Friday, 18 September 2009

It's Derby weekend in Manchester & London!

A big weekend in prospect as the top four play against each other, in two derbies over the course of the weekend, firstly Chelsea, who are sitting top of the Premier League are at home to Tottenham, where most neutrals will be hoping the Spurs claim the points.

It will be another tough test for Harry Redknapp's men, who suffered defeat at home to other title rivals Man Utd last Saturday, and this time will be hoping for a positive result at Stamford Bridge.

The other derby takes place prior to the above game on Sunday afternoon, as Man Utd and Man City lock horns, the big talking point will be the omission of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been banned for 3 games following his disgusting challenge on Robin van Persie in last weekend's controversial win over Arsenal.

Carlos Tevez has declared his wish to play against his former employees, and Adebayor's exclusion may force Mark Hughes to play the Argentinian.

United meanwhile will be looking to close the gap further on Chelsea, and could in fact overtake them if Chelsea lose at home to Spurs following a United win.

Elsewhere over the weekend, at teatime tomorrow Liverpool will be looking to continue their good run at West Ham, who will be aiming to improve on their poor tally of 4 points so far. Mexican striker Guillermo Franco could make his debut for the Hammers following his free transfer from Villareal.

Aston Villa have the chance to break into the top four once again, and they entertain Portsmouth, who are still searchinbg for their first points of the season, Villa will go into the game full of confidence having beaten rivals Birmingham in their own back yard last weekend.

Sunderland are enjoying a fine start to the season, and Darren Bent has had a great start too, and the Black Cats have the chance to move forward again as they travel to Burnley, who have started okay themselves too, currently in mid table, although suffered a heavy defeat at Liverpool last Saturday. That match is the lunchtime kick off on Saturday.

Stoke are also in a promising position, and will be in for a close encounter at the Reebok as they face Bolton, who won the basement battle at Portsmouth last week.

Arsenal, who made a terrific comeback in the Champions League in midweek, will be hoping that kind of spirit is in evidence again in their home game against Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic, I still find it hard to believe Martinez was the Chester City captain a few years ago!

The final game tomorrow sees two sides hoping to turn their seasons around, as Hull meet Birmingham at the KC Communications Stadium.

On Sunday, as well as the big derby games, Wolves entertain Fulham, who managed a draw in the Europa Cup last night, whilst Everton are in action against Blackburn at Goodison Park as they aim to follow up last night's 4-0 victory over AEK Athens in the Europa Cup also. Lucas Neill should make his debut for the Toffees, ironically against his former employers.

So, a crunch weekend yet again for the top 4 teams in the Premier League, should be another exciting one to watch!

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