EPL Week 5 Fixtures: Schedule, TV Coverage and Live Stream Information
After a week punctuated by the long-awaited return of Champions League football, the Premier League arrives in a hurry this weekend, with a bumper card including several tasty encounters.
The Manchester derby takes centre stage, but there are several other intriguing bouts sure to throw up endless talking points for fans to dissect.
Here is your complete guide to the weekend's action, with a full schedule, television details and a look at the key contests.
|Sept. 21||Norwich vs. Aston Villa||12:45 BST||BT Sport (UK)/NBC Sports Network (US)||BT Sport App (UK)|
|Sept. 21||Liverpool vs. Southampton||15:00 BST||NBC Sports Network (US)|
|Sept. 21||Newcastle vs. Hull||15:00 BST|
|Sept. 21||West Brom vs. Sunderland||15:00 BST|
|Sept. 21||West Ham vs. Everton||15:00 BST|
|Sept. 21||Chelsea vs. Fulham||17:30 BST||Sky Sports 1 (UK)||Sky Go App (UK)|
|Sept. 22||Arsenal vs. Stoke||13:30 BST||Sky Sports 1 (UK)/CNBC (US)||Sky Go App (UK)|
|Sept. 22||Crystal Palace vs. Swansea||13:30 BST|
|Sept. 22||Cardiff vs. Tottenham||16:00 BST|
|Sept. 22||Man City vs. Man Utd||16:00 BST||Sky Sports 1 (UK)||Sky Go App (UK)|
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Manchester City vs. Manchester United
The weekend culminates with a heavyweight clash between the past two Premier League champions. What makes this contest even more absorbing in the fact that it features two new managers unfamiliar with the Manchester derby.
Who wins the Manchester derby?
Both Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes haven't enjoyed the smoothest transition into their new roles, but victory in this game would instantly establish their status among supporters. Defeat and inauspicious starts to the season will suddenly look far more precarious.
With the game taking place on Manchester City soil, Pellegrini's side will be favourites and have looked far more convincing at home than on their travels. There they have won both games, but suffered a draw and a defeat on the road.
Their rivals have considerable threats in Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to expose what's looked a fallible defence, although Vincent Kompany's return may limit their production.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
Chelsea vs. Fulham
Another interesting tussle throws two London rivals together at Stamford Bridge. On paper, victory looks a formality for Jose Mourinho's side, but the Blues are on a losing run having suffered shock defeats to both FC Basel and Everton.
Should that run of losses extend to three games—and five without a win—then what has already been Chelsea's worst start in the Roman Abramovich era will start to cause alarm.
However, despite this poor run of form, Fulham are accommodating travellers and are unlikely to prolong their neighbours' agony too long. The Cottagers continually allow their opponents a barrage of chances, so expect Chelsea to romp home comfortably.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Fulham
Cardiff vs. Tottenham
Several other matches have interesting sub-plots this weekend, but this game has the whiff of a potential upset, which is always worth monitoring.
Cardiff welcome Tottenham to the scene of their momentous win over Manchester City and are sure to be roared on by another raucous, intimidating home crowd.
Spurs' long-term prospects are exciting, but initially things may take a while to get going. The squad is still working on their cohesion while acclimatising to each other, and this will be several players' first visit to the trenches together, which could provide a shock.
Prediction: Cardiff 1-0 Tottenham
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