English Premier League Preview – 01/10/10
A big sporting weekend lies ahead of us with a full football programme, Ryder Cup and Moto GP which is enough to keep every man entertained until Sunday evening. The English Premier League reaches round 7 of games with Chelsea leading the way with 15 points from a possible 18. Last weekend saw Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all lose which doesn’t happen too often. Man Utd couldn’t capitalise on three London teams losing after being rescued by super sub Michael Owen to grab a draw at Bolton. And just in case anyone has forgotten that Liverpool are still in the EPL they controversially stole a draw at home to Sunderland last time out (Expect Joe to have something to say on the matter!).
This weekend throws up another tough test for Chelsea as they face Arsenal in the super Sunday 4pm kick off. The blues will have Didier Drogba back and raring to go after his mid week suspension so expect him to give the Arsenal defence a tough time as he absolutley loves scoring against the gunners. Chelsea are still with out Frank Lampard in the middle of the park as he continues to recover from his groin injury. Arsenal will give a late fitness test on their star player, Cesc Fabregas (Hamstring) who will be a big loss if he doesn’t make it. Calamity goalkeeper Manuel Almunia also faces a late test on an elbow injury. Should be a top game this Sunday but Chelsea are very strong at home and don’t often lose 2 in a row in the EPL.
The other teams in and around the top will be expecting to pick up maximum points with Utd away at Sunderland, Man City at home to Newcastle and Tottenham at home to Villa. Rumours are circulating that Rooney is looking to play on Saturday despite orignally being listed as out for 2-3 weeks. An extended break for the England striker could do him the world of good after revelations of his hooker-paying ways, naughty naughty. Utd will also be without Giggs and Scholes so expect Nani and Berbatov to keep Utd’s title challenge on track.
Blackpool travel to Anfield this weekend to face a struggling Liverpool side. Who would have thought David N’gog would be outscoring Fernando Torres in October? Despite Blackpool being above the reds in the league I cant see them winning this weekend. I hope they do manage to get something from the game but Roy Hodgson will know that anything less than a comfortable victory with a few goals will not go down well with the Kop faithful.
Top betting tips for the weekend –
Man Utd to win
Man City to win
Brum/Everton to draw
Anyone predicting some big upsets this weekend? Let us know what you think below.