Covers Expert Soccer Authority is back to dissect the weekend ahead in the Barclays Premier League which features Manchester City coming off a shocking loss to West Ham and visiting White Hart Lane Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Man City travel to London to take on a stuttering Spurs side this Saturday. City were shocked last week when they tasted their first defeat (and conceded their first goals of the season) when they lost 2-1 at home to West Ham.
It was the League Cup in midweek and City recaptured their best form to thrash fellow BPL side Sunderland 4-1. Spurs, meanwhile, were beaten at home by arch-rivals Arsenal.
City will be looking to extend their lead at the top by getting back to winning ways in the league on Saturday. The Citizens boast a two-point lead at the top and started the season in blistering fashion. They have been less convincing in their last couple of performances but still have undoubted quality.
Spurs are stubborn at home and will be looking to put in a good performance following their midweek defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal. They lost 2-1 at home to the Gunners and Spurs fans were not happy with the manner of the defeat, but a result against City might just kick-start their season which currently sees them occupying 9th in the table.
Key Stat: Manchester City have scored 27 goals in their last eight league meetings with Spurs, an average of 3.4 per match.
Injuries and suspensions: City - Zabaleta (RB), Clichy (LB), Delph (CM). Doubtful: Kompany (CB), Silva (CAM). Spurs - Bentaleb (CM). Doubtful: Mason (CM), Dembele (CM)
Leicester v Arsenal
Arsenal were unlucky against Chelsea last week, eventually going down to nine men and losing 2-0 to the champions. However, they had matched Chelsea before defender Gabriel was wrongly sent off (the red card has since been overturned).
Arsenal will be buoyed by that midweek win over Spurs in the Cup. This game won't be a walk in the park for the Gunners, however. Leicester have surprised everyone this season after only narrowly escaping relegation in the last campaign, they are yet to lose this season.
The Foxes are managed by ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri and remarkably finished last weekend as the third top-scorers in Europe's top five league combined! Leicester in-fact sit fourth in the BPL table, one place above Arsenal. This game is surprisingly very hard to call!
Key stat: Only once in the 18 Barclays Premier League meetings between these two sides have Arsenal failed to score against Leicester City.
Injuries and suspensions: Arsenal - Wilshire (CM), Rosicky (CM), Welbeck (ST). Doubtful: Coquelin (CM)
Manchester United v Sunderland
Louis Van Gaal's men have really found form in recent weeks after an unspectacular yet solid start to the season. The Red Devils are second in the table and will want to put pressure on bitter rivals City, who lead United by just two points.
If City fail to beat Spurs then United know a win against rock-bottom of the table Sunderland will put them top. United thrashed rivals Liverpool 3-1 two weeks ago and followed that with another win at Southampton last weekend. A midweek win over Ipswich Town means United are in red-hot form.
Sunderland have had a disastrous start to the season and there's no other way to put it. The Black Cats have yet to win a game and have the worst goal-difference in the league. If the form of these teams is anything to go by, anything but a home win seems unthinkable.
Key Stat: Sunderland have beaten the Red Devils on one occasion in their last 26 league meetings (W1 D6 L19).
Injuries and suspensions: United - Shaw (LB). Doubtful: Rojo (CB)
Liverpool v Aston Villa
With rumors circulating that former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will be in attendance on Saturday, much of the attention of this game will be on whether or not this is Brendan Rodgers' last game in charge of Liverpool. Their luck with injuries and suspensions has not helped this season, and some key players are expected to miss out this weekend.
The Reds' boss has been under increasing pressure this season and many believe a poor result against struggling Villa might seal his fate. Liverpool only managed a 1-1 draw with recently-promoted Norwich last weekend. It got worse for Rodgers in midweek when it took a penalty shoot-out for them to dispatch relative minnows Carlisle United (who play three leagues below the BPL).
Villa have had a bad start to the season but many feel they have been unlucky in most games. They went toe-to-toe with Man United for much of their game but fell just short in a 1-0 defeat. Last weekend they lost to rivals West Brom and may want to make this up to their fans with a big win over a struggling Liverpool side this weekend.
Key Stat: None of the last eight meetings between Aston Villa and Liverpool in the BPL have ended as a home win (six away victories and two draws).
Injuries and suspensions: Villa - Okore (CB). Liverpool - Benteke (ST), Henderson (CM), Lovren (CB). Doubtful: Firmino (CAM), Toure (CB)