.
Stoke City have either kept a clean sheet (three times) or conceded exactly four goals (also three) in each of their last six PL matches v Man City (W2 D1 L3).
Only Chelsea (+21 in 2010/11) have had a better goal difference after seven matches of a PL season than Man City’s current +20.
Petr Cech (one) is the only goalkeeper in PL history to have conceded fewer goals in his first seven starts than Ederson (two).
Swansea v Huddersfield
This will be the first top-flight meeting between Swansea City and Huddersfield Town and the 92nd fixture in English league football to span the top four tiers.
Swansea have won only once in their last six Premier League matches against newly-promoted sides, failing to score in four of those (W1 D1 L4).
The Swans have attempted the fewest shots (46), open-play shots (30) and shots on target (11) in the PL this season.
David De Gea (6) is the only goalkeeper to have kept more clean sheets this season than Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl (four).
Tottenham v Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur have won three and drawn one of their four Premier League matches against AFC Bournemouth, scoring 12 goals.
If Spurs fail to win this match they will become the first team in Football League history to win each of their opening four away matches of a league season without winning any of their opening four at home.
Harry Kane’s last 13 Premier League goals have all come away from home, a joint-record run of consecutive scoring without netting in a home match along with Ryan Giggs.
Jermain Defoe has averaged a goal every 798 minutes v Spurs, his worst ratio against all the 36 sides he has scored against in the PL.
Watford v Arsenal
In the last meeting between these two teams in January, Watford earned their first PL win against Arsenal and ended a run of seven straight league defeats against them.
Watford have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season after seven matches (12 points).
Petr Cech has kept four consecutive clean sheets in the PL for the first time since February 2015.
Alexis Sanchez has scored three and assisted three in his four PL appearances against Watford.
Brighton v Everton
Everton have lost only one of their last 19 Premier League matches against newly-promoted teams (W10 D8 L1).
Ronald Koeman has won only 18.2% of his PL away matches as Everton manager (P22 W4 D7 L11).
Chris Hughton has lost only one of his five previous matches against Everton as a manager (W2 D2 L1).
Pascall Gross has covered the third-most distance in the PL this season (82.1km) and has scored or assisted four of Brighton’s five goals.
Southampton v Newcastle
Southampton have won more Premier League matches in total (15) and at home (12) against Newcastle United than they have against any other side.
Newcastle have failed to keep an away clean sheet against Southampton in each of their last 26 top-flight matches, dating back to 1969.
Rafael Benitez has failed to collect a single point in his three previous PL visits to St. Mary’s Stadium, all with different teams.
Shane Long scored in both matches the last times these sides met in 2015/16. He has two goals and two assists in his last three PL matches against the Magpies.
Leicester v West Brom
These sides have met on six previous occasions in the Premier League, Leicester City winning three and West Bromwich Albion winning two.
West Brom are unbeaten in their last seven away league matches against Leicester (W5 D2), their longest run without defeat against them.
Leicester have won four of their last five PL home matches on a Monday (L1); West Brom have one victory from their previous 11 top-flight Monday away matches (W1 D4 L6).
Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his last five PL appearances v West Brom, although all three goals have been at The Hawthorns.
These previews originally appeared on premierleague.com