BPL This Weekend: Arsenal, Chelsea in London derby of unbeatens, Lots of goals this weekend at Old Trafford? more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have yet to lose a Premier League game this season. However, they’ve gone about it in very different ways.

The Blues have been dynamic and Diego Costa has been the spear-head of the league’s best attack. It’s also led Chelsea to five victories in six games – ironically a Frank Lampard goal from perfection.

The Gunners on the other hand, have been well-versed in draws. Four out of the six games so far this season have finished all square. Danny Welbeck has been playing fantastic for Arsenal since his arrival and will look to continue to link up well with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. That attacking trio should give the Chelsea defense a strong test.

There will also be another element with Cesc Fabregas lining up in the Blues midfield. He has been phenomenal for Chelsea so far, but the Gunners will surely like to quiet a player that could have been a Gunners’ legend had he stuck around.

Arsenal has shown their naivety  away from home against big sides in the past and have been thrashed for it. If the Gunners don’t take a more pragmatic approach, it wouldn’t be a shock to see it happen once more.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

1. Goal-fest at Old Trafford?– When Everton visit Manchester United, it will feature two teams that can score goals. It also features two teams that have had trouble keeping them out.

With the limitation of giving up goals at any time, both teams have dropped more points than they should have this season. Both team’s games against Leicester City of all teams have been microcosms of their campaigns.

Everton have played well at times, especially to start games, but have had troubles closing them out. United on the other hand have looked wobbly at the back amid injuries and the addition of new signings. Give a lot of credit to young Paddy McNair, who was a major reason United won last weekend and not played to a draw — or worse yet, lost. It’ll be interesting to see if Louis van Gaal calls on the youngster once again.

Tim Howard, who has removed himself from international competition for the year, will need to start producing some better performances as well as the defenders in front of him for Everton to improve.

Whatever happens at Old Trafford this weekend, it wouldn’t be a bad guess to say it could very well be an entertaining offensive game; it just won’t be one for lovers of defense.

2. Holes in Villa defense– Aston Villa have lost their last two games and defensively the wheels have come off the wagon a bit. They have conceded three goals in each of those losses.

The chance to get the defense back on track will be difficult. Next up is Manchester City for Villa.

While the defending champions have been a bit up and down to start the season, they’ve shown they know how to find the back of the net. Most recently, they put four past Hull City.

While Villa will have to keep the usual suspects of Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, but also Lampard, who has turned back the clock with his recent performances. 

3. Saints looking to remain on high– The biggest surprise of the first six games of the Premier League? It very well could be the play of Southampton.  They continue to get inspired performances and are being led by new boys such as Graziano Pelle.

The Saints currently sit in second place in the table and will look to keep pace with Chelsea at the top.  However, they have to fall closer to Earth at some point. It could very well be against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Spurs most recently secured a draw with Arsenal, but their backline looked a bit out of synch as the Gunners pressed for a second goal.

Playing at home, it would be expected Spurs will come out to attack, but will need to remain mindful of their defensive duties.

4.  Newcastle need win– The situation will soon come to a head. if Newcastle continue to lose, Alan Pardew will almost certainly be sacked.

The Magpies travel south to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City. The Swans have had problems of their own recently, losing their last two games after a strong start.

With a Newcastle side continuing to lick wounds after more dropped points, it could be a perfect time to get back on a winning track of their own.  However, one must always be wary of a wounded animal. If Pardew hasn’t lost the locker room, the players could just put on the needed performance to give their much maligned manager a chance to ease his breathe.

The Magpies do have the quality to get out of their rut. They just need to start to show it and now.