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Saturday Match-Ups Preview

By | 7th November 2008

This Saturday’s match-ups offer some very good matches. It also includes the “Match-Up of the Weekend” and the “Blowout of the Weekend.” Not a bad day to be watching football if you ask me.

Dimitar BerbatovArsenal v. Manchester United (12:45): After an amazing game between Chelsea and Liverpool just a couple weeks ago, we now turn to the other half of the Big Four to try and deliver another spectacular match for us this weekend. As any match with the Big Four goes, this is certainly not an easy match to call. Here’s how difficult the outcome of the match can be to determine. First, Arsenal have been playing terribly as of late. First they lost to Stoke City 2-1. Then they couldn’t even put up a goal in their Champions League home game against Fenerbahce, and they ended up drawing 0-0. That could lead to a lot of motivation to play much better, and they could end up easily winning this tough home game. I can’t see that happening for a couple reasons. The main reason is this. If they can’t beat Stoke, how can they possibly beat a Manchester United team that has been playing very well as of late. United haven’t found the loss column in almost 2 months now! I can see a tie only because the match is at the Emirates, but I would expect a Manchester United win given their recent run they have been on.

Wigan v. Stoke City (12:45): This could surprisingly be a very good match-up. Stoke is coming off their huge win against Arsenal in front of their home crowd. Now they move on to the JJB to add some more surprises to the Premier League table. Wigan, meanwhile, are on a dismal run. Before their win against Portsmouth last week, they had 0 points since the last week of September. The losses are piling up quickly. Can Wigan use the momentum from their last game to beat Stoke? This match is going to be a clash of the new found confidence. I think Amr Zaki and Co. will take advantage of the situation and bring home a victory. Stoke played a great game last week, and I wouldn’t count them out of this match under any circumstances, but Wigan it is.

Hull City v. Bolton (15:00): Hull are for real. Their match against Manchester United proved it. Now I’m not saying that they are a title contender or anything – that would be too bold of a statement this early in the season. However, I do know that they mean business, and their 3 goals at Old Trafford convinced me. They may not have gotten any points out of the match, but that doesn’t matter to me. I think they showed their critics that they want to stay in the Premier League for years to come, and they have the ability to make it happen. So after a huge match against Manchester United, can they keep the goals flowing against Bolton? Before Bolton’s big win at home against Manchester City last Sunday, they had been playing horribly. Does this mean that they have turned things around? I don’t know. It would be too quick to say that. I will certainly not be writing off Hull this week, especially since they are playing Bolton. Look for a big win for Hull in front of the crowd at Reebok Stadium.

Sunderland v. Portsmouth (15:00): Sunderland needs to turn it around, and quick. Last week they got handed a huge 5-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. The week before that, they lost to lowly Stoke. Now they have to deal with Portsmouth strolling into town. Portsmouth need to right the ship too, though, having suffered 2 straight losses to Wigan and Liverpool. This should be a great game. These 2 teams had been playing well up until the past couple weeks, so this game should be quite a battle. I would give Sunderland the edge only because they are at home, but they may be a little too dejected after the 5-0 blowout. Only time will tell. I would look for a tie since both teams match-up pretty well against one another. Don’t be surprised, though, if one team or the other squeaks out a one goal win because they both have the potential to turn it on. I would expect a late goal from either team to either draw it even or win it.

YakubuWest Ham United v. Everton (15:00): Where in the world is Yakubu? After scoring goal after goal after goal at the beginning of the season, Yakubu has been nonexistent. If Fellaini and Yakubu could both step it up at the same time, something special would happen. We’ve waited long enough, so this just may be the week for it to happen. West Ham has not been in the best of form as of late. I will hand it to them. They have had a really tough schedule over the last month. Although they got 1 point out of it, it was expected. Everton is not part of that difficult run. Everton is a good team though. If Yakubu and Fellaini can hook up a few times during the match, we could see a blowout, but West Ham definitely has a chance to keep it interesting and not go home with their tail between their legs. West Ham showed their resilience last week when they were able to eek out a draw at Middlesbrough. I can see a West Ham victory, but this match really could go either way.

Liverpool v. West Brom (17:30): All I can say is: This weekend’s BLOWOUT. West Brom has no chance. No matter what I say in defense of West Brom could ever convince you that they will even draw Liverpool in this game. I would expect Liverpool to score 4 goals easily. Hull beat West Brom 3-0 at West Brom. Manchester United beat them 4-0 at home. Now it’s Liverpool’s turn to get in on the action. There is not much more I can say about this game except that the home crowd will be going crazy the whole game, and they will be able to leave Anfield a very happy bunch.

Do you have anything else to add about any of these match-ups? Do you think there is something I missed and an outcome will be much different than I predicted? Let me know by commenting on this article, or give your own predictions in the Premiership Talk Predictions Game!

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