Another Big Four match and the Merseyside Derby highlight this weekend’s slate, but really, the one key question is this:
Will Arsenal fall from title to contender to afterthought in a week’s time?
That may sound a bit drastic, but after falling to Manchester United last weekend the Gunners now have to cross London and face front-running Chelsea.
Arsenal is already six points adrift of the league lead and, should it fall at Stamford Bridge, closing a nine-point gap with 13 games to go would be a tall order.
Table watch: Chelsea is still in first place on 55 points while Arsenal is in third on 49 points.
Last time: Chelsea won the reverse fixture earlier this season by a 3-0 scoreline.
Seizing the moment: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas knows how important this match is for his side. “We have to beat them to stay in the title race,” Fabregas told the Daily Mail. “It’s difficult but we have to bounce back straight away. We have massive games against Chelsea and Liverpool. It’s up to us to show what we can do.
“We have to be positive. It’s very easy to say, ‘We lost to Manchester United’ and to get down. That would be crazy. If you don’t believe, you don’t win things. We are still there, definitely.”
Now for the rest of the league’s action:
Liverpool vs. Everton
The 213th edition of the Merseyside Derby starts the weekend slate as Everton visit Anfield.
Table watch: Liverpool is in fifth place on 41 points while Everton resides in ninth spot on 32 points.
By the numbers: In league matches, Liverpool leads the series with a 69-56-56 record. The Reds also hold the overall series lead, 83-64-65. And Everton hasn’t tasted victory at Anfield since 1999.
Seeing red: In the last 26 league derby matches, 17 players have been shown red cards.
Bolton Wanderers vs. Fulham
On two days’ rest with as many of seven first-team players out of action, Fulham travels to the Reebok on Saturday.
Table watch: Bolton is in 16th place on 21 points while Fulham is in 10th place on 30 points.
They said it: “Our problem at the moment is all the injuries. It really is the worst injury crisis I think I’ve experienced as a manager. To lose six players from last year’s team, it’s so difficult to replace that. I think we are doing pretty well with all the injuries we’ve had.” – Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, to Sky Sports