While all the early attention will be Old Trafford for the Manchester Derby, there are other important games in the Premiership today, at both the bottom and the top of the table.
Arsenal welcome Wolves to The Emirates today, and Wenger’s men will be looking to continue their fine run of form, and also keep their confidence up ahead of their giant clash with Barcelona.
Wenger’s men showed championship quality when they came from behind to beat Everton last week, and the Frenchman will have one eye on the Manchester Derby before his team play Wolves later in the day.
Birmingham welcome Stoke to St Andrews as they look to push further away from the drop zone.
Alex Mcleish’s side secured an important three points against West Ham this past week, and he will be looking for more of the same against high flying Stoke City today, who lie 9th in the Premiership table.
Newcastle travel to Ewood park today to face Blackburn, with the Magpies full of confidence following their amazing comeback against Arsenal last weekend.
Blackburn will be looking to bounce back following their thrilling 4-3 defeat to Wigan last week, as they look to push up the table in search of a European place.
Aston Villa travel to Blackpool today, with the Seasider’s in a desperate need for three points to end their barren run of results.
Ian Holloway’s men have seen themselves nose dive down the Premiership table, and are currently just two points from safety.
Aston Villa on the other hand have enjoyed a mini revolution of late under Gerard Houllier, and they will be full of confidence following Darren Bent’s and Ashley Young’s goals for England midweek.
A Rejuvenated Liverpool welcome Wigan to Anfield today, as they look to continue their fine run of form under returning manager Kenny Dalglish.
Dalglish saw his Liverpool side defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week, to put the Torres transfer sage behind them.
The Scots man will be looking for more of the same today against Wigan, who will have reasons to be optimistic following an impressive victory over Blackburn last week.
It is unaware whether Dalglish will include Luis Suarez in the starting line up, as he may look to continue with the team that defeated Chelsea.
Today’s relegation six pointer sees West Ham travel to The Hawthorns to take on West Brom.
The Baggies confirmed Roy Hodgson as their new manager this week, and he will be in the stands today to watch his new side compete in a must win game for both teams.
The Hammers are currently bottom of the league, with only two points separating them from West Brom. Today’s result may go a long way in determining who stays up this season.
Tottenham will look to continue their push for the top four when they travel to Sunderland today.
Harry Redknapp’s men can leap frog Chelsea into fourth place with a win today, as Ancelotti’s men are not in action until Monday.
Sunderland have their own European ambitions of their own, as they look to finish in a Europe League position this season.