This weekend's Premier League action will be dominated by the clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Anfield will be the main focus of attention this weekend as league leaders Chelsea make the journey to Merseyside looking to maintain their unbeaten record this season.
The Blues are unstoppable this season and their defeat of Queens Park Rangers last weekend saw them extend their unbeaten Premier League run to ten matches. Mourinho has guided his side to eight wins and two draws this term and they maintain a healthy four point cushion at the top of the league. Will they slow down any time soon? Not likely!
Liverpool will be desperate to inflict the first defeat of the season upon the Blues. Brendan Rodgers’ men suffered a 1-0 defeat to strugglers Newcastle United last weekend and the pressure will certainly be building on the Reds’ manager coming into this match, some 12 points separating the side from the league leaders.
Rodgers was a hero in the red half of Merseyside last season, guiding his side to within a whisker of clinching their first ever Premier League title. Things are so different this season and some supporters are calling for his dismissal.
A victory on Saturday would silence his critics somewhat and take the heat off, however can Liverpool really manage what others including Arsenal and Manchester City failed to do? We will soon find out, however even the most optimistic Reds fans admit that it will be a huge task.
Once that game has passed, we can concentrate on the rest of the action from the top flight and Manchester United are amongst the clubs in action at the traditional 3pm slot. Van Gaal’s side tasted defeat at the hands of arch rivals Manchester City during the weekend derby, however they have dusted themselves off and will be eager to bounce back at Old Trafford as Crystal Palace come to town. Southampton will also be eager to maintain their lofty position in the Premier League with victory over a Leicester City side who appear to be on a downward spiral following their excellent early season form.
Aston Villa are in a mess at the moment and will be eager to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation scrap and turn their season around with a win against Hull City at Villa Park. Manchester City will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea with a win at Loftus Road against a QPR side who look increasingly like relegation fodder.
Sunday sees no less than four Premier League clashes, all but one starting at 1:30pm. Everton started the season in unconvincing fashion, however they appear to have found their form and look set to climb up the table with a victory over a Sunderland side who gained some confidence in their Monday evening win over Crystal Palace.
Spurs will aim to manage back-to-back wins in the top flight when they welcome Stoke City to White Hart Lane whilst Newcastle look to continue their upward surge by overcoming West Brom at the Hawthorns. The Magpies haven’t suffered defeat since September and have dropped only two points in their last four top flight matches, even knocking reigning champions Manchester City out of the League Cup. Alan Pardew will be sleeping much easier and should steer his side to a win on Sunday.
This weekend’s action concludes with an evening clash between Swansea and Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium. The Gunners are once again back on track with victories against Sunderland and Burnley, manager Arsene Wenger certain to demand nothing less than three points in South Wales.