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Game of the Weekend?

Kick off – Saturday 3pm

Stadium- Brittania

Referee- M.Clattenburg

Both sides have made relatively positive starts to the season. After a disappointing opening day draw at Anfield against Sunderland, Liverpool have bounced back to win their two forthcoming matches - 2-0 at the emirates against Arsenal and 3-1 at home to Bolton to which many fans have started praising the football that Liverpool have been playing and the togetherness and freedom we can see the players playing with. Equally Stoke have managed an impressive draw at home to Premier League runners up Chelsea 0-0 on the opening game at the Brittania. They have since drawn to Norwich at Carrow Road 1-1 after fans favourite, striker Kenwyne Jones scored a 90th minute equaliser. They then scored another late goal in a tough away match at the Hawthorns against a usually stubborn West Brom team. Both teams seem to be playing with a lot of confidence and spirit at the moment as shown by Liverpool’s improving results and performances and Stoke’s late, salvations in matches when they haven’t looked like stealing anything.

Begovic

Huth Woodgate Shawcross Wilson

STOKE VS LIVERPOOL

Pennant Whtehead Palacios Etherington

By Nathan Jacobs

With the summer transfer window finally closed it’s now time to get back down to business in the Premier League. Stoke who were one of the many teams looking on the market for potential bargains came up with some deadline day specialities. For a start they gained a central midfielder with plenty of energy and work rate in Wilson Palacios who would like to prove his former employers Spurs wrong for dropping him out of the first team and selling him for 8m to Stoke. They also managed to add some extra fire power upfront with the likes of Cameron Jerome joining for around 4m and Peter Crouch following Palacios in a move up north from Tottenham for a reasonable 10m although he is now Stoke’s record signing. Jonathan Woodgate has also incredibly made it a trio of players moving up north from the capital to join Stoke City and Crouch has since stated this was key for his own transfer to succeed. Similarly to Stoke though, Liverpool have also spent big this summer. Very big. Big enough for Liverpool to be highly regarded as a possibility for at least top 4 this season and maybe even more when at this stage last season they were languished near the foot of the table managed by Roy Hodgson. Fans favourite Kenny Dalglish has since resumed his reign in charge and looks to be guiding them to a much rosier future now under the help of Liverpool owner John Henry.

Jones Crouch

Suarez

Kuyt

Downing Adam Henderson Bellamy

J.Enrique Agger Skrtel Carragher

Reina

Nathan’s Predicted score

Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

Best Bet- Peter Crouch OR Luis Suarez to score at anytime 13/5 (William Hill)

Don’t start Crouch on the bench! In 30 appearances for Spurs last season he scored 11 goals. He came on as a sub 16 TIMES and didn’t score as solitary goal.

This grit and determination could make for a very interesting affair at the Brittania this Saturday afternoon when the Premier League returns after a stoppage for internationals.


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Arsenal Vs Swansea

Kick off - Saturday 3pm

Stadium- The Emirates

Referee- Stuart Atwell

Kick off - Saturday 3pm

Stadium- Stadium Of Light

Referee- Lee Probert

Sunderland Vs Chelsea

Vorm

Caulker Taylor Rangel Williiams

Dyer Britton Agustien Routledge

Graham Sinclair

Mignolet

Brown Bramble Bardsley O’shea

Sessegnon Gardner Cattermole Larsson

Colback

Gyan

Interesting stat -

Last time Swansea played against Arsenal in January 1983 they lost 2-1 at Highbury. Could the same result repeat itself again?

Interesting Stat- Both teams “key men” upfront (Gyan and Torres) have both failed to score yet this season but ,Sunderland, unlike Chelsea have struggled for goals as a whole. First team to score to win? Maybe.

Van Persie

Benayoun

Torres Anelka

Malouda Mikel Lampard Ramires

Cole Ivanovic Terry Bosingwa

Hilario

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Arsenal 3-0 Swansea

I believe Arsene Wenger has finally spent enough and quite well in the summer (although I still believe they lack in strength and depth upfront) and are much to powerful and experience for Swansea to show any resistance even if they do play some free flowing football.

Arshavin Arteta Walcott

Traore Koscielny Mertesacker Djorou

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea

If the formations are as I predict I highly doubt Sunderland’s attack will have enough firepower to walk through the powerful Chelsea defence. Chelsea to nick this one.

Szczesny

Howard

Distin Jagielka Heitinga Baines

Nevile Barkley Osman Drenthe

Cahill

Anichebe

Heskey Bent Agbonlahor

Delph Petrov N’Zogbia

Warnock Dunne Collins Hutton

Given

Everton Vs Aston Villa

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Everton 1-1 Aston Villa Not the most exciting game of the weekend but one which inevitably sees another disappointing Everton performance against a stern Villa side who are still improving under their new manager.

Kick Off – Saturday 3pm

Stadium - Goodison Park

Referee- Michael Oliver

Interesting Stat - Villa Everton haven’t beaten Aston Villa in a league match since March 2006 so the omens on this one definitely don’t shine in favour of Everton due to the history of these matches and I think this baron run of not beating Villa will continue this weekend in a score draw.


