Preview: Two London sides desperate for a win
Fulham and Tottenham will both be looking to put an end to their winless streaks when they meet each other at the Craven Cottage on Wednesday. The Cottagers have lost all of their last four matches in the league and five in all competitions, their antics have resulted in Fulham dropping down into the relegation zone. The inevitable sacking of Martin Jol resulted in former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen appointed as the manager of Fulham and the Dutchman is set to take charge of an English team for the first time in the match against Tottenham.
Even though the manager might have changed, the players are the same and Meulensteen will have some task at hand to motivate players who have tasted defeat in five consecutive matches. But the former Man United coach has insisted that his experience with his former club has allowed him to gain the necessary attributes to deal with such challenges.
Preview: Chelsea poised to continue fine form against Sunderland
After disappointing showings in consecutive games against Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea have finally returned to winning ways scoring back to back victories over West Ham and Southampton. They now face Sunderland, a side Chelsea have performed remarkably well against with the Blues having won their last eight top flight games against the Black cats.
Sunderland have seemed like an improved side under the management of Gus Poyet but are still in 19th place just one point adrift of table bottomers Crystal Palace and Chelsea will surely be looking to take advantage of their misery. The London side have an easy run of games and will be hoping to take it to their advantage by closing the gap between themselves and league leaders Arsenal. Away trips to Sunderland and Stoke will be followed by a home fixture against Crystal Palace and Chelsea will be disappointed not to pick nine points from their next three games.
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: Both sides enter this match off motivating victories
Few people would have expected Arsenal to be top of the Premier League table after 13 matches, but the truth is that they have deserved it thus far. Great collective play, fighting spirit, and five cleansheets in their last six matches have contributed to their brilliant start.
Despite their injury concerns, the Gunners have managed to remain competitive. The absences of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain were just three of the injuries Arsene Wenger has had to deal with.
Preview: Liverpool poised to get back on track
The Merseyside Reds had an off day last Sunday. They underperformed and were punished by Hull City, losing 3-1 in the end. Key player Glen Johnson did not win a single tackle in the match while Luis Suarez seemed to miss his partnership with injured forward Daniel Sturridge. Manager Brendan Rodgers was left in shock by the defeat.
“If we were going to lose a game in that run of five, I wouldn't have expected it to be at Hull. That's no disrespect to them but this was a game where we should come and do much better,” the ex-Swansea boss told Sky Sports on Monday.
Preview: City looking to improve away form in the league
The Citizens have climbed up to the third spot in the league thanks to two consecutive league wins which has seen them score nine goals without conceding any. Much for their dominant performances at the Etihad, City have not been the same side away from home winning just a single of the six away games they have played so far.
French playmaker Samir Nasri, who has blossomed this season under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini scoring twice in City’s last outing against Swansea lamented his team’s away form and insisted that it must improve if they are to emerge as title contenders this season.
Preview: Saints looking to take advantage of inconsistent Chelsea
Southampton will be looking to justify their top four credentials with a strong performance against Chelsea. The Saints have performed admirably under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino and have begun the new season strongly. Their antics have earned them a place in the top five and the residents of St Mary’s stadium are just two points behind Chelsea, which means that a win will allow them to leapfrog the London side into the top four.
The Saints have produced excellent performances against big teams, picking up points from matches against Liverpool and Manchester United. However Southampton failed to do the same when they clashed against Arsenal at the Emirates last time out. Even though they played admirably throughout the match, they were unlucky to concede two foolish goals courtesy of a horror from goalkeeper Artur Boruc who gifted Olivier Giroud possession in front of the goal before Jose Fonte needlessly pulled Per Mertesacker’s shirt inside the box to gift the Gunners a penalty and thus another goal.
Preview: Spurs and United both fresh from midweek wins
This game is coming at the perfect time. Spurs will be out to prove that they have totally recovered – tactically and mentally – from their miserable 6-0 beating at the Etihad Stadium on Matchday 12. They used Thursday’s Europa League encounter away to Tromsø as an opportunity to boost their confidence.
This 2-0 way in Norway should help them to get back on track by avoiding a third straight loss in the English Premier League. Andre Villas-Boas sounded confident in his interview with Sky Sports.
Preview: Reds looking for a big win against the Tigers
Brendan Rodger’s men have pulled off an unexpected start to the season and currently find themselves second in the league table just four points behind leaders Arsenal, a difference they will be hoping to narrow down on Sunday.
The Reds possess one of the most potent attacks in England’s top tier league and with both Suarez and Sturridge in the form of their lives, the Hull City defense will have to be at their very best to gain anything out of this match.
Preview: Arsenal out to gun down the Blue Birds
Arsenal will travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City, in a match that will have some significant meaning for Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh captain spent all of his youth career at the club, as well as two seasons at the senior level before he was transferred to Arsenal in June of 2008.
He will now get a chance to showcase his talent, and the timing could not be better. Ramsey is off to a flying start, as he has already scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Arsenal this season.
Preview: United eyeing a top four berth
Manchester United’s form has improved in recent weeks. The Red Devils are obviously known for famous comebacks after initial problems during a season. United knows how to complete the marathon; they do not always win the race.
Prior to the international week, they found a way past Arsenal using simple tactics – by defending as a team and by taking their chances. Indeed, a Robin Van Persie header dealt the Gunners a blow.
Van Persie will not be available for David Moyes this week due to injury. Nemanja Vidic is set to miss out too following a concussion against Arsenal a fortnight ago.
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: Roberto Martinez hoping to relish in Merseyside derby debut
Saturday’s encounter will see two former Swansea bosses go head to head and for the Everton Boss it will be his first Merseyside derby. Games between Everton and Liverpool have always been very high intensity matches and form and league standings have no significance when the two sides meet one another.
Roberto Martinez has recognized the importance of the celebrated fixture and has termed the Merseyside derby as being ‘unique’ for the energy it produces.
The people of the City of Kingston upon Hull, in East Yorkshire are a forward looking lot, they are currently in the process of bidding for the UK's City of Culture, the City has hosted Rugby World Cup matches and bid to be a host city in England's recent failed effort to host the 2018 World Cup Finals, but none look to the future more than the fans of Hull City AFC. The fans of this famous old Northern Association Football Club are in a battle over re-branding with the club's 74 year old owner Assem Allam after he announced that he is going to rename the club Hull Tigers!
On the face of it, it seems like a way to increase revenue streams from overseas markets with a shorter punchier name. However, it appears to be more of a personal vendetta against Hull City Council. Mr Alam's reasons for the re-brand is all a way of removing the word City which he associates with the City Council rather than an exercise in revenue generation.
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: More misery for the Black Cats?
After their awful display in a 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich, many tipped Manchester City to fail again in the UEFA Champions League. However, they responded well with vital wins over CSKA Moscow to reach the Last 16 of the tournament.
“It’s a big achievement for the club because this is the first time we’ve gone beyond the group stages so we’re really happy, but there is still a long way to go,” midfielder Samir Nasri told the club's official website.
“Now we’ll focus on the Premier League but on paper, we have as much quality as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and [Manchester] United.”
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: Liverpool to take advantage of struggling Fulham
The Cottagers have been more inconsistent than any other team in the Premier League and will surely have to make amends soon enough if they are to remain in England’s top flight league ahead of this season.
Martin Jol’s men began the new campaign on a five game winless streak, which was followed by three victories in four games. However their good run was very short lived as the Londoners lost all of their three subsequent matches.
In their last outing against Manchester United, Fulham gave the impression of a team which did not come out to win maximum points. Lack of concentration and some lazy defending allowed Man United to cruise to a 3-1 victory.