Friday, 25 September 2009

Premier League Preview

Time once again for another preview of the games to come this weekend in the Premier League, and following the last two weeks where the top four have played each other, they have what seems relatively easier matches this coming weekend.

The first kick off of the day is the lunchtime kick off at Fratton Park, where Everton go in search of a win at pointless Portsmouth, who only just managed their first win of the season in the Carling Cup the other night, whereas Everton will be in confident mood after their 3-0 win over Blackburn last weekend.

Onto the 3pm kick offs, and Chelsea will look to make it 7 out of 7, as they travel up to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic who are only two points above the drop zone.

Man Utd will hope to take advantage of any slip up by the leaders, as they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, in what could be a potentially awkard game, it certainly was last season, as they waited until 6 minutes before the end for their winner, but will also be in confident mood having won the Manchester derby in injury time last Sunday.

Liverpool have what looks to be a home banker, as they take on Hull at Anfield, with the reds in confident mood following their win at West Ham last weekend.

Aston Villa will be looking to extend their fine run, as they make their way to Ewood Park to face a Blackburn side that sits in the bottom three at present.

Tottenham meanwhile will look to build on their 5-1 midweek demolition of Preston in the Carling Cup in their match at White Hart Lane with Burnley, the two had a belter of a game in the Cup last season at Turf Moor, with the Clarets narrowly missing out thanks to a last minute goal in extra time for Spurs.

Arsenal don't have far to travel for their game, as they take on Fulham at the Craven Cottage, looking to move up the table from what is a low 7th position right now, and will hope for a similar scoreline to the 4-0 win over Wigan last weekend whereas Fulham will need to be at full strength as they bid to recover from last weekend's defeat at Wolves.

The other game on Saturday, sees Birmingham host Bolton at St Andrews, as Bolton look for their make it 3 games unbeaten following the late draw against Stoke last week, whilst Birmingham will be in good shape after their 1-0 win at Hull.

On Sunday, Sunderland take on Wolves at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats currently occupying a healthy 8th position, but slipped in the defeat to Burnlet last week, whilst the Wanderers are not far behind in 12th fresh from that win over Fulham.

Then finally on Monday, Man City will hope to return to winning ways, as they host West Ham at Eastlands, who themselves will be desperate to net points as they are only above the relegation positions on goal difference.

Not Premier League, but still essential, is the small matter of the Wrexham v Chester game on Sunday at noon, as the historic rivalry is brought back to the fore, and Chester are desperate for points having been deducted 25 of the blighters at the start of the season. Can they achieve the impossible and pull off a major win?

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