Arsenal, Chelsea meet at the Emirates
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - All eyes will be on the Emirates this weekend as Arsenal plays host to Chelsea on Monday.
The Gunners enter the weekend atop the Premier League with 35 points, though their lead dwindled to just two points following a loss to Manchester City last weekend.
Chelsea, meanwhile, climbed to 33 points after it managed to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Stoke City, earning a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last time out.
The Blues have struggled to hit top form this term, and manager Jose Mourinho puts it down to failing to consistently take chances in front of goal.
"Missing goals. It's always the same words. It's unbelievable," Mourinho said. "Even on the bench, I feel every time we miss a chance and the score is 0-0, 1-0, 2-1, 1-1, I feel the pressure. I feel that missing the chances, maybe later you are punished. We have this problem.
"In every match we lost in England, in the Premier League and in the cup at Sunderland, we were the best team by far. We create, we enjoy the ball, we were always very comfortable on the pitch, we had unbelievable chances to score to kill the game. We don't do it."
Chelsea has managed just 32 goals through 16 Premier League matches, the fewest total of any team inside the top-four. But Mourinho's men should be salivating at the prospect of going up against a side that conceded six goals to City last time out. It may provide the Blues with the best opportunity to right the ship.
Liverpool will be hoping to heap the pressure on Arsenal ahead Monday's monumental clash. The Reds enter the weekend on 33 points and can go top with a victory over Cardiff City on Saturday.
Manchester United rebounded from two straight Premier League defeats in fine fashion, getting a 3-0 win at Aston Villa last weekend before earning a 2-0 win at Stoke City in the league cup on Wednesday. The Red Devils will attempt to improve their home form on Saturday when they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford.
Also on Saturday, Manchester City heads to Craven Cottage to take on a motivated Fulham side, Stoke City hosts Aston Villa at the Britannia, Norwich City squares off with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Newcastle travels to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace while West Bromwich Albion does battle with Hull City at the Hawthorns.
Sunday's action will see Southampton welcome Tottenham to St. Mary's and Everton head to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.
12/20 15:34:49 ET