Arsenal vs Blackburn
The early game has Arsenal at home to Blackburn with both teams desperate for three points for different reasons. Arsenal are in danger of slipping behind in the race for 4th spot while Blackburn are relegation candidates.
Paul Robinson has been Arsenal’s favourite goalkeeper over the years. Robinson has allowed 53 goals against Arsenal while keeping goal for with Leeds, Spurs and Blackburn. In his 20 league starts against Arsenal Robinson has just 4 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses.
In half of the 20 games he has allowed 3 goals or more.
This season Blackburn are still without a clean sheet.
Manchester City vs Fulham
Manchester City have wobbled away from home lately but have maintained a 100% home record. There opponents on Sunday are Fulham and the Cottagers were the last team to leave Etihad Stadium with even a point.
Fulham have only one away win all season and have only scored seven goals in their 11 away games. But they do have a couple of small pieces of encouragement. Fulham are unbeaten in their last four visits to Manchester City and have drawn four of their last six away games.
Other Saturday matches are Norwich v Bolton, QPR v Wolverhampton, Stoke v Sunderland, West Brom v Swansea and Wigan v Everton.
Stoke versus Sunderland looks to be the pick of the bunch.
Newcastle are home to Aston Villa in the early match with Chelsea versus Manchester United in the prime Sunday slot.
Chelsea v Manchester United
Chelsea are 12 points behind United and don’t have the look of a side that can close the gap on the top three.
Fernando Torres continues to be a non-striking striker and has not scored a Premier League goal since September 24 against Swansea. That is 17 games ago although he did miss some games on account of suspension.
It is ten seasons since United won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League although they have tasted victory in Champions League.
An interesting stat focusing on the respective performances of the teams in the last ten minutes of Premier League games this season – Chelsea are a net -1; Manchester United are a net +7.
Milan are at home to Napoli and Roma host Inter. With rescheduling on account of weather conditions I have lost track of days and times!
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