Premier League Preview: Chelsea Go to Wigan, Manchester United Go to Fulham, Liverpool Travel to Manchester City

20 August 2010

Bobby Zamora (R) celebrates with Clint Dempsey after scoring Fulham's second goal last season against Manchester United. (Credit Image: © Action Images/ZUMApress.com)
This upcoming weekend in the Barclay's Premier League sees Chelsea and Manchester United travel to places they both lost last season. It also has a very interesting Monday night clash when Manchester City hosts Liverpool. How do I see this weekend transpiring? Let's take a look.

Note all times are Eastern and TV is subject to change without notice.

Saturday 10:00 am
Arsenal v Blackpool (Live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com): After such a dream start to life in the top flight, Blackpool were temporarily brought back to earth when their chairman resigned midweek. It's now been reported by the Guardian that the reason he did was because his name appears in bankruptcy papers. Arsenal didn't have too many bright spots in their 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, and have spent this week in hunt of a new keeper and defender. While Arsenal did not look good in the opening round, I think they will bounce back here. I think the events in the board room have effected the way Ian Holloway wanted to prepare for this game. This will probably be the most attractive game to watch this weekend, and Arsenal will finally score goals not thrown in by the opposition keeper. Prediction: Arsenal 3 Blackpool 1.

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers (Live on Foxsoccer.tv, On Fox Soccer Plus 4:00 pm): These two will be looking to build on the positive starts to their season. Both will show plenty of fight, but I think this will be a game that gets bogged down in the midfield. Prediction: Birmingham City 1 Blackburn Rovers 1.


Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Live on Fox Soccer Channel): Wolves were impressive in their win against Stoke City. On the other hand, Everton were abysmal in their 1-0 loss to Blackburn. They were so bad, David Moyes brought out the hair dryer. Wolves were not impressive on the road last season, and I think Everton will make up for their missed chances in the opener and rebound. Prediction: Everton 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur (Live on Foxsoccer.tv and Fox Soccer Plus): I think Tottenham's start from hell will continue. With Jermain Defoe and Luka Modric out injured, their partnership up front is going to be an interesting selection. Stoke City have one of the loudest home field advantages in all of the Premier League. They looked abysmal against Wolves, but with Tottenham having one eye toward their Champions League return match, I think Stoke will get something out of this. Prediction: Stoke City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1.

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland (Live on Foxsoccer.tv, On Fox Soccer Plus Sunday 10:30 am): I wonder if West Brom have learned their defensive lessons? Meanwhile, Sunderland would do good just to end the match with eleven on the pitch. I think Scott Carson is in for another long day at the office. Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 0 Sunderland 2.

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers (Live on Foxsoccer.tv, On Fox Soccer Channel, 2:30 pm): While neither side scored in their opening round game, Bolton at least looked capable of doing so. I think this is the match where Avram Grant realizes how severe a task he will have in keeping the Hammers in the Premier League. Prediction: West Ham United 0 Bolton Wanderers 3.

Saturday 12:30 pm: Wigan Athletic v Chelsea FC (Live on Fox Soccer Channel). In Wigan's last two Premier League games, they have allowed 12 goals. Chelsea, in their last two Premier League games, have scored 14. With Chelsea also looking to get revenge from last season's 3-1 defeat at the DW Stadium, this will be another ugly game. When Drogba looks incredibly average, and still scores a hat trick, Wigan should be scared. Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0 Chelsea FC 5.

Sunday 8:30 am: Newcastle Untied v Aston Villa (Live on Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.tv): Newcastle United are already asking for patience: that is not a good sign. Aston Villa will be thanking their lucky stars that they have had such an easy schedule to start the Premier League season. Newcastle will give a better account of themselves this week, but still come out on the short end of the stick. I just don't know where they are going to score goals from. Prediction: Newcastle United 0 Aston Villa 2.

Sunday 11:00 am: Fulham v Manchester United (Live on Fox Soccer Channel): This is the bogey ground Manchester United would like to ace again. The one major difference in this one is that Roy Hodgson is not managing Fulham this time around. His set up was the main reason why Fulham were so successful against the Red Devils. I think Wayne Rooney will get a goal in what will be another comprehensive team effort. Prediction: Fulham 0 Manchester United 2.

Monday 3:00 pm: Manchester City v Liverpool (Live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com): This is a game featuring two sides where both have top four aspirations going into the season. However, both have faltered a bit to start the season, each enduring opening day draws and quasi-unimpressive 1-0 victories in the Europa League. The reality is both sides are still adapting to the changes this summer brought. I think with Liverpool looking forward to a Turkish trip midweek leaves them primed to be picked off by City's three defensive midfield set up. Prediction: Manchester City 1 Liverpool 0.

1 comments:

todd mintz August 20, 2010 at 3:11 AM  

I see West Ham and Newcastle in particular to give far better efforts in theyr'e home openers. It would not suprise me to see West Ham win outright. Bolton always awful on the road and 3 goals? Man that is always for them far between times. If you believe Chris Houghton, Andy Carroll will score plenty. Although even if he did, one man cannot overcome average players. I feel Spurs will feel confident after comeback vs Young Boys, I look for better start to gam and continue momentum with win. United 2-0 agree with, about time they break through at Craven Cottage. Liverpool, Man City I am calling for a drab match and possible 1 goal or my pick 0-0

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