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Saturday Match-Ups Preview (Part 1)

By | 14th November 2008

This weekend at Premiership Talk we will be featuring a 3-part series covering the whole weekend of football. First we will be releasing an article about the first 4 games on Saturday’s slate. Next we will then release an article about the next 4 Saturday matches. Finally, for your reading pleasure, we will release an article about the 2 exciting Sunday matches. So, let’s get ready for an exciting week of football, lads!

Bolton v. Liverpool (12:45): A couple weeks ago I would have completely written this game off as an easy win for Liverpool, but don’t back out on Bolton just yet. Although they are certainly not title contenders, they have come along nicely in the past few weeks. Over the past 2 weeks they have handed losses to Manchester City (2-0) and Hull City (1-0). Now I’m not saying that Liverpool isn’t going to win this game. All I’m saying is that Bolton could make it interesting. Not to mention, Liverpool just came off a really easy game against West Brom. They will have to guard against complacency. I would expect this to be a great game, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if Liverpool won handily. It all depends on whether Bolton continue to play like they have been playing as of late. With all that said, I am picking Liverpool to win this game because they have only lost one match all year, so I would hardly expect another loss out of them.

Samir NasriArsenal v. Aston Villa (15:00): If Arsenal and Aston Villa are planning on keeping their title hopes possible, they need to start winning lots of games in a row. Chelsea and Liverpool are building an early and comfortable lead, and neither of these teams can afford for that lead to grow much more. As we’ve seen in the past, Arsenal is one club that starts off the season strong, but as noted as reason #6 in the article “7 Reasons Why Arsenal Won’t Win the Premiership,” they are injury prone. They always have a knack for limping across the finish line rather than finishing strong. However, they just came off a huge win at the Emirates against arch rival Manchester United. Now would be as good a time as any to get their title campaign underway. Although key injuries are already falling upon them, they have proved that they can win without them. Look for Arsenal to bring this new confidence into their home game against Aston Villa. Villa have stumbled as of late against teams they should have beat, so look for that trend to continue tomorrow at Arsenal.

Blackburn v. Sunderland (15:00): This could be a good game solely because both teams have not been playing well lately, so they will be out to prove something. Both teams lost in front of their home crowds last week, so they will be out to show their fans that last week was just a minor bump in the road. I really don’t know what team to pick right now because they both have been playing terribly recently. I would have to say this game is going to be a draw. Sunderland had started out the season nicely, but they must’ve hit the OFF switch because they have not been doing anything, and they just look terrible out on the pitch. They have now slid all the way down to 19th place on the table. Deservedly so, though, because they shouldn’t be winning games with the football they’ve been playing. I would expect a draw, but with a slight lean toward a Blackburn victory at Ewood Park.

Harry RedknappFulham v. Tottenham (15:00): I wrote off Tottenham way too early in the season. Now I can’t stop picking them to win games! I guess they just needed a nice change of scenery. Thