Preview: Spurs hoping to end 24 year winless streak at Stamford Bridge
Last time Spurs emerged victorious in an away encounter against Chelsea was back in 1990 when a late goal from Gary Lineker earned the North London side all three points against the Blues.
Tottenham have since then failed to get the better of their London counterparts and Tim Sherwood will become the latest manager to try to bring an end to this disruptive streak. However Jose Mourinho’s home record has been impeccable and it will only take a sublime performance from Sherwood’s men to get anything out of the match.
Preview: United looking to respond after extended break
The Red Devils were not involved in Premier League last week, with their fixture against Man City postponed due to the Citizen’s involvement in the Capital One Cup Final which they subsequently won.
Man United will now be looking to take advantage of their extended rest and push closer to a top four finish. Since the dawn of the Premier League back in 1992, under Sir Alex Ferguson United never failed to finish outside the top three.
Preview: Spurs looking to build on European triumph
The North London side put forth an astonishing display of character as they raced to a 3-1 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the second leg of the Europa League last 32 tie.
After winning the first leg 1-0 the Ukrainian side increased their lead on aggregate to 2-0 after Roman Zozulya put the visitors 2-0 up on aggregate but three goals within 13 minutes allowed Tottenham to take the lead and a seal a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Preview: Red’s hoping to move up in the league table
With Manchester City not playing this weekend owing to their participation in the final of the Capital One Cup, Liverpool have the chance to leapfrog the Citizens for the third spot and might as well finish this week in second place if Arsenal loose in their Premier League encounter against Stoke City.
Brendan Rodger’s men have been in ravishing form and their four goals against Swansea last time out allowed them to overtake Man City as the league’s top scorers.
Preview: Can Mourinho’s attackers break down Magath’s Fulham?
Felix Magath was only a few minutes away from seeing his side earn three points in the previous weekend. Nonetheless, he took a point from that match and he will perhaps be satisfied with the outcome. Magath has demanded at least six wins from his team in the remainder of the campaign. This is surely not one of the matches he looked at when he was trying to plot the wins he feels the side needs.
Fulham will be without the services of Kostas Mitroglu, Fernando Amorebieta and Damien Duff. Matthew Briggs’ availability is doubtful. Chelsea will be without Marco Van Ginkel. David Luiz is a slight doubt. Chelsea will be coming into this one on the back of a rather uninspiring (at least as far as the second half is concerned) performance against Galatasaray in midweek in the Champions League. Magath knows that Chelsea will be tired. He coached plenty of Champions League sides and he reminded the press of his experiences, according to Sky Sports:
Preview: Tottenham looking for third straight league win
Spurs have pulled off some impressive showings in the league recently and aim to displace Liverpool from the top four with only three points separating the two sides. After being subjected to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Man City at the White Hart Lane, Tottenham have responded well and are undefeated in league games in the last three matches.
In their last Premier League outing the Lilywhites produced a splendid performance defeating Newcastle by a 4-0 score line and will be hoping to make a repeat of that.
Preview: Eagles hopeful of continuing good run
Palace have performed admirably under manager Tony Pulis having lost just once at home under the management of the Welsh international. The Eagles have also won three of their last four Premier League games with the only defeat coming at the hands of second placed Arsenal.
Their antics have allowed them to climb to the 15th spot in the table and Pulis’ men will be hoping to distance themselves from the relegation zone with another three points on Saturday.
Preview: Gunners hoping to respond after disappointing European outing
Arsene Wenger’s men will consider themselves unlucky after losing out to defending European Champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates on Wednesday. The Gunners began the match brightly forcing Manuel Neuer in making some fine saves early in the match.
However an injury to left back Kieran Gibbs followed by a red card to goalkeeper Wojciech Szenczy turned the tide into Bayern’s favour who punished the North London side by scoring two goals. The match also saw record signing Mesut Ozil produce another disappointing performance in an Arsenal shirt.
Preview: Can Everton win once again against Chelsea?
A goal in the middle of the match by Steven Naismith saw Chelsea succumb to an excellent Everton side earlier in the season. Everton has produced against the teams ahead of them in the table this season, barring the recent loss to Liverpool of course. However, they have been off form as of late, if a win against Swansea in the FA Cup is excluded. A 1-0 loss to Spurs relegated them to sixth and pushed them behind fourth placed Liverpool by eight points.
Table topping Chelsea is the last side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season. Personally, Jose Mourinho has gone 73 home games unbeaten in the English Premier League. As manager of Chelsea he has never lost a home game. He will welcome John Terry back into the team but David Luiz is set to miss out due to a muscle problem. Marco Van Ginkel is also still out.
Preview: City hoping to gain momentum in title race
Last time the Citizens played in the Premier League was two weeks back when they bored a 0-0 stalemate against Norwich City. Since then the Etihad side has had a league encounter against Sunderland postponed due to adverse weather conditions and now see themselves trailing Chelsea by three points. If Pellegrini's men succeed in winning both their match tonight as well as the match in hand, they can displace Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea from the top of the table having a much superior goal difference.
Preview: Recent defeat and Champions League will be on Arsenal's mind
It was not too long ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool met at Anfield. Things did not go so well for the Gunners, who headed home with a heavy defeat, with four of Liverpool’s five goals coming in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
They will now get a chance to bounce back against the Reds, but this time at the Emirates.
