Everton, Arsenal can inflict more misery on giants


D. KENNY PALLRAJ

Malaysia and Perak midfielder

MANCHESTER CITY 1 ARSENAL 2

THIS is going to be a challenging match for both gaffers because Mikel Arteta had worked with Pep Guardiola while he was at City. It would be interesting to see how they set up their teams for this game. Momentum-wise, Arsenal have the edge as City are a little shaky as they had lost to Leicester (5-2) and were held by Leeds (1-1) in their last two matches.

I believe Arteta's boys have what it takes to surprise City at the Etihad. Bernd Leno has been sensational with his shot-stopping and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has been brilliant as their skipper and can be the game changer.

T. AVINESHWARAN

StarSports Writer

NEWCASTLE 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 4

HONESTLY, Manchester United fans deserve better. It has not been the best of starts for the Red Devils, and in the first three matches, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s selection is questionable. New signing, Donny van de Beek, is a brilliant attacking midfielder who gets players involved with great link-up plays, but comes in towards the tail end of the second-half. If I were Solskjaer, I would start Bruno Fernandes, Van de Beek and Paul Pogba as their midfield trident. I think it is time to play Pogba in a deep-lying role, one he does with ease for France. For me, these players should and can neutralise the Magpies' Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Jeff Hendrick.

RAZIP ISMAIL

Ex-international, former Harimau Muda coach

EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 1

The Mersey derby this year promises plenty of fireworks as Everton finally have the strength to go toe-to-toe against their mighty neighbours. The Toffees are the surprise leaders and their current form are better than Juergen Klopp's side, who were stunned 7-2 by Aston Villa two weeks ago. The signing of James Rodriguez is a masterstroke as Everton are now deadly in attack. Rodriguez has not only been scoring but he also provides the assists. Brazilian striker Richarlison has also been impressive this seasons. It's still early in the season and champions Liverpool will bounce back but not against Everton.

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