Can you hear that squeaky sound? that’s the sound of the transfer window slowly being closed and many teams in the Premier League has already strengthen themselves with some very good buys.The big news this week was the transfer of Joleen Lescott to Man City (finally!), but Everton has reacted quickly by roping in Pompey’s Sylvain Distin, the hugely experience defender will bring some much needed steel at the back after Lescott’s departure, the Tofees also bought Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moscow, undisclosed) and it’s interesting to see if he is more like Arshavin or Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Blackburn v West Ham
Bolton v Liverpool
Chelsea v Burnley
Man Utd v Arsenal
Stoke v Sunderland
Tottenham v Birmingham
Wolverhampton v Hull
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Aston Villa v Fulham
Everton v Wigan
Portsmouth v Man City
Prediction Match of The Week:
Last week i predicted the game between Villa and Liverpool would be the one to watch and how true it was as Liverpool lost 3-1 dramatically.
This week is a no brainer, it’s the game at Old Trafford between Man Utd & Arsenal.
Man Utd didn’t really started the season with a bang but last week’s 5-0 demolition of Wigan will be a boost of confidence, however Arsenal are a different prospect all together and this will be the team’s first real test in life without Ronaldo and Tevez, i think Fletcher, Ji-Sung and Valencia are the ones to watch in this game for Utd.
Antonio Valencia (Wigan, undisclosed); Michael Owen (Newcastle, free); Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux, £3m); Mame Biram Diouf (Molde); Paul Pogba (Le Havre)
Left the club:
Carlos Tevez (end of loan); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, £80m); Lee Martin (Ipswich Town, undisclosed); Rodrigo Possebon (Braga, season long loan); Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, £3.5m); Richard Eckersley (Burnley); Danny Simpson (Newcastle, loan); Danny Drinkwater (Huddersfield, loan)
Arsenal look like a determined team, so far they have been impressive and it looks like all these years of nurturing young talents are about to pay dividends for Arsene Wenger, this game at the theatre of Dreams is an important one for the Gunners, not just for points but a mental victory over their arch rivals, it’s not going to be easy as they are without Cesc Fabregas but now is the time for the young squad to rise and be counted.
Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax, £10m)
Left the club:
Kolo Toure (Manchester City, £15m); Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, £25m); Amaury Bischoff (released); Rui Fonte (released); Fran Merida (Levante); Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Blackpool); Jay Simpson (QPR, season-long loan)