Premier League Week 4 Fixtures: Top Matches to Watch This Weekend

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17:  Robin van Persie (C) of Manchester United scores his sides opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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The Premier League is heating up early in the season.

Three games in, Liverpool stand tall as the league's only club with full points, not yet conceding a goal. After that teams have played evenly-matched football as they wet their feet in the 2013 campaign.

Week 4's fixture brings some exciting contests to the table. Manchester United need to stop their early slumps while Manchester City will want to remain undefeated.

These matches in particular promise to deliver some alluring action. Here's a preview of what to watch this weekend.



Premier League Week 4 Fixtures

Home AwayDayTime (BST)Broadcaster
Manchester UnitedCrystal PalaceSaturday12.45BT Sport
Aston VillaNewcastle UnitedSaturday15.00 
FulhamWest BromSaturday15.00 
Hull CityCardiff CitySaturday15.00 
Stoke CityManchester CitySaturday15.00 
SunderlandArsenalSaturday15.00 
TottenhamNorwich CitySaturday15.00 
EvertonChelseaSaturday17.30Sky Sports 1
SouthamptonWest HamSunday16.00Sky Sports 1
Swansea CityLiverpoolMonday20.00Sky Sports 1

 

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace

This is not the start Manchester United had hoped for.

After pounding Swansea 4-1 in their opener, the squad failed to scoop up a victory in their following two matches, battling to a scoreless draw against Chelsea and losing 1-0 to Liverpool.

To be fair, a tough schedule has befuddled the Red Devils as they failed to secure victories against the league's top clubs. Against Crystal Palace, Manchester United must rediscover the win column.

While losing Wayne Rooney to injury has hurt United, the club can take solace in the defence only surrendering two goals in those three matches.

Crystal Palace don't have much offensive firepower on their side, but Ian Halloway's team will play with nothing to lose as the heavy underdogs.

 

Tottenham vs. Norwich City 

Spurs have struggled to engineer many chances in Gareth Bale's absence, scoring only two goals in three fixtures.

Now gone to Real Madrid, the 24-year-old had led the team with 21 goals last year.

Tottenham are another prestigious club that won't want to fall any further down the standings, but they play a slightly-tougher adversary in Norwich City, who have varied their early results with a win, defeat and draw. 

Outside of their matchups, Norwich City's opponents so far have only collected one other win. A victory over Southampton won't exactly boost anyone's title aspirations.

But since Tottenham hasn't won a head-to-head matchup since 2011, this is a match with upset potential that is worth monitoring.

 

Stoke City vs. Manchester City

Both teams already have two victories to their credit and a third would help either stay near the top of the EPL leaderboard.

No team has netted more goals than Manchester City, who have already scored eight times after kicking off the year with a 4-0 offensive barrage over Newcastle United. This weekend, however, provides their toughest challenger to date in Stoke City.

Stoke City are also at six points, despite being out-shot 49-40 on the season. After losing to Liverpool, the Potters secured one-goal victories over Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

Stopping Alvaro Negredo, who has already notched two goals for the Sky Blues, will be pivotal for Stoke City to take home a major statement win.