Premier League Week 5 Fixtures: Full Listing of Start Times for Weekend Matchups

Mike HoagCorrespondent IISeptember 20, 2013

(FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers (left) 177990999 and 178918611) In this composite image a comparison has been made between David Moyes (L) , Manager of Manchester United and Manuel Pellegrini,Manager of Manchester City. Manchester City and Manchester United meet for the first Manchester Derby of the season on September 22, 2013 at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Manchester United Manager David Moyes looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE***  MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The Manchester Derby is, by far, the most interesting Premier League tilt in Week 5.

Sunday afternoon’s clash between Manchester United and Manchester City will have some uncertainty as a lot of the faces have changed, but the heat of the rivalry will remain the same. It also marks the first time since 1986 the two clubs have met without Sir Alex Ferguson on the sidelines.

But don’t let the excitement of that match hide the other exciting ties we’re in store for this weekend. Here’s a look at the start times for every matchup on this weekend’s slate and a preview of some of the most intriguing of the bunch.

 

 

Manchester City vs. Manchester United

They save the best for last and Sunday afternoon’s Manchester Derby will probably live up to its calling. But then again, it might not.

It has been a rocky start for both new managers as their teams prepare to meet on the pitch for the first time this season. Rocky, that’s what they call not taking the Premier League by storm and sitting in the fourth and fifth spots on the table after four matches.

But that’s to be expected when talking about two top sides like these two have consistently been.

Will David Moyes’ side make a big statement at the hostile Etihad? Or, can Manuel Pellegrini’s club take a positive step by at least saving one point to stay up to par with their rivals?

 

Cardiff City vs. Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Gylfi Sigurosson of Spurs (C) is congratulated by Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend (R) of Spurs  on scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at White Hart
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The newly promoted Bluebirds are looking sharp, securing five points—including a win over Man City—to begin their latest EPL run. Gaining another three points at Cardiff Stadium against another top team might just make us all believers.

But Tottenham’s a talented club that will be well aware of the challenge the newcomers pose. How focused will they be and how will they play together, though? Andre Villas-Boas’ side has a League Cup tie lined up on Tuesday, just two days following their trip to Cardiff Stadium, making the matchup somewhat unpredictable.

There’s definitely some intrigue here; it’ll be worth tuning in to find out if Cardiff is for real.

 

Arsenal vs. Stoke City

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal  applauds the crowd during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal at Stade Velodrome on September 18, 2013 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Jamie McDonal
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The addition of Mesut Ozil has sparked the masses of Gunners fans into a frenzy, and the move is already paying off on the pitch. Can one big signing—something Arsene Wenger failed to finalize until the 11th hour of transfer deadline day—be the difference-maker for his Gunners this season?

It’s looking that way.

But a tilt with Stoke City won’t be easy, even in the friendly confines of Emirates Stadium. Mark Hughes has brought a new attitude and some better players with him to the Potters, and he’ll have them ready for another good early showing.