Were now heading into week three in the Premier League and are already facing an International break, just over a month since the World Cup ended. Just as we were getting back into the routine of weekly Premier League action. This week sees a crucial game for Louis van Gaal and a couple of tasty looking clashes with Everton v Chelsea and Spurs v Liverpool.
Burnley v Manchester United – 12:45 (BT Sport 1)
Both teams are yet to chalk up a win this season and you would expect that something is going to give at Turf Moor in the early kick-off.
Burnley have learned the harsh reality of life in the Premier League and need to address this quickly. Despite impressing against Chelsea last time out, if you don’t convert your chances, you won’t be posting points on the board.
For United, Louis van Gaal won’t want to go into the break without a win – especially after the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of MK Dons midweek, albeit with a largely 3rd string side.
Sean Dyche is likely to recall a number of players following the Capital One Cup exit midweek. He faces no new injury concerns going into the game, but striker Sam Vokes is still absent.
New signing Angel Di Maria will go straight into the team as van Gaal makes wholesale changes following the embarrassment midweek. Marco Rojo is still awaiting a work permit.
Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley may not feature as all are currently in negotiations for moves away from Old Trafford.
Manchester City v Stoke – 15:00
After effortlessly demolishing Liverpool at the Etihad on Monday night, City will be expecting to continue their 100% start to the season when Mark Hughes’ Stoke visit. Stoke will be looking for improvements on their start, having lost at home to Aston Villa then drawing at Hull.
New boy Eliaquim Mangala will have to wait until after the international break to make his debut, but Sergio Aguero is in contention for a start. Edin Dzeko could feature despite suffering a thigh strain against Liverpool.
For Stoke, Phil Bardsley is a doubt and Geoff Cameron will miss out after sustaining an injury in training. Bojan Krkic could be set to return after training on Thursday.
Newcastle v Crystal Palace – 15:00
The Toon have had a bit of an indifferent start to their campaign and will be seeking to take advantages of the changes at Palace. Palace have welcomed back Neil Warnock for a second spell in charge at the club, and acted quickly to bring back former fan favourite Wilifred Zaha on loan from Manchester United.
Palace will be hoping their new manager can make an immediate impact and stabilise the ship as is often the case.
Siem de Jong could be in line for his first start for Newcastle but Cheick Tiote (hamstring) and Yanga Mbiwa (ankle) miss out again. Jason Puncheon is available for Palace again after serving a one-match ban and loan signing Zaha is expected to feature. A groin strain rules out Joe Ledley, and Scott Dann remains a doubt.
QPR v Sunderland – 15:00
Harry Redknapp’s side a currently propping up the Premier League table after two defeats in their opening two games.
Sunderland will have gained confidence from holding Manchester United to a draw at the Stadium of Light last time out, but they are yet to secure a win this season.
QPR’s preparations have been disrupted with an injury to Alejandro Faulin, who will miss the next 6-9 months with another anterior cruciate ligament injury – his third in three years. Charlie Austin could return from injury, but Eduardo Vargas is still awaiting international clearance.
No such concerns for Gus Poyet. The Uruguayan has a full squad to pick from and will recall a number of players rested midweek.
Swansea v West Brom – 15:00
Swansea City will look to build on their perfect start at home to West Brom. Swansea have already secured wins at Manchester United and at home against Burnley, so confidence will be high going in to the game.
West Brom have started the season unbeaten, but will want to build on the two draws they have pulled in so far.
Emnes and Britton remain sidelined for the Swans with knee injuries, but new signing Federico Fernandez could make his debut at the expense of Jordi Amat.
Lescott returned to training for West Brom earlier this week following a knee injury, but Saturday will have come too soon for the former City man. New signings Georgios Samaras and Silvestre Varela lack match fitness and will have to sit this one out.
West Ham v Southampton – 15:00
West Ham go in to the game on the back of a convincing win away at Palace. The Hammers were able to take full advantage of Crystal Palace’s managerial woes by securing a 3-1 win last time out.
Koeman’s Southampton side will be looking to secure their first win of the season after a scoreless draw with West Brom and opening day defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Allardyce faces somewhat of an injury crisis with as many as six first team players out injured. Summer signing Diafra Sahko is the latest casualty.
Koeman goes into the match with a full squad to choose from. Lloyd Isgrove is the only doubt after lasting just 30 minutes midweek.
Everton v Chelsea – 17:30 (Sky Sports 1)
Martinez’s men will be disappointed to have thrown away a 2-0 lead at home to Arsenal. The match finished with Olivier Giroud scoring a 90th minute equaliser.
Everton are sitting in mid-table with just two points and will be looking to improve their fortunes when Chelsea visit. But this will be no easy feat. Chelsea go in to Saturday evening’s match with a 100% record, and have been very impressive so far.
Mourinho saw his side eventually overcome Leicester last time out, after a combative performance from the newly promoted side.
New signing Samuel Eto’o will be hoping to prove his fitness in order to make his debut against his former club. Lukaku looks like he has overcome the foot injury he was nursing against Arsenal, but Steven Pienaar remains out.
Chelsea have injury concerns over £32 million signing Diego Costa, so Didier Drogba is in line for his first start since his return to the club. Andre Schurrle is a doubt with a leg injury picked up at Leicester.
Aston Villa v Hull City – 13:30
Villa fans will be impressed with their sides start to the season. A goalless draw with Newcastle last time out sees them sat in 7th and yet to lose. But they face a Hull City side who have suffered the indignity of being eliminated from the Europa League on away goals.
The Tigers will want to bounce back at Villa and build on their 1-1 draw with Stoke last time out.
Both sides have no new injury concerns. Ron Vlaar and Cissokho are set to return to the squad after recovering from slight knocks, but Jores Okore could be set to return after the internationals. The signing of Matthew Dawson has come at a good time as James Chester misses out through suspension.
Tottenham v Liverpool – 13:30 (Sky Sports 1)
Fresh from securing a place in the Europa League on Thursday, Pochettino’s Spurs take on Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs boast a 100% start and sit top of the league following their 4-0 demolition of QPR last time out. They face a Liverpool side who will be licking their wounds after being taken apart by Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday night.
Rodgers’ will be hoping to prove that this was just a blip as his Suarez-less side starts to take shape. Pochettino will recall a number of senior players after resting them for the Europa League clash against Limassol.
New signing Federico Fazio could feature but Soldado misses out with injury. Mario Balotelli is in line for a debut for Liverpool, but fitting him, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge in to the same team could give Rodgers a selection headache.
Lambert and Markovic will hope to make their first starts for the club to add to his “problems.” Flanagan misses out with injury, but Liverpool have other options at their disposal.
Leicester City v Arsenal – 16:00 (Sky Sports 1)
Leicester City have had a difficult start to life in the Premier League, and it gets no easier when Arsenal come to town. They eventually went down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge despite a gutsy performance.
Arsenal left it late once again to save a point at Everton last week. Aaron Ramsey and Giroud struck in the last 7 minutes as the Gunners came back from 2-0 down.
No fresh concerns for the Foxes after they rested eight first team players for the midweek defeat to Shrewsbury Town. Argentinian veteran Esteban Cambiasso could be set for his debut after signing earlier this week.
Arsene Wenger is expected to start with Alexis Sanchez as striker following the injury to Olivier Giroud, who is expect to be out until new year. Gibbs, Arteta and Ospina will also sit out the trip to Leicester but Aaron Ramsey returns from suspension.