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: 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: 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: Cardiff and Swansea set stage for first BPL Welsh derby
Cardiff’s promotion to England’s top tier football league means, that the Barclays Premier League will for the first time play host to a Welsh derby. When Cardiff played Arsenal in the FA Cup final back in 1927, it was reported that hundreds of Swansea fans travelled miles to support their fellow Welsh side. What used to be a friendly rivalry, has gradually turned into one of the fiercest rivalries in all of Britain.
With the hostility which exists between fans of both the clubs, security is expected to be very tight at the Cardiff City Stadium. Evidence of the stern rivalry between the two clubs was felt in its true essence back in 1993 when a match between the two clubs at Cardiff’s former home Ninian Park, saw fans tear apart the seats at the grandstand. As a result of the violent behaviour of a few, a major step was taken to ban away fans from the fixture.
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.
After a dismal start to life at new club, Moyes has seemed to stabilise things now unbeaten in the last seven games. After a horrid month of September which saw the defending champions lose…
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: Spurs in bounce-back mission on AVB's birthday week
AVB’s men had been doing so well until they hosted West Ham United before the international break. They suffered destruction when the public least expected it. Before that 3-0 demolition in front of their own supporters, Tottenham had conceded only two goals – in a 1-0 loss away to Arsenal and a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.
They ended Matchday 7 outside the European zone, prompting the media to question whether the club would suffer yet another Champions League qualification heartache this season. It is of course too early to predict anything. However, having narrowly missed out on the Top Four in May 2013, Spurs will be eager to put the shocking defeat to West Ham behind and resume their Premier League campaign with a bang.
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.