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Wolves Vs Tottenham

Kick off – Saturday 3pm

Stadium - Molineux

Referee- P. Walton

Kick Off – Saturday 3pm

Stadium – Etihad Stadium

Referee- M.Atkinson

Man City Vs Wigan

Henessey

Stearman Ward Berra Elokobi

Jarvis Henry O’hara Hunt

Doyle Fketcher

Defoe Adebayor

Kranjcar Huddlestone VDV Lennon

Bale Dawson Kaboul Corluka

Friedel

Hart

Richards Kompany Lescott Clichy

Barry

Nasri Toure Silva

Aguero Dzeko

Di Santo Rodallega

Gomez Watson Maloney Moses

Figueroa Boyce Caldwell Piscu

Interesting Stat- Wolves greatest win at home to spurs was a 6-2 thrashing in the 1934/35 season and I’d say this is one of the best times wolves could find themselves against a struggling spurs. Can Wolves produce miracles like Man. City did?

Interesting Stat-

The last time Wigan beat Man City in the premier League was in September 2008 when they won 2-1 due to goals from Egyptian Amr Zaki and Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia who has since moved to City’s arch rivals United. City goalscorer was Kompany.

Al Habsi

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Wolves 3-1 Spurs

Wolves seem to be gelling well finally in the Premier League and I believe all wolves supporters should be optimistic for this season whereas it is stark contrast for Spurs who are looking a bit shaky right now.

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Man City 4-0 Wigan

City are playing invincibly and finally look like they could challenge for the Premier League title this year whereas I see contrasting fortunes for Wigan who have lost their top player in N’Zgobia and although they've made a bright start to the season they’ll be outplayed here.

Jaaskelainen

Steinson Knight Cahill Robinson

Petrov Muamba Reo-Coker Eagles

Davies N’gog

Rooney Hernandez

Young Anderson Cleverly Nani

Evra Evans Jones Smalling

Bolton Vs Man United

Kick Off - Saturday 17:30pm (ESPN)

Stadium - The Reebok

Referee – A.Marriner

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Bolton 0-2 Man United

Man United are on top form similar to Man City’s form as both teams remain the only two teams not to draw or lose. If Bolton have a David N’gog firing on all cylinders it could be tough for United but I see them coasting past this one honestly.

Interesting Stat- It’s been three years since Bolton won a game against Man united when Anelka netted in a 1-0 victory at the Reebok to sink United. The way United are playing a repeat of that result seems unlikely and it will be interesting to see how Cahill performs if he does start.

De Gea


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Norwich Vs West Brom

Kick Off – Sunday 13:30pm

Stadium- Carrow Road

Referee- M.Halsey

Kick Off- Sunday 16:00pm

Stadium- Craven Cottage

Referee- H.Webb

Fulham Vs Blackburn

Rudd

Pilkington Barnett Tierney De Laet

Naughton Johnson Crofts Hoolahan

Holt Martin

Long

Brunt Morrison Scharner Mulumbu

Olsson Shorey Tamas Tchoyi

Foster

Schwarzer

Baird Hangeland Hughes Briggs

Ruiz Sidwell Murphy Duff

Dempsey Dembele

Yakubu Goodwillie

Vukcevic Nzonzi Dunn Hoilett

Givet Samba Dann Salgado

Robinson

Interesting Stat- Look at for Clint Dempsey to do some damage as he has scored 4 in his last 5 against Blackburn. Also Blackburn have lost three games in a row and this is there worst start in top flight since 1947/48.

Interesting Stat- Norwich haven’t lost to West Brom in the last 6 Top flight clashes with them. However they have lost three straight games against West Brom when they were in the Championship.

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Fulham 2-0 Blackburn

Although I do think Blackburn spent will on deadline day I believe Craven Cottage is a fortress for Fulham and they WILL use home advantage to beat Blackburn. Walk in the park.

Nathan’s Predicted Score

Norwich 0-0 West Brom

I definitely don’t see this as a game most people will remember come the end of the season. Certainly not a classic but a healthy sharing of the points to hopefully kick-start both teams in the right direction - Up the table!

Kenny

Hall Ferdinand Gabiddon Traore

S.W.P Barton Faurlin Taarabt

Smith Bothroyd

Obertan Best Lovenkrands

Gutierrez Tiote Cabaye

Santon Coloccini S.Taylor R.Taylor

Krul

Nathan’s Predicted Score

QPR 2-2 Newcastle

Both teams seem to be playing quite well. Both signed well although I don’t believe Barton should have been sold by Newcastle. This should be quite an exciting game and I can see both defences struggling in this one. Plenty of goals!

Qpr Vs Newcastle

Kick Off – Monday 20:00pm

Stadium - Loftus Road

Referee – P.Dowd

Interesting Stat- Newcastle could extend their unbeaten run to seven league games against Qpr which willequal their best run from April 2008. This is also Newcastle’s best start to a season since 1995/96 when they finished 2nd . Unusually Qpr have won 1 and lost 2 games which is the same way they started there last four Top Flight seasons.


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