A Super Sunday Lined Up In The English Premier League
There are so many things that Sky has brought to the game and twisted the way we think and speak about football, that it is only natural that we start to use their language. The channel loves to think about the final day of the week as Super Sunday, and this is the billing that they provide their football selection on this day. When you look at the football on offer this Sunday, (October 5th) , there is no getting away from the fact that this is a Super Sunday but the thing is, of the three great games on offer (out of the four games in total), Sky has decided to show only one of these fantastic matches!
West Ham and QPR fans will be up in arms about the fact that their game is downgraded, even though it is the key game in the Sky line-up, but when you have Manchester United versus Everton, Chelsea versus Arsenal and Spurs versus Southampton on the same day, the Hammers and the Hoops will be overlooked. Sky is showing the big clash from Stamford Bridge but it is BT for the Old Trafford clash and the clash at the Lane will not be shown on either Sky or BT.
No Rooney for United
Starting at Old Trafford, it is another big test for Van Gaal and of course, Wayne Rooney will be suspended after his red card against United. In some ways, this may be a blessing for United allowing the manager to create a shape with Falcao and van Persie up top with a more supportive shape behind them. After a blank week, United should be fresh while Everton may suffer a Europa League hangover on Sunday. The Toffees may have won at Old Trafford last season but they haven’t really spluttered into life this season yet and you can’t really see them getting something from this Sundays clash. You can never be certain what Manchester United will turn up but it wouldn’t be a shock if it’s a home with Falcao finally getting off the mark for his new team.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal won in the Champions League and while Chelsea are the league leaders, you get the sense that there is a need for Arsenal to turn up and do something at Stamford Bridge. The last time the Gunners went to the Bridge they were absolutely mauled and they really need to start grabbing wins against the teams who are at the top of the table. The midweek hat-trick from Danny Welbeck will have heightened the confidence in Arsenal fans for their trip, but you get the feeling that Jose Mourinho has Arsene Wenger in his back pocket. The Arsenal backline hasn’t been too clever this season and it isn’t going to be too long until Diego Costa hits his 10th league goal of the season. He may even do it on Sunday, which would be a phenomenal return before the October international break.
At White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino comes up against his former team and while there will obviously be a few familiar faces, this is a Southampton team that has been greatly changed over the summer. With so many players beating a retreat, Ronald Koeman was tipped to struggle but the side are currently sitting second in the table, three points behind leaders Chelsea. They are also five points ahead of Spurs and their former boss, which is some going after just 6 games of the season. The fact that they could move 8 points head of Spurs after just 7 games has to be a worry for Pochettino. Spurs played on Thursday night in the Europa League but it was a much changed team from the one that drew at the Emirates, so they shouldn’t suffer too much in the way of fatigue. Spurs haven’t been brilliant this season but a draw could well be the outcome at the Lane.