At 3, Manchester United travel to Aston Villa looking to register their seventh straight win. West Ham start the day in fourth and welcome Leicester to Upton Park. Elsewhere, Everton travel to a Southampton side in freefall, Hull take on Swansea, QPR face West Brom and Tottenham play host to Burnley. The reigning champions welcome struggling Crystal Palace to the Etihad in the lunchtime kick-off with the ink not yet dry on keeper Joe Hart’s new 3-year contract. At the other end of the pitch, City is in trouble with Sergio Aguero, Stefan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko all out injured. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident they can still score without them.
Chelsea’s assistant first-team coach Rui Faria has been banned for six matches, the Football Association has announced.”Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Chelsea coach Rui Faria has been given a six-match stadium ban with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted two breaches of FA Rules,” read a statement on the FA’s website on Thursday.”The first breach was that Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official during Chelsea’s game against Sunderland on 19 April 2014. The second breach was that his behaviour following the match referee’s request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct.”Faria, who requested a non-personal hearing, was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct.”