Chelsea unveil their $75 million super signing Fernando Torres on Sunday at Stamford Bridge and the fact that he plays against Liverpool, the club that sold him for a British record fee, adds even more lustre to an already intriguing fixture.
Torres has been signed along with David Luiz – who cost $35m – not only to ensure Chelsea’s stuttering season does not fall completely apart, but also to keep Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s unlikely Champions League hopes alive.
Morale was certainly boosted by the arrival of the expensive duo, as witnessed on Tuesday with Chelsea’s 4-2 win at Sunderland. It was a sweet revenge victory because Chelsea’s season started falling apart when Sunderland visited in November and beat them 3-0.
Liverpool will also give debuts to expensive signings Andy ‘Battering Ram’ Carroll and Luis Suarez so this is a match fully worth making time for. Add to the mix the fact that Liverpool’s Joe Cole may play against his old team and there are too many talking points to list.
Manchester United go to Wolves, Spurs host Bolton and Arsenal travel to Carroll’s former club Newcastle. United remain unbeaten in the league and Wayne Rooney seems to have finally found some of his old form, so it bodes well for them. Arsenal’s Nasri insisted this week that they can win everything they’re still involved in. An idle boast, but at least the Gunners look capable of winning at least one trophy.
(Kick off 10am Cayman time unless stated)
Aston Villa v Fulham (7.45am)
Everton v Blackpool
Man City v West Brom
Newcastle v Arsenal
Stoke v Sunderland
Tottenham v Bolton
Wigan v Blackburn
Wolves v Man Utd (12.30pm)