West Brom v Chelsea, 13:30
That stat about Mourinho having lost to a load of managers who have names beginning with P is being brought up a lot right now, purely because he’s not doing well and he’s got some P’s on his plate. Going away to any Tony Pulis team is difficult, this much we know, but with the Baggies having lost to City and drawn with Watford in their opening pair of games Chelsea can at least feel happy they are not going up against a West Brom running at full speed, and might therefore edge it if it’s close.
West Brom forward Saido Berahino is set and Serge Gnabry is match fit again so could make his debut for the Baggies. Chelsea’s midweek £signing Pedro could make his debut, as could full-back Baba Rahman, but Victor Moses and Oscar are out with unspecified injuries.
Everton v Man City, 16:00
After a summer of trying to buy all the domestic talent they could, it is strange to think that journey never took Manchester City to Goodison Park, where the likes of James McCarthy, Ross Barkley and John Stones all play, but that is how things went. It looks now as though Chelsea will be the team to buy Stones, and City will rock up to the Park today as league leaders having demolished both West Brom and Chelsea, much to Mourinho’s chagrin, and after those two matches they’ll be expecting another win over an Everton side that only managed a draw with Watford on opening day.
Roberto Martinez has stressed he has no concerns about picking John Stones, while Muhamed Besic, Kevin Mirallas and Aiden McGeady are all fit again. Manchester City are expected to be unchanged, with Pablo Zabaleta facing up to a month out with a knee injury
Watford v Southampton, 16:00
The last match of today sees one of the new boys up against a team that has redefined just how well it is possible to do in your first few years in this division. Like Swansea before them, Southampton came up and took the league by storm, and this season they are also involved in the Europa League qualifiers as reward for all their hard work. They face Watford, who are winless after two draws in their first two matches, and although they are away from home you’d expect Southampton to have a good crack at winning this today.
Alessandro Diamanti could make his Watford debut, as could Miguel Britos and Giedrius Arlauskis and Nathan Ake. Southampton will assess their squad, but know Ryan Bertrand and Jordy Clasie are out with knee and hamstring problems respectively, while Fraser Forster is a long-term absentee.
Arsenal v Liverpool, 20:00
The final game of the weekend is one that was never going to be on at 3pm in a million years, as the television audience is just too massive to ignore. Expected to be fighting for a top four spot at the end of the season, Arsenal have actually started worse than their northern visitors in the league, sitting eleventh to the third place Liverpool enjoy, although a win today would take them level on points with the five-time European champions. From the Liverpool point of view this is a first big test after fortunate wins over Stoke and Bournemouth, and a game that could make or break this part of the year for Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool are monitoring Jordan Henderson, but will definitely not be able to call on Jon Flanagan, Daniel Sturridge or Joe Allen. For Arsenal Jack Wilshere is out again, joining Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck in the treatment room.