The history between these two managers says it all: Wenger has only ever managed 1 win over Mourinho, coming in this season's 1-0 Community Shield victory. That match, of course, can be seen in many different ways, but mostly a glorified pre-seaon warm up. But when it comes to league play, Mourinho has held all the cards against Wenger and his Arsenal teams. This season is drastically different however. Chelsea find themselves fully embroiled in their worst ever top flight start and are in serious need of some defensive cohesion. Arsenal, conversely, have rebounded from their opening day defeat and have found solid ground from which to launch a solid start to their season. Given current form, you wouldn't be shocked to see Wenger gleefully accepting 3pts at Stamford Bridge.
2.) Can Liverpool find their feet against newly promoted Norwich City?
Lets be honest, Liverpool have flattered to deceive so far this season and their all around play has been sub-par. Even with bright spots such as the exhilarating opening 45min against Arsenal, Countinho's late match winner against Stoke, and Benteke's wonder strike at Utd, those are truly the only positives you can take out from this campaign so far. We all know who would be number one on the team sheet facing Norwich, having scored 11 goals in 5 matches against them, but the Luis Suarez days are long gone. A change of formation and tactics will be required for this match, but after seeing how negatively Liverpool played against Utd, it's hard to trust Brendan Rodgers at this point. My gut tells me this will be a home win for the Reds, but I'd avoid too many eggs in one basket here until Liverpool can sustain quality play. Benteke still remains your best fantasy bet in attack but Coutinho will have to be ready to take on the mantle if this Liverpool team wants to perform.
3.) Gary Monk's Swans sleeper hit of the season?
You know the Premier League landscape has changed when Swansea v Everton has the potential to be a barnstorming match. The Swans have possibly had the transfer market of the season, transforming their team with the likes of Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis. They stumbled at Watford last week, but the Swans have already proven to fight through, as in the 2-1 win over Man United. Everton, alternatively, are coming off the back of a stunning 3-1 win over Chelsea. Naismith was the star man scoring all 3 of Everton's goals. Even though Chelsea have been in an early season free-fall, it will boost the confidence of Everton none the less. I can see a hard fought, physical, and entertaining fixture ahead for us. This could just about go either way but should be exciting.
4.) Are Spurs ready for Crystal Palace showdown?
Tottenham has been slow to start this season, sealing a first victory away to Sunderland only last game week. With a much more formidable Crystal Palace visiting, Spurs will be put through a real early season test. Harry Kane has yet to fire to the form he sustained for so long last season, but it can really be only a matter of time. Tottenham may not have started the way they had hoped, but they do have the pieces to right the ship. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have found new spirit under hero Alan Pardew and have spent the kind of money that indicates European football is a realistic target. Manchester City required a last minute goal to break down Palace last game week and Palace should find more spaces to operate against Spurs this week. Either way, if Europe is a target for both teams, then this fixture can't be taken lightly.
5.) Which of the promoted teams have looked the best so far?
Norwich City is the winner thus far having settled in a lofty 9th place after 5 matches if looked at through a pure point value scope. Bournemouth have certainly had the most productive striker with Callum Wilson, but you wonder if he can maintain a goal scoring streak like that of Charlie Austin. He may still yet to prove to be a sleeper fantasy hit throughout the season. Watford have seemed mostly marginal early on, but have the talent that could potentially push them to a safer position.