Liverpool v Arsenal
There’s a few stand-out fixtures this weekend, none more so than the Live Saturday afternoon game on BT Sport.
Liverpool host Arsenal that will firmly test the Gunners push for the league title and first trophy in nine years.
After Arsenal’s failed £40 million and a pound bid to sign Luis Suarez in the summer, will the tenacious Uruguayan show Arsene Wenger just what he really missed out on?
With arguably the best strike-force in the league (Suarez and Sturridge) up against arguably the best centre-half pairing in the league (Mertesacker and Koscielny) it promises to be a fantastic game.
Norwich v Man City
After Monday night’s disappointment to Chelsea, City will look to bounce back in their usual high scoring manner when they travel to Norwich on Saturday afternoon.
Not only did their defeat end an unbeaten run of 20 games, it also ended a run of 11 consecutive home league wins. Still without the injured Aguero, City will be firm favorites for this tie as Norwich have only won one of their last six games. Scoring a mere 3 goals in the process.
Tottenham v Everton
This is an intriguing encounter, as both teams are right in the hunt for that fourth and final Champions League spot.
Liverpool will have already played when these two collide and they’ll both know whether a victory puts them back in the driving seat or keeps them in touching distance. Either way a defeat would be real set-back for their Champions League chase.
Emanuel Adebayor has been in fantastic goal scoring form since Tim Sherwood took over, and after last week’s blank against Hull he’ll be looking to find the net on this occasion.
Seamus Coleman looks set to make his comeback for Everton, after missing the last two games. The Irish fullback has been in fine form this season, netting 5 goals.
Just one point separates these two sides in what should be an attacking game football down at the Lane.
Man United v Fulham
You could say both these teams have had disastrous campaigns so far this season. Last year’s Champions are well and truly off the pace of the leading trio and are even struggling to be playing Champions League football next season. Fulham, well they sit bottom of the league, 4 points from safety and have lost 5 of their last 6 games. Not to mention the midweek home defeat to League 1 Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
United’s defeat to Stoke last week was their eight of the season, three more than the whole of last year. Will Moyes play the attacking three of Rooney, van Persie and Mata again? He needs all the attacking options he can get, in what can only be described a must win game for United and Moyes.
Fulham have their deadline day signings in contention for selection. Lewis Holtby, John Heitinga, Kostas Mitriglou, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole are all available after not being registered with the league in time to play last week’s home defeat to Southampton.
Defeat for either side will certainly rank up the pressure on the manager as they both look to kick-start their season.