Friday, 2 October 2009

Chelsea & Liverpool prepare for battle!

Another big fixture this weekend in the Premier League as 2nd placed Chelsea entertain 3rd placed Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, with Carlo Ancelotti's men facing the scousers without goalkeeper Petr Cech, thanks to his sending off in last weekend's defeat to Wigan.

Liverpool meanwhile will be hoping for more of the same from striker Fernando Torres, who struck a hat trick in last weekend's 6-1 win over Hull.

The match is televised, and will be on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday at 4pm.

Leaders Man Utd will also be on the tv, this time on ESPN as they take on Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, kick off 5.30pm. United, fresh from their comeback win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League in midweek will be hoping to see off a Sunderland side who have made a great start under former United legend Steve Bruce.

Darren Bent will be one to watch, although if Sunderland do get a penalty you can be sure he'll be taking it following last week's outburst from his manager after handing the ball to Kenwyn Jones!

Tottenham will be hoping that follow up their 5-0 thrashing of Burnley last week, with another win at rejuventated Bolton, who are unbeaten in the their last 3 games.

A good game at Villa Park on Monday night sees Man City take on Aston Villa, with bot teams just outside the leading pack, and plenty of goals being scored by both teams, this one could be a cracker, and will also see the return of Adebayor, who has a suspended 2 match ban, and a meagre fine of £25000 to pay for his over celebrating against Arsenal - that's really going to hit him isn't it??

Arsenal play on Sunday at home to Blackburn, where I'm sure Morten Gamst Pedersen will come in for some stick (if he plays) following his dive in last year's encounter, although the Gunners fans are the last ones who should be dishing out stick about divers!

Everton have the chabce to score their 6th successive win as they entertain Stoke at Goodison park on Sunday afternoon (ko 3pm) as they now seem to have recovered from their problematic start, and following last night's UEFA Cup comeback win, they should go into the game in confident mood.

Other games tomorrow include Burnley v Birmingham, where both teams will be looking for the win, City more so, as they sit 2 points beneath the Turf Moor outfit. Hull face Wigan, with Phil Brown's men desperate for points after their disappointing start to the season, whilst Roberto Martinez will be looking for a repeat of their performance against Chelsea last weekend.

Portsmouth who have major problems right now, what with the players not being paid, added to the fact that they've lost all their Premier League games this season, travel to Wolves who will be looking add to Pompey's misery at Molyneux.

The final game to look at is West Ham v Fulham, and Gianfranco Zola is desperate for a win having seen his side drop into the bottom three last weekend, whilst Fulham's aren't that much better off, sitting just one place above the Hammers, but did enjoy a 1-0 win in the UEFA Cup last night.

So, a busy weekend in prospect then, but what's the bet of the weekend?

Beat the Bookie

Well this week, I've gone for the following:

Everton to beat Stoke ~ 4/7
Wigan to win at Hull ~ 7/5
Tottenham to win at Bolton ~ 10/11
Chelsea to draw against Liverpool ~ 11/5

Combined Odds ~ 22/1

Stick a fiver on that and take home £115 - worth a punt surely?

Here's another...

Steven Gerrard to score first for Liverpool, and the game to end 1-1 ~ 40/1 (worth a quid!)

That's it for this week, enjoy the weekend's action!

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