The Pitch is Back Weekly Preview- Week 3

The transfer window deadline draws upon us today all focus is on the last-minute deals are clubs are making today to improve their teams for the season. There will definitely be a lot of last minute deals going ahead which obviously means more new and exciting players to join the league.

It’s week 3 of the Premier League and I am looking ahead to the weekend’s game and giving you a preview.  With all the new players that have been signed today, there is bound to be a few debuts throughout the league. There are potentially a few really good matches this weekend and I am sure it will be providing the normal shocks and excitement.

West Ham v Fulham

This London derby is set to be a good one to watch on an early Saturday afternoon.  Fulham started their season in great form but lost last week to Man Utd, despite playing really well.  West Ham have lost both their games so they are going to be desperate to get their first win of the season after 2 consecutive losses.  A London derby is always unpredictable on the best of days. Allardyce has also confirmed today that Andy Carroll will be in the squad tomorrow so he could make his debut in Saturday’s game. West Ham are at home so they have that advantage but Fulham are on good form at the moment.

Players to watch: Nolan (WH) Petric (F)

Swansea V Sunderland

Swansea have been great to watch so far. The have come back with the same vigour they finished the season with and with a different manager in charge this is a great feat. Sunderland had their game postponed last week due to a waterlogged pitch so they have had a an extra week without a match but I think they will be more than prepared for this game. Both teams could win this game, they’ve both improved so much over the last season and I think both teams will be wanting the result.  I think it could be a draw but Sunderland will be wanting their first win.

Players to watch: Dyer (Sw) McClean (S)

Tottenham V Norwich

Tottenham have had a bit of an unlucky start, they’ve played well but lost and drew their first games, I don’t think this will last long with Spurs. Norwich have had a similar start as Tottenham and they look like they’ve struggled a little bit. Spurs have a bit more to prove with their new manager and the new signings they have completed today but Norwich will come out and try their best. I think this match may be very one-sided and lead Tottenham to their first win.

Players to watch: Sigurdsson (T) Holt (N)

West Brom v Everton

West Brom have started the season well after Clarke took over during the summer, they beat Liverpool 3-0 on the first game and they looked great throughout this game. Everton have also started the season on fire after two really good wins.  West Brom always come out defensively against the bigger clubs and I think they will have the same tactics with Everton.  Everton just look great so far this season, I thought they’d be a little lost without Rodwell and Cahill but they are doing good.  I think Everton will win this game

Players to watch: Gera (WB) Gibson (E)

Wigan v Stoke

A mixed start to the season for Martinez’s Wigan, they had a lost against Chelsea but they won last week against Southampton.  Wigan seem to have lost their sparkle a bit and with Moses gone I’m not sure how they will cope.  Stoke earned their draw against Arsenal last week and they defended really well, but they need to improve their attacking. I think this will be a draw.

Players to watch: Gomez (W) Wilkinson (S)

Manchester City v QPR

The last time these two teams met, the Premier League was won in an exciting game.  Man City have made some last minute signings today and they look like they have retained their form from last year but need to work on defense.  The have conceded a few goals already this season and have been quite luck not to lose. Qpr are off to a bad start but I think they will definitely get stronger and they’ll be more determind to come out and try to win against City.  Both these teams have made good signings in the transfer window but I think Man City will win this game.

Players to watch: Tevez (MC) Zamora (QPR)

Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool started the season with a bad loss but they bounced back against Man City last week and they played better in that game. Rodgers has made a conscious effort to strengthen the squad and loan out players that don’t fit within his plans this season, and this will help Liverpool. Arsenal are on the back-end of two 0-0 draws which isn’t the best start but it’s an improvement on last year’s start.  The defence look so much stronger but the forwards need a bit of improvement on their finishing. Both teams will be after the win but I think it could possibly be a draw.

Players to watch: Sterling (L) Cazorla (A)

Newcastle v Aston Villa

Newcastle have started the season well, they may have lost against Chelsea but they have played well in both games. Pardew has only made one signing in the form of Anita, but Newcastle were doing great last season so they should carry on that way. Villa are not having a great start. Lambert has taken over and they are struggling to win any games at the moment.  With Darren Bent back to fitness this should boost their attempts to stay in the Premier League. I think this game is certain to be a Newcastle win.

Players to watch: Ba (N)  El Alhamdi (AV)

Southampton v Manchester United

Southampton had a great game against City but lost last week to Wigan, so it’s been a mixed start for them so far this season. Man U lost their first game against Everton but won against Fulham last week although that was a close game. Man U are without Rooney but Have Van Persie, Hernandez and Welbeck to choose from. I think this will be an away win for the reds but I don’t think Southampton will make it easy if they come out play like they did against Man City.

Players to watch: Rodriguez (S) Van Persie (MU)

Happy Football weekend 🙂

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