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
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
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.