5-fold domestic football acca: Chelsea bound for resurgence
Arsene Wenger must be wary of another Jose Mourinho masterclass and four other picks to add plenty of excitement to the weekend
With just four points from five league games, many experts are describing Chelsea as a club in crisis, but the defending Premier League champions are fantastic value to beat Arsenal.
Master of the mind games Jose Mourinho has historically dominated Wenger previously - 13 games against the manager have yielded seven victories and just one defeat.
Recent history also favours the home side, too, with the Blue winning five of the last eight meetings. The last two fixtures at Stamford Bridge, meanwhile, have been by two and six-goal margins.
Chelsea’s prospects appear much better after their 4-0 midweek mauling of Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb on the same night.
Liverpool have endured a rather hit-and-miss start to their Premier League campaign, recording two wins, two defeats and a draw.
Brendan Rodgers will understand a momentum-building victory is required and will therefore be happy to face Norwich on Sunday.
The Reds have destroyed the Canaries in recent meetings, scoring 21 goals in a run of five consecutive victories.
The attacking duo of Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho can trouble a Norwich defence that has already conceded nine goals this campaign.
A victory over fierce rivals Liverpool did not have the desired effect for Manchester United as they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to PSV in midweek.
The Red Devils could face further struggles on Sunday when they travel to the St Mary’s Stadium to take on a reliable Southampton unit.
United have won just one of the last four meetings against the Saints, while two ended in 1-1 draws and another stalemate looks most likely this weekend.
Southampton have drawn three of their opening five Premier League fixtures, while United's mixed away form has continued this season with a win at Aston Villa and loss at Swansea.
Shock back-to-back victories for Nottingham Forest may have relieved the pressure on Dougie Freedman, but the under-fire manager looks likely to face more criticism come Saturday evening.
The Reds face a rampant Middlesbrough, who currently occupy an automatic promotion place and have already bagged 12 goals this season.
Away from home, Middlesbrough have been impressive, winning three of five games in all competitions.
Forest, meanwhile, have won just one of four games at the City Ground this campaign, with losses to Cardiff and Walsall illustrating the Tricky Trees’ frailties in front of their own fans.
Blackpool’s rapid descent down the lower leagues of English football has continued this season, with the off-colour Tangerines losing five of their opening seven games.
Blackpool have been particularly woeful at Bloomfield Road, losing every match and conceding eight goals in the process.
This is likely to continue for Neil McDonald’s men when they face playoff-chasing Barnsley.
The Tykes have proved what a dangerous side they can be this season, destroying Swindon 4-1 in their last league game and pushing Everton all the way to extra time in the League Cup.
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