Weekend Preview

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Don’t worry, Andy’s full fpl preview is on its way tomorrow! However there are eight intriguing Premier League fixtures to look forward to on Saturday after the international break. Not only is the EPL back, but the A-League will continue this Friday night for those interested in that side of things. So what’s lined up this weekend?

Arsenal have the chance to show that they really are title contenders when they entertain a Norwich side that played well against Chelsea last time out but still lost. A key thing to remember was that Arsenal lost this exact same fixture last season and have had tendency’s in the past to slip up just when they look to have put their demons behind them. Be very careful in predicting an Arsenal thumping as I reckon this is a danger game for them.

On the other hand Chris Hughton was given money to spend in the summer but his team has yet to gel, and they could be set for a long season battling to avoid relegation at this rate.

Liverpool’s task in keeping up with the early pace-setters could be given a stern test when they visit the inconsistent Newcastle who were awful at Everton and Manchester City but also managed to secure impressive victories against Cardiff and Aston Villa. God only knows which Newcastle team will rock up for this one and that is what scares me. I can sense a goal fest coming, just who will come out on top is less clear.

Liverpool have had a relatively easy opening to their campaign but some Premier League betting pundits believe that they could come unstuck on Tyneside.

Chelsea should canter to a routine win against Cardiff, however, in what has been a very unpredictable start to the campaign, an away victory is not out of the question. The blues have been far from convincing and Cardiff have proven their capabilities of matching it with the best. A clean sheet will be very tough for both sides to hold.

It is a similar scenario at Old Trafford where Manchester United will be wary of a well-organised Southampton side that has only conceded two goals in seven Premier League fixtures. I can’t see as many goals in this contest, which I expect to be very tight. Who would of thought that 2 years ago!

Roberto Martinez’s promising start to life at Everton should continue against a Hull side that has over-achieved in the first seven matches, but which will surely be content to keep out of the bottom three this term. A clean sheet with some goals looks a likely result for the Toffees, however Hull should not be underestimated.

Manchester City, having already lost to Aston Villa and Cardiff, are travelling to the capital at precisely the wrong time to play a West Ham team buoyed by their shock 3-0 win at Spurs. Manuel Pellegrini’s side may be happy to return to the north-west with a point, although that doesn’t help their title aspirations. A low scoring affair looks likely.

In other games, Swansea should have enough quality to consign Gus Poyet to defeat in his first game in charge of Sunderland while West Brom can edge a tight game at Stoke, who are viewed as relegation candidates with some soccer pundits.

Sunday will see Spurs travel to Aston Villa, who will be hoping that Benteke pulls up in time for the clash. Having said that they have not struggled for goal threats without him and will test a shaky looking Spurs outfit after last rounds shock horror at White Hart Lane.

Monday is going to play host to a blockbuster! Well not quite, with Crystal Palace meeting Fulham in what looks to be a relegation 6 pointer. Nothing to see here!

Weekends are never dull when the Premier League is on, so this one should be a cracker. For those looking to continue to discuss some A-League queries, fire away in the comments down below! Same goes for those fpl queries, just let us know. The captains will be out tomorrow so don’t panic there, whilst Andy’s preview and Nick’s news wrap will be on the way also. Until then! Cheers.

15 comments on “Weekend Preview

  1. Zeus O'Dea (@ZeusODeaDT)

    Great article Matt, I will look forward to those fixtures! The only shame is that most of them are on so late, and I don’t have foxtel, so it’s a little hard.

    On another note, have you heard anything about Mesut Ozil being injured? Apparently Wenger’s thinking of resting him… another report I read said he was out for 6 weeks! Would you be able to clarify that?

    Cheers!

  2. tigervicas

    be mindful of champions league matches next week, wenger may opt to give him that extra time considering they are only playing norwich – dortmund in the champions league is a different kettle of fish

  3. Dev

    EPL is finally back, there’s a special place in hell for internationals. =p

    Sucks that I don’t have a single Swansea player and I’m hoping for a massive Lallana and Clyne haul. Really need to win this week, got my own little derby this round. hahaha

  4. Go You Gunners

    Hey Matt, reckon we could possibly have an A-League weekend chat up? That’d be great, oh and JERONIMOOOOOOO

    • mattcraigdt Post Author

      No worries! Will do that later, just talk A-League in here for now! Had money on him at $3.40 to score anytime… had the same last week. Ridiculous odds!

      • Go You Gunners

        Cheers mate! Especially with his record at Hindmarsh, that’s crazy odds 😀 Loving him in Fantasy atm!

        • baysietoff

          $3.40 is stupid haha! Might need to wildcard and get him in coz I don’t want to get rid of Berisha. Got in Ferreira last week and he’s barely been sighted (from the time I’ve watched), most of the attacks are going left 🙁

  5. baysietoff

    I’ve lost count how many points I’ve lost in the past 5 minutes… Zullo booked. Utd concede. Then Ferreira booked….. WTF. What’s that? 6-7 points… And now Ferreira dragged.

  6. goonerdan

    This is a well crafted article. Only mistake I found in this article is that Arsenal didnt lose the exact same fixture against Norwich last season. In fact, Arsenal won the game 3-1.
    You are talking about the Norwich vs Arsenal game which Arsenal lost 1-0. But the game is played in Emirates, home of Arsenal, and not at Canaries ground. Hence what you said ‘EXACT SAME FIXTURE’ is wrong.

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