There’s plenty of enticing Premier League matches going on this weekend, the most intriguing set to take place on Saturday evening as Arsenal take on Liverpool.
Then on Sunday, Everton face Tottenham whilst there’s the first ever South-Wales derby at Premier League as Cardiff City host Swansea City.
Arsenal v Liverpool
These two sides have both got off to excellent starts to the domestic season, with Arsenal heading into the match top of the table, just two places above their Merseyside opponents.
The Gunners suffered their first defeat on home soil since August 17th on Tuesday when they were dumped out of the League Cup by Chelsea, but their league form is frighteningly good; they have not lost any of their past eight games.
But every good run has to come to an end and Liverpool would be one of the sides you’d tip to do that. They have Luis Suarez back in the side and boy is he in form, with the Uruguayan striker netting six times in the last four games, including the hat-trick he scored last weekend against West Brom.
In terms of injury news, Liverpool’s only fresh absentee is Jose Enrique whilst Arsenal are without Mathieu Flamini and Serge Gnabry although Mikel Arteta as available following his suspension.
You can catch this one live on Sky Sports 1 from 5:30pm.
Everton v Tottenham
There’s another tasty looking tie on Sunday afternoon as sixth-placed Everton take on Tottenham, who are just two places above.
The Toffees have only lost one match in the league this season and have won five on their last six, thanks partly to Romelu Lukaku’s five goal haul in as many games.
Robert Martinez will be without Arouna Kone with a knee injury whilst Antolin Alcaraz and Darron Gibson are both unavailable.
Spurs came through a tense penalty shootout which ended 8-7 against Hull City on Wednesday night, but fatigue shouldn’t be an issue after Andre Villas-Boas decided to rest most of his first team members for the match.
This match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 1:30pm.
Cardiff City v Swansea City
Following that match is the first South Wales derby since 2011 as Cardiff City take on Swansea City.
Swansea go into the game in better form, with Michael Laudrup’s side picking up 11 points following a challenging early-season fixture list.
Cardiff are currently 16th and have only picked up four games from their last five games and should have the experienced Craig Bellamy back for selection following an injury lay-off.
The last two meetings between the sides in the 2010/11 Championship season ended in 1-0 away victories. Paddy Power are one of many websites offering odds of 13/10 on another away win on Sunday, whilst Bet Victor provide the best price of 12/5 on a Cardiff win.
This match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm.
My Bet of the Day is on Aston Villa recording an away victory at West Ham on Saturday afternoon. The Hammers have won just one of their last five games and odds of 5/2 on a Villa win with Bet 365 could bring in a good return.
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