One of Arsenal’s concerns will be their upcoming fixture against Bayern Munich. The North London side will go head-to-head with the German champions mid-week, which could cause Arsene Wenger to make some changes to his squad.
Preview: Meeting at the Emirates is highly important for both clubs
Frustration and disbelief are perfect words to describe Arsenal and Manchester United's results at the weekend. Now they will both try to bounce back after dropping points.
Arsenal's heavy defeat at Anfield at the hands of an inspired Liverpool side raised a lot of concerns. Sloppy passing and not a lot of movement was Arsenal's downfall, which led to four goals in the opening 20 minutes. They will have a chance to sort things out Wednesday night in front of their fans.
For quite some time, football analysts and fans have been patiently waiting for the Gunners to crash and burn. It has happened far too often over the years, but this season Arsene Wenger's squad has managed to hold on tight.
Preview: Reds looking to close down gap between the top three
After a scintillating performance over the weekend which saw Liverpool record a highly impressive 5-1 victory over title favourites Arsenal, Brendan Rodger’s men will be hoping to continue their good form in order to close down the gap between themselves and the top three.
Liverpool’s powerful performance against the Gunners saw them dethroning Arsenal from the top of the league and considering the form they are currently in Liverpool will be fancying to have a go for the title and perhaps make it a four horse race for the title.
Preview: Can Tim Sherwood guide Spurs to a top four spot?
At one point under Andre Villas Boas, it had seemed Spurs had ventured too far and made too many mistakes to battle for the Premier League title. In terms of managerial experience as head coach, Tim Sherwood is a relative novice compared to Villas Boas. Thus watching Spurs beat Everton might have been surreal for some; it left Spurs three points behind Liverpool and just ten behind the league leaders.
Newcastle is coming into this one in poor form, having collected a solitary point in the past three matches. They have lost two matches back to back, at home to Sunderland and away to Chelsea. Tottenham had drawn 1-1 against Hull and had been battered 1-5 in front of their own fans by Manchester City before claiming all three points against Roberto Martinez’s men at the weekend.
Preview: Citizens hoping to return to winning ways
Pellegrini's men who looked destined for Premier League glory, have encountered a major hurdle in their quest for a second league title in three seasons having failed to record a victory in their last two matches. The Citizens who have already passed the 100 goal mark for the campaign have struggled for goals lately and after losing out to Chelsea at the Etihad, the Premier League’s top scorers failed to make an impression in their last outing against Norwich with the match ending in a stalemate.
Preview: Chelsea hoping to extend lead at the top
With Arsenal set to be involved in another difficult fixture as they go against defending champions Manchester United, Mourinho and Chelsea will be hoping to take advantage by further extending their lead at the top. With both the second and the third team in the Barclays Premier League set to play on Wednesday, a victory tonight could see the Blues distance themselves from their title rivals by four to five points.
Last time out a rampant Chelsea side scored an impressive victory over Newcastle United subjecting the magpies to a 3-0 defeat. The victory at Stamford Bridge came a week after Chelsea became the only English club this season to defeat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The standout performer during that night was Belgian star Eden Hazard who followed his impressive showing against the Citizens with a hat trick against Newcastle.
Preview: Bad moments for both sides
Fulham’s hunt to stay in the top flight now has to go on without ex-Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov. In the last moments of the January transfer window, the Bulgarian star left for AS Monaco to replace injured striker Radamel Falcao.
The Cottagers are rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League table but by the end of Matchday 24, only six points separated them from eleventh-placed Stoke City. In order words, things are tight in the second half of the standings and Fulham could easily find themselves in the safe zone – provided they hit a few right nails during the coming weeks.
Preview: Can Everton manage to edge closer to Europe?
By manipulating the system of loans and playing a very attractive style, Everton has flourished under Roberto Martinez. Martinez has turned Everton from David Moyes’ low budget project into a genuine contender for the crown itself, let alone a European spot. The line between contender and pretender is quite thin in this campaign filled with surprises nonetheless and Everton must prove their mettle against Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham of course was not playing the part of a contender at all until Sherwood took to gliding up and down the touchline every match day. Spurs have played freely and positively and reaped the rewards, none more so than Emmanuel Adebayor who is beginning to resemble the deadly striker Arsenal once knew. A rift between him and former boss Andre Villas Boas had left him rotting away; he reflected this week on that relationship according to BBC:
Preview: Little Horse, Big Horse, Rich Horse
Jose Mourinho is either very superstitious or he simply likes to play mind games. His declaration that Chelsea is only a little horse in the title race left everyone amused.
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump.” (BBC)
He indicated that Arsenal, a team that has not won a title for almost a decade now, and Manchester City, a team that his side beat using superior tactics, are the big horses. Manuel Pellegrini seems to have found Jose’s comments laughable and reminded Jose about the unlimited funds available to him according to the Guardian.
Preview: Liverpool will try to break a bad streak against the Gunners
It has been quite some time since Liverpool has managed to defeat the Gunners in Premier League play at Anfield. You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the Reds defeated Arsenal 4-1, with a hat-trick from Peter Crouch.
Nearly seven long years since that victory, Brendan Rodgers will hope his squad can change their fortunes.
Earlier this season when these two sides met at the Emirates, the North London side came out on top 2-0. A first half goal from Santi Cazorla was capped off with a brilliant strike from Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international will not feature due to an injury, but Liverpool's back-four will have to keep a close eye on the Spaniard.