The Premier League reaches its 10th round of fixtures this weekend. We bring you a comprehensive round-up of what is on offer.
Ronald Koeman’s side are very dangerous on their day, and following Liverpool’s exploits on Thursday, it will be intriguing to see how they deal with the Thursday-Sunday issue that has dogged so many English sides recently.
The standout fixture of the weekend is undoubtedly the derby showdown at Old Trafford between bitter rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.
It is a game that will tell us a lot about both sides, with neither looking remotely invincible but seemingly able to continue racking up points.
There are exciting matches everywhere you look.
Full Fixtures & TV Info
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City – Villa Park, Saturday 3pm
Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion – Carrow Road, Saturday 3pm
Sunderland vs. Newcastle – Stadium of Light, Sunday 12pm, Sky Sports 1
Manchester United vs. Manchester City – Old Trafford, Sunday 2:05pm, Sky Sports 1
Liverpool vs. Southampton – Anfield, Sunday 4:15pm, Sky Sports 1
Fantasy Football Tips
The Englishman scored twice at Southampton last weekend to take his tally in the league to nine, and putting him in your fantasy football team seems like a no-brainer for the Foxes’ home game with Crystal Palace.
Mesut Ozil is in sparkling form for Arsenal at the moment, and the German has provided the joint-most assists so far in 2015/16, along with David Silva.
Ozil is a footballer of enormous quality, and his slightly languid style sometimes works against him. He is a world-class footballer who could prove key for the Gunners when they welcome Everton to north London.
Wayne Rooney may not be the player he once was, but he is a striker who will often go on impressive runs of goalscoring form once he ends a drought.
His goal at Everton last weekend was only his second in the league this season, but with City looming, his big-game mentality may well come to the fore. The 29-year-old has been the scourge of them plenty of times in the past.
Stoke City are one of the most in-form teams in the country right now, having won their last three in the league and conceding just once in that time.
Former Barcelona man Bojan Krkic is Stoke’s key man, particularly in an attacking sense, and he will fancy himself to be among the goals at home to Watford.
Games That Can Impact Liverpool
The Manchester derby is clearly a match that everyone associated with Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on, as two of the current top three do battle.
It is only natural for Reds fans to get behind City, given the rivalry with United, but defeat for either means dropped points at the end of the day. A draw would probably be perfect, in terms of Liverpool making ground on both.
Roberto Martinez will be desperate for his team to respond following last weekend’s 3-0 loss to United at Goodison Park, while Arsenal will be buoyed by their crucial Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The Blues visit Anfield a week on Saturday, so failure to earn three points at Upton Park would really put them under pressure for that game.
Tottenham travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, but it may not be the easiest of afternoons for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Their Europa League commitments certainly won’t help, much in the same way Liverpool could struggle.
It is a potentially thrilling weekend of action, and the table may well look very different come Monday morning.
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