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Manchester teams looks to continue strong start

26 Aug

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season in dominating fashion and will look to continue that form Sunday against Arsenal and Tottenham, respectively, teams both fighting for their first wins of the season.  Meanwhile, Liverpool aims to improve on last season as they take on Bolton, where they only won once in the first eight games of the year (yikes).  Definitely a solid slate of games this weekend, especially considering the top four clash between Aston Villa and Wolves kicks off action for game week three.

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 27

Aston Villa vs. Wolves – 7 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Wigan vs. QPR – 7:23 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Swansea vs. Sunderland – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Chelsea vs. Norwich – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Blackburn vs. Everton – 10 a.m. ET
Liverpool vs. Bolton – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 28
Newcastle vs. Fulham – 7:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Tottenham vs. Manchester City – 8:30 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
West Brom vs. Stoke – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Manchester United vs. Arsenal – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

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Premier League predictions

12 Aug

The 2011-12 Premier League season starts tomorrow and I can’t wait. I am so ridiculously excited.  My prediction?  This is one of the closest title races in a long time and it comes down to the last couple weeks. As much as I hate to say it, I think that Manchester United will win its second straight title as Chicharito takes the league by storm. I peg Man City as runners-up as the team builds on its success last year. Even without Tevez, Sergio Aguero is more than capable of picking up the slack. Liverpool makes a triumphant return to the top four after two years out and Chelsea rounds out the top four.

Champion: Manchester United
Top Four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea
Relegated: Swansea, West Brom, Wolves
Golden Boot: Chicharito, MU

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 13
Blackburn vs. Wolves – 2 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Delayed)
Fulham vs. Aston Villa – 9:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Liverpool vs. Sunderland – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
QPR vs. Bolton – 9:55 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Wigan vs. Norwich – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Newcastle vs. Arsenal – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 14
Stoke City vs. Chelsea – 8:25 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
West Brom vs. Manchester United – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Monday, August 15
Manchester City vs. Swansea – 3 p.m. ET/ESPN 2 (Live)

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One question

14 Nov

How the hell do you beat Chelsea and then turn around and go winless against Wigan and Stoke?

Three 6-0 games?!

23 Aug

Well, apparently I was really, really, really off about Arsenal/Blackpool being a good game on Saturday.  Arsenal was one of three teams to claim a 6-0 win over the weekend.  Chelsea defeated Wigan 6-0 and now has a goal difference of +12 after two games. Yikes.  Oh yeah, and the Blues have put 14 goals (14!) past Wigan in their last two meetings.  That’s just sad.  The surprise of the weekend came as newly promoted Newcastle put a beating on Aston Villa, 6-0.  Guess the loss of James Milner was more emotional than they thought it would be.  Even Joey Barton got in on the scoring action for Newcastle.

There have only been 19 6-0 games since the inception of the Premier League and four of them have happened in the first couple weeks of this season.  I doubt that kind of scoring is going to become a regular thing, but if it does, that is not a good sign for the competitive balance of the league.

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

Chelsea wins Premier League in dominant fashion

10 May

All Chelsea had to do was beat Wigan.  It didn’t take long for that to happen.  Nicolas Anelka got the scoring started in the sixth minute and Chelsea never looked back in an 8-0 romp.  Didier Drogba finished as the league’s top scorer after notching a second half hat trick.  It didn’t help that Wigan’s Gary Caldwell got sent off after pulling down Frank Lampard in the box so the away side played the last hour with 10 men.

Chelsea set a league record for goals in a season with 103 and won their first league title since the 2005-06 season.  It was clearly a dominant performance and Chelsea was well-deserving of the title.  The Blues went 6-0 against the other “Big Four” squads and had a league-leading goal difference of 71.  That’s a lot of goals.

Final Premier League Table
1. Chelsea – 86
2. Manchester United – 85
3. Arsenal – 75
4. Tottenham – 70
5. Manchester City – 67
6. Aston Villa – 64
7. Liverpool – 63
8. Everton – 61
9. Birmingham – 50
10. Blackburn – 50
11. Stoke – 47
12. Fulham – 46
13. Sunderland – 44
14. Bolton – 39
15. Wolves – 38
16. Wigan – 36
17. West Ham – 35
18. Burnley – 30
19. Hull – 30
20. Portsmouth – 19

Top of the table excitement

4 May

Sorry for the lack of posting, I’ve been back home for a wedding (which was wonderful, by the way).  Anyways, the Premier League season will come down to the final day.  Chelsea holds a one point lead over second place Manchester United with one match to play for each side.  A win for the Blues would give them the title, but a draw or loss opens up the possibility of Manchester United winning the title.  (I couldn’t write that with a straight face.  The thought of United with the title again is just horrible.)  Chelsea plays host to Wigan, while United will host Stoke. Both games are at the same time, so there won’t be the benefit of finding out a result ahead of time, although I’m sure both teams will be kept abreast of the other match.

Now on Wednesday, Manchester City and Tottenham will face off in a crucial battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot.  Spurs currently occupy that spot with 67 points, but Man City is only one point back.  Both teams will also play games on Sunday. Aston Villa could catch Tottenham on points, but Spurs would have to lose both games by quite a bit as they hold quite the advantage in goal difference. 

It sucks that the Big Four has been broken up at Liverpool’s expense, but let’s be honest, they are rather crap this season.  It’s definitely good for the Premier League though to have some other teams break through the ceiling.  It lends more drama to the season knowing that it won’t be the same four teams at the top now.  Parity is a good thing and if even more teams are battling for spots in Europe next season, it should make for some exciting football.

At the bottom of the table, there will be no such drama.  Portsmouth, Burnley and Hull have already been relegated to the League Championship.