Premier League Preview: Week 9

Saturday

12:45: Tottenham vs Everton. Spurs encounter against Inter Milan was a fascinating one. Spurs might aswell not have been there for the first half hour. They were that poor. But, they did pick themselves up from a first half tonking and with the best left midfielder, not left sided because he is not a left back, in the Tottenham team, they did well to score 3 very good goals. Everton did very well last weekend and I really don’t think it was down to the fact that Liverpool played badly, I just think Everton played very well. 2 very good goals from 2 very key players. Arteta and Cahill are very good talents and can turn a game on it’s head. This is a tough one to call. Spurs cannot afford to use a “Champions League hangover” as an excuse as I think that Harry will play Pavulychenko, Modric, Van der Vaart, King on Saturday and all those players are fresh. Therefore, 2-1 Spurs. Although it is a very, very tough one to call.

15:00: Birmingham vs Blackpool. Birmingham were unlucky not to get anything at the Emirates last week. I still believe that Chamakh was not touched by Scott Dann and that he CHEATED, in order to get his team back in the game. Because I think Alex McLeish and his side would have frustrated Arsenal and Chamakh sore that coming. Blaackpool are yet to win at home although should have beaten City last time out as they had all the chances and if it wasn’t for a couple of lucky deflections, they would have recorded a famous victory. It’s great seeing teams with barely any money compete against teams with 22 billion or something in that bracket! I’m going for a Birmingham win here. 2-1

15:00: Chelsea vs Wolves. Chelsea couldn’t find a way through a very resilient Aston Villa side last weekend although Anelka should have scored when he hit the post. I still believe they are the best team in the league. They will beat Wolves here but I don’t think it will be a thumping. Mick McCarthy makes Wolves a solid unit but they just don’t score. I think they will go down as they just do not have any strength in depth whatsoever. This is a bonus game for Mick and his side and so they will have no pressure on them in going to Stamford Bridge, like almost every team who goes there during the season. 2-0

15:00: Sunderland vs Aston Villa. Sunderland got a very good, hard fought point at Edwood park on Monday night in which they showed the physical side of their game aswell as the pretty football that they can play at times with the likes of Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent linking up really well in the final third. Villa also got a good point but against much tougher opposition in Chelsea. The home side could have nicked it too, as Nigel Reo-Coker should have converted from a 1 on 1 situation. However a draw was probably a fair result. Sunderland are good at home and will take good pleasure in a win here but I just believe this one has draw written all over it. 2-2.

15:00: West Brom vs Fulham. West Brom have a very good manager in charge. That becomes fact when you look at Albion’s squad which is a very thin one. They proved they could score goals without Peter Odemwingie on Saturday week when they earned a brlliant point against Manchester United at Old Trafford with Tchoi getting 1 and possibly getting the other, he will certainely claim it. Fulham were controversially beaten by Spurs last time out however I do think that the referee gave the correct decision. That was their first defeat of the season,and,so I will certainely be watching to see how they bounce back. Most of these games, this weekend are very, very tough to call however I am going for a 1-0 Albion win although it is a toss up between 1-0 and 1-1!

15:00: Wigan vs Bolton. Wigan were terribly unlucky to only draw at Newcastle last week-end however they should take great pride in their performance for the first 70 minutes at St James’s Park. This will be a physical encounter and could certainely be the last game on Match of the Day. Bolton grabbed a late winner last game against Stoke and won the game 2-1. This, though counts for nothing as if they lsoe this Coyle will be bitterely disappointed. I definately think that Owen Coyle’s side will get something here and actually I’m going to go for a victory. 0-2.

17:30: West Ham vs Newcastle. Newcastle were incredibly lucky to get something last time out, but they did and thats the main thing. They are so unpredictable it’s ridiculous. Lose to Wigan, Stoke and Blackpool at home. But then beat Everton and Villa. Whatever I predict here I am expecting the opposite like last weekend when I predicted a Wigan win and I was very nearly right. I still haven’t got one result right for the Jordies! West Ham are picking up some form and should have won the game last weekend after but Fredric Piquiounne was wrongly judged to have handballed the ball, they had to settle for a draw. The Hammers are, though, unbeaten in 5. They should not go into this game thinking they will walk over Chris Hughton’s side because i guarantee you that that’s what Everton and Villa thought and look what happened to both of them. 1-2 Newcastle.

Sunday

13:30: Stoke vs Manchester United. What can you say about Man United’s week? I am going to take the high road because I have heard so much about Wayne Rooney that I’m sick of it. I love him as a footballer but the timing of his decision ias ludicrous. What’s he going to do for a couple of months now whilst he cannot leave until January? I do believe he wants to win trophies and so that is a sensible decision to leave United. I also believe that he will leave for Manchester City where he gets the most money out of any club in the world, and City are on the up, which isn’t happening at the other rivals that would want Rooney at their club: Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United who would love to keep him at the club. Or would they? If Stoke were to get something here then it would be looked at that United dropped points rather than Stoke picked them up. I think Stoke will win here, though, and there will be furhter riots at Old Trafford. 3-1.

15:00: Liverpool vs Blackburn. Liverpool have one serious problem. They cannot score goals. This is a classic problem for a thin squad which teams like Tottenham don’t have which is to score goals. If Jermaine Defoe, Van der Vaart and Aaronn Lennon get injured then Tottenham still have goals in them such as Crouch, Bale, Modric and Huddlestone. Liverpool just don’t. Ngog does nto replace Torres and so I think they will not win by more than a single goal for the majority of the season. Blackburn have gotten 4 points out of their last 2 home games and now is a chance for them to state their althourity away from home. Will they leave Anfield with something? I don’t think that they will but I believe that they will give Roy Hodgson’s side a right going over. 1-0 Reds.

16:00: Manchester City vs Arsenal. Manchester City, in ym eyes were very unconvincing against polish opposition on Sunday. There were 2 shining lights though and they are David Silva and Adam Johnson who were both absoloutely brilliant. Both World Class and Both will be regular’s in their National sides I have no doubt about that. Especially Johnson, his ball control on either wing just gives him that edge over SWP, Lennon Walcott and Young. The biggest difference is that he can actually cross a ball whereas those 4 that i just mention cannot really whip in a high ball into the box. Arsenal scrapped a win at the Emirates against Birmingham but that’s what good team’s do when they are not playing well. Scrap results. This will be a very tough test for Arsenal, and I don’t think that they are expected to get anything since City are unbeaten at home this season. I’d just like to mention that Maroune Chamakh’s dive at the weekend was disgraceful and it was a moment in the match that ironically Arsene Wenger didn’t mention after the game……. I wonder why? 2-0.

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About dylster

I am a wannabee sports journalist and my main sports that i tend to write about are football, cycling, tennis and cricket
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