Chelsea maintained their four point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 4-2 win away at Spurs.
Elsewhere Manchester United demonstrated their firepower with a 4-2 victory over Stoke at Old Trafford, whilst champions Manchester City snatched a late 2-1 win away at the Hawthorns despite being reduced to ten men.
Liverpool picked up their first home win of the season against Reading, Norwich picked up a surprise win over Arsenal at Carrow Road and Fulham piled the misery on Aston Villa with a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.
Premiership Betting Tips
It’s first against second in the Premier League this weekend as Chelsea host Manchester United.
Chelsea’s excellent start domestically has seen the Blues taste victory in seven of eight games this season, but defeat in the Ukraine brought Chelsea’s progress under Roberto Di Matteo back into context. Shakhtar Donetsk were impressive at the Donbass Arena on Tuesday and on the evidence of that performance the Blues will need to markedly improve if they are to retain their European crown.
The Blues will be without captain John Terry and Frank Lampard for Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge, so Gary Cahill will likely partner David Luiz at the back. Manchester United struggled to cope with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini earlier in the season so the physicality and aerial dominance of David Luiz is likely to cause similar problems for the Red Devils.
Chelsea are the only team in the Premier League with a 100% home record and the Blues boast a strong hold over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge having won 10 of the last 13 encounters.
Visitors Manchester United followed up their win against Stoke with three points against Braga in the Champions League on Tuesday and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will need to decide whether to recall Javier Hernandez after his two goals helped secure a 3-2 win.
Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for a month, but defender Chris Smalling is back in training and come make the bench this weekend.
Rooney, Van Persie and Hernandez all enjoy good goal scoring records at Stamford Bridge and with Juan Mata in instrumental form for Chelsea, goals look likely for Sunday’s top of the table clash.
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