England’s top six contenders face-off

LONDON.- The English Premier League football’s elite have little time to lick their wounds from a series of blows in European competition as domestic action offers an immediate chance of redemption for Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Manchester City were the only English side to win their Champions League opener in midweek, but have problems of their own with an injury-ravaged defence exposed in a shocking 3-2 defeat to Norwich last weekend, leaving the champions five points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola’s men will be confident of cutting that gap as they host bottom-of-the-table Watford 24 hours before Liverpool travel to Chelsea tomorrow.

Both sides were beaten in their Champions League openers on Tuesday, but while Liverpool conceding twice late on to lose 2-0 in Napoli seems like a blip, Chelsea may have a long season of harsh lessons ahead with a young squad and equally inexperienced manager.

Frank Lampard has won just two of his first seven games in charge of the Blues and while his determination to give a number of youth academy graduates their chance has been embraced by fans, there are obvious flaws in this Chelsea side.

English Premiership Fixtures (all 4pm unless otherwise stated)

Today: Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur ( King Power Stadium 1:30pm); Manchester City v Watford (Etihad Stadium); Everton v Sheffield United (Goodison Park); Burnley v Norwich City (Turf Moor); Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion (St. James’ Park 6:30pm).

Tomorrow: West Ham United v Manchester United (London Stadium 3pm); Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Selhurst Park 3pm); Arsenal v Aston Villa (Emirates Stadium 5:30pm); Chelsea v Liverpool (Stamford Bridge 5:30pm). – AFP

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