All 20 Premier League teams are in action this weekend, with Saturday’s big games including Manchester City against Sunderland, Chelsea against Norwich and West Ham against Arsenal.
City face Sunderland at 12:45 tomorrow, less than three full days since their thrilling 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, a decision that has vexed boss Roberto Mancini.
"Now we need to recover very well as we play on Saturday at 12.45pm and I do not understand this. It is incredible that we play Wednesday night and Saturday 12.45. Now we have two days and twelve hours to recover very well as we did not play a good game (against Borussia Dortmund) but we lost a lot of energy and we need to recover."
Mancini will be up against a Sunderland side featuring former City winger Adam Johnson, with the Italian admitting that it was always going to be hard for the player to make his mark in the Blues star-studded side.
"I think that Adam played well here but I think the problem was he did not play always here, and for a young player like him it is important to play every game. I'm sure that he will do very well for Sunderland and other top teams because he is a good guy and he is a good player."
Mancini will be under pressure to pick up three points against the Black Cats, and improve on their shaky performances so far this year, where they half of their six games in the league have been draws. Their fierce rivals Manchester United will travel to Newcastle on Sunday, as Liverpool take on Stoke, and Tottenham play Aston Villa.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner