Although English teams enjoyed a mixed week on the continent, they have to put their troubles troubles behind them this weekend and get back to the business of winning/surviving in the Premier League. The latest football betting odds still favour Manchester City but with title contenders clashing to relegation candidates scrapping for every single point available, the league still has a long way to go.
Here’s a look at all the Premier League games this weekend:
Arsenal v Everton
Arsene Wenger’s team welcome David Moyes’ side to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with both clubs in contrasting form. The North London outfit have won 7 of their last 8 league games, with a draw against Fulham their solitary blip. Their solid run has seen them charge up to 5th in the table after a horror start to their season. Meanwhile the Toffees lie in 10th position having won 2 and lost 2 of their last 4 games as their summer of restricted transfer activity sees them enjoy yet another season without significant progress.
Andre Santos and Lukasz Fabianski were causalities in Arsenal’s win over Olympiacos in the Champions League midweek with both ruled out for this game as the home team’s injury list grows. Tomas Rosicky could make his return to the first-team fold but it will come too soon for Abou Diaby who looks to be at least another week away from match fitness. Sylvain Distin, Royston Drenthe and Phil Neville could play some part in London as the Scousers look to disrupt the Gunners 8 game unbeaten run in the league.
Bolton v Aston Villa
Alex McLeish brings the Claret and Blue to the Reebok Stadium as they face-off against the seriously struggling Wanderers. Owen Coyle’s side have lost their last 3 games which typifies their miserable form so far this season which sees them languishing in 19th place, two points adrift of safety. A slightly alarming slump for the Villans has seen them win just 1 of their last 7, with 4 losses during that period. Marcos Alonso and Ricardo Gardner could feature for the home team as they remain without the influential trio Lee Chung-Yong, Stuart Holden and Sean Davis for several months yet but otherwise have no new injury concerns.
Shay Given and Jermaine Jenas will be missing for the visiting side as they suffered afflictions in their loss against Manchester United last weekend. Alex McLeish has nobody returning from a spell on the sidelines as he must reshuffle his pack in order to mastermind his team’s journey on the way to a badly-needed three points.
Liverpool v QPR
This season’s two Jekyll and Hyde teams meet at Anfield as Kenny Dalglish’s men welcome the Hoops to Merseyside. Liverpool have held both Manchester clubs as well as beaten Chelsea so far in the league but have themselves been frustrated by Swansea and Norwich. Their loss to Fulham sums up their inconsistency as they currently lie in 7th place in their quest for Champions League qualification.