David Moyes comes up against his former club for the first time since his famous move to Old Trafford in the summer. Manchester United plays host to Everton following two away draws in a row.
The champions have fallen nine points behind leaders Arsenal after being held at Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur, but Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as manager after 11 years at Everton, is confident his side can catch up.
“I’m concerned we’re not as close as we’d like to be (to Arsenal) but it’s a long season and hopefully we’ll be there or thereabouts,” he said. “There are a lot of games to go. I think the Premier League is tight and we’ll try to stay on the shirt-tails and put ourselves in a good position at the start of next year.”
United will have to win without their captain Nemanja Vidic, who is suspended for the match.
On the other hand, Arsenal host Hull City having continued their fantastic start to the season with a 3-0 win at Cardiff City on Saturday. “We are showing consistency and that is always a good sign,” said manager Arsene Wenger.
Chelsea, who stayed four points behind Arsenal with victory over Southampton on Sunday, travel to Sunderland, who are showing signs of life under Gus Poyet. Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa lifted Sunderland off the bottom and they have won their last three at home in all competitions.
Liverpool will look to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat at Hull City as they host Norwich City while Manchester City, after a comfortable 3-0 win over Swansea City, face the difficult trip to West Bromwich Albion.
“I would like to arrive at the new year in first place but if that is not possible, then no more than three points from the number one position,” said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Written by Martins Chokoe