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It was a good night in Europe for both English clubs involved Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea produced a hard fought disciplined performance to beat Greek side PAOK and Arsenal enjoyed a more entertaining night at the Emirates thrashing Vorskla from the Ukraine 4-2.

The domestic weekend football action gets underway tonight with the traditional EFL Championship fixture and tonight’s entertainment is between eighth place Wigan and fifth place Bristol City at the DW Stadium. It’s a big game for both teams as a win would boost thier promotion chances further, especially Bristol City who will move up to second level on points with Boro.

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks-off at lunchtime, it’s a clash between two smaller clubs who have started the season well and are punching above their weight. Fourth place Watford’s five match unbeaten winning run came to an end on Saturday losing at Vicarage Road against Manchester United 2-1 and Fulham’s four match unbeaten run also came to an end on Saturday losing 3-0 at against Manchester City at the Etihad. On form the edge would have to go to Watford who will be confident after such a strong start to the season but Fulham will be no push overs at Craven Cottage and it should be a very close match.

Plenty of the Premier League big boys are in action tomorrow, except leaders Chelsea who are involved in a London Derby against West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday. Second place Liverpool, who are currently on a ten match winning run in all competitions, face an inconsistent Southampton team at Anfield and it should be another win for the Reds, but they can’t afford to be complacent as the Saints have the quality and firepower to make life difficult for Liverpool.

Third place Manchester City, who lost at home in the Champions League against Lyon 2-1 midweek, travel to the Welsh capital Cardiff tomorrow, and there will be big pressure on them to win given the huge gap in quality between both teams, but the crafty, experienced Cardiff manager Warnock will have his team prepared to unsettle and make life very difficult for the visitors.

Manchester United will be in confident mood after comfortably beating Swiss outfit Young Boys 3-0 midweek in the Champions League, which was their third win in a row in all competitions, and they face promoted Wolves, who will also be in confident mood after winning their last three matches in all competitions. United can’t take heart from the fact they won all six home matches in all competitions against Wolves between 2003 and 2011, and they will need to be at their best again as Wolves are more than capable of causing an upset if United are not at their best.

Sixth placed Spurs, who may still be smarting after throwing away a great chance to win their opening Champions League match mid-week against Inter, play in the tea-time kick-off against Brighton tomorrow at the Amex Stadium. Spurs will be under great pressure to win after losing their last three matches in all competitions, but they won’t get an easy ride at fortress Amex as Brighton are difficult to beat their as Manchester United discovered in the league recently losing 3-2.

Selections:

Leicester City Win vs. Huddersfield (11/17)

Brighton +Win vs. Spurs (4/1


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