Six games into the Premier League and the table is dangerously close to forming a pattern, with certain teams not wanting to be where they are currently.
It’s a big weekend for these teams, with a win having the potential to kick start their season. It is also a big weekend for certain individuals in the Premier League, as they face big games against former teams, with more needing big performances to possibly save their season, and their job.
Here, we look at the teams and individuals for which this is a big weekend.
The most obvious choice for an individual who desperately needs a win. His Newcastle United side currently sit joint bottom of the Premier League, with three points, only Burnley below them.
Pardew has come under increasing pressure, with the fans desperate to see him ousted from the club. Owner Mike Ashley backed him after their 1-0 loss to Stoke City, but for how long more can he continue to do so?
They travel to Wales to take on Swansea City, and if there ever was a must win game for Alan Pardew, this is it.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have had an extremely frustrating start to the season. Not only do they sit 14th in the table, they were also defeated by Basel in the Champions League midweek. Marquee signings like Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic have failed to deliver as of yet, whilst Daniel Sturridge is still an injury doubt.
The Reds have looked blunt going forward without Sturridge, whilst ‘keeper Simon Mignolet has come in for some strong criticism. They face West Brom at home on Saturday, and need three points if they are not to fall adrift in the race for the top four.
If this is the season where Arsenal are to really push for the title, then this Sunday’s game with fellow London heavyweights Chelsea is sure to set a pattern. Arsenal have been poor against the big sides in recent years, something which has greatly hindered their progress and the possibility of winning the league.
They face title favourites Chelsea on the back of an impressive Champions League victory against Galatasaray midweek, and if they really want to be taken seriously for a title challenge, they need to start taking points off their title rivals.
Ferdinand, and the rest of his teammates at QPR, have been quite uninspiring as of yet, on their return to the Premier League. After 12 very successful years at Manchester United, the defender is up there as one of the finest central defenders to grace the league.
Despite his advancing years, big things are expected of him at QPR, where Harry Redknapp is hoping his experience will be invaluable. His form as well as OPR’s has been sporadic as of yet, but what better way to kick start you season than a visit across town to Upton Park, with Ferdinand facing the club it all started at, West Ham United.
The job Sean Dyche done in getting Burnley to the Premier League cannot be underestimated, it was an incredible one. However, I’m sure he would acknowledge that he hoped they would have started the season brighter. The Clarets have gone five games without scoring a goal, and have only scored one in total, on the opening weekend against Chelsea.
They are without leading marksmen Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, but if they are to have any hope of staying in the league, they need summer signings Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz to start scoring, starting with an away tie to Leicester City on Saturday.
“If one day I leave Arsenal, I will never sign for another English team.”
So said Cesc Fabregas, however he faces Arsenal for the first time since joining Chelsea in the summer. It is unclear as to what type of reception he will get from the Arsenal fans.
It is sure to be an emotional day for the Spaniard, he was a hero to the fans during his time at Arsenal. Never say never in football, Fabregas will have to do a professional job for Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday, and with the form he is in, there is every chance he could come back to haunt his old side.
Nigel Naughton, Pundit Arena.