22 November, 2013 - 07:07

Merseyside derby and other Premier League fixtures

Merseyside derby and other Premier League fixtures

Merseyside derby is a main attraction of the upcoming Premier League weekend. However, another question is whether Southampton can survive against top class at The Emirates.

Everton v Liverpool
Liverpool have not been challenging the title for a long time and Everton are still just five points adrift the top spot. The race at the top of the League has never been that intense and multi-horse. This definitely adds more hype to what basically is a top fixture itself. Liverpool won 88 derbies, Everton won 66. The main issue for Brendan Rogers is Luis Suarez’ fitness, who played for Uruguay on Wednesday night and was due to have a 13-hour flight from Montevideo to England.

Arsenal v Southampton
The Saints head to London for reality check at Arsenal. If they manage to beat Arsene Wenger’s boys, they could be top of the League by Saturday night. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have only conceded five goals in the current campaign but will need to work hard to keep Arsenal creative front line at bay. However, the Gunners have some fitness issues as Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are doubtful along with long-term injured Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Another top match at Etihad Stadium as the best attacking line in Premier League faces brilliant defensive line, set by Andre Villas-Boas. Both clubs werу lavish in the summer market, but are yet to impress as they lie 7th and 8th in the table. The Spurs are struggling to score and only bottom-league Sunderland and Crystal Palace netted less goals than the big London club. Christian Eriksen ruled out of the clash following an ankle injury during the international break, while City will be without captain Vincent Kompany and David Silva.

Elsewhere, United travel to Wales for a match against stubborn Cardiff and could extend their winning run to four matches. Chelsea make a short trip across London to The Hammers in a bid to prove their dismal performance against West Brom two weeks ago was simply haphazard. Steve Clarke and his team face Aston Villa and look really powerful in that fixture. Swansea City pay a visit to The Craven Cottage. The Tigers take on struggling Crystal Palace. Norwich City travel to St. James Park. The Potters host Sunderland in a bid to get away from relegation zone.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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