Arsenal v Man City, 12:45
Once in a while the BT Sport policy of buying all the Saturday lunchtime games pays off and they get something big, and this game is not just important for the title race but also has a degree of intrigue attached after the two sides have made interesting starts to the season. City looked good in beating Liverpool before losing at home vs Stoke, while Arsenal’s recent draw with Leicester was something of a reality check for their optimistic fans.
Danny Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut and Aaron Ramsey has a small chance of playing, with Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs all fully fit. Manchester City midfielder Fernando has been ruled out alongside Stevan Jovetic, but Frank Lampard and Eliaquim Mangala are in the squad.
Chelsea v Swansea, 15:00
I doubt many thought this would be the first top two clash of the Premier League season but Swansea have started well and Chelsea are meeting expectations, and both teams have perfect records coming in to this match. The 6-3 win at Goodison Park may not have been the exact result Chelsea wanted last week but it was still a victory, and suggests that this could be one of the most exciting Mourinho teams in years, so Swansea are in for a tough afternoon and will need every ounce of their ability to get anything from the match.
Diego Costa faces a fitness test but Eden Hazard is expected to shrug off a minor Achilles problem. Swansea striker Wilfried Bony will be test pre-game, and Marvin Emnes could be involved for the first time this season, but Leon Britton is out.
Crystal Palace v Burnley, 15:00
Most fans will expect this game to have a big impact on the end-of-year standings at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table, and sure enough three games in the pair have a point each and a long road ahead of them. What makes this league so tough is the lack of bad sides generally, and if you come up with a poor squad or make a bad start catching up if you can recover some momentum is no easy task, so these are important moments in the season.
James McArthur, Kevin Doyle and Zeki Fryers could make their Palace debuts, but Marouane Chamakh is out with a hamstring injury. New Burnley signings George Boyd, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane are in contention and Danny Ings is available after overcoming illness.
Newcastle v Southampton, 15:00
So far Newcastle haven’t got a single win to their names and sit eighteenth in the table, and although it may be a bit early in the season to make any judgements based on that there have been rumours that Alan Pardew is two losses from his P45. Southampton’s eight-place advantage is only by virtue of having two more points than their hosts, so this could be a big game in terms of altering league positions and both managers have a great deal of talent at their disposal to make it a thriller for the fans.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman hopes new signing Sadio Mane will be involved, and Toby Alderweireld is expected to start. Newcastle winger Ronaldo Aarons is out with a hamstring problem, Siem de Jong has a long-term injury and Facundo Ferreyra is out, but Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback are fit.
Sunderland v Spurs, 15:00
After a bright start Tottenham got a bit of a reality check last time out at the hands of a young Liverpool side, and today they’ll face more enthusiasm and pace from Gus Poyet’s Sunderland eleven. Draws with Man Utd and West Brom were good results, but a disappointing loss to QPR has checked the Sunderland momentum a bit and they need to get back on track as soon as possible to make this a season to remember, rather than one to forget.
Sunderland’s new signings Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez and Gus Poyet can pick from a fully-fit squad. Tottenham are without the injured duo Roberto Soldado and Kyle Walker, while Nabil Bentaleb will be assessed, but Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli may make their debuts.
West Brom v Everton, 15:00
Last time Everton went out on the pitch it wasn’t for a game they’ll want to remember as Chelsea put six past them in front of the Goodison faithful, and that makes this game against West Brom all the more vital for Roberto Martinez and his team. As for the Baggies, three games have yielded just two points, and being level with Everton in that respect is not the bonus it would have been last May for example, so again we’ve got two sides that need to win even at this early stage.
Joleon Lescott could make his West Brom debut and Ben Foster is set to play. Leon Osman and forward Samuel Eto’o face fitness tests for Everton, and neither Arouna Kone or Bryan Oviedo are ready to return just yet.
Liverpool v Aston Villa, 17:30
Liverpool’s start to the season has been pretty odd by all accounts, featuring a heavy loss to Manchester City and a thrashing of Spurs at White Hart Lane, but losing your best player is bound to hurt your consistency and this team is something of a work in progress at the moment, rather like Villa’s. The fact Paul Lambert’s side are third shows you how much potential he has amassed on a budget, but the results speak of a team yet to face a real test, and one that isn’t banging in goals all over the place.
Liverpool will be without Daniel Sturridge so Mario Balotelli is set for his home debut and Adam Lallana may be involved for the first time since joining. Tom Cleverley could make his Aston Villa debut but Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore are doubtful.