Caught your breath after last weekend’s explosive start to the new Premier League season? Well get set for another blockbuster round of fixtures live on Virgin TV this weekend, with five fantastic matches all lined up and ready to entertain.
Title contenders Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City are all in the spotlight, while the likes of Newcastle, Everton and Stoke will also be looking to make their mark. Our verdict? This is a premier week of unmissable action.
And there are plenty of stories you should be watching out for like a hawk-eyed linesman. From managers saying the wrong things to the ugly ducklings who have undergone a bit of a makeover – plus much more – we’re answering all the big questions…
Will the Reds go marching on, on, on?
Swansea v Manchester United, Saturday, 11.30am, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
José Mourinho’s men got the wheels of their title tilt in motion with a spectacular 4-0 win over West Ham, but they could be in for a far trickier 90 minutes when they head to South Wales on Saturday. This has been a problematic fixture for United (they’ve lost two of their last three games at the Liberty Stadium) and with the tactically astute Paul Clement now in charge of the Swans, United may need to be patient if they want the glory.
Is it Stoke’s time to shine?
Stoke City v Arsenal, Saturday, 5pm, BT Sport 1/HD (CH 531/527)
This feisty fixture used to be a compelling contrast of styles. The panache of Arsenal set against the grit of Stoke always delivered drama, though things are different now. Mark Hughes has got the Potters flexing their creative muscles these days, in a sense aping the streamlined beauty of the Gunners (in football, imitation remains the highest form of flattery). While Stoke have failed to beat Arsène Wenger’s men in their last five encounters, that could be about to change.
Who will win the battle of the newbies?
Huddersfield v Newcastle United, Sunday, 12.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
It’s hard work being a newly promoted team in the Premier League. They’re basically the vulnerable new kids at school who need to be extra careful not to have their lunch money robbed by the bigger boys. These two sides have been tipped to struggle this season, partly due to their open and expressive styles of football (although Huddersfield didn’t stick to the script last weekend with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace). But that tactical outlook also means entertainment. Expect goals at the John Smith’s Stadium in this clash.
Can Spurs prove Conte wrong?
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, Sunday, 3.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
A respectful word of advice to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. While your side may have romped to the title last season, suggesting that your rivals lack ambition just weeks before you play them might not have been the best idea. Whether Spurs make the Italian regret his thinly veiled barb remains to be seen, but we don’t think motivation will be a concern when they welcome the champions to Wembley Stadium. Batten down the hatches for this one.
Are Everton the genuine article?
Manchester City v Everton, Monday, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502) + Sky Sports Main Event/HD (CH 511/501)
Ronald Koeman has splashed the cash like a brand new lottery winner this summer, spending over £80million in an attempt to transform the Toffees from top-half furniture into armed and dangerous top-four contenders. If they want to make a big statement and prove they mean serious business this season, there are few better places to do that than away to Manchester City, who have overhauled their own squad in recent months and started the campaign with a 2-0 triumph at Brighton.