Whilst one team in west London continues to misfire, another one could well be on the end of the latest battering administered by their rivals’ best forward.
Yes, it remains a curious fact in this Premier League season that Chelsea’s most effective frontman is currently being seen in the blue of another club, not that Everton are complaining ahead of their home meeting with Fulham on Saturday.
On-loan Romelu Lukaku (£8.4m) might not have found the net in his previous two games, but his effectiveness is such that he was still able to assist goals for Bryan Oviedo (£4.4m) and Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m) in those contests, and he’ll be confident of scoring in the visit of the notoriously poor travelling Fulham to Merseyside.
Everton emerged from a week of fixtures at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium with four points and a real sense that they will be challenging for a top four place throughout this season, and the giant Belgian that they’ve borrowed from Chelsea certainly has a large part to play in that.
Lukaku will get chances against a team who’ve conceded nine goals and scored none in their last three away games, whilst fellow forward Duelofeu could be worth taking a gamble on given his recent impressive displays.
The man that Jose Mourinho considers “not ready” to play for Chelsea is still the safer bet though, something which looks about as certain as the notion that the Portuguese is regretting his decision to loan him out.
The reason for that is that Samuel Eto’o (£8.3m), Fernando Torres (£8.2m) and Demba Ba (£7.5m) have mustered just four league goals between them this season, a figure which is now just one more than Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh (£4.7m) has managed on his own during this campaign.
Such numbers mean that it is difficult to recommend any of the Blues’ forwards ahead of their home meeting with Chamakh’s side, although it is a contest that they will surely win and in which they could be inspired by Eden Hazard (£9.8m) and Andre Schurrle (£7.1m), who scored twice in the loss at Stoke but does have a slight calf injury.
The game of the weekend is undoubtedly the first one, as Manchester City will bid to move within three points of Arsenal with a victory over the Gunners at their fortress Etihad Stadium home.
Seven home wins from seven and 29 goals make City huge favourites against an Arsenal side who faltered against Everton, with Sergio Aguero (£12.4m) certain to be key to everything good that the hosts produce early on Saturday afternoon.
Aguero’s rival at the top of the scoring charts Luis Suarez (£12.7m) might find things a little tougher than usual as Liverpool go to Tottenham, especially as the Reds will be without their captain Steven Gerrard (£9.1m) for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. Jordan Henderson (£5.9m) is also a doubt having started every league game this season.
Manchester United have now failed to score in their last two, and those who feel that run could continue might be drawn towards Brad Guzan (£5.1m) and Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) ahead of mid-table United’s trip to Villa Park, although it must be said that Wayne Rooney (£11.1m) will return from suspension, Robin van Persie (£13.7m) should be closer to full fitness and United haven’t lost there in 19 visits.
Last weekend’s Old Trafford hero Yohan Cabaye (£6.5m) is suspended for Newcastle’s home clash with Southampton, an absence that might see Moussa Sissoko (£5.5m) get forward more. Cabaye’s fellow Frenchman assisted his goal in Manchester and scored on his last home appearance against West Brom.
The Magpies will have to be wary of the suddenly in-form Pablo Osvaldo (£7.4m) after he scored two in two, whilst after a run of 30 games without a goal was ended with a strike against his former club Swansea on Monday, perhaps Danny Graham (£5.0m) can bag another as Hull host Stoke.
Stranger things have happened, right?