With just five games played on Saturday — and one on Friday — Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures is a big one: four games, including returns to domestic competition for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, across the morning and afternoon.
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Watford vs. Manchester United — 7 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com
Following a 3-for-3 start to the 2016-17 Premier League season, Jose Mourinho suffered his first — and second — defeat as Man United boss this week. Sunday offers a chance to bounce back with a trip to Vicarage Road, a ground the Red Devils haven’t failed to win at, let alone lost, since Sept. 16, 1986. Phil Jones (knee) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) will both miss out through injury, but Luke Shaw (hamstring) is expected to be available once again after sitting out United’s Europa League fixture on Thursday.
Southampton vs. Swansea City — 9:15 a.m. ET, on NBCSports.com
Southampton are third from bottom of the PL table after four games (two points), so a visit from 14th-place Swansea (four points) could be just what the doctor ordered as new Saints boss Claude Puel seeks his first PL victory. Sofiane Boufal (knee), Saints’ record signing from the summer transfer window, is still weeks away from making his PL debut. Meanwhile, Nathan Dyer (ankle) is expected to miss two months, while Borja Baston, Swansea’s club-record signing, hopes to make the bench after edging closer toward full fitness.
- VIDEO: JPW previews Saints-Swans
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City — 9:15 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com
One point from four games is hardly an ideal way to start the season but that’s exactly where Mark Hughes and Stoke find themselves ahead of Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park. Alan Pardew‘s Eagles picked up their first victory of the season last weekend, courtesy of club-record signing Christian Benteke‘s first goal for the club. Palace will be without Loic Remy (thigh) and Papa Souare (car crash), while Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Bakary Sako (groin) are expected to return. Xherdan Shaqiri (calf), Jack Butland (ankle surgery) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee surgery) will be unavailable for Stoke, but Glen Johnson (knee) is expected to make his 2016-17 debut.
- VIDEO: JPW previews Palace-Stoke
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com
Like United, European competition was far from kind to Tottenham this week, thus Mauricio Pochettino will expect a bounce-back performance to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five game to start the season. Sunderland haven’t won at White Hart Lane since Aug. 23, 2008 (seven games without a win), with Sunday their final chance to do so before the stadium’s demolition next summer. Danny Rose (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Spurs, as have Fabio Borini (groin), Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Vito Mannone (elbow) for Sunderland, all of whom are out for until December at the earliest.