Premier League Schedule – August 21-23

20 Aug

No one thought that Saturday’s best game could be one involving a a newly promoted team against a perennial top four team.  However, that very well could be the case as surprise Blackpool takes on Arsenal.  Blackpool earned a shock 4-0 win over Wigan in a dream season opener.  I’m sure the Seasiders will be full of confidence, but beating Wigan is a lot different than trying to knock off Arsenal at the Emirates.

There’s not a lot of mouth-watering clashes this weekend, but Monday’s match between Manchester City and Liverpool could be a good one.  Both teams had disappointing draws on opening weekend and will be looking for a big three points.  Liverpool will be without new signing Joe Cole due to red card suspension, although Fernando Torres is getting closer and closer to full fitness, which can only be beneficial for the squad.  City’s latest signing, Mario Balotelli, scored the winner in a Europa League tie Thursday.

The beating of the week could easily go to Wigan again as they face a rampant Chelsea offense that put six past West Brom last weekend. This could be a very long season for Wigan.

Saturday, August 21
Arsenal vs. Blackpool – 7:45 a.m./ESPN2 (Live)
Everton vs. Wolves – 10 a.m./Fox Soccer (Live)
Birmingham City vs. Blackburn
Wigan vs. Chelsea – 12 p.m./Fox Soccer (Live)
Stoke City vs. Tottenham
West Brom vs. Sunderland
West Ham vs. Bolton – 2:30 p.m./Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Sunday, August 22
Newcastle vs. Aston Villa
Fulham vs. Manchester United – 11 a.m./Fox Soccer (Live)

Monday, August 23
Manchester City vs. Liverpool – 2:30 p.m./ESPN2 (Live)

*ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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