Super Sunday hat-trick: Ed Chamberlin previews Man Utd v Arsenal and more
Can Arsenal win a third big game? Ed looks at the best bets in our THREE Super Sunday clashes.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 5:15pm
Tottenham v Newcastle
Spurs are looking to get back to winning ways after the goalless draw at Everton. Goals remain the problem for Andre Villas Boas' side as the blank at Goodison means they have still scored only nine League goals all season. They are ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League table despite scoring 19 goals fewer.
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The upside is that Tottenham have not conceded in their last three Premier League games (four hours, 41 mins) since the 3-0 defeat against West Ham. They have only conceded only five goals in total this season and only Southampton (four) have a better defensive record. This is Tottenham's best ever defensive record after 10 games of a Premier League season.
Spurs have now kept seven clean sheets this season. They are only the eighth team in Premier League history to keep seven or more clean sheets in their opening 10 games of a season. That's a good omen as five of the seven teams to have done so previously in have gone on to finish in the top three.
Newcastle's issue has been inconsistency. They have gone from the woeful displays against City and in the first half at Everton to the brilliance they produced to beat Chelsea last weekend. It's anyone's guess which Newcastle will turn up at White Hart Lane.
They are capable of beating anyone if they are in the mood. Sky Bet rate Alan Pardew's side as a 5/1 chance to take the points (Tottenham 1/2).
Sunderland v Manchester City
Next up is Sunderland (7/1) against Manchester City (2/5).
As if Sunderland didn't have enough problems right now they face a Manchester City team who scored seven against Norwich last weekend and five in a single Champions League match for the first time in their history this week.
Sergio Aguero is in sensational form and alongside Alvaro Negredo they have now scored a combined 15 goals in the six games they have started together. The only question mark against City is their away form this season.
Manchester United v Arsenal
The game of the weekend is undoubtedly at Old Trafford. Manchester United (11/10 to win with Sky Bet) against Arsenal (12/5).
This looks like the litmus test for both sides. Arsenal are top but have yet to meet any of last season's fellow top four teams in the Premier League this season, having failed to win any of the six games against them last season (L4 D2).
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Arsenal have also lost more Premier League games at Old Trafford than at any other ground. They have won one of last 11 League visits to Old Trafford (L8 D2) scoring six and conceding 21 in that time.
Sunday will also tell is where we stand with David Moyes's Manchester United. There have been signs of them finding their usual rhythm but we'll find out a lot more on Sunday.
Arsenal go into the weekend's fixtures with a five point lead at the top of the table and they lead Man Utd by eight points - it's their biggest lead at the top of the Premier League table since February 11 2008.
Arsenal have had superb week with wins over Liverpool in the Premier League and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League; the kind of big games they've struggled to win in previous seasons.
The win in Dortmund was particularly impressive. Arsenal became the first English club to win away at Dortmund since Manchester United in the Fairs Cup in November 1964.
A famous win. A win characterised by good defending, character, control and organisation. All attributes critics have accused them of lacking in the past few seasons.
Win at Old Trafford on Sunday and the doubters will be well and truly silenced.