In the aftermath of yesterday’s dramatic transfer deadline day, the focus is back on football tonight, with three of the top four in action.
Following their record £50 million transfer for Fernando Torres, Chelsea travel to The Stadium of Light to play Sunderland. The Premiership champions will not include Torres or David Luiz, as they are expected to make their debuts on Sunday against Liverpool.
Sunderland defeated Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, and they can expect a much tougher encounter this time round as Ancelotti’s men are reborn after a recent improvement in results, and the arrival of Torres.
Danny Welbeck is out for Sunderland with a hamstring injury, but new signing Stephane Sessegnon is expected to make his debut for the club.
Chelsea have no injury worries ahead of the game, and will be happy to have fully fit Frank Lampard in the midfield.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will look to keep up their pursuit on Manchester United when they welcome Everton to town.
Wenger is set to recall Wilshire, Van Persie, and Theo Walcott for the visit of the Toffees, with Denilson and Nasri ruled out through injury, and Sebastien Squillaci suspended.
Tim Cahill is missing for David Moyes men, with Tony Hibbert and Victor Anichebe facing fitness tests ahead of the game.
Manchester United will look to keep their five point league at the top of the table when they entertain Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Ferguson is boosted by the return of his familiar back five, and has no injury concerns ahead of the game. The big decision for the Scots man will be whether or not to include out of form striker Wayne Rooney, or the impressive Hernandez up front.
Nathan Baker is the only absentee for Gerard Houllier’s men through suspension, and the Frenchman may be tempted to play Agbonlahor up front with Darren Bent if the striker passes a late fitness test.
West Brom host Wigan in a relegation six pointer. Both teams are near the foot of the table, with Wigan in the relegation zone and on a barren run of form.
Carlos Vela is expected to make his debut for the Baggies, who also welcome back Stephen Reid from injury.
Martinez has no new injury concerns ahead of the game, and has been boosted by the returns of James McCarthy, Franco Di Santo, Victor Moses and Emmerson Boyce to his squad.