Arsenal v Manchester City - STAR FIXTURE
The Citizens travel to the Emirates after a shock 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City that Manuel Pellegrini insisted was a “once in a season” result that won’t be repeated.
Arsene Wenger meanwhile will want to see his side shrug off their slow start to the season with a win against a top four rival - which is something of a rarity in Arsenal’s recent history against the big clubs.
14 goals have been scored in the last three encounters between the two sides, so with both teams needing a win to stay in touch of league leaders Chelsea, can we expect the goal tally to rise even further?
Stefan Jovetic looks unlikely to start as he suffers with a hamstring injury so Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will most likely share the goal-scoring duties.
Danny Welbeck will be aiming to hit the ground running after his £16M move from Manchester United. Here is what Arsene Wenger had to say about his new center forward.
Having found the back of the next twice for England in the week could he be on the verge of something special at Arsenal? We think so! Our verdict – 2-1 to the Gunners.
Chelsea v Swansea
Chelsea host Swansea in a game where one of the team's winning runs must come to an end! Chelsea’s impressive form in the league should continue after their 6-3 win over Everton while Swansea will want to maintain their own 100% record after beating West Brom at home with a 3-0 win.
Diego Costa’s ongoing hamstring injury continues to raise doubts about whether or not the Spaniard will start, but the signing of France international Loic Remy means the Blues have other striker options available.
Garry Monk spoke of the challenges his team have faced so far this season and what they could be up against on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
With Nathan Dyer in goal-scoring form the attacking midfielder might just be the key to a Swansea upset. And, while Chelsea have shown they can score at will, they will concede goals as well having let in four already.
Swansea will have to be at their very best to deal with the Chelsea onslaught and if they can take their own chances could come away with a draw at best. Our verdict? Another Chelsea home win, 2–0.
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Liverpool go into this match minus Daniel Sturridge after the striker picked up a thigh injury in training whilst away on international duty with England during the week. Scans revealed the Reds star will be ruled out for two to three weeks so Mario Balotelli will likely be given the nod to start up top.
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert and Roy Keane have forged a strong coaching partnership at Villa having shaped a team that has won two matches and drawn one while only conceding one goal so far this season.
Standout performances by star man Fabien Delph have earned the 24 year old his first caps for England this week where the midfielder earned widespread praise for his positive contribution in the Three Lions jersey.
Former Liverpool defender Aly Cissoko will be looking to win three points for Villa on his return to Anfield - having spent a year there on loan last season, while starlet Jack Grealish will be relishing his chance to show himself on one of the biggest stages in front of the Kop, amid the hype which currently surrounds him.
The last time these two teams met Aston Villa took a two-goal lead in the first half. Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard managed to earn Liverpool a draw, which will no doubt be a sore point for Paul Lambert and co.
Mario Balotelli may still need a few more games before he is fully up to speed so if Villa can start strongly again then we may see them hold onto any lead they gain in the match this time around.
The shaky start at home to Southampton still lingers with this Liverpool side and if Villa can continue to win without conceding many themselves then a win might be possible but our verdict will be another draw. 1–1.
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