A hectic schedule of Premier League fixtures shows no signs of relenting.
As the English top flight gains momentum, there’s an array of matches to sit back and enjoy across the coming days. Picking out the tastiest encounters from the sixth round of matches, which games are worth paying special attention to?
Starting with a full rundown of this weekend’s fixtures, let’s take a look.
Matches to Watch Across the Coming Days
Tottenham vs. Chelsea
This fixture should serve up a little bit of everything.
Much has been made about the relationship between Andre Villas-Boas and his former mentor Jose Mourinho across the past week.
AVB’s decision to suggest the pair are no longer friends irked his Portuguese compatriot, forcing him into a public rant during the build-up to the White Hart Lane clash.
As reported by Tony Banks of the Express, Mourinho accused the Spurs boss of acting like a kid.
I’m not like a kid. If I have something to discuss with someone, we have lunch and talk. We don’t discuss it in front of everyone. My parents taught me that if you have a problem at school, you resolve it yourself rather than bringing it home. Things should be resolved between brothers.
People might be scared of me because of my ugly face – not because of my personality. When people know me, they know they can be straight.
Such a sub-plot adds another layer to a London derby that already possesses considerable spice. Spurs currently sit two points ahead of their visitors after five games and will be looking to create a five-point advantage in front of their own fans.
For Chelsea, the trip is shaping up to be an immensely-difficult one. The Blues have yet to win on the road this Premier League season and have grabbed just one point from games against Manchester United and Everton.
Can Jose notch his first away win of the campaign? Chelsea need to up their performance level considerably if they are to leave with the win.
Swansea City vs. Arsenal
What on earth has happened to Arsenal this season?
One major splashing of cash and the Emirates mood has turned into a party. While it was only a few weeks ago that many fans were calling for Arsene Wenger’s head, this week saw club owner Stan Kroenke suggest the Frenchman will sign a new deal with the North London side he has managed for 17 years.
Mesut Ozil’s £42.4 million arrival, as reported by David Ornstein of BBC Sport, has transformed the Gunners’ expectations.
His four assists in two Premier League games perhaps isn’t enough to outline Arsenal as title contenders just yet, but the German international’s decision to play in red and white lets fans know Wenger is no longer messing about in the transfer market.
Swansea will look to dent Arsenal’s feel-good factor. Michael Laudrup’s men have gotten used to facing top clubs this season, having already encountered Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool in the opening weeks.
While this trio of games only served up one point, last weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace—combined with the fantastic 3-0 Europa League victory over Valencia—has the Welsh side looking in decent shape.
Last season’s 2-0 win at the Emirates saw him notch a brace, but can the Swans avenge the 2-0 home defeat inflicted by their visitors in the corresponding fixture from last season?
A fascinating, possession-based tactical battle will ensue.
Everton vs. Newcastle United
Goodison Park has become an absolute fortress over the years, underlined by Everton’s brilliant performance in the recent 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Roberto Martinez’s team are the only unbeaten Premier League side left, having racked up three draws and two wins from their opening five games.
The loss of Marouane Fellaini has been quickly forgotten via Gareth Barry’s ability to slot in immediately, while Nikica Jelavic’s inability to score goals was easily overlooked during Romelu Lukaku’s debut against West Ham, a match that saw him nod home the winner.
The Belgian will be itching to perform well on his home debut against a travelling Newcastle side that is yet to convince fully in this campaign. Despite going unbeaten across three games after losing to Manchester City on the opening day, last weekend’s 3-2 home defeat to Hull suggested Alan Pardew’s side can be rattled at any time.
It’s been a while since Newcastle put in a performance that really made other teams stand up and take notice. There’s a certain grit lacking from a team that has enough firepower to trouble anyone in the league.
Unfortunately for the Magpies, it’ll take a Herculean effort to end Everton’s unbeaten streak this weekend.
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