2001–02 Fa Premier League

Balance of power puts the focus on Man City v Spurs

At the start of the season Arsenal v Manchester United would have been the pick of tomorrow's Super Sunday showdowns in the English Premier League, but such has been the shift in the balance of power that the more significant match is Manchester City v Tottenham.

Saturday, 21 January, 2012, 12:00am

Judgment day as Old Trafford awaits ambitious City

October 23 has been circled in red on the calendar ever since the English Premier League fixture list was unveiled and now it is almost upon us. It is the day of reckoning for Manchester City's title aspirations as they visit neighbours United.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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Four of the top five sides in the Premier League are in opposition this weekend, and those clashes will go a long way towards deciding the final order among the elite teams. If the form and stats are any guide, the outcome will be that Manchester United and Chelsea march on to a final showdown next weekend, while Arsenal and Tottenham are left to worry about their Champions League places.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

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Chelsea's 6-1 midweek win over Derby has set up the closest Premier League title race in almost a decade, and both Chelsea and Manchester United have the chance to increase the pressure on leaders Arsenal tonight.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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The English Premiership, so predictable in recent years, looks set for one of the most fascinating seasons in its history.

Manchester United wrested the title from Chelsea's grasp last season and the new champions start as favourites this time, while stronger challenges are expected from Liverpool and Arsenal.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Key to Old Trafford success lay in vastly improved showings against their north-west neighbours

Manchester United did not have to look too far from home to find the key to usurping Chelsea and reclaiming the Premiership crown. What Sir Alex Ferguson's team needed, above all, was to increase their rate of return from matches against their north-west neighbours, and they have delivered in spectacular fashion this season.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

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Manchester United and Chelsea moved a step closer to another big showdown with their midweek Champions League wins, but tonight it is back to business in the Premiership as they face tough games against top-six opposition.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Blackburn continuing to surprise

Excellent home form should give them the edge over Middlesbrough

The chase for Champions League places is hotting up, with six points covering the teams between fourth and eighth in the English Premiership table.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Gunners bid to extend Boro mastery

Little reason to believe Arsenal have lost tag as most dangerous away team in Premiership

Head-to-head records should never be ignored in football betting, and one of the most profitable to follow in recent years has been Arsenal's dominance over Middlesbrough. That is just one reason to back Arsenal when they visit the Riverside for tonight's late live game against Boro.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

History says elite group ought to settle title in battle among themselves

The English Premiership winners will 'come from a small group of one', according to Chelsea's boastful chief executive Peter Kenyon. Most pundits seem to agree: Chelsea are in a league of their own.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Chelsea face tricky away trip

Southampton's improving form under Harry Redknapp sure to test leaders

Punters hoping for a feast of betting opportunities this weekend may well be disappointed. Most of Europe's big teams are very short odds, even by their standards, while there are a host of close-looking matches involving the middle-ranking games.

2 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Time for United to play catch-up

Even if Chelsea play like a mid-table team from now on, Ferguson's men will have to improve to overtake them'

'There are no easy games anymore' was a cliche that rang true in last weekend's FA Cup third round when the giants of the English Premiership lived to fight another day, but only after being given some serious scares against lower-league opposition.

15 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Gunners are down, but not out

Even without the talismanic Thierry Henry, champions Arsenal have the class to snatch all three points at Anfield

The faltering form of Arsenal and Liverpool comes under the spotlight this week, first in tomorrow night's big live Premiership clash at Anfield and then again in their live midweek Carling Cup quarter-finals against Manchester United and Spurs respectively.

27 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Chance to exploit leaky United

City are no slouches in attack and if Anelka is fit, they can be dangerous

The FA Cup fifth round takes centre stage again this weekend, with five of the eight matches live on TV. The appetiser is tonight's Manchester derby, but there is an even more mouth-watering main course tomorrow when Arsenal host Chelsea in another mammoth showdown.

14 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Perils of following your star

It's easy to read too much into a team's lineup and hard to quantify the effect of a single player on a match's result

One of the biggest arguments in soccer betting is whether individual players make a significant difference to a team's performances, and this weekend might be a good test of the cases for and against.

31 Jan 2004 - 12:00am