PL Sunday Preview: North London Derby; Liverpool, Foxes also in action

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Manchester City’s draw on Saturday opens the door for both Liverpool and Arsenal to leap over Pep Guardiola‘s side, while Tottenham looks to remain in the race at the top and stay unbeaten.

Bob Bradley searches for his first Premier League victory on Sunday as Swansea hosts Manchester United, who is coming off of a disappointing loss in the UEFA Europa League to Fenerbahce.

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Arsenal vs. Tottenham — 7 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Spurs has dropped its share of points in the opening 10 matches, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s side has the opportunity to remain unbeaten on Sunday against the Gunners, who look to go atop to the Premier League. Tottenham failed to pick up a win midweek in the UEFA Champions League, falling 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen, but Sunday’s North London Derby will have to bring out the best in Spurs.

The two clubs have each won once and drawn three times in their last five meetings, leaving very little separating the teams. Arsenal will be led by Alexis Sanchez, who has posted six goals and three assists in the team’s opening 10 matches, while the expected return of Harry Kane could give Spurs a much needed bounce in its step.

Hull City vs. Southampton — 9:15 a.m. ET, on NBCSports.com

After its hot start, Hull has fallen heavily into the relegation zone. Sunday’s task against Southampton won’t be an easy one, particularly considering the Saints’ dominance against Hull over recent seasons. Since 2013, Southampton has defeated Hull by a combined 8-1 scoreline in their four PL matches, all of which have been Saints victories.

Robert Snodgrass is the only current Hull player with more than one goal and Mike Phelan‘s side will definitely need his production if they are to take a result from Southampton.

Liverpool vs. Watford — 9:15 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Reds have really begun to click under Jurgen Klopp, and a victory over Watford could potentially put Liverpool at the top of the PL. With the league’s top five sides separated by five points heading into Sunday, every point matters for Klopp’s group, who have won four of its last five fixtures against the Hornets.

Watford will have a lot to handle at Anfield with the talented Liverpool attack to deal with. Phillippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho are among the strong attacking core for the Reds, all of whom have notched four goals each in the PL this campaign.

Swansea City vs. Manchester United — 10 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com

Criticisms are beginning to surround Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, and a failed result on Sunday would certainly put the heat on the Portuguese manager once more. Bob Bradley comes into the weekend without a victory since taking over at Swansea, but a win against United would surely change the team’s mentality.

Swansea has won three of the last five times the two teams have faced one another, which could give Bradley and co. some hope as they face Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the host of United talent. That said, the Swans have had difficulty in front of goal this season, with Leroy Fer largely being held to the goalscoring duties for the club. Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has cooled off significantly for United after notching five goals in his first five matches for the team.

Leicester City vs. West Brom — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Foxes have dropped off significantly from a season ago, currently sitting 13th in the table, but a meeting with West Brom could be exactly what Claudio Ranieri‘s boys need to get their mojo back. Leicester is unbeaten in its last three meetings with West Brom, with the club having scored eight goals in those matches.

Jamie Vardy has been far from the man that was in the conversation for PL Player of the Year in 2015/16, and his two goals through 10 games must change quickly if Leicester is to mount a comeback this season.