The Premier League returns after an international break that saw the England national team comfortably qualify for the next summer's World Cup. Arsenal and Liverpool are co-leaders heading into the weekend. It's Brendan Rodgers' side who kick the weekend off at Newcastle in Saturday's lunch time kickoff at Newcastle. At 3pm Arsenal host a Norwich City side who have fallen into the relegation zone with three defeats in their last four fixtures. Mesut zil is a doubt for the Gunners after a hobbling off in Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday. Theo Walcott remains absent but Santi Cazorla may return. Other notable 3pm kickoffs include Chelsea at home to newly-promoted Cardiff City, Manchester United taking on high-flying Southampton and Gus Poyet's first game in charge of Sunderland, at Swansea City. Manchester City have picked up just 1 point on their travels to start the season they're on TV Saturday evening at West Ham who are coming off an impressive 3-0 victory at Tottenham. Aston Villa host a Tottenham side looking to rebound in Sunday's only match before a London derby on Monday night football as Crystal Palace look to end their four-game losing streak with a home match against Fulham. If you're looking to place a bet on this weekend's action here are a few tips to consider: Bet365 are offering money back on all correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast bets if the game finishes 0-0. Additionally, there's up to £200 in free bets for all new customers signing up here.
Manchester United vs Southampton Saturday 19 October 15:00Robin van Persie's only Premier League goal since the opening day of the season came from the penalty spot against 10-man Crystal Palace Manchester United have lost 3 of their opening 7 games under David Moyes Only four teams have conceded more goals than Manchester United heading into the weekend Southampton have lost just one of their first seven games to start the season Southampton have conceded a league-low 2 goals Mauricio Pochettino has already guided his side to a 1-0 win at Anfield this season Recommended bet: Southampton to win or draw 8/5 Bet365 (£200 free bets)
Swansea City vs Sunderland Saturday 19 October 15:00Swansea City host the team on the current longest losing streak of the season: 5 games Swansea City have scored in all 3 of their home games this season Sunderland have been vulnerable to attacks down the wings this season Swansea City enjoy attacking down the wings with their pacey wingers. Only Stoke City (4) have scored fewer goals than Sunderland Sunderland have lost 6 of their first 7 fixtures of the season Sunderland have conceded a league-high 16 goals heading into the weekend Recommended bet: Swansea City to win 8/13 BetFred
Aston Villa vs Tottenham Sunday 20 October 16:00Christian Benteke still absent for Aston Villa Paul Lambert has won just 6 of 22 home Premier League matches as Aston Villa manager Both Liverpool and Newcastle have already won at Villa Park this season Only Southampton (2) and Chelsea (4) have conceded fewer goals than Tottenham (5) heading into the weekend Gylfi Sigurðsson, Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli all attacking threats from midfield Tottenham's pacey attacking players have the potential to cause problems to the Aston Villa offside trap Recommended bet: Tottenham to win 21/20 Bet365 (£200 free bets)