After the break for World Cup Qualifiers the Premiership gets back into full swing this weekend and some teams will have to face a shake up after injuries received on international duty and England’s postponed game against Poland leaving some of the Premiership’s top players with little rest.
Tottenham play host to Chelsea on the first game of the weekend and the London Derby looks set to be an exciting one with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale on full form after saving the day for Wales against Scotland when he helped his national side to come from behind by scoring two goals in the last ten minutes of the game.
However Di Matteo should be confident his Chelsea side can penetrate the back four as Tottenham have conceded 8 goals in 7 premier league matches so far this season and face tough opposition in Chelsea’s attacking trio.
Aston Villa pay a visit to Fulham and Villa fans will be hoping that Belgium international Bentenke will be carrying his form forward after scoring in both of Belgium’s World Cup qualifying games this week. Fulham will be looking forward to the possible return of Berbatov and Petric back from injury.
Struggling Liverpool received news of further woe this week with Fabio Borini having been injured during his international duty with Italy, leaving Luis Suarez as the Reds’ only recognised striker. Pepe Reiner also picked up a muscle injury whilst warming up, whilst Gerrard, Johnson and Shelvey come back after just a two day break from England’s delayed game in Poland midweek.
Liverpool have only claimed 2 points out of their home games this season and will be desperately looking for a win against a Reading team who are also eager to turn the tide and move out of the bottom three.
Manchester United welcome Stoke to Old Trafford and Tony Pullis’ side will be looking to change the fact that they haven’t beaten United in 28 years. Whilst United remain a strong side having won 8 out of the last 9 against Stoke.
Other matches on Saturday include Swansea v Wigan, West Brom v Manchester City, West Ham v Southampton and a later kick off for Arsenal who pay a visit to Norwich.
Leaving two games to be played on Sunday featuring the North East Derby between Sunderland and Newcastle and QPR playing hosts to Everton.