Premier League Preview: Manchester United and Liverpool Renew Classic Rivalry. Blackpool Return to London

17 September 2010

Gary Neville of Manchester United clashes with Jamie Carragher of Liverpool Following The Award of A Penalty. (Credit Image: © Imago/ZUMApress.com)
This weekend is all about one matchup: Manchester United's first clash of the season against Liverpool. Both managers rested key players in midweek action for this game, and will both be looking to atone themselves for their draws last week. More thoughts on that game below.

Note that all times are Eastern and TV schedule is subject to change.

Saturday 7:45 am (Live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com): Stoke City v West Ham United. Tony Pulis has all my respect after his second half appearance against Aston Villa on Monday. To think about the team you manage after the loss of a parent will be something I will always remember him for. As for the result, Stoke City's match against Villa midweek brought back memories of their first Premier League win. It helps they are playing the worst team in the Premier League this week. Even if Avram Grant prays during Yom Kippur to save West Ham from relegation, I just don't see it happening as I think it's well in into Ocbober before they get a point. Prediction: Stoke City 2 West Ham United 0.

Saturday 10:00 am
Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers (Live on FoxSoccer.tv. On delay, Fox Soccer Plus 6:00 pm): I believe this will be the week Villa concedes their first goal at home. Bolton's fitness will be the difference between leaving Villa Park with 0 points and potentially 3. I think this ends a score draw. Prediction: Aston Villa 1 Bolton Wanderers 1.

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham (Live on FoxSoccer.tv. On delay, Fox Soccer Channel at 5:00 pm): Just a hunch: both sides may end on 10 men. With two hard tackling teams playing at Ewood Park, I think the absence in Bobby Zamora will cost Fulham a chance at three points. Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 2 Fulham 1.

Everton v Newcastle United (Live on Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv): I don't see why David Moyes is so angry about the referee blowing full time last week. Newcastle have fallen to the level I expected them to fall to. While I've been hard on Andy Carroll, he can change my mind with a strong performance here. With Everton's defending of late, I think he's gotta be licking his chops. I also expect another draw. Prediction: Everton 2 Newcastle United 2.

Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Live on Fox Soccer Channel): With Rafael Van der Vaart's injury, I think this match bogs down into a midfield quagmire. With Wolves being the hard tackling club that Mick doesn't want to admit to, expect it to be even uglier than usual. Even with all that said, I think Peter Crouch will find a winner in this one. Prediction: Tottenham 1 Wolves 0.

West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City (Live on FoxSoccer.tv. On delay, Fox Soccer Plus Sunday at 12:30 pm): Birmingham City's resistance away from home, added to West Brom's fight at home, multiplied by this being a derby match, equals an entertaining 0-0 draw. Since I said something to that effect last week and have it bite me in the backside, I think Birmingham City's the better team in this match and will leave with three points. Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 0 Birmingham City 1.

Saturday 12:15 pm (Live on Fox Soccer Channel): Sunderland v Arsenal. With Lee Cattermole's second suspension of the season, Sunderland must be happy they can end a game with 11 on the pitch. The only problem is it won't matter as Arsenal are hitting a perfect stride. That's a scary thought considering Theo Walcott and Robin Van Persie aren't healthy. Prediction: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3.

Sunday 8:30 am (Live on Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv): Manchester United v Liverpool. Liverpool will be happy to see Joe Cole return to the starting lineup in time for this one. After two draws in a row, I expect Manchester United to come out angry following getting embarrassed against Rangers.
To me, this match boils down to how well Fernando Torres plays. To put it kindly, I have not been impressed with him this season; he has looked way too disinterested in Liverpool's season so far. Another bad performance against Manchester United will have me wondering if Torres is already thinking about the next club he lands on.
When it's all said and done, I expect this to be a one sided affair. I think Rooney and Berbatov will frustrate Liverpool all day long. Despite the scoreline, you will know who dominated from start to finish. Prediction: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1.

Sunday 10:00 am (Live on FoxSoccer.tv): Wigan Athletic v Manchester City. Manchester City has historically had issues with Wigan. However, if Manchester City has problems with Wigan's defense, Roberto Mancini better start formulating a plan b. Wigan's defense is so bad, I think City will improve on their Europa League performance. Prediction: Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester City 3.

Sunday 11:00 am (Live on Fox Soccer Channel): Chelsea v Blackpool. At least Blackpool fans will enjoy another away day in London. As for their team...I see visions on another 6-0 defeat coming to my mind. However, with Chelsea checking out of their last two games, at least Blackpool will see enough of the ball in the second half to put something on the score sheet. Prediction: Chelsea 4 Blackpool 1.

What are your thoughts on the weekend to come in the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below.

1 comments:

toddmintz September 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

Agree with most. Joe Cole returned yesterday in the Europa League game and scored the first goal in Liverpool 4-1 win, scoring 30 seconds after a give away right to him. Chelsea against Blackpool questionable defense should put 4 maybe 5 on the board. Blackburn becoming a real tough place to go in and get points, they should win. Everton will build off theyr'e draw with Manchester with a win by 2 or 3 to 1. West Ham loses yet again...Knowing Arsenal recent history, just when they are rolling, game at Sunderland is the type of game they lose or drop parts. I saw no better than a draw at the Stadium of Light

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