Sunday 25th October
Burnley v Everton, 13:30
Burnley are nineteenth in the table at the time of writing, and that is obviously not where they want to be at this stage, but in Everton they have a visitor possibly even more dissatisfied with their place in the table. Roberto Martinez has improved the style of play and broken the club transfer record since taking over from David Moyes, but at the time of writing the other team from Liverpool are thirteenth in the Premier League table, and desperately need to improve their lot before long.
Burnley will assess midfielder Dean Marney, and have Scott Arfield, Michael Keane and Steven Reid all fit again, but Matt Taylor is out following surgery on his Achilles. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be available despite a cut on his head, but Kevin Mirallas and John Stones remain unavailable for Roberto Martinez.
Spurs v Newcastle, 13:30
These are two really big teams in something of a lull at this stage, and even though Spurs are in the top half and a way above Newcastle there is only a four-point gap between them overall. The Magpies are in the bottom three prior to kick-off despite a slight upturn in form of late, which tells you how badly they played at the start of the season and why the manager was under such extreme pressure for his job. The home side will be favourites, of course, but there is enough in black and white to give the visitors hope.
Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb and Kyle Naughton face fitness tests prior to kick-off, but Federico Fazio is suspended for the home team. Newcastle will make a late decision on Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Emmanuel Riviere and Sammy Ameobi, and there are also doubts over the fitness of Papiss Cisse, but Ryan Taylor is back in the squad after 26 months out.
Man Utd v Chelsea, 16:00
These games are obviously often high-profile and exciting for the neutral but the two managers involved may well feel very differently about the match and their prospects. Jose Mourinho loves going to the home of other big teams and teaching them a tactical lesson, but for Louis Van Gaal the time has come to cash some of the cheques he wrote with his mouth, and the form of his team is not at the point where you’d think that was likely to happen, especially versus Chelsea.
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria is expected to be fit for this game, which is good news for the Red Devils with Wayne Rooney suspended , and there is more positivity with Michael Carrick ready to play for the first time this season. Diego Costa has ‘a little chance’ of playing according to his manager, but Loic Remy is out and Cesar Azpilicueta suspended after his red card against Crystal Palace.
Monday 26th October
QPR v Aston Villa, 20:00
Being bottom of the Premier League is a tough existence for any club, and when you still bear the mental scars QPR do it is even worse to relive a nightmare still fresh in the memory. Things are not yet as bad as their last, disastrous attempt to live in the Premier League, but the signs are there with the manager falling out with players and some aging signings not earning their wages right now. Into all this comes a dangerous Aston Villa side that has lost four on the spin and could really do with a pick-me-up of their own, which will either make for a frantic affair or something a bit cagier.
Queens Park Rangers could potentially have a fair few of their walking wounded back at match pace today with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nedum Onuoha and Rob Green all possibly back, but they’re still missing Nico Kranjcar, Jordan Mutch, Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin longer-term. Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos could return for Villa, but Lucas Kosak and Fabien Delph remain out.