Week 4 of the 2014-15 Premier League season was filled with plenty of goals and upsets, and several top title contenders are already in win mode as we enter week five.
Last year’s champions, Manchester city, will host Chelsea, and if the Blues win, the gap between the two title favorites would already be eight points. While it’s too early to rule out any team for the title, that would be a significant gap this early in the season.
Jose Mourinho has built a phenomenal squad with excellent depth, and based on their early showings, it’s perfectly acceptable to predict them to win on Sunday. But a trip to Etihad is never easy, and the Citizens desperately need a result.
It is still early in the season, but things haven’t gone Manuel Pellegrini’s way in recent weeks. His squad looked flat and uninspired against Stoke City, and Arsenal badly outplayed them for the first 28 minutes. Sunday’s match needs to be a turning point for the hosts, who need to keep pace with the leaders or risk playing catch-up for the rest of the season. Expect Pellegrini to make that very clear to his players.
Arsenal’s Schedule for the coming month is tricky: After Aston Villa, they’ll travel to Southampton, play in the North London derby, travel to Turkey to take on Galatasary and play league-leaders Chelsea. The Gunners have yet to put to together a complete performance in this season. They’ve looked excellent at times, but never for the full 90 minutes. An injury to Mathieu Debuchy has forced Calum Chambers into the starting XI, leaving little depth at the center-back Position.
None of those things have to spell disaster, but after a physical midweek battle with Borussia Dortmund and with a number of though fixtures coming, it is very easy to look past a trip to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa on Saturday. Will Arsenal lose at Villa Park? Not necessarily, but don’t expect them to suddenly find their mojo.
Recently promoted Leicester City will be satisfied with their start to the campaign as Nigel Pearson’s side recorded their first win of the season against Stoke on Saturday and have only been beaten by Chelsea.A tough fixture list has already seen them face Jose Mourinho’s side, Everton and Arsenal and they are now up against an improving Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal has spent freely this summer, most recently securing the services of Real Madrid superstar Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco. A 4-0 obliteration of Queens Park Rangers suggested that Van Gaal’s team is finally starting to gel, and their attacking options are now the envy of most managers.Leicester summer signing Leonardo Ulloa has been in excellent form, finding the net three times already, while former Galactico Esteban Cambiasso impressed on his debut against Crystal Palace, and could provide some much needed quality against United’s all-star line-up. written by Yisfalem Alemayehu