The two Manchester teams go head to head this weekend. Both City and United picked up all three points in their Champions League games in midweek and will be looking to start building some consistency. Although the derby will have a different feel, especially with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, there will definitely be sweat and (literally) blood, when both sides file out at the Etihad in the last game of the weekend on Sunday. Wayne Rooney is beginning to discover good form and Vincent Kompany is back for the hosts. It promises to be a cracker, as David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini go head to head for local superiority.
Another interesting derby this weekend, will be between Chelsea and Fulham. Jose Mourinho is seemingly struggling with team selections and tactical systems and has not won his past four games. Tongues are already wagging and the wily Portuguese will be hoping to get all three points when their West London neighbours visit Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Arsenal will welcome Stoke City for Sunday’s early kick-off. The Gunners have gone unbeaten in both domestic and continental games since their opening day blip against Aston Villa. Although they have won their last 10 away games, their home form has not been too impressive and Arsene Wenger will be plotting how to take maximum points against Stoke, who have began the campiagn well. Their North London rivals Spurs will be away in Wales to Cardiff City. Villas-Boas this week slammed the fixture list for his side, but will be eager to see his team keep up their early season tempo.
Southampton travel to Liverpool, who are currently league leaders. Daniel Sturridge has scored in all league games this week, but will be missing Coutinho’s spark, as the Brazilian has been ruled out till the end of October. However, you do feel Brendan Rodgers’ men should take all three points.
In other games, Crystal Palace hosts Swansea, who stunned Valencia in Spain in the Europa League. Aston Villa travel to Norwich and Newcastle hosts Hull City. West Brom’s new boy Sessegnon, will be looking to increase former boss Paolo Di Canio’s woes at the Hawthorns.