There are six games in the Premier League this afternoon in the traditional time of Saturday at 3pm.
While Arsenal entertain Southampton at the Emirates, North London rivals travel to Stoke City. Newly-promoted sides Hull and Burnley square off at Turf Moor, while West Ham welcome Watford to the London Stadium, Bournemouth take on West Brom, and Middlesbrough entertain Crystal Palace.
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 10, 2016
Stoke City’s injury problems are mounting. Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf have become the latest absentees in a list that also includes Jack Butland and Ibrahim Afellay. Deadline day loan signings Wilfired Bony and Bruno Martins Indi makes their debuts, while Shay Given continues in goal.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 10, 2016
Tottenham resist the urge include new £30m signing Moussa Sissoko in their starting lineup, while Ben Davies comes in for the injured Danny Rose. Erik Lamela drops to the bench, with Son Heung-min starting.
West Ham United v Watford
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 10, 2016
West Ham finally welcome Dimitri Payet to the starting lineup – the French international had not featured for the side since the opening weekend defeat to Chelsea. New signing Simone Zaza also starts as Sleven Bilic has so few alternatives to call upon up front.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) September 10, 2016
Roberto Pereyra starts for Watford, having made a scoring debut from the bench in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal two weeks ago. Fellow new signing Daryl Janmaat also making Walter Mazzarri’s starting eleven.
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) September 10, 2016
Middlesbrough have made a solid start to life back in the Premier League and they will fancy their chances today against a Crystal Palace side who have taken only one point from their opening three games.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 10, 2016
Crystal Palace’s striker crisis has led to the inclusion of Christian Benteke’s younger brother Jonanthan in the matchday squad. Benteke sr. starts up front on his own for Palace today, while new signing Mathieu Flamini is not yet entirely match fit, but is named on the bench.
AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) September 10, 2016
Bournemouth are another side who could really do with picking up their first win of the season today. Loan signing Jack Wilshere starts on the bench – Eddie Howe admitted this week that he was trying to manage the midfielder’s workload, and he resisted the urge to unleash Wilshere at the earliest opportunity.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 10, 2016
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has hinted at possible friction with the board by stating that he did not want the signings that were recruited by the club this season. In fact, there is now speculation about just how much longer Pulis will be at the Hawthorns.
That being said, three of those signings start today. Record signing Nacer Chadli makes his debut, while Matt Phillips and Brendan Galloway also play from the beginning.
Burnley v Hull City
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) September 10, 2016
Burnley have made an inconsistent start to life back in the top division, but will be looking to earn three more points ahead of a team that finished three places below them in the Championship last season.
Record signing Jeff Hendrick is on the bench, with Steven Defour, the previous holder of that record, playing from the start.
— Hull City (@HullCity) September 10, 2016
Hull have made a hugely positive start under Mike Phelan – underlined by his recent Manager of the Month award – and were cruelly denied the continuation of their unbeaten run with a last-minute defeat to Manchester United two weeks ago.
Phelan finally has options in his team selection, but has largely stayed faithful to the side that won two of their opening three games.