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Romelu Lukaku poses selection dilemma for Jose Mourinho as Liverpool threaten Arsenals unbeaten run

The Premier League treats us to a jam-packed Saturday this weekend with seven matches set to be play..

By admin , in Sprots , at November 2, 2018

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The Premier League treats us to a jam-packed Saturday this weekend with seven matches set to be played.

The pick of the bunch comes from Saturdays tea-time clash between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates but Manchester United take on in-form Bournemouth in the early kick-off.

Tottenhams away trip to Wolves completes Saturdays list of televised fixtures, while Leicester City play for the first time since their owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, tragically lost his life in a helicopter clash.

Will Romelu Lukaku be recalled?

Lukaku hasnt scored in nine matches (Picture: Getty)

How galling for Romelu Lukaku that he was dropped for the first time in his Manchester United career as former club Everton arrived at Old Trafford.

The Belgian was replaced by Marcus Rashford in Jose Mourinhos starting line-up and missed a sitter when he emerged from the bench for the final twenty minutes at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Lukakus failure to score extends his run without a goal to nine matches in a red shirt and United benefited from Marcus Rashfords youthful exuberance last weekend.

Mourinho is an admirer of Lukaku and believes the Belgian is one of the few United first-teamers to share his winning mentality.

But United undoubtedly looked more fluid without Lukaku last weekend. Whether Lukaku is recalled or not will tell us much about Mourinhos mindset and the direction his United side are going in.

Can Liverpool expose Arsenals misleading unbeaten run?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Unai Emery of Arsenal walking down to tunnel after Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Arsenal are on a 12-match unbeaten run (Picture: Getty)

Much has been made about Arsenals 12-match unbeaten run and theres a renewed confidence among supporters at the Emirates.

Unai Emery was handed the most difficult of starts with Chelsea and Manchester City in his first two games but Arsenal put together an impressive 11-game winning run afterwards.

That came to an end at Crystal Palace last week where they drew 2-2 but Liverpool pose the biggest threat yet to the unbeaten run.

Salah has recaptured his form (Picture: Getty)

Given the games against Chelsea and City came so early in the season and before Emery was settled at the club, this looks like the Spaniards first big test as Gunners boss.

Liverpool have reined in their attacking play this term and look a far more controlled outfit. Can Arsenal – stricken by injury issues at the back – keep them out?

Hearbroken Leicester City back in action a week after owners tragic death

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha of Leicester City applauds the fans during a lap of the pitch after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Bournemouth at King Power Stadium on May 21 , 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
The Leicester City squad have confirmed they are ready to play again (Picture: Getty)

Leicester City play for the first time since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabhas tragic passing when they take on Cardiff City on Saturday.

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The Foxes postponed their Carabao Cup clash against Southampton but the club want to play in memory of their owner this weekend.

Manager Claude Puel has confirmed the players decided that they were ready to play again and the Frenchmans said the players feel a responsibility to perform for the 61-year-old.

The result, in truth, will not matter but Leicester will be keen to play in memory of their owner after the most traumatic week in the clubs history.

Will Eden Hazard return?

Eden Hazard is unlikely to start against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea destroyed accusations that theyre overly reliant on Eden Hazard during last weeks 4-0 thumping of Burnley.

The Belgian sat out the game at Turf Moor with a back injury and was left out again as the Blues saw off Frank Lampards Derby County at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Hazard had been expected to start against Crystal Palace on Sunday but Maurizio Sarri has suggested he will only be fit for a place on the bench.

With Liverpool facing Arsenal, its potentially a good chance for the Blues to put some distance between themselves and Jurgen Klopps men.

Can they do so without their talisman?

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