The Premier League rumbles on this weekend and the highlight of the action is Sunday afternoon’s Tyne-Wear Derby.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Palace’s dismal start to the season continued on Monday night when they were heavily beaten 4-1 by Fulham which turned out to be the final straw at Selhurst Park and manager Ian Holloway was sent packing on Wednesday, after less than a year in charge.
Since their 3-1 victory against basement side Sunderland in August, Palace have lost all five of their domestic games since, scoring just two and conceding 13 during that run.
Things had to change and Holloway’s departure begins a new era at the club, although Keith Millen will take charge of The Eagles on Saturday in a caretaker role.
Arsenal’s run couldn’t have been any different, with the Gunners going on a 12 game unbeaten run, which was finally brought to an end on Tuesday night by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
And Arsene Wenger is set to have Mathieu Flamini back in his side after the French midfielder missed the midweek game whilst Jack Wilshere is also set to feature, despite limping off the pitch on Tuesday.
Paddy Power are one of a number of sites providing odds of 4/11 on an Arsenal win. Will Holloway’s departure spur on the Palace side to cause a surprise upset, if so, odds of 10/1 from Bet Victor represent very good value.
You can catch this match live from 12:45pm on BT Sport 1.
Sunderland v Newcastle United
This match is one of the fiercest and longest running rivalries in football and now more than ever, Sunderland are desperate for a win against their old foes.
The Black Cats remain glued to the bottom with their sole point against Southampton on the second week of the season all they can show for and Gus Poyet’s reign at the club did not start well last weekend when they were thrashed 4-0 by Swansea.
Wes Brown has recovered from a calf injury and could make his first competitive appearance since January 2012 whilst Ki Sung-Yeung is also available after being unable to play against parent club Swansea last week.
Newcastle will be without Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who is suspended whilst Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini are both injury doubts.
The Magpies have the better record as far as Premier League derbies go, with nine wins to their name, whilst Sunderland have four.
This match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 1:30pm.
Chelsea v Manchester City
Another enticing game on Sunday afternoon is Manchester City’s visit to Stamford Bridge as both sides look to cement their places in the top four.
Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 in midweek and they should have Ashley Cole available for selection following a rib injury.
Manchester City also won their Champions League game with a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow but Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis both remain sidelined.
The game follows on Sky Sports 1 from 4pm.
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