Good morning. Dominic Fifield will be online from 10am GMT to take part in a live webchat. If you have any questions about this weekend's fixtures in the Premier League, drop them into the comments section below.
Here is the fixture list for the weekend:
Arsenal v Tottenham 12:45
Liverpool v Wigan 15:00
Man City v Aston Villa 15:00
Newcastle v Swansea 15:00
QPR v Southampton 15:00
Reading v Everton 15:00
West Brom v Chelsea 15:00
Norwich v Man Utd 17:30
Fulham v Sunderland 16:00
West Ham v Stoke 20:00
• Dominic was in Sweden to witness that Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.
• And he interviewed Wilfried Zaha this week.
So any questions you have about those two players will also be welcome.
Rico79 asks: "What was the response in the press box like to Zlatan's goal?"Domfifield is in the comments section below answering questions.
Lots of gawping, double takes and "did that really just happen" looks exchanged between colleagues. It was the best goal I'd ever seen live, though I have to say all four he scored were pretty special. Quite how he managed to react to where the ball fell from Steven Caulker for the first, and conjure such an accurate and powerful finish, was remarkable. And the second, controlling the ball on his chest after it dropped over his shoulder and then finding the volley... well, as Steven Gerrard said, it was "his night".
AAustin asks: "With a third of the season gone, if the season were to end now who would your pick for Player of the Season be? And, with all eyes on Zlatan in midweek, a lot of people wish he would grace the Premier League. Which team do you think he would best suit?"
With regards to the player of the season, well, I've been lucky enough to see plenty of Juan Mata and he has been magnificent for Chelsea as part of that much vaunted three-man attack behind Fernando Torres. Eden Hazard caught the eye early on but Mata, particularly once he'd had that mini breather during the international window in September, has been the most consistent performer at Chelsea in what has still been an impressive start to the Premier League campaign.
Clearly Luis Suárez has been magnificent for Liverpool, too, and wrested them back into that match at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, but he is standing out in a team in transition. Mata is the best performer in a side that includes Hazard, Mata, Ramires, Cech etc, so I'd go with him at present.
As for Ibrahimovic, any team in the Premier League would clearly love to have him (perhaps minus some of his hefty salary demands). It's more a matter of which team he'd be willing to grace himself. Manchester City's front-line has had its issues this season, and Chelsea might like the idea of him leading the line. Arsenal, too... but let's be honest. Anyone would have him. The reality is he's no doubt enjoying being the key component in the PSG revolution at present. The Premier League may never get that chance.
jimmysten asks: "Do you think Hughes will get until the January transfer window if he is yet to win a game until then?"
If he hasn't won a game by then? Surely not. I think there'll be pressure on him come Sunday morning if QPR don't beat Southampton tomorrow. That club can't really afford to slip out of the Premier league at the moment.
jimmysten asks: "Should I back Wigan to beat Liverpool?"
I'm hopeless at tips like this, particularly when you've got two relatively inconsistent sides (I know Liverpool have been unbeaten for a while in the Premier League, but even Brendan Rodgers might concede they still have the propensity to implode given they're still in the early stages of their development under his management). Roberto Martinez will clearly travel to Anfield with a point to prove having come close to taking over there in the summer. Suspect it could be quite an awkward occasion for the hosts, but an away win? Not sure on that.
peppernaul asks: "Why do Liverpool seem to think City want to buy all their players?"
A good question. The story was written extensively on Merseyside, a patch on which I enjoyed six good years, so I'm not doubting its validity. Does it make Liverpool the new Arsenal? And is that a good thing?!?
horne94 asks: "Where do you think Everton will finish this season and is Marouane Fellaini the most effective player in the league on current form?"
Everton have to be one of the most refreshing stories of the Premier League season to date given they have actually managed to generate some early momentum rather than slipping back into their usual trick of playing catch-up after Christmas. I may be wrong, but they can't have made too many starts this impressive since back in 2004-05 when, after losing to Arsenal on the opening day, they defied logic for the rest of the campaign to finish in the top four.
Their first team is capable of staying up there, particularly when you consider the blend of power, pace and invention they boast with the likes of Fellaini (yes, on his day one of the most effective in the division without doubt), Jelavic, Mirallas, Pienaar and Osman all operating in front of an experienced defence.
