Manchester United will look to build on their late equaliser against Chelsea last weekend as they travel to Manchester City on Sunday for Week 10’s blockbuster match in the Premier League.
Chelsea top the league by four points and host QPR on Saturday while high-flyers Southampton and West Ham visit Hull and Stoke, respectively.
Burnley have a tough trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, with the Clarets in danger of being set adrift at the bottom of the table if they don’t find a first league victory of the season very soon.
Read on for all the key information concerning this weekend’s fixtures in the English top flight as well as full predictions and a closer examination of the key matchups.
The Red Devils were comprehensively thrashed in both Premier League fixtures last term, but the two sides look much better matched this season as United improve under Louis van Gaal.
The Chelsea match saw a good performance from United with the defence much improved—despite conceding a poor goal from a set piece—and Marouane Fellaini finally playing himself into form for the Red Devils.
If United can play as well in possession and create as many chances as they did against Chelsea they should be more effective in cutting open a weaker City defence; Van Gaal has a real opportunity on Sunday to claim the biggest win of his fledgling Red Devils career.
Two teams in very poor form, both Villa and Spurs need a victory on Sunday to pick up some much-needed momentum.
The hosts have lost five on the bounce in the lead-up to the Tottenham game—after three wins in their opening four matches of the season—without registering a single goal in that period.
Paul Lambert’s side are plummeting toward the relegation zone and must arrest their alarming decline to avoid yet another season in constant danger of the drop.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are languishing in mid-table having won just one of their past seven league games, with any possibility of a top-four finish slowly slipping away.
Many will be clamouring for the in-form Harry Kane to get a start against Villa. He has scored four goals in his last three games for the White Hart Lane outfit but is inexplicably rarely given a starting chance in the English top flight,
Despite Villa’s home advantage, Tottenham have to be favourites for this match given the quality they have at their disposal.
But with neither team in anything close to their top form it is unlikely to be a swashbuckling encounter, and a single-goal margin of victory looks likely.