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.
Preview: Arsenal could head into this match as favorites for the first time in a while
The last time Arsenal took points from a match with Manchester United at Old Trafford was in 2009, when they drew 0-0. At the time, Robin van Persie was still an Arsenal player, while Manchester United still had Cristiano Ronaldo on their squad.
On Sunday, Van Persie will take the field as a United player, but the hosts are struggling to find consistency in their game. One big absence for the hosts will be one Sir Alex Ferguson.
Preview: Magpies hoping to take advantage of low-scoring Spurs
Only Hull City have scored fewer goals in the top half of the table than Tottenham who are currently fourth in the league table and Newcastle who are at the back of a 2-0 victory over Chelsea will be hoping to continue the momentum in the match against Spurs.
The French duo of Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored goal apiece as Newcastle cruised to a victory over the Blues, with the latter scoring his sixth goal of the season since sealing his loan move from QPR.
Preview: Chelsea hopeful of maintaining home record at the expense of West Brom
Whereas their away record has been quite disappointing this season, Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club has seen Chelsea once again maintaining their exemplary home record. The Blues have won all five matches they have played at home turf in the league this season, but have been able to notch all three points from only one away game.
In their last outing against Newcastle, Chelsea were humbled at St James’ Park as the Magpies strolled to a 2-0 victory. Jose Mourinho was hugely disappointed after the loss and one player who faced his wrath was Belgian winger Eden Hazard who was disciplined as a result of not being present for training on Monday. As a result the 22 year old was not included in the squad to face Schalke, but his Portuguese coach confirmed that his star player will be in contention to start against West Brom.
Preview: Tough clash at a tough time for Arsenal
The Gunners are eager to put on a great show at the Emirates Stadium this evening, following the 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek. That was a rather disappointing result looking at the team’s current hot form. At the end of the day, Jose Mourinho’s tactical tricks and the players’ great execution on the field proved too strong for Arsene Wenger’s side to overcome.
Arsenal’s fixture list is very tough, with a crucial UEFA Champions League battle away to Borussia Dortmund coming up next week. As of now though, the focus is on keeping maximum points at home against Liverpool.
Preview: Newcastle United aiming to deny Mourinho for the third time
The 2-1 loss against Sunderland last weekend still resounds in the head of Newcastle United’s club and supporters. It was the first time in nearly half a century that the Magpies had suffered successive defeats against their bitter rivals. After that demoralizing result, Newcastle took on Manchester City in the hope of reaching the 2013/14 Capital One Cup quarter-finals.
They came close to achieving their mission but Manuel Pellegrini’s side proved too tough to crack. With underperforming goalkeeper Joe Hart benched and several squad changes, Man City found a great balance in defence to deny the Magpies. After 90 minutes of action, the two teams could not be separated. Alan Pardew’s side eventually ran out of steam in extra-time, allowing Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko to score without reply.
Preview: Another goal fest between City and Norwich?
Coach Chris Hughton is enduring a tough period. The month of October was one to forget with three losses and a draw. Norwich City scored only twice and conceded as many as 11 goals in all competitions. Their Capital One Cup campaign came to an abrupt end earlier on Tuesday as they fell to a 4-0 result against Manchester United at Old Trafford. On their visit to the blue side of the city, Norwich will be hoping for a better result.
However, records are clearly against the visitors (8) who count half of Manchester City’s points (16) in the Premier League. The last five league meetings between the two have produced some of the Citizens most dramatic and biggest victories. These include a 6-1 triumph in April 2012 and a 4-3 win nine months later.
Preview: Jose looking to get the better of Pellegrini again
The special one has an impressive record against his counterpart having played Pellegrini’s Malaga on a number of occasions during his time as the head coach of Spanish giants Real Madrid. Manuel Pellegrini was only once able to get the better of Mourinho’s Real Madrid in five Primera Liga meetings, but suffered heavy defeats which included a 7-0 mauling at the hands of the Castillian club in 2011 and a 6-2 defeat last season both at the Bernabeu.
Mourinho will once again be hoping to turn the home advantage in his own favour when Chelsea welcome the Citizens to the Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are at the back of a 3-0 victory against German outfit Schalke and will be hoping to keep the momentum going.
Preview: SAS to end Liverpool’s bad spell against the Baggies?
West Bromwich Albion are very tricky opponents and Liverpool know it. The latter have lost each of their last three Premier League meetings against the Baggies, conceding six goals and scoring none. The Reds will be careful to avoid yet another upset. This season, West Brom have pulled a few stunning results already.
They made the most of their home advantage to demolish Sunderland 3-0 last month and followed up on this achievement with two remarkable results: a 2-1 victory over David Moyes’ struggling Manchester United at Old Trafford and a 1-1 draw against Arsene Wenger’s high-flying Arsenal.
Preview: Arsenal must take advantage of instability
Ian Holloway did a fine job guiding Crystal Palace to the English top flight, but after a poor start to the campaign, both parties have gone their separate ways. A heavy defeat at home against Fulham was the final straw, and now the Eagles will prepare to take on league leaders Arsenal.
Palace has only managed one victory from their eight EPL matches, but they enter Saturday's match on a five match losing streak.
From their four home matches this season, they have conceded eight goals, while only scoring four. And mind you, three of those goals came in one match, when they earned a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
Preview: Citizens keen to avoid another upset
The Hammers pulled out the shock of the EPL season before the international break by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at White Hart Lane. This was only their second win in the league among mixed results.
With eight points from a possible 21, West Ham United are in 13th position above Cardiff City on goal difference. Incredibly, only one point separates them from the relegation zone which is currently occupied by Fulham (7), Crystal Palace (3) and Sunderland (1) respectively.
Preview: Positive performance needed ahead of important UCL match
Since Arsenal lost their opening day match at home against Aston Villa, they have never looked back. Arsene Wenger's side has put together five victories and one draw in the EPL, and they will look to continue that form on Saturday.
They will welcome Chris Hughton's Norwich side, who has been struggling as of late.
Currently 18th in the EPL standings, the Canaries have only managed two victories from seven matches. Another negative stat will be the fact that they have scored just five goals, while conceding nine. Looking at their negative four goal difference, a meeting with Arsenal's offense at the Emirates could be a serious cause for concern.
Preview: Three more points for the visitors at St James’ Park?
Liverpool resume their EPL campaign as joint leaders with Arsenal. Both teams have won five matches, drawn one and lost one. If Brendan Rodgers’ side are behind, it is only because they have scored less goals (11) than the Gunners (14). However, the goal difference (+6) is the same as Liverpool have a better defensive record.
This is mainly thanks to the heroics of Simon Mignolet whose national team, Belgium, has been tipped to dazzle in Brazil. Speaking about the World Cup qualifiers, some of Liverpool’s players enjoyed a great international break – notably Steven Gerrard who scored and inspired England to victory over Poland en route to World Cup qualification.
Preview: A frustrated Mourinho would not accept dropping more points
Making a return to Chelsea was never going to be easy for Jose Mourinho, especially after the success he had in his first stint with the club. Claiming titles always raises expectations for the future, and having returned to Stamford Bridge, the Special One's start to the season has not gone all that well.
Chelsea is currently fifth in the Premier League with 11 points, which is four less than league leading Arsenal. Now while it is still very early in the season, dropping seven points in the first six matches could be fatal later in the season.