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Saturday Match-Ups Preview

By | 23rd October 2008

It will be interesting to see what this Saturday’s games bring. Since Premiership action kicks off not only at the weekend but also midweek, teams will be faced with difficult personnel decisions. What teams will give key players a break? What role players will step up and take charge to help gain momentum for their team? We can never know ahead of time, but we can speculate.

Saturday, October 25th

RooneyEverton v. Manchester United (12:00): This match-up seems to be pretty one-sided on paper. Everton have not won a game in over a month, and they have not won a game in the friendly confines of Goodison Park all season. Meanwhile, Manchester United have been beating everybody pretty much at will, home or away. They are currently on a 7 game unbeaten streak (Premier League, Champions League, and Carling Cup combined), and the team as a whole has been in amazing form as of late. With Wayne Rooney scoring goals left and right, and the defense holding teams scoreless for over a month now, I can foresee a relatively easy Manchester United win. Everton may get a goal out of Yakubu, but at least 2 goals can be expected from the Red Devils offense.

Sunderland v. Newcastle (12:45): Although not as heavily favored, Sunderland seem to have the advantage in their home match-up against the team from St. James’ Park. Newcastle have started off the season on a dismal run that has left them sitting next to Tottenham in the cellar. After starting off the season with a quick 4 points, Newcastle then lost their next 4 matches and were outscored 10-3.  An away win for Newcastle seems unlikely given their recent run. Sunderland, on the other hand, have been playing slightly better overall, but they too are playing sloppy lately. A draw is a good possibility, but I would give Sunderland the nod at home.

West Brom v. Hull (15:00): After being absolutely destroyed at Old Trafford 4-0 last week, West Brom look to turn it around against newly-promoted Hull City this weekend. Looking strictly at wins and losses, it would seem as though Hull would win handily. However, if we look inside the numbers, we see that Hull has yet to score more than 2 goals in a game this season. If anything, defense will determine this game. If Hull can get a goal early, their defense has shown itself capable of holding down the fort. However, consider this game the potential “upset special” of the weekend’s matches.

Blackburn v. Middlesbrough (17:30): This seems to be the boring game of Saturday’s match-ups. With neither team playing well lately, and goal scoring practically nonexistent since the end of August (a total of 5 league goals between them), a scoring frenzy would not be unexpected for this match. However, don’t be surprised either if the final scoreline reads: Blackburn 0-0 Middlesbrough. A win for either team could give them momentum to build upon for their upcoming midweek game and the season ahead.

Feel free to comment with your own opinions about what each of these match-ups will offer this Saturday, and look forward to a full preview of Sunday’s games coming tomorrow. You can even try your luck in the Premiership Talk Predictions Game and pit your wits against myself and other fans from around the globe.

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