Seven Barclays Premier League 2014/15 fixtures are scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday 1 November 2014, while the weekend’s biggest match is surely the Manchester Derby between Man City and Man Utd due to take place at 13:30 on Sunday afternoon.
The weekend’s Premier League action begins at Newcastle’s St James’ Park where Alan Pardew’s Magpies come off the back of a good 2-0 League Cup victory over Man City to face a Liverpool side struggling a little for form, particulrly in front of goal, since losing the talented, if troubled, Louis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer. Newcastle (14th) start this early kick-off match four points behind Liverpool (7th), safe by only two points, so this match is important to both clubs as a marker for the rest of their season.
Arsenal (5th) will be looking to push into the Champions League places they expect as a minimum from their home fixture against bottom club Burnley (20th). The visitors are badly in need of a result, and the stuttering Gunners will need to be more consistent at the back than they have been of late if they are to keep out Burnley’s direct attack.
Chelsea (1st) will be keen to maintain their unbeaten streak and get back to winning ways as they host Queens Park Rangers (19th) who have shown improved form of late. Jose Mourinho’s men will be looking for a more convincing performance than their last two public displays as they continue their challenge for the league title. QPR have shown they can score goals, but their problems have mainly been at the other end, where they’ve conceded more than any other team. It looks like a home win unless QPR can arrest that statistic.
Everton (9th) will look to continue their climb up the table as they host Swansea (6th), with either side capable, mathematically, of finishing the day in the Champions League places, with a win. Both teams have experienced mixed form this term, making this a close match to call, though Everton are rightly favourites to take this at Goodison Park, with their strong squad starting to put in some good performances.
Hull City v Southampton is another intriguing encounter. Hull (10th) have been solid at the back, while Southampton (3rd) have added goals in abundance to an already tight ship to become something of a surprise package this season. The result from this one may be a key indicator on which of these two sides will be able to maintain a European push this term.
Further down the table, Leicester v West Brom sees Leicester City (17th) and the Baggies (13th) play out a match where the visitors are just a point in front in the super-tight bottom half of the league table. Both teams have got results from big games this season. This is a big game in terms of league position – one which both clubs will have identified at the start of the season as a potential points-winner. One to watch.
The final fixture at 3pm on Saturday sees Mark Hughes’ Stoke City (12th) entertain Sam Allerdyce’s high-flying West Ham (4th). These two clubs are more evenly matched than those league positions would hint, and five points only separate the two clubs. The Hammers will be hoping for another strong performance which keeps them in the Champions League places.
Full fixtures for Saturday are detailed below.
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Fixtures, Saturday 1 November 2014
|12:45||Newcastle v Liverpool||St. James’ Park|
|15:00||Arsenal v Burnley||Emirates Stadium|
|15:00||Chelsea v QPR||Stamford Bridge|
|15:00||Everton v Swansea||Goodison Park|
|15:00||Hull v Southampton||The KC Stadium|
|15:00||Leicester v West Brom||King Power Stadium|
|15:00||Stoke v West Ham||Britannia Stadium|