EPL Week 5 Preview: Mourinho and AVB go head to head, Manchester teams look for consistency

AVB-MourinhoThe heat, tension and quiet rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas, will almost transform Spurs home ground to ‘White Hot Lane’ this weekend.

The Special One’s former mentee comes face to face with the man he walked out on in 2009, in what will definitely will be an explosive London derby, as the English Premier League swings by again. Mourinho and AVB both rested their entire starting 11 against their Capital One Cup games and still had enough to qualify for the 4th Round. While the younger Portuguese seems to be finding a way around with his team after Gareth Bale’s sale, Mourinho is yet to decide his best team and is itching for his strikers to get into the groove.

David Moyes’ men recovered from last Sunday’s derby demolition, with a 1-0 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford this week and will be looking to climb up from 8th position, when they host West Brom. Robin van Persie is expected to make his return from groin injury, to lead United’s attack against the Baggies.

In other 4pm clashes, Hull City will welcome West Ham to the KC Stadium, Crystal Palace will travel to Southampton, while Manchester City will be aiming for all three points again as they visit Villa Park. Fulham will host Cardiff City.

In Saturday’s late kick-off, table toppers Arsenal, will travel to Liberty Stadium to take on an in-form Swansea City. Arsene Wenger was able to rest most of his key players against West Brom in the League Cup and still managed to win on penalties. The Frenchman will be looking forward to Mesut Ozil to pull the strings again, as they seek to maintain their early lead and hope his defence can contain Michu and company.

On Sunday, Stoke City who were outmuscled at the Emirates last week, will look to bounce back against troubled Norwich City at the Britannia, before Liverpool take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Monday’s only game sees Roberto Martinez try to extend Everton’s unbeaten start to this campaign at Goodison Park against Newcastle United.

Adeyemi Adesanya
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