Saturday 27th October 2012
Aston Villa v Norwich 12.45
Former Norwich manager Paul Lambert returns to his old stomping ground for the first time since his controversial departure in the summer. The Canaries, after their first win of the season against Arsenal on the weekend, will be full of confidence going up against an Aston Villa side with just 1 win from their previous 3 home games.
Arsenal v QPR 15.00
Mark Hughes’ men travel to the Emirates still in search of their first win of the season. Arsenal, meanwhile, will hope to get back to winning ways following their stuttering performance at Carrow Road
Reading v Fulham 15.00
The Royals will be hoping to prove the doubters wrong and also win their first game of the season in front of their home crowd. While a revitalized Fulham will hope to eradicate the stigma of poor away form with Dimitar Berbatov leading the line in front.
Stoke v Sunderland 15.00
Its 13th place up against 14th with Martin O’ Neill’s Sunderland travelling to Stoke looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, while the Potters hope to push on from their impressive 1st half showing in their 4-2 defeat to Manchester United
Wigan v West Ham 15.00
The DW Stadium plays host to two teams that could possibly be fighting for relegation by the end of the season. Wigan, currently lying in 16th, will hope to rekindle their football from the end of last season while West Ham will be looking for their impressive form to continue with Andy Carroll giving the defender’s a hard day’s work.
Man City v Swansea 17.30
Following their long-awaited return to form last weekend against Wigan, Michael Laudrup’s Swansea’s travel to the home of the champions looking for an upset. Man City, meanwhile, will look to keep the pressure on both Chelsea and United, playing a day before their counterparts.
Sunday 28th October 2012
Everton v Liverpool 13.30
In what is possibly the most even Merseyside derbies in recent memory, Everton take on Liverpool in which the Toffees are currently lying in the 4th and final Champions League place, with Brendan Rogers men floundering in 12th. One thing that is for definite, Goodison Park will be rocking.
Newcastle v West Brom 15.00
Following a miraculous point gained at the Stadium of Light with just 10 men, Newcastle United, under their home crowd, will look to keep the momentum going against who have had a miraculous season so far. Steve Clarke’s West Brom go into this game with 4 wins from 8 games, all of which coming at home, however.
Southampton v Tottenham 15.00
With relegation already looming for Southampton, the Saints will have a point to prove against Tottenham, who themselves will be looking to bounce back from their 4-2 defeat at the hands of Chelsea last weekend.
Chelsea v Man Utd 16.00
In what is possibly the most eagerly anticipated game of the weekend (minus all Liverpudlians) Roberto Di Matteo’s men will look to keep their domestic momentum running and open up the gap against the Red Devils. While Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have leaked goals this season, the Blues defence can also lay claim to criticism. Perhaps a high scoring affair from both sides is on the cards?