Friday, 18 November 2011

This weekends games

Well the international break is (finally) over and football fans around the country can be happy, 1 because England won both games and 2 the premier league is back!

There are some really interesting games this weekend so i thought i'd do a run down of the games a brief thought about each.

Saturday's games
Norwich v Arsenal, 12:45 - My team (Norwich) up against one of the in form premier league big boys. Not a brilliant proposition. If this had been 5 weeks ago I would be relishing the opportunity to play an out of form and leaking defence of Arsenal. As it is now, I am worried. They've hit form and are no longer a one man team. I expect a lot of goals as both teams are better attacking than defending so have to go for it. Prediction: 2-4
Everton v Wolverhampton, 15:00 - Hmmm not a mouth watering tie to say the least. Everton are a good side but their strikers are extremely inconsistent. With Wolves you don't know it always seems a battle to win and a victory would be most appreciated. Can see Everton winning this though. Prediction: 2-1
Man City v Newcastle, 15:00 - The two unbeaten sides left in the premier league so far this year, that being said Man City have won a lot more than drawn so far. I would be very surprised if even a well organised Newcastle team on the rise would be able to stop the Man City wagon rolling on and expect them to win. Prediction: 3-1
Stoke v QPR, 15:00 - This is a game that could be a boring one. Stoke have developed the habit of becoming a bit of a 1-0 team, especially at home. Their attacking flair has disappeared and QPR will have to play well to break them down defensively. Prediction: 1-1
Sunderland v Fulham, 15:00 - Very difficult game to call this one. I just think that Fulham are the better team and although Sunderland defended well against Man Utd the desire to attack at home could leave them exposed. Prediction: 1-2
West Brom v Bolton, 15:00 - Although Bolton have been on a poor run of form recently, both teams have been made into 'solid' premiership teams by Owen Coyle and Roy Hodgson. If the recovery for Bolton is not a short lived one then a good contest could ensue. Prediction: 2-2
Wigan v Blackburn, 15:00 - A massive 6 pointer already? Both teams know how to drop points like they're going out of fashion. Blackburn seem to be the better side performance wise but can they seal the deal or can Wigan sneak a result? This could be a good game with both sides attacking and creating chances. Prediction: 2-3
Swansea v Man Utd, 17:30 - Swansea have been resolute at the back this year and have kept numerous home clean sheets. They also possess the threat on the break through 3 pacey wingers, but the strength of last years champions is undeniable and even on an off day Man Utd can win matches comfortably. Prediction: 0-2

Sunday's game
Chelsea v Liverpool, 16:00 - The game of the weekend without doubt. In my opinion AVB has been too attacking with his formation and playing a 3 man midfield with 3 attackers that don't track back has proved costly especially against Arsenal. Indiscipline cost them the game against QPR but this has started a negative run for Chelsea. Liverpool on the other hand seem to be brilliant one moment then poor the next. The return of Steven Gerrard was a huge boost for Liverpool and seemed to generate excitement, but his new injury has taken the wind from their sails. They also have the Luis Suarez racism row hanging over them. I think if Downing can take his international form into the game and Luis Suarez can replicate his 4 goals for Uruguay the other day, then the match could be brilliant. The longer the game stays at a stalemate the more energy that will be lost, a quick start and it could be a classic. Prediction: 3-2

Monday's game

Tottenham v Aston Villa, 20:00 - A good Monday night clash and hopefully I'll have my essay finished and wont be stuck in front of the computer writing it. Tottenham on form are a brilliant team to watch and the number of appearances from Ledley King this year has given them a solid defensive platform to build upon. In recent weeks that has worked wonders and their midfield is arguably the best in the league. Aston Villa have also benefited from wide performances by Gabby Agbonlahor and the adoption of a 3 man attack. If Villa go for it then the game could open up. Prediction: 3-1 

Leave a comment on your thoughts for the games this weekend!

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