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: 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: 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: Spurs looking for revenge after humiliation at Etihad
The Lilywhites were thoroughly outclassed last time the two sides met earlier in the season. Man City who have been breathtakingly good at home displayed a near to perfect performance as they recorded a 6-0 victory over the North London side.
Even though Tottenham recorded 13 shots during the game compared to City’s 15, Pellegrini's side was much more clinical and recorded a win in exemplary fashion.
Preview: Arsenal look to stay top of the EPL, and add pressure to their rivals
Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Southampton brought a breath of fresh air to the club. His style of play is very easy on the eyes, and this season, despite a few mishaps, the Saints have played fairly well.
But after a few internal issues, the Southampton manager will be hoping that his side can respond on the pitch.
Their ownership saga has caused some club officials to step down, while Pablo Osvaldo's altercation with Jose Fonte was the icing on the cake. With the former Roma forward suspended, Pochettino can now focus on a difficult task on Tuesday night, as his side welcomes league leaders Arsenal to St. Mary's.
Preview: Fulham are still looking for their first victory away against Arsenal
Arsenal continued their good form on Monday with a 1-2 victory over Aston Villa. Two quick goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud in the first half were enough to put the Gunners back on top of the Premier League.
They will now turn their attention to a home match against Fulham, who have never defeated Arsenal away from home. From their last six meetings at the Emirates, Fulham have lost three, and drawn three, while conceding 12 and scoring only six.
Seeing how things have been going this year, Fulham could be in for another tough match. The Cottagers are currently 16th in the league standings, with only six victories in 21 matches.
Preview: Arsenal seek revenge at Villa Park
When the 2013/14 Premier League campaign kicked-off at the Emirates, Aston Villa came away with the full three points. The Arsenal faithful were left frustrated and annoyed at the fact that the club had yet to bring in a big name, but then arrived Mesut Özil on deadline day.
After that defeat, not many would have expected the league standings to look as they do right now. Arsenal could move into the top spot once again with a victory at Villa Park, while Villa are 11th, and could move above Hull City with at least one point.
Despite not featuring in European football, today’s football fixture lists are so congested especially in the Premier League that not having a deep squad can ruin a team’s chances of acquiring its preseason goals.
And Liverpool, after making an excellent start to the Premier League campaign, risk undoing all good they have achieved these past few months due to injuries to key players and not having enough players for a particular department. For this reason, Brendan Rodgers needs to identify players he can target in the January transfer window and bring them to Anfield in order to address this concern.
Preview: City hoping to start new year on a strong note
After ending 2013 on a high, the Citizens will be hoping to start from where they left off and begin the year in style. The Sky Blues are currently unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, a run which has seen them maul the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham and brush aside title contenders Liverpool as well as European heavyweights Bayern Munich.
Their next challenge will be a trip to South Wales where they face a Swansea City side which has failed to live up to the billing this season.
Preview: Sherwood and Hughes contemplating victory at all cost
Tottenham Hotspur missed the opportunity to finish Matchday 18 above the Red Devils of Manchester United. Both teams have 31 points but Spurs’ dreadful defensive record (the worst in the top-half of the Premier League table with 24 goals conceded) puts them in eighth, one spot behind.
Mental power and aggressiveness inspired Spurs to a vital 3-2 win away to Southampton last weekend. But there was not much to cheer about on Boxing Day as the team failed to click in their 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Preview: Finishing off the year on a positive note at St. James Park
The outcome of Sunday's match could have an affect on the Premier League title, but both sides will want to finish the year on a high. When they both meet, goals tend to be the main storyline, and that could very well be the case on Sunday.
From their last two meetings at St. James Park, there has only been one goal scored. Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in last year's match, while the prior season they played to a scoreless draw.
Year after year, Arsene Wenger states his desire to end Arsenal's trophy drought, but at the end the season, the Gunners continue to come up short.
This time around, the French manager went out and made a big purchase by signing Mesut Özil…
Preview: Arsenal look to silence their doubters against a high scoring Manchester City side
If we take a look back to August 2013, on the opening weekend of the 2013/14 English Premier League season, not many football fans would have expected the league table to look as it does.
