Premier League fixtures predicted by stats geeks – Man Utd blow, Arsenal result, Chelsea

Premier League action returns this weekend with Everton’s clash with Arsenal and Tottenham vs Chelsea the pick of the bunch. Mikel Arteta will watch from the stands after being named as the new Gunners boss on Friday.

Arsenal are hoping to move up to eighth in the Premier League with a win at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere, Newcastle host Crystal Palace, Aston Villa welcome Southampton to Villa Park and Wolves travel to Norwich.

Brighton host Sheffield United and Burnley face Bournemouth in the other 3pm kick offs.

Saturday’s evening game sees Manchester City host Leicester at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola’s men are hoping to move within one point of the Foxes with a win this evening.

However, Leicester could close the gap on Liverpool to seven points with the Reds playing in the Club World Cup on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, Manchester United travel to Watford and Chelsea host Tottenham.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho faces his former player Frank Lampard in north London with Tottenham hoping to move into the top four.

Chelsea, however, can extend their lead on Spurs to six points with a win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Arteta’s return to Arsenal will be the main talking point this weekend, with the Spaniard revealing he feels like he’s back home.

“I feel back home,” Arteta said in his first official press conference.

“I’m extremely happy and proud to have been given the opportunity to be manager of this club.

“I’ve been preparing for a few years for this challenge to come. I know the expectations and stature of this club and what it deserves.

“I’m ready for the challenge and can’t wait to start working with the players. I’m sensing a good energy since coming in today. I’m so happy.

“It was strange [coming back]. I’m in a different role and position when I left a few years ago.

“It was always a dream from the day I left.

“When I left I said I’m going outside, I’m going to learn and get prepared and hopefully one day I can come back here when I feel I am ready to make that step.

“I have so much respect for this club that if I didn’t feel ready and prepared I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair.”

And BT Sports’ The Script have predicted this weekend’s Premier League results.

Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Brighton 2-0 Sheffield United

Newcastle 2-0 Crystal Palace

Aston Villa 1-2 Southampton

Norwich 1-2 Wolves

Bournemouth 1-0 Burnley

Man City 2-1 Leicester

Watford 1-0 Man Utd

Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea

source: express.co.uk