What a dramatic game we had last week as Man Utd scored in the final “extra” minutes to defeat Man City, one look at this week’s fixtures and it’s hard to see a game that has the potential to compete with that match, but than again such games comes once in a while.Most clubs blooded their youngsters in the League Cup matches in the week but it’s now back to business in the Premier League.Interesting to note that there’s only 1 game each on Sunday & Monday.
Here’s this weekend’s list:(all UK time)
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Birmingham v Bolton, 15:00
Blackburn v Aston Villa, 15:00
Fulham v Arsenal, 17:30
Liverpool v Hull, 15:00
Portsmouth v Everton, 12:45
Stoke v Man Utd, 15:00
Tottenham v Burnley, 15:00
Wigan v Chelsea, 15:00
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Sunderland v Wolverhampton, 16:00
Monday, 28 September 2009
Man City v West Ham, 20:00
Prediction Match of The Week:
This is a tough week to predict, most match-ups look pretty dull on paper, but i’m going to say the one to watch is between Arsenal & Fulham.This is yet another London derby and might produce some good action…hopefully.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given a huge lift ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash at Fulham as Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott are available.
Arshavin has missed four matches with a groin problem while Walcott has not played this season due to a side strain – but both are in the squad for Craven Cottage.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is still struggling with a stomach problem so Vito Mannone could be in goal.
“Arshavin should be back and (Robin) Van Persie should be all right despite a little problem,” Wenger said. “We have a test with him and Almunia is still a week away.
“We are very pleased because Arshavin gives us an attacking option that is always very interesting and away from home he’s always very efficient as well.
“He’s a guy who turns up at the right moment and can always create chances or score himself.”
Fulham has crashed out of the Carling Cup to Man City 2-1,it’s pretty big loss for the club as the Cup would have been a realistic target this season but meeting City so early on really dashed their hopes.
Roy Hodgson seems pretty please with the team though.
Zoltan Gera had put Hodgson’s men in front but Gareth Barry drew City level and then Kolo Toure netted an 111th-minute winner to send the big-spenders through to the last 16.
“I was disappointed we could not take it to penalties but I am not disappointed with the team as they gave me everything,” he said.
“I thought we could give Manchester City a game and make it difficult for them. But we took it to an even better level.
“To find ourselves at 1-1 going into extra time was more than we could have hoped for but we deserved it. I have got a pretty good idea now of which players I can trust.”