Arsenal ended a string of five straight defeats at Stamford Bridge when they drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Sunday and fans can afford to be a little more optimistic about their defensive solidity. The fixture list is now gentler for the Gunners going forwards and they will hope to take maximum points from a run that sees them face West Brom, Brighton, Everton, and Swansea.

Hear that? That’s the Premier League grind. 

With a round of League Cup fixtures prior to this weekend and a selection of European commitments for teams in the midweek following, this is where squads are tested. It’s where some start to show cracks, some thrive under the pressure of a congested schedule and astute managers count for so much.

Crystal Palace’s season worsens with every passing league game. Despite the appointment of Roy Hodgson, they remain without a point and without a goal. And get this…their next game is away to Manchester City on Saturday.
 

West Ham United host local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in their Premier League derby. After a disappointing start of their 2017/18 EPL campaign with three heavy defeats in a row, West Ham found their shape and they enter this match after 2 wins and a draw in all competitions.

1st place Manchester United travel to play 9th place Southampton on Saturday. The Red Devils enter this match joint top of the table with Manchester City – 13 points, 16 goals scored and just 2 conceded. Stoke City are the only team so far to win points and to score against Manchester United and the Saints will try to copy that performance when hosting the Red Devils.

8th place Liverpool travels to play 15th place Leicester on Saturday. This is their second mutual encounter in less than one week as they’ve already played each other on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup. Both managers used their 2nd squad and despite Liverpool totally dominating the match, the possession, and the scoring opportunities, Leicester won 2-0 with goals from Okazaki and Slimani.

Only twice since 1984 – when it was all the rage to wear mullet-style haircuts and roll up the sleeves of suit jackets – have Rangers lost three league matches in a row against their deadly rivals, Celtic. But that is the prospect that faces the Gers on Saturday when they entertain the Bhoys at Ibrox on Saturday.
 

One of the joys of Premier League football in 2017-18 is both the predictability and unpredictability wrapped up together in so many matches.

For anyone who does not support Arsenal, it is becoming an increasingly rewarding hobby to revel in their lurching from one apparent crisis to the next. And it appears punters are betting on it, too, if the plunge on Chelsea ahead of the two teams’ meeting on Sunday.

There’s a lot to admire about Burnley, they’ve built themselves up through steady investment in the squad without ever going overboard. There are a couple of areas they’re a little weak in though and they were unfortunate to be hit in probably the most crucial of those last weekend when Tom Heaton was forced off.

The London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal is the most expected match of the round. The reigning champs brought the mojo back with 4 wins in a row (3 in Premier League and 1 in Champions League) and they will be looking to get 3 points out of this derby match.

The Europa League campaign begins in earnest on Thursday with the first round of group games taking place. In total fans can look forward to a whopping 24 fixtures, but many of them are not going to generate much excitement as games like Zorya v Osterund do not exactly get the pulse racing.

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