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Premier League - Football: Sunday preview

17 September 2022 08:32:29 EST
Thomas Frank is eyeing another home win over Arsenal

There are two Premier League games on Sunday with Arsenal hoping to maintain their fine start to the season in the early clash, while Everton go in search of their first win of the campaign later on.

After Manchester United's home match with Leeds and Chelsea versus Liverpool were both postponed, there's just the two top flight games taking place with the Gunners going to Brentford for a 12:00 kick-off and Everton hosting the Hammers at 14:15.

WhatBrentford vs. Arsenal
WhereCommunity Stadium, Brentford
When12:00, Sunday 18th September
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Premier League
OddsBrentford 4.20, Draw 3.75, Arsenal 1.80

Gunners aiming to make it six from seven

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was named August manager of the month this week after guiding his side to five successive wins at the beginning of the season and he will want his side to maintain their fine start when they go to Brentford on Sunday.

Arteta's side kicked off September with their first loss of the campaign, going down 3-1 to a resurgent Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they bounced back on Thursday when beating FC Zurich 2-1 in the Europa League.

With some of their rivals for a top-four place this season not playing this weekend, Arsenal can carve out a small advantage and further underline their possible title credentials if they can see off Thomas Frank's side.

It is likely to be a tricky test against the Bees, though, as Frank's men have also impressed in the first month-and-a-half of the 2022-23 season.

Brentford have won two of their first six matches and drawn three of the other four, with their only defeat so far coming in a narrow 3-2 loss at Fulham.

The fact that those two victories have come at home - a 4-0 mauling of Manchester United and a 5-2 rout of Leeds last time out - should serve as a warning to Arsenal that they could be in for a tough examination at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Ivan Toney, who was rewarded for his superb goalscoring form by being named in the England squad for the first time this week, will hope to add to his five league goals this term, while Arsenal's summer signing Gabriel Jesus, who has three Premier League strikes to his name so far for his new club, is likely to be the visitors' main goal threat.

Toney is 7.00 to score first and 3.10 to notch anytime, Jesus is 5.50 to score first and 2.60 in the anytime market.

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Partey could return

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is back in training after a thigh problem and is pushing for a recall, but Oleksandr Zinchenko is out with a calf injury.

Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny are also unavailable while Emile Smith Rowe is a major doubt due to his groin problem.

Sergi Canos has recovered from a hamstring injury and is set to be on the bench for the Bees but Christian Norgaard and Ethan Pinnock both remain sidelined.

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Everton still seeking first win

WhatEverton vs. West Ham
WhereGoodison Park, Liverpool
When14:15, Sunday 18th September
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Premier League
OddsEverton 2.90, Draw 3.25, West Ham 2.50

Everton are one of just two clubs in the Premier League yet to win this season but their form has not been as dismal as that stat suggests as Frank Lampard's men have picked up four draws from their first six games.

After opening the campaign with successive defeats to Chelsea (1-0) and Aston Villa (2-1), the Toffees have drawn with Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Leeds and Liverpool in their last four and there have been plenty of signs of improvement during that run.

Last time out in the Merseyside derby, they gave as good as they got against last season's runners-up and could have even won the Goodison Park showdown but for a couple of fine saves from Reds keeper Alisson and a tight offside VAR call which denied Conor Coady a winner.

That win will surely come sooner rather than later but Sunday's clash with the Hammers is another difficult assignment when former Everton boss David Moyes returns to Merseyside.

Just one win for Hammers

The visitors have only managed one win themselves so far and actually sit beneath Everton in the table down in 18th with an inferior goal difference.

West Ham's solitary victory came at Aston Villa when they narrowly came out on top 1-0 but they were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Chelsea at the start of the month and have since recorded back-to-back Europa Conference League wins to raise morale.

Everton are boosted by the return to fitness of key forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin following a knee injury, while Abdoulaye Doucoure is also fit again and could come into the midfield. Calvert-Lewin is 6.50 to score first and 3.20 to find the back of the net anytime.

Pickford out for hosts

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has a thigh injury and will be replaced by Asmir Begovic.

West Ham remain without Nayef Aguerd, who has a foot injury, but Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson proved their fitness on Thursday against Silkeborg and are both in contention to start.

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