The Premier League returns this weekend and there are some very intriguing games on the fixture list.

Indeed, for four of the title contenders this time out, come four teams looking to shake things up and cause a surprise.

Cardiff host Manchester City, Wolves travel to Manchester United, West Ham entertain Chelsea and Southampton travel to Liverpool.

Where could the shocks come from, then? We take a look…

Cardiff v Man City

The Bluebirds face the champions.

They scared them last season in the FA Cup and will look to do the same with their direct style of play.

They’ve stuck in games and battled hard this year so this shouldn’t be a mauling and City haven’t been at their best this season.

However, they are reeling from the Lyon loss in the week and will look to bounce back.

Shock potential: 10%

Man Utd v Wolves

This has a real chance.

Man Utd have improved and picked up form but they are still not at the level they will want to be.

Watford had chances last weekend and Wolves showed against Burnley they can create a bundle of opportunities.

It will be tough at Old Trafford but if they can start brightly and grow in confidence, United can be got at right now.

Shock potential: 65%

Liverpool v Southampton

The Saints travel to Anfield and will, of course, face some familiar faces.

Danny Ings, though, will be one man that doesn’t play against old team-mates as per the terms of his transfer move to the south coast from Merseyside.

Arguably, he’s been the Saints’ best player and so having him missing does reduce their chances a bit against the flying Reds.

Southampton don’t have a terrible record on Merseyside of late, though, so they will believe in themselves.

Shock potential: 25%

West Ham v Chelsea

West Ham started this season poorly but against Everton something appeared to have clicked.

They outplayed the Toffees at Goodison and now return home with their tails up.

Chelsea have started well and Eden Hazard is looking a world-beater once again but the Hammers’ faithful will be right up for this game.

You’d expect the Blues to win but the Irons have got to fancy themselves too.

Shock potential: 50%

 

 

 

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