While many of the Premier League’s big boys took care of their business on Saturday, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton will all have an opportunity to remain in the spotlight in Sunday’s slate of matches.
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Watford vs. Stoke City — 7 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com
Two of the league’s least talked about sides, Watford and Stoke will both have an opportunity gain the PL’s attention with a victory on Sunday. The Hornets currently sit eighth in the table, and a victory could potentially propel the side up to sixth if other results go their way. Following a dismantling at the hands of Liverpool two weeks back, Watford bounced back nicely last weekend with a 2-1 win against defending champions Leicester City.
Stoke City finally had its unbeaten streak snapped against Bournemouth last Saturday, so Mark Hughes and co. will be looking to come back quickly after the result. Stoke has been marred by injury as of late, with American defender Geoff Cameron, Jack Butland and Phil Bardsley among the absentees for the club.
Arsenal vs. Bournemouth — 9:15 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com
Three consecutive draws has Arsenal in a bit of a funk, particularly following the club’s midweek 2-2 affair against Paris Saint-Germain at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger and co. have dropped to fourth in PL, and Sunday’s test against Bournemouth won’t be a cake walk. The Gunners continue to play without Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, while Lucas Perez and Hector Bellerin are also sidelined.
Bournemouth is up to 10th in table and is currently playing good soccer at the moment. The Cherries are fresh off of defeating Stoke a week ago, while they have also gained results against Hull City and Tottenham dating back to last month. Manager Eddie Howe could get Jordan Ibe back for Sunday’s encounter with the Gunners, while Andrew Surman and Artur Boruc‘s statuses are also in question.
Manchester United vs. West Ham — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com
Jose Mourinho’s side has had its share of its ups and downs in 2016, but United’s midweek Europa League win against Feyenoord will surely lift the team’s spirits ahead of the upcoming PL schedule. The Red Devils are currently thin at the back, with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both sidelined, and Sunday will pose a test as United has deal with Dimitri Payet and the West Ham attack.
The Hammers are winless in their last three league matches, leaving the team in a cluster at the bottom of the PL table. West Ham has posted just 13 goals this season, making it quite difficult to nick results on a consistent basis.
Southampton vs. Everton — 11:30 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com
Southampton could miss out on several key figures on Sunday when the club faces off against Everton, including Jose Fonte, Matt Targett and Dusan Tadic. The Saints have won one match in November, leaving the club in 11th place through 12 matches.
The Toffees have won just once in their last six fixtures, leaving Ronald Koeman‘s men in seventh place after a hot start to the PL calendar. Romelu Lukaku continues to lead the way for Everton in 2016, providing seven goals and three assists.Follow @MattReedFutbol