Another big weekend of top Premiership Football sees Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford after meeting Chelsea twice in the previous week. The first game between the premiership leaders was controversial to say the least ending in a 3-2 win for United, whilst the League Cup clash during the week saw Chelsea take their revenge winning 5-4.
No doubt Manchester United will want to put their League Cup exit behind them and field a more experienced team against Arsenal. Both teams managed to avoid injuries during the week but Manchester United are still awaiting the return of key defenders. Arsenal have a score to settle after last seasons 8-2 humiliation at Old Trafford but now face former team mate Robin van Persie and a team that has socred 13 goals in four Premiership home games. All bookies odds for this game seem to favour a win for the home team.
Swansea and Chelsea meet after both teams had big wins in the League Cup this week, however Chelsea go to the Liberty Stadium with a weakened attack after both Juan Mata and David Luiz suffered injuries during the epic Capital One Cup victory over United. John Terry and Frank Lampard are still unavailable whilst Ashley Cole and Fernando Torres return. Chelsea are the bookies favourite but it is worth mentioning that after ten league visits to Swansea Chelsea have only won two!
Another team jockeying to keep their position in the top four is Manchester City and they visit West Ham with the knowledge that Sam Allerdyce’s side will still be missing Guy Demel and Matthew Taylor. It’s not all plain sailing for City as they are still missing the Likes of David Silva and Jack Rodwell. Whilst Micah Richards is ruled out for a month after picking up a serious knee injury during the Swansea game. Manchester City are still tipped to win by the bookies.
Tottenham will also be looking to consolidate their top four position with both Everton and Arsenal hot on their heels as they play host to Wigan on Saturday. Jermain Defoe’s recent form is likely to keep Adebayor out of the starting line-up, whilst Scott Parker and Mousa Dembele will be absent. Robert Martinez is still unable to pick Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Albert Crusat (knee), but Ryo Miyaichi’s return from injury could see him push for a place on the Wigan bench. Arouna Kone’s three goals so far this campaign make him odds on to partner Franco Di Santo – who recently earned his maiden call-up to the Argentina squad.
Other premiership games this weekend include Fulham v Everton, Norwich v Stoke and Sunderland v Aston Villa on Saturday with QPR v Reading and Liverpool v Newcastle on Sunday.