Rejoice! The international break is nearly over.
Focus once again shifts to club matters this weekend, and with a full schedule of Premier League fixtures to wade through, there’s something for everyone.
Can Norwich upset current league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates? Will Southampton extend their run of five cleans sheets with a shutout at Old Trafford? Is this the time for Manchester City to gain momentum on the road?
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UK viewers can watch Sky Sports’ live games on the Sky Player website or via SkyGo for laptops and mobile devices (subscription required). Live scores are also provided on Sky Sports News throughout each match.
All highlights are available without the need for subscription on Match of the Day (BBC One, Saturday) or Match of the Day 2 (BBC2, Sunday). The latter programme can be found on BBC iPlayer from Monday.
Newcastle vs. Liverpool, Oct. 19, 12:45 p.m BST, BT Sport
Newcastle’s 2-1 win at Cardiff may have saved Alan Pardew’s job.
The Magpies boss has overseen three wins out of seven matches this season, but more poignantly, Newcastle have become something of a Jekyll and Hyde side. Capable of beautiful, cut-and-thrust football at their very best, Mike Ashley’s club have underperformed once again this season.
Liverpool’s excellent start to the campaign has been bolstered by the return of Luis Suarez. The Reds currently sit behind Arsenal on goal difference at the top, and the Uruguayan’s partnership with Daniel Sturridge has taken no time to flourish into a free-scoring and incisive double act.
St. James' Park will expect a decent performance, but these days expectations should be lowered. Liverpool thrashed Pardew's men 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and must be considered heavy favourites for the win.
West Ham vs. Manchester City, Oct. 19, 3 p.m, Sky Sports
Notoriously tenacious and difficult to beat at home, West Ham held Manchester City to an excellent 0-0 draw in last season’s contest at the Boleyn Ground.
Sam Allardyce’s men are not afraid to utilise their all-action, physical style of play and will be confident of another decent result heading into this one.
The Hammers thrashed London rivals Tottenham 3-0 on their own turf in the last round of fixtures and, with City’s failure to win any of their three away games, have the potential to upset another of the elite sides.
Ravel Morrison, Kevin Nolan and Jussi Jaaskelainen will be key, but Allardyce’s main concern should be utilising Mohamed Diame to stop Yaya Toure. If the Ivorian international begins marauding all over the pitch, West Ham will be in trouble.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Oct. 20, 4 p.m, Sky Sports
Paul Lambert’s side will still be pinching themselves after beating Manchester City 3-2 in their last home fixture.
Villa Park is becoming an increasingly difficult place to play for away teams. Lambert has implemented his summer signings well, as the likes of Antonio Luna, Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak continue to impress.
Spurs travel to the Midlands needing a return to winning ways after the 3-0 loss to West Ham, which saw Andre Villas-Boas' side have their top-four credentials seriously scrutinised.
The Portuguese boss can expect no free passes against an improving Villa unit. Even without Christian Benteke, the home outfit’s determination and passing style is enough to worry their visitors, who are under pressure for the first time this season.
Crystal Palace vs. Fulham, Oct. 21, 8 p.m, Sky Sports
Both Ian Holloway and Martin Jol will be desperate for a win in this one. Although neither side has particularly inspired this season, the Selhurst Park faithful need a victory in order to join the Cottagers on seven points.
It’s immensely important that Palace don’t fall further behind Fulham at this stage. A loss will see them seven points away from safety and with just one win this season. Although many expected the newly promoted team to falter, it’s happening with alarming pace.
Fulham have the chance to gain back-to-back wins this season. Jol’s men have underperformed, ensuring anything less than three points will give the board reason to mull over a major decision. This game is unlikely to be pretty, but as the last fixture of the week, it’s something of an early-season three-pointer.
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