Not only is Manchester City's four league losses a bit shocking, considering we are only 15 matches in, but Arsenal in first place may come as just as much of a shock.
The signing of Özil and the incredible form of Aaron Ramsey has helped propel the Gunners into the top spot, while they also have the best away record in the league. With five victories away from the Emirates, one draw and one defeat at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's squad goes into the Etihad on Saturday fresh off a defeat in mid-week.
Preview: Gunners can go seven points clear with a victory on Sunday
Whether you believe it or not, at the moment, Arsenal may be starting to change some doubters into believers. With a four point gap at the top of the table, the North London side will have a chance to jump out to a seven point lead, if they are to overcome a very confident and strong Everton side.
After losing their match at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's side has rebounded well, having won their last three Premier League matches.
Preview: A game of high tempo expected
It is with a blend of disappointment and pride that the Black Cats enter Saturday’s late kick-off at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Scoring three goals against Europa League champions Chelsea is a difficult thing to achieve, so conceding one more strike to eventually lose is what hurts most.
Sunderland were on the brink of doing something great on Wednesday. If it wasn’t for Eden Hazard’s outrageous performance, the Stadium of Light would still be dazzling with euphoria by now. But the seven-goal thriller was split 4-3 with Bardsley’s 86th minute strike not enough to snatch a point for the hosts.
Preview: Spotlight on Martinez, Moyes and Fellaini
It will be an emotional reunion between current Manchester United manager David Moyes and his former beloved club, Everton. But during the 90 minutes, friendship will not count as both teams will do their best to beat each other.
Interestingly, the Toffees rank above the Red Devils in the English Premier League standings. The Liverpool-based side has only lost once in the campaign and counts 24 points, two more than Man United. A few days after recording an emphatic 4-0 victory at home to Stoke City, Roberto Martinez will be looking to embarrass his predecessor at the Theatre of Dreams.
Preview: Citizens looking to extend perfect home run
The Sky Blues have been impeccable at home this season having scored 26 goals in the six games they have played at home turf this season and was it not for their disastrous away form, City would definitely be higher up in the table.
The Citizens have scored goals for fun this season and Premier League’s top scorers have notched ten goals in the last two matches something the Swansea defence should be wary of. In their last Premier League outing City ran riot scoring six goals against a Tottenham side which prior to their match against the Etihad side had only conceded six goals in 11 games.
Preview: Two teams looking to keep up with their rivals
Losing to Newcastle United before the international break means that Spurs resume their English Premier League campaign in seventh position. However, travelling supporters will be buoyed by the fact that their team seats above Man City – even if it is only by one point and two ranks following the results of Saturday's matches.
Both sides share the ambition of breaking into the Top Four zone but the competition at the top of the table is so tight that the slightest mistake has a big impact on the standings. After Matchday 11, only six points separated 2011/2012 EPL champions City from current league leaders Arsenal but between this gap, there were six teams, including surprise package Southampton.
Preview: Chelsea looking to get their season back on track
After dropping points in consecutive Premier League games against Newcastle and West Brom, Mourinho’s men will be hoping to make a statement when they face a struggling West Ham side. Chelsea’s season so far has been riddled with inconsistency, with their 2-0 loss against Newcastle coming at the back of triumphant outings against Arsenal and Manchester City.
In their last match against West Brom, the Blues were lucky to grab a point when they earned a controversial late penalty which was converted by Eden Hazard, but Chelsea should be aware of the fact that any more slip ups will put their place in the top four in jeopardy, with all of Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton only a point behind the London side.
Preview: Interesting clash between First and Third
Before the season started, it is more than likely that no one would have circled this match on the calendar. As the Gunners and Saints prepare for their match at the Emirates on Saturday, the final result of this match will have serious implications at the top of the EPL standings.
Arsenal has started the season in brilliant fashion, having won eight matches from a possible 11. A draw and two losses were the only slip-ups Arsene Wenger's side has had, and he will be hoping that his squad can avoid a negative result against Southampton.