The issue would be whether the squad boasts the sufficient depth to cope with injuries and suspensions when the fixture list becomes ever more cluttered. But, should they maintain their current progress, David Moyes might even be able to add a couple of bodies in January in a bid to retain that lofty position. He'd deserve that. What he's achieved at Goodison Park over the years has been remarkable and, thankfully, is recognised by fans of all clubs these days.
smiff21 asks: "How do you see the North London derby playing out? Both teams come into to it on the back of some demoralising losses. Do you think Arsenal's midfield trio of Wilshere, Arteta and Cazorla will prove to much for Spurs?"
It should be a great occasion, albeit it's a shame it's kicking off at 12.45 when, for some reason, everyone can seem half asleep through the first half of matches. It feels crucial already, even if the reality is both sides are competing for fourth and we're only in mid-November. Villas-Boas admitted as much yesterday, that the title was out of reach despite his initial hope to challenge, though I see from my colleagues tweeting from Arsene Wenger's press conference this morning that he's not quite given up on that just yet.
Neither team can afford to lose. Form has been stodgy for both recently, and Arsenal will have been unnerved by their 3-3 draw with Fulham last week when they effectively contrived to throw away a win twice. They need to find a way to liberate Cazorla so he can hurt Spurs, dragging their players out of position and bringing team-mates into play. At least Olivier Giroud has stirred and is starting to look like a goal threat, demonstrating some of the form that helped propel Montpellier to the French title last season.
As for Spurs, Dembele is a huge loss and they could be further blunted if Defoe does not recover fully from that hamstring niggle he picked up in his cameo last Sunday at the Etihad. Their away form has helped keep them in contention for those Champions League places recently, and they'll remember they were 2-0 up at the Emirates last season before their world caved in around them. Adebayor will have his point to prove, and they will sense weakness at the heart of the Arsenal defence. It should be an intriguing occasion.
OThilonthehill asks: "Do you think Southampton might sack Adkins if they are on their way down? For a neutral it would seem very unfair. How long will QPR let Hughes stay (especially if they don't win tomorrow)?"
It would be hugely unfair if he lost his job. What he achieved, taking Southampton through two divisions and back into the top flight after a seven-year absence was a triumph and worthy of time to work on the team's current issues. He, clearly, thinks he will be granted that chance for a while longer having spoken recently to the executive chairman Nicola Cortese. But the hierarchy are ambitious and, having spent £30 million in the summer on new personnel, will not put up with dismal results forever even if there are no really plausible replacements available at present (I am ignoring the possibility of Harry Redknapp returning on the basis it would most likely cause an uproar at St Mary's).
Possibly the most troubling aspect to Southampton's continued toils is the apparent inability to learn from mistakes. They are still playing such an open game that invites problems, exposing defenders who do not boast vast Premier League experience. Adkins has his principles, which is admirable, but sometimes they have to be tweaked to be pragmatic, surely. To have let five leads slip away already is alarming.
As for Hughes, he has benefited from Tony Fernandes' very public support (via Twitter) all season, and was allowed to add significantly to his squad over the summer. But the tone of that support did shift slightly earlier this week when the Malaysian suggested Saturday's game had to be won. A statement of the bleeding obvious, clearly, but an indication that what felt unthinkable a few weeks ago might not be quite so unlikely now. That club has spent huge sums, if not necessarily on transfer fees then on wages, and will be squirming at the prospect of slipping back into the second tier after only a couple of seasons. Their crunch time feels more imminent.
Podgy asks: "Some commentators were saying that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal was one of the best ever scored. Considering Joe Hart's lacklustre and impotent performance, a clearly weakened defence, and that it was a friendly, was it really a great great goal?"
For the sheer brilliance of its execution, I think it was. Yes.
tackypuns asks: "Please reassure me I am not the only one who finds it totally bizarre that Fernando Torres continues to be picked for Chelsea. Watching him makes me sad, knowing how good he was, and knowing how many goals a decent striker would score with those three behind him. Is RDM under pressure from the owner to persevere with the £50 million man?"
There have been stages this season where I thought Fernando Torres was showing signs of his old form and confidence, though they have been followed by peripheral performances and those familiar lulls. The problem is who is the alternative? The only other out-and-out striker on the books of any experience is Daniel Sturridge, who was on the verge of moving to Liverpool before the closure of the transfer window, has been troubled by a hamstring injury for a lengthy period since and rarely gets an opportunity from the outset to play in a central role.
Certainly in the summer it felt as if Torres had been made aware that he was the "main man" up front. He virtually said as much in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Super Cup in Monaco (a game when, ironically enough, he was utterly outstaged by Falcao). I would imagine that situation would be re-addressed in January if his form splutters, and the Colombian's potential availability at Atletico Madrid would presumably see Chelsea firm up their interest, even if they may have to compete for his signature. Certainly, Chelsea feel light on numbers up front and it would not surprise me if reinforcements are brought in.
