With the Champions League group stages now complete, our collective attention turns back to the Premier League. The weekend kicks off with Nigel Pearson’s first game in charge at Watford – and the unenviable task of a trip to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool. Four 3pm kick-offs follow: Burnley host a Newcastle side on an upward curve; Chelsea will be looking for a response from their players after two defeats in their last three Premier League games when they welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge; Leicester continue their pursuit of Liverpool at home to Norwich; and Aston Villa go to Sheffield United. The late Saturday kick-off brings together Southampton and struggling West Ham.
Sunday starts with Duncan Ferguson’s Everton side travelling to Manchester United, while José Mourinho and Tottenham are off to face a Wolves team that hasn’t lost a league game in three months. Arsenal host Manchester City in the late afternoon game, before the famously good-natured local derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton adorns our Monday evening.