30 Sep 2011

Barclay Premier League Matches Saturday 1.October 2011

Everton vs Liverpool from Goodison Park, Liverpool
The first Merseyside derby of the season is the early kick off of the day, as both sides will look to finish higher up the table then their current positions, 11th, and 5th respectably. Everton have had a disappointing start to the season. They have lost points in many games they should have won. The Everton side looks to be slow starters this season as well. Liverpool has had a decent start to the season, but is in need of three points in this match if they are to stay in range of the top spots. Looks like Liverpool is getting a boost from the return of their captain and talisman Steven Gerrard. It might still be too early to start him for Dalglish tough.

Prediction: Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Aston Villa vs Wigan Athletic from Villa Park, Birmingham
The visitors will be looking to get back to winning ways after tasting three defeats in a row, and on the road will not be an easy task, especially when the hosts have yet to be beaten so far this season. The home side is in desperate need of a win now after drawing 5 games this season. Wigan have a strong history at Villa Park and I have a feeling that they will get at least a point and might even take home all 3 points.

Prediction:  Aston Villa – Wigan 1-2

Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City from Ewood Park, Blackburn
A lot of negative stories in the paper for both teams at the moment. It is very unsure how it affects the sides. Blackburn got hammered away to Newcastle last round and Steve Kean might get axed soon if they keep on loosing games. Mancini on the other side have problems with his players all the time and now the focus have been on Carlos Tevez. All the negative focus must stop soon if the City team is to produce the goods. It looks like Mancini is starting to feel the pressure on dealing with a squad full of stars, who all expects to play regular football.

Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester United vs Norwich City from Old Trafford, Manchester
After the 3-3 draw at home during midweek in Champions League play to Basel, Sir Alex Ferguson said his United side got a massive wake up call and nobody expected that to happen. The truth of the matter is Basel could have had more goals had they taken their chances in the first half. Like I have written I feel that United is lacking the world class performance of Wayne Rooney at the moment, and struggle to find the structure when he is out. Paul Lambert have managed to win two games in a row now and must be high on confidence. They looked very strong at Sunderland in the last game. I do think it’s time for United to win again tough.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Norwich City

Sunderland vs West Brom from the Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Could a match have much importance already in the season if both teams are in, or near the relegation zone? It’s possible, although there still is plenty of time to turn things around for both teams. Both teams have been big disappointments so far and both managers are in danger of getting axed as the first manager this season. Sunderland should have enough quality in the side to beat a poor traveling West Brom team.

Prediction: Sunderland 2-0 West Brom

Wolves vs Newcastle United from Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
After a flying start right out of the gates, Wolves are now on a three game losing streak. Manager Mick McCarthy will be hoping his side can put things right, and essentially win their home games to avoid a real relegation battle like they did last season. Newcastle on the other hand is the big surprise so far this season and are still unbeaten. I don’t think manager Pardew or the players expected to perform at sutch a high level this year and the question is how long they can keep the momentum going? I smell a draw in this game.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United

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