Date: Saturday, December 3
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad Stadium is undeniably the biggest clash of Premier League’s Gameweek 14. Manchester City and Chelsea are both likely to be part of a two-horse race for this year’s title. Hence this is perhaps the first chance for fans to see how the two in-form teams stack up against each other.
Chelsea are currently top of the table with 31 points from 13 games. City on the other hand are third, with 30 points from 13 encounters. In a sense, the winner of this clash will have an edge in the title race.
Vincent Kompany remains out for City, but other than that there are no injury worries for Pep Guardiola. Antonio Conte revealed that he needed to check on the fitness levels of two of his players before this crucial fixture.
"Conte is one of the best coaches in the world. It’s the first time we are going to face each other. It’s good to play against him," said Guardiola.
“It’s a really tough game, a great test for us and our formation. We know it won’t be easy, we face a really great team with great players and a good idea of football,” was Conte’s opinion ahead of this match.
In the last five Premier League matches, City have won 3 and drawn 2. The Blues have won all five of their last Premier League games and are in red-hot form.
In their last five duels, City have come up tops on two occasions and Chelsea on one. The remaining two games ended in stalemates.
This weekend clash is evenly poised since Chelsea have the momentum and City have the home advantage.
Under 2.5 goals in the match
Diego Costa to score
Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Sunday, November 6
The north London derby between Arsenal and Spurs is without question the biggest match of the Premier League’s Gameweek 18.
Considering the brand of football exhibited by the two sides and their current form, fans can expect a hugely entertaining encounter on Sunday.
There are doubts over the Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott’s fitness for the home side. While Hector Bellerin is likely to feature in the playing eleven, Lucas Perez, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck remain out.
"We have to expect Tottenham to be at their best and respond really with a performance that will be effective. I believe the mastery on our side will be no matter who they play, how well they play, that we are strong enough to win the game," said Arsene Wenger ahead of the high-profile contest.
The Gunners are currently 2nd on the table with 23 points from 10 matches, while Spurs are 5th with 20 points.
Wenger’s men have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 league matches. On the other hand, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has won 2 and drawn 3 of its last 5 league games.
In the last five meetings between the two sides, Spurs and Arsenal have come on top once each, while the remaining matches ended in a stalemate.
Overall, the two teams have clashed 48 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have dominated the contest with 18 wins as compared to Spurs’ 10.
Arsenal will go in as clear favorites for this one. However, this derby was thrown up some intriguing moments of late. Both sets of fans will hope they have the bragging rights when the final whistle is blown at the Emirates.
Over 3 goals in the match
Arsenal 3-1 Spurs
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, October 23
Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday is undoubtedly the biggest match of Gameweek 9. All eyes of the football world will be on London as Chelsea host the 20-time Premier League champions.
Blues skipper John Terry is expected to return to the side after recovering from an injury. Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic are however expected to miss this tie. Also, Antonio Conte might not field Willian and Oscar following family bereavements.
For the visitors, Chris Smalling isn’t available. The good news for them is midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is nearing full fitness.
"He (Jose) was an important manager for Chelsea. With the club and the players, he wrote a part of the story of this club. He deserves a good reception," Conte said.
"I knew that working in England, staying in the Premier League, I would, sooner or later, have to play against Chelsea and I would have to go to Stamford Bridge. The computer has decided that I have to go now, so we go," said Mourinho.
Chelsea are 5th on the table with 16 points from 8 games, while the Red Devils are 7th with 14 points.
Chelsea have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games in the league. On the other hand, United have lost 2, won 1 and drawn 2 of their last 5 matches in the league.
United haven’t beaten Chelsea in their last 5 attempts. Chelsea have won 2, while the remaining three were draws.
Overall, the two sides have played 48 games in the league, with United winning 13 and Chelsea 16.
Chelsea will start has slight favorites for this encounter. However, Jose’s side will be difficult to beat and United are bound to put in a performance like they did at Anfield.
Under 2.5 goals
Diego Costa to score
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Date: Monday, October 17
Liverpool vs Manchester United is undoubtedly the biggest match of Gameweek 8 of the Premier League. Considering the rivalry between these clubs, all eyes of the footballing world will be on Anfield this week.
The Reds are currently fourth on the table with 16 points from 7 matches, while United are 6th with 13 points in the bag.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is in fine form, having won four of their last five league matches. Jose Mourinho’s team has stuttered and has 2 wins, 2 defeats and a draw from its last five outings.
United have dominated this fixture in recent years. The Red Devils have won four out of the five derbies between the two sides since 2014.
Both sides are full of talented match-winners, who can swing the tie in their respective teams’ favor at any given moment. But considering the form of both teams, it must be stated that Liverpool go in to this match as the favorites.
The pressure will be on Mourinho to avoid a defeat against the old enemy. With the home fans firmly behind their side, this will be a tough away trip for Wayne Rooney and co.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score
Under 3.5 goals in the match
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United
The new season of the Premier League kicks off on the weekend with an action-packed line-up of matches. Last season was perhaps the most unique and memorable one in the history of the league.
While there are slim chances of Leicester replicating their success, it remains to be seen what new tricks Claudio Ranieri has up his sleeves this time around.
Most of the media attention however will be focused around the two new and high profile managers in Manchester. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will rekindle their rivalry from the La Liga days.
Clubs made some big money acquisitions and there is exciting talent to look forward to this term in the world’s most popular league.
Chelsea too have a new manager in the form of Antonio Conte and the Blues will be aiming to mount a strong challenge after meekly surrendering their crown last season.
Liverpool played some brilliant football last season. Now ahead of the new one, they are the team to watch out for under mercurial Jurgen Klopp.
Likewise, Tottehnham Hotspur too surprised fans with a terrific campaign last time around. Under Mauricio Pochettino, the north Londoners played a supreme brand of football.
Arsene Wenger’s new season commences with a tough game against Liverpool. This is the biggest clash of the weekend. Also keep an eye out on Chelsea’s exploits against West Ham in the London derby. These two fixtures could set the tone for the long season ahead.
Premier League Saturday fixtures
Hull City vs Leicester City
Crystal Palace vs West Brom
Burnley vs Swansea
Everton vs Spurs
Middlesbrough vs Stoke City
Southampton vs Watford
Manchester City vs Stoke City
Premier League Sunday fixtures
Bournemouth vs Manchester United
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Chelsea vs West Ham