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Southampton socking it to Poch tops 5 things we can’t wait to see

| 04.10.2014

Before the gloom of international week descends like a Dickensian fog over London, we get all excited about another tantalising Premier League fixture list.

Here are five top-flight things we are particularly looking forward to keeping tabs on this weekend:

Southampton showing their old boss what time it is

The grass is always greener as the saying goes and it seemed Mauricio Pochettino was only too willing to dump his Southampton project for the bright lights of London when Tottenham came knocking.

As it is, some shrewd recruitment and expert coaching by the Argentine’s Saints replacement, Ronald Koeman, has got the south-coast side flying.

Chasing a fifth straight Premier League win at odds of 5/2, Southampton could inflict a third consecutive home league loss on the Lilywhites.

What Arsenal will do ‘differently’ to beat Chelsea

Gooners need no reminding of their worst result of the season at Stamford Bridge in 2014/15, but according to the vice-captain Per Mertesacker, Arsenal will be trying ‘different things’ to get a positive result this time around.

Even if that involves not putting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in goal, can the Gunners really do beat the league leaders on their own patch? 4/1 says they can.

Whether or not Daniel Sturridge starts for Liverpool

The managerial bravado between Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson has been blown out of all proportion, but it will be very interesting to see whether or not the former risks his main man from the start at Anfield with Liverpool so desperate for points.

Radamel Falcao score his first goal in English football

With Wayne Rooney just an onlooker, focus will shift to Manchester United’s other superstar strikers and in particular a certain Colombian.

Falcao is not paid the mega bucks for fun and it will be a memorable moment when he breaks his United scoring duck, which he’s 4/5 to do anytime against Everton at Old Trafford.

If Newcastle lose to Swansea, what will happen?

Whatever dirt Alan Pardew has on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley it must be big, as most managers would have been greeted by a P45 many moons ago.

How long can this go on, until the Magpies get relegated to League One?

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.