MightyBlues asks: "If Javier Hernandez scores a couple this weekend now that we've been told he'll start, what do you think will happen the following week? Is there anyway he can push his way into the regular starting line up?"
Why not? If Sir Alex Ferguson can integrate Hernandez, Van Persie and Rooney, United's forward line would appear mouth-watering, no? The options are frightening (particularly for Danny Welbeck, who suddenly feels far more of a fixture in the England team than he does at Manchester United). The reality is that the management can't ignore Hernandez when his finishing is digging United out of holes, as he did at Villa Park last week. And I doubt he'd put up with being a 'super-sub' forever, either.
trevorjay asks: "Does Kevin Nolan deserve and England cap? Leon Osman has one."
This is an awkward one, to be honest. On the one hand, seeing players like Osman and Nolan – Premier League stalwarts whose personal form has been excellent for some time – selected for England is welcome and justified. They have merited an opportunity to test themselves at the top level. But the issue is whether either player really represents a long-term option for Roy Hodgson and the national side?
Osman was tidy and efficient in Stockholm, and to that end impressive, but even the manager suggested he may not be involved in February or March if others (not least Jack Wilshere) are fit again and in form. The same would apply for Nolan, whose goalscoring record in the top flight is remarkable but who maybe thrives in a particular style of team, feeding off Andy Carroll or Kevin Davies knock-downs (or the chaos those strikers are capable of causing in opposing back-lines).
Personally, I'm more for blooding younger talent in friendlies like that on Wednesday, rather than selecting older faces who, realistically, will not be in the frame in two, three or four years' time. The likes of Sterling, Caulker, Jenkinson and Zaha, for all their contrasting involvement, will have benefited from the experience of traveling and training with England. The hope is their own games will continue to develop and they will play a major role in the national team's future.
TLJordan asks: "City have been well below par this season, but with Silva's return and very high possession statistics in recent weeks, they look like they are slowly getting back to some of last seasons form. Do you think City could go all season unbeaten in the league?"
Given how stodgy some of their form has been to date, it feels a fine achievement to have gone 11 games unbeaten in the league. To go undefeated for the whole season may be pushing it. Perhaps it's worth revisiting this after they've played at Stamford Bridge next weekend... that game might reveal a bit more.
Mike44 says: "I saw an old TV clip in which you stated that the football derby you would most like to see happen was MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon. As a longstanding AFC supporter , I would like to point out that it is happening but that it is not a "derby" in any sense of the word. Most of us are not eagerly looking forward to this match but many will not attend"
Point taken and sentiment completely accepted. To see a club ripped away from its home and deposited miles away must rank among the most gut-wrenching episodes in modern football. I can appreciate why so many AFC fans will hardly relish the occasion to come in the FA Cup, and I'll never make the mistake of referring to it as a "derby" again.
citizenthirdmankane asks: "Fantasy football question – what are the chances of RVP playing this weekend? Is his injury serious?"
The PA wire is reporting Rooney (ankle) and Evans (groin) as United's only doubts, with Van Persie set to be available despite missing the Netherlands' game in midweek.
andywalkz asks: "Is January the right time for Zaha to leave Crystal Palace and, if so, are Arsenal the best club for him to join?"
In my opinion the time is far from right for Zaha to leave Crystal Palace. Not while he's playing regularly in the first team of a club challenging for promotion and gaining recognition from the England set-up in the process. The player is idolised at Selhurst Park, and represents everything good about the club's academy. He has made huge progress over the last 15 months, both physically and mentally, and can continue to be his side's talisman as they attempt to gain promotion back into the top flight.
I'd tend to agree with Ian Holloway's assessment, that too many elite clubs "rack 'em and stack 'em" and, as a result, can actually stall players' development in the process. The reality is the player is under contract until 2017 and the club would be jeopardising their chances of securing £60 million plus in promotion by selling him mid-season. Of course, there has to be a recognition that, at some stage, Wilfried Zaha will be gracing the Premier League. But, as we stand, he can aspire to achieving that with Palace.
I trust the guys who wrote it. The leaking may have been politically motivated by any of the parties involved. And I don't think Wednesday was a particularly slow news day given the England game in the evening.
Elsewhere on the football site today From the Vault is looking back to the France v Bulgaria game that promted a feud between Gerard Houllier and David Ginola; the Joy of Six is analysing the best nutmegs in football history; and Louise Taylor has compiled a list of 10 things to look forward to this weekend.