Premier League: Mourinho faces Arsenal test, Van Gaal takes on aged enemy Koeman

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After a 4-0 feat opposite Maccabi Tel Aviv reminded Jose Mourinho of what it feels like to win, a Chelsea manager has an critical preference to make before confronting Arsenal in a Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho done 6 changes for a Group G Champions League diversion on Wednesday after Chelsea mislaid their third joining diversion out of 5 during Everton final Saturday. Regular starters John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa were on a bench.

Mourinho doesn't wish to give City a chance. APMourinho doesn't wish to give City a chance. AP

Jose Mourinho. AP

The autocratic feat could boost certainty among a Chelsea ranks though Mourinho contingency confirm possibly to lapse his underperforming stars to a lineup, or keep faith with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy, who tender opposite Maccabi.

With Willian and Pedro Rodriguez approaching to skip a Arsenal diversion by injury, Eden Hazard should keep his starting place, notwithstanding an unconfident opening opposite Maccabi where he missed a chastisement after 5 minutes.

Here are some things to know forward of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures:


Manchester United transport to Southampton on Sunday, where Louis outpost Gaal will replenish his adversary with Dutch reflection Ronald Koeman.

Their querulous attribute stems from when Koeman was manager during Ajax and Van Gaal was allocated technical director.

Last season, Van Gaal’s United battled to a perceptibly deserved 2-1 feat during St. Mary’s, before Koeman avenged a better with a 1-0 win during Old Trafford.

United heads to a south of England in unsuitable form — an considerable 3-1 feat opposite extreme opposition Liverpool during Old Trafford was followed by a 2-1 detriment to PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League on Tuesday.

Captain Wayne Rooney missed both games with a hamstring problem and it’s misleading possibly he will be accessible opposite Southampton.


Manchester City has 5 wins from a opening 5 games in a Premier League and is nonetheless to concur a goal.

Manuel Pellegrini’s group is a early pacesetter atop a standings and a strenuous favorite to kick West Ham on Saturday – nonetheless it knows a easterly London bar is able of upsets.

Manager Slaven Bilic has already masterminded West Ham to dual warn divided victories opposite Arsenal and Liverpool – games it was widely approaching to lose. It absolutely kick Newcastle 2-0 on Monday and will conduct to Manchester assured of springing another surprise.

West Ham could face a City side blank Sergio Aguero. The striker went off after 25 mins with a right knee problem when his side kick Crystal Palace final weekend and missed Tuesday’s detriment to Juventus in a Champions League.


After dual wins and a pull during Arsenal gave Liverpool a plain start to a Premier League season, Brendan Rodgers’ side strike reverse.

It has given mislaid 3-0 to West Ham during Anfield and 3-1 during extreme opposition United. Rodgers has quickly found himself behind underneath a inspection he finished final deteriorate under.

He needs to detain Liverpool’s slip urgently and left Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Lucas Leiva, James Milner and striker Christian Benteke out of a patrol to play Bordeaux in a Europa League so they are uninformed to face Norwich on Sunday.

Rodgers wants Liverpool to lapse to a aggressive character he is compared with.

“I consider it is good we have an temperament as a coach,” Rodgers said. “I am assured we can get behind to personification that approach and it is something we along with a staff are operative really tough to reinforce.”


Swansea and Everton have done considerable starts to a deteriorate with autocratic wins opposite formidable teams.

Welsh side Swansea kick United 2-1 in August, and also hold Chelsea to a 2-2 pull on a opening day of a season, while Everton kick Chelsea final weekend and also available a autocratic 3-0 feat over Southampton in August.

The dual sides accommodate during a Liberty Stadium on Saturday and feat for possibly would make a earnest start to a season.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa horde West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth face Sunderland, Watford travels to Newcastle and Stoke play Leicester, while Tottenham meets London opposition Crystal Palace.