Premier League preview: Ronaldo returns; Leicester host the champions; Huge game for Arteta

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Ronaldo is back

All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday afternoon as the Portuguese forward prepares to make his second debut in front of the Old Trafford faithful.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during a first team training session. Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The 36-year-old opted to go to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after it looked like he would make a sensational move to Manchester City.

After a dramatic turnaround, the 36-year-old is back where he started and has plans to defy his critics and take Manchester United to the top again.

Ronaldo and his team-mates will face Newcastle United on Saturday, who are still without a win this season and have just a point from three games.

Steve Bruce’s men came within a whisker of beating Southampton before the international break but conceded a penalty in injury time to draw.

He has lost 11 of his 12 away fixtures versus his former club during his managerial career, avoiding defeat on one occasion.

They will be without leading marksman Callum Wilson for the trip to Manchester and it could be a tough afternoon with United buoyed after signing Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s only hat-trick for Manchester United came against Newcastle in 2008. He is set to break the record for the longest gap between Premier League appearances. If he features, it will be 12 years and 118 days since his last game in the top flight.


Carson set to start as Man City face Leicester

In another intriguing Saturday afternoon game, Leicester City host Manchester City at the King Power stadium.

Both teams have six points from three games but have selection issues ahead of the match.

Leicester have once again been unfortunate with injuries and are without a number of defenders, while Manchester City may be without goalkeeper Ederson and Gabriel Jesus due to a FIFA ban after the club didn’t release them for international duty. If Ederson is unavailable then Scott Carson will deputise.

Brendan Rodgers’ men beat the Blues in the Community Shield in August and scored five at the Etihad last season but the champions can make it three consecutive wins at Leicester if they win tomorrow.

Jamie Vardy has scored eight in 10 Premier League games against Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

 Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Must-win for Arsenal

The bottom two face off at the Emirates on Saturday as Arsenal face Norwich in a significant game for Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have lost their first three leagues matches this season for the first time since 1954 and are bottom of the table with the pressure on the Gunners manager.

They have yet to score and need a morale-boosting victory against a struggling Canaries side. Arsenal should be able to welcome back Gabriel, Thomas Partey and Ben White, who have also missed games so far this season.

The hosts are unbeaten in 30 Premier League home matches against promoted opposition.

Daniel Farke’s men have had an unenviable start, facing Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City in their first three games.

Norwich have lost 13 successive Premier League matches by an aggregate score of 34-2.


Spurs go for number four

Elsewhere, manager of the month winner Nuno Espirito Santo takes his team to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, who are without a win so far this season.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Nuno Espirito Santo, manager of Tottenham Hotspur interacts with the crowd following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Spurs are top of the table after three successive 1-0 wins and they are aiming to win their opening four top-flight matches for only the fourth time.

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It’s safe to say 2022 was a TV-worthy season for Patrick Mahomes and the #Chiefs. 📺

Mr. Box Office. 🔥

#NFL x #Quarterback twitter.com/NFL/status/167…

me on the couch now that Quarterback dropped:

@la_academiapc suffer shock defeat
📈 @DvoTachira gaining ground on the top
👏 Eduardo Lima’s heroics for @DvoLaGuaira

Here are all the major headlines and talking points from jornada 18 in the #LigaFUTVE.

#VenezuelaEsFUTVE
https://t.co/yCiP4QGlfJ

🔟 days until the @Superligaen begins.

Still plenty of time to read our analysis of the most exciting young players in Denmark right now. Which of these superstars will move on this summer? ✨

#sldk | #transferdk
https://t.co/viCwrXPU3n