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Friday 2 December 2016

Premier League talking points

Published 18/11/2016 | 14:06

Arsene Wenger has not beaten Jose Mourinho in 11 Premier League matches
Arsene Wenger has not beaten Jose Mourinho in 11 Premier League matches

The Premier League returns to action following the two-week international break.

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Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at six key talking points heading into the weekend's fixtures.

OLD RIVALRY RENEWED

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will renew their fierce rivalry when Arsenal travel to Manchester United for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday. Wenger has never beaten Mourinho in 11 Premier League encounters while Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford in the league since Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winner there back in 2006. Arsenal have tasted victory on just three occasions in 24 Premier League visits to United. Wenger's side, however, are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season and they will hope that injury doubt Wayne Rooney, who has scored 14 times against them will be unavailable.

CAN CHELSEA'S HOT STREAK CONTINUE?

Chelsea will want to pick up where they left off before the international break when they face Middlesbrough on Saturday. Antonio Conte's side have been in scintillating form, winning their last five league matches - including a spectacular 5-0 rout of Everton - without conceding a goal. Boro, as they proved against Manchester City following their 1-1 draw, will be no pushover, and they host Conte's side on a three-match unbeaten streak.

PERFECT 10 FOR LIVERPOOL?

Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool fans dreaming that they will win a first league title since 1990 after soaring to the summit of the Premier League. The Reds are playing a riveting brand of football which has seen them emerge as real championship contenders this term. They travel to Southampton on a nine-match unbeaten streak. While the Saints will no doubt prove a tough test for Klopp's side, Saturday's fixture is the first of five very winnable games for Liverpool with matches against Sunderland, Bournemouth, West Ham and Middlesbrough to come before the Merseyside derby on December 19.

TOTTENHAM'S UNBEATEN RUN

Tottenham are the only team left in England with their unbeaten record intact after League Two side Carlisle lost to Newport last week. But Mauricio Pochettino's side, who are fifth in the division, will be keen to turn more of their draws into victories, and will start at home to West Ham in Saturday's tea-time clash. The Hammers, just one place above the relegation zone, have endured a miserable season, but following their troubles at the Olympic Stadium, Slaven Bilic's men may be relishing a trip away from home.

CAN SUNDERLAND CLAIM A SECOND WIN?

David Moyes finally got the first win of his Sunderland tenure under his belt with a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth. And the former Everton and Manchester United manager will be desperate to build on that victory when his side entertain Hull at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Hull themselves stopped a six-match losing streak after beating Southampton last time out, but regardless of the result on Saturday both sides will still be flirting with the relegation zone.

LEICESTER AIM TO END AWAY DAY BLUES

Champions Leicester, who have the worst away record in the league this season, will want to put that right when they head to Watford on Saturday. Although it should be noted that the Foxes have been beaten on the road at Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, Claudio Ranieri's men also managed to lose at struggling Hull. Watford however, are an impressive eighth in the table, but could still be haunted by their 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool before the international break.

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