The Pressure Gauge: Big weekend for the Big Six

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Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea have made perfect Premier League starts, as Arsenal and Man Utd attempt to avoid getting left behind

The Premier League rages on this weekend after mixed starts for the 'Big Six' with title aspirations.

Three of the big boys have made the perfect start, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham the early frontrunners after kicking off their respective campaigns with three straight victories.

Liverpool will have the chance to steal a march on their rivals at the top when they kick-off the weekend’s action at home to Leicester City

The Reds are looking to win their opening four games of a Premier League season for the first time, and have won eight of their last 12 league meetings with Leicester (D2 L2), though they have lost this fixture in two of the last three seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17).

Chelsea, meanwhile, are hoping to win their opening four Premier League games of a season for the sixth time when they host Bournemouth on Saturday.

Eddie Howe’s side remain a potential banana skin, however, with Bournemouth having won two of their three Premier League away games against Chelsea – against no side have they won more on the road in the top-flight.

Tottenham, fresh off their 3-0 victory at Manchester United, face the only other side with a perfect record so far when they travel to Watford on Sunday for a London derby.

Spurs are unbeaten in 12 league meetings with Watford (W8 D4), dating back to May 1987, and have won more Premier League points than any other side in 2018 (49), winning 15 and drawing four of their 21 matches.

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Tottenham's rivals Arsenal will be out to build on their first victory of the season when they face newly-promoted Cardiff City, who are winless in their last 13 games against the Gunners in all competitions dating back to 1961.

Unai Emery's side will, however, have to be tighter at the back after having faced more shots on target than any other side in the Premier League so far this season (24).

Reigning champions Manchester City will certainly be confident that they can get back to winning ways after last week’s draw with Wolves.

Pep Guardiola’s side host a struggling Newcastle United, with the Citizens safe in the knowledge that they are unbeaten in their last 21 top-flight games against the Magpies (W18 D3) – their longest ever unbeaten run against a specific top-flight opponent.

Across the city, things have gone less smoothly for United. Jose Mourinho has seen his side taste defeat twice in their opening three games – they haven’t lost three of their first four league matches in a season since 1986-87.

With tensions rising at Old Trafford, United will be desperate to keep what would be their 10th clean sheet in 11 visits to Burnley, who have won just one of their last 17 top-flight meetings with Manchester United.

The stakes are high. The pressure is on.

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