There are six Barclays Premier League 2014/15 fixtures scheduled for Saturday 25 October 2014, with the big match of the weekend set to take place on Sunday, when league leaders Cheslea (1st*) take on Premier League royalty, Manchester United (6th), at Old Trafford.
Saturday’s Premier League action begins with United’s across town rivals, Manchester City (2nd*), travelling to in-form West Ham (4th) looking for three points to maintain pressure on Chelsea in their hunt for back-to-back titles. Sam Allerdyce’s Hammers, however, have looked organised this term. City will not have things all their own way in the day’s early kick-off, and they’ll still be licking their wounds from midweek where they saw a two goal advantage turn into just a point at CSKA Moscow.
Another team which endured a difficult day midweek is Liverpool (5th), who’ll be looking to recover from an Anfield drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid with a home match against Hull City (11th). Perhaps this is a bad time for Liverpool to meet Steve Bruce’s men, who are looking in strong form, and were a little unlucky not to collect all three points at Arsenal last week. This one may well be close. Despite being six places apart in the table, Hull will draw level with Liverpool if they can produce a win from this match. Kick off is 3pm.
Southampton (3rd) ran out rampant 8-0 winners last week at St Mary’s against Sunderland. They are home again, facing Stoke City (10th), this week. Their European push will begin to look like more than a pipe dream if the Saints can keep up their recent winning ways.
Sunderland (17th) will be reeling from that hammering last week, and will be looking to shut up shop at home to Arsenal (7th) who have themselves yet to really hit their stride this season. The Gunners left it a little bit late for comfort in overturning Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek – that result might be the catalyst for some improved form, though, on recent results, it could be a flash in the pan. This match will be interesting, featuring two of this season’s most inconsistent clubs.
West Brom (14th) host Crystal Palace (16th) after picking up a point from a couple of tough fixtures. This looks like an opportunity for the Baggies to push away from the relegation zone, though complacency would be ill advised, as Palace showed signs of life last week against Chelsea. This is a six pointer as the winner will breathe easy, while the loser could end the weekend in the dreaded bottom three.
Both Swansea City (8th) and Leicester City (15th) have seen good starts to the season slide into a so-so spell and will be looking for more from Saturday’s late kick-off fixture at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. On lineups, Swansea should win, but on form, this is wide open. Both sides are better going forwards than in defence, so this could be early evening entertainment of the highest order… except for the defensively minded. Goals could be on the cards.
Full fixture details are below.
Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Fixtures, Saturday 25 October 2014
|12:45||West Ham v Man City||Boleyn Ground|
|15:00||Liverpool v Hull||Anfield|
|15:00||Southampton v Stoke||St. Mary’s Stadium|
|15:00||Sunderland v Arsenal||Stadium of Light|
|15:00||West Brom v Crystal Palace||The Hawthorns|
|17:30||Swansea v Leicester||Liberty Stadium|
* Current league position at the start of Saturday is in brackets.