Chelsea seeking redemption as City chase top spot

Chelsea seeking redemption as City chase top spot

Chelsea seeking redemption as City chase top spot

With the focus of the weekend clearly on the state of play at Old Trafford, title rivals Chelsea and Man City will certainly be hoping that Arsenal will have the guts to curtail the Red Devils’ points’ search, as the duo seek to take on banana peel opponents in Swansea and West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium and Upton Park, respectively.

The Blues are still leading the table, one point adrift its closest rivals, but lost their unbeaten run in controversial circumstances against Man United on Sunday. With the Stamford Bridge outfit already embroiled in racist allegations between referee Mark Clatternburg and John Obi Mikel, Roberto Di Matteo will certainly be hoping focus can go back to pitch matters, what with the European champions facing Michael Laudrup’s side in the evening.

Most of the stars, bar five, who played on Sunday were rested during the Capital One clash with the Mancunians, but the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard had to be called upon in the latter stages of the match, with United seemingly going for victory. Well, we all know how that one went.

Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic will be back in action after each served a one-match ban, but Luiz will be missing, having received five yellow cards this season. As for the Swans, they’ll be seeking to improve on their 11th position, but let’s be honest, it’s a tricky tie for the home side, and I’ll be going for a Chelsea victory.

The Citizens face a much improved Hammers side, but will be buoyed by a hard fought victory over Swansea at the weekend. We have to agree that, though the Sky Blues haven’t had a convincing period, the fact that they are equal on points with their city rivals and only one point behind Chelsea, means that they are getting the desired results. One can only imagine what will happen if they hit the right gears.

As for Liverpool, they’ve are six feet deep, and still digging. Okay, they should have beaten Everton during the Merseyside derby, only for Luis Suarez’s winning goal to be ruled offside. That was painful, but they should have redeemed themselves in midweek, only for their enduring fans to witness a 3-1 capitulation at the hands of Swansea.

Facing Newcastle United on Sunday at the same venue will be tough. It’s not been the best of seasons for the Magpies, but with Brendan Rodgers’ men in a self-inflicted time bomb, Alan Pardew and his charges should fancy at least a point, if not a win.

Saturday Nov 3rd

6pm:                      Tottenham – Wigan, White Hart Lane, SS3 and KissTV

6pm:                      Fulham – Everton, Craven Cottage, SS5

6pm:                      Swansea – Chelsea, Liberty Stadium, SS7

8:30pm:                West Ham – Man City, Upton Park, SS3

Sunday Nov 4th

4:30pm                 QPR – Reading, Loftus Road, SS3

7pm:                      Liverpool – Newcastle, Anfield, SS3

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