Friday, October 22, 2010

3/2's EPL Match Guide- Matchday 9

3/2’s EPL Weekend Match Guide

Tottenham vs Everton- White Hart Lane

Finding the back of the net three times against Inter Milan is no small feat, and Tottenham will look to build on their midweek success by taking on a struggling Everton. With both clubs having won their previous two league matches neither side will be looking forward to slowing down their momentum. Expect a close match but Tottenham’s midfield generals are too much for Everton and their defensive frailties.

Expected result: 2-1 Tottenham

Chelsea vs. Wolves- Stamford Bridge

Carlo Ancelloti’s men take on EPL minnows Wolves. This match will not even be close, but expect a highlight reel from Chelsea’s triumvirate of Drogba, Anelka, and Malouda.

Expected result: 3-0 Chelsea

Birmingham vs. Blackpool- St. Andrews Park

Are any of you seriously going to watch this game?? Didn’t think so.

Expected Result: 0-0

Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- Stadium of Light

Gerard Houllier and company travel to the Stadium of Light in their feature with the Black Cats on Saturday afternoon. I would expect this to be a close fairly defensive match. Aston Villa with Agbonlahor out on injury and Milner at Man City, lack the teeth to really pose any sort of goal threat. Sunderland has drawn their last four EPL matches and this fixture does not look to be any different.

Expected result: 1-1 draw

Wigan Athletic vs. Bolton- DW Stadium

Outside of American Stuart Holden starting for Bolton Wanderers, I doubt there will be any interest in this match.

Expected result: 1-0 Bolton

West Bromwich vs. Fulham- The Hawthorns

I hear Clint Dempsey is starting.

Expected Result: 2-0 Fulham

West Ham vs. Newcastle- Upton Park

Don’t expect either of these sides to light up the other up, but Andy Carroll should watch where he parks

Expected Result: 1-1

Stoke vs. Manchester United- Britannia Stadium

Man U look to get back on form with a win, but they will find this fixture difficult as the Potters have been able to sit back and make life hell for visiting opponents, you can just ask Arsenal. Rooney is a questionable start, but I cannot imagine Berbatov or Chicharito not finding the back of the net.

Expected result: 2-0

Liverpool vs. Blackburn- Anfield

Fernando Torres has been GOD AWFUL. Can the new owners snap “el nino” out of his funk, or will he toil his way to a January departure? I am going on a limb and saying today is tomorrow for Liverpool and they manage to fight futility and earn a win. New owners-new attitude.

Expected result: 2-0 Liverpool

Manchester City vs. Arsenal- City of Manchester Stadium

Easily the match of the week, Arsenal are looking to build on the 5-1 stomping of Shaktar Donetsk and grab a much needed win over another title contender. In welcoming back Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas back into the fold, the Gunners should like their chances despite a less than stellar record against the citizens in the past few years.

City on the other hand should look dangerous with David Silva and Carlos Tevez on form, which of course, should give hope to all those playing FIFA manager mode because yes you can buy your own team and payroll Jesus too. What a great message for the kids?

It will be a hard fought match. The Gunners have the potential to be brilliant but like a clinical touch, and Man City are attempting to find their own balance of silk and steel. It’s a toss up but expect City to make a mockery of the Gunners.

Expected Result: 2-0 Manchester City

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