Sky Sports finally have a day of live football befitting the name ‘Super Sunday’. First up leaders Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium at 2:15pm before Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns at Stamford Bridge in the late kick-off.
These are two fixtures which certainly whet the appetite, unlike recent live Sunday fixtures such as Southampton vs Brighton or Burnley vs Crystal Palace.
It is going to be a crucial day of football at the top of the table. Will City pull further away from the chasing pack or can United stay in touch?
Can Arsenal perform in a big game? Will Antonio Conte turn around Chelsea’s form against their old manager?
Before all those questions are answered, we select a combined XI between the four big teams in action this Sunday, which includes those who are yet to return to full fitness.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
Thibaut Courtois is a fine keeper but United’s Spanish shot-stopper is on a different level. De Gea is up there with Manuel Neuer as the best number one in world football.
Defence – Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, John Stones, Marcos Alonso
Although Kyle Walker has had an excellent start to the season, Antonio Valencia edges him out for the right-back slot. The Ecuador international has been a model of consistency over the last few seasons while still offering an attacking threat going forward.
Phil Jones has been outstanding this season but Eric Bailly is still United’s best centre-back. The previously much-criticised John Stones has made tremendous strides under Pep Guardiola and his ability on the ball along with his aerial threat from set-pieces make him the perfect modern day defender.
Left-back appears to be a weak spot for these four clubs and, indeed, Liverpool as well. Only Tottenham out of the big six can boast quality options in this position. However, Marcos Alonso has surprised many with his ability since joining Chelsea. The reliable full-back has also hit big goals for his club, including a brace in the defeat of Tottenham earlier in the season.
Central Midfield – Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante
A continuation of the successful midfield partnership of the French national team, Pogba and Kante compliment each other excellently. In fact, both United and Chelsea sorely miss the injured duo in their midfields as recent performances have shown.
United have lost some of their early-season attacking verve without Pogba while Chelsea have holes in their midfield, which normally would be plugged by the brilliant Kante. Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho are unlucky to miss out as both have been crucial for their respective Manchester clubs.
Attacking Midfield – Alexis Sanchez, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard
This is one area where it was difficult to choose with all four clubs supplying a wealth of options. However, it is hard to look past this trio. Sanchez’s ability combined with his work rate makes him the only Arsenal player in this line up.
De Bruyne has been central to City’s sparkling pass and move football. The Belgian is a joy to watch and can unlock any defence. Player of the Season so far.
Hazard remains Chelsea’s marquee player having been central to their title wins in 2014/15 and 2016/17. One of the best players in Europe and showing signs he is getting back his best after an early-season injury.
Striker – Sergio Aguero
Another position that was up for grabs by a few top strikers, but in truth Aguero is head and shoulders above the others.
The Argentine is finally flourishing for Guardiola and became City’s all-time top goalscorer during the week in Naples.
One of the best forwards to have graced the Premier League.