The last week has been a busy week in football and it’s finally all starting to take shape. We are six weeks into the new season and there has already been lots of impressive games and goals. The league table is taking shape now and every team is out for the win. There are still a few teams that are fighting for their first win of the season too. This weekend we have some big games, Arsenal v Chelsea, Man U v Spurs, Qpr v West Ham and Man City v Fulham. I think game of the week will definitely be the North London Derby.
Arsenal v Chelsea
Arsenal seem to be on scoring form at the moment and it’s a definite improvement on last season’s dreadful start. They had a great game last week and also another great performance by the 2nd team on Wednesday. Frimpong and Vermaelen make returns. Chelsea are also are starting their season in much improved form. John Terry will be playing this weekend, not having made a decision on whether to appeal or not and Chelsea no longer have Drogba, which makes Wenger very happy. Both these North London teams are unbeaten so far in this Premier League season. The Derby games are always full of drama and amazing to watch and I think this one will live up to the expectations. This will be either a goal filled game or a goalless draw but I think it will be an Arsenal win.
Players to watch- Cazorla, Mata
Everton v Southampton
Everton have started this season on great form, they are playing really well at the moment and getting good results. They also have a good home record. Jelavic returns to the team after a knee injury. Southampton have been playing really well despite their results and they got their first win of the season last week. Hopefully this will have boosted their confidence. Southampton are without Jack Cork who is out with a knee injury. Everton are the favourites to win this and I agree. Home win for me.
Players to watch- Jelavic, Lambert
Fulham v Man City
Fulham have started this season with a great spell of results. Looking strong defensively and also scoring lots of goals, they have definitely gained some good form. They have had a rest midweek as they were knocked out of the Capital One cup in August. Manchester City have had an odd start, Whilst they have maintained their form from last year they are having a few defensive issues that are leading to goals being conceded. I think Man City are favourites to win this but I actually think Fulham will win.
Players to Watch- Duff, Nasri
Norwich v Liverpool
Norwich are finding this season tough so far, they seem to have lost some form from last season. Grant Holt seems to unusually quiet on the scoring front too. Their Capital one cup win during the week may give them a bit more confidence on the pitch this weekend. Liverpool have also had a rough start to the season under new manager Brendan Rodgers, they’ve struggled defensively and with Agger and Kelly injured this doesn’t help their defensive woes. With both teams still searching for their first win of the season this game is important. I think Norwich might actually win this one depsite Liverpool being the favourites.
Players to watch- Holt, Sterling
Reading v Newcastle
Despite winning the Championship Reading are finding it hardest to settle into the Premier League. They are bottom in the table and have lost their last 3 games. Newcastle have had a pretty hard start in terms of games but they have managed to do pretty well result wise. Both teams won during the week. Reading looked improved against Qpr but Newcastle have that edge. I think this game is going to be one full of goals but mostly from Newcastle. This has Away win written all over it.
Players to Watch- Cisse, Pogrebnyak
Stoke v Swansea
Stoke are notorious for being one of the hardest and physical sides to play against and they have maintained that this season despite not winning any games. Their defence is so strong at the moment. Swansea really started off well but haven’t won any in the last 3 games which they will be hoping to end this weekend. They are boosted by Dyer and Flores back from suspension. Neither teams have an injury worries to conetnd with. Both teams are capable of winning this game but I think it will be a draw.
Players to Watch- Shawcross, Dyer
Sunderland v Wigan
Sunderland have had a lot of draws over the past few weeks and although this is good defensively they still need to score. This is the longest Martin O’Neill has gone without a victory in the Premier League. Larsson and Cuellar return from injury for this game. Wigan had a good start but Martinez said this week that his side have “struggled” since the International break. They have defenders Di Santo and Alcarez still out injured. Both teams are going to be out to get that win but I think this will be a draw.
Man U v Tottenham
Man United have won 4 out of 5 of their games but I think they look a little off form compared to last season. They have done well to win those games but a couple of them have been ‘lucky’. They have Rooney back from injury so Tottenham could be the first team to experience the Rooney/Van Persie partnership in full force. They have injuries to Valencia, Jones, Smalling and Vidic. Tottenham have had a mixed start under AVB but they looked like they had finally got settled in their last game. They have a lot of injuries too, Adebayor, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Gomes and Kaboul. Tottenham haven’t won a game at Old Trafford since 1989 and they will be looking to rectify that. This is such a hard result to predict but I think I will go for a Draw.
Players to Watch- Van Persie, Demebele
Aston Villa v West Brom
Aston Villa must be smiling after a massive midweek boost of beating Manchester City in the Capital One cup. If they can transfer the way they played into this game then it will help them onto a win. They have Ireland out due to a cracked bone, but winger Holman will be likely to start. West Brom are right up the top in 4th place after starting off the season quite well but they are on the back of a midweek loss against Liverpool. They have Reid out due to Hamstring injury. I think this will be an away win.
Players to Watch- Bent, Morrison
QPR v West Ham
Qpr have not had the best of starts and they are still yet to get a win this season. They have failed to score at home this season so far. They also have defensive issues with Ferdinand, Fabio, Bosingwa and Traore out injured. West Ham are on the rebound after losing against Wigan during the week, but they have done ok so far in the league. They are still without Carroll but Benayoun could make his first appearance after re-signing on Loan. This London Derby is set to be as agreat as all the others. I think West Ham will win this one.
Have a Great Weekend 🙂