Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! Saturday's round of fixture's certainly didn't disappoint. Chelsea were able to pull out a classic "Mourinho" performance largely thanks to Diego Costa's mugging of the Arsenal backline. Arsenal finished the match on 9 men after Cazorla was sent off for a second bookable offense, and a forgettable 2-0 loss. I am certain the headlines will be dominated by the Wenger v Mourinho rivalry for the next week so buckle in.
Otherwise the big shock of the week so far was West Ham taking 3pts and City's perfect start to the season. West Ham have now won away to Arsenal, Liverpool, and City, if they can dispatch the minnows, a top 7 finish wouldn't be out of the question. As for Manchester City, they are still the early front runners for the title and I expect an immediate bounce back next fixture. De Bruyne looks like a real asset, dangerous on the ball and able to get into open positions. Silva shouldn't be injured next week so it will remain to be seen how productive De Bruyne will be pushed onto the flank from his preferred central berth.
Our first fixture today sees Tottenham taking on Crystal Palace in what should be an exciting match. Crystal Palace have been in stellar form following the appointment of their hero Alan Pardew and punching well above their weight. It is amazing that they were able to capture Yohan Cabaye for just ~10mil, but with Zaha and Bolasie also in the ranks, this Crystal Palace side will be pushing for a top 7 finish at the very least. Tottenham may be introduced to a new rival this season.
Liverpool will be looking to stabilize the ship so to speak with a match against newly promoted Norwich City. Although Liverpool no longer have the Canaries arch nemesis, Luis Suarez, this match is almost the perfect rebound to push past the United loss. It won't be easy as Norwich have been solid since returning to the top flight, but if Liverpool simply play their game, this should be a routine home win. Countinho rejoining the ranks only makes a win all the more likely, could the young Brazilian become Norwich City's new nightmare?
Southampton takes on Man United in the final match of Week 6. United have begun to hit a stride as of late, with a huge win over Liverpool last game week. Although this isn't a free flowing, attacking United of old, this side has multiple threats in its arsenal. Wayne Rooney is reported to be fit and should lead the line. It is really only a matter of time before the record breaking England striker gets off the mark and I just have a feeling it will be a big match when he does. Southampton continue to be an enigma. Seemingly stripped of their best players each transfer window and yet they come back with new gems unearthed from the mire. It would be hard to underestimate Southampton at St. Mary's and United will be in for a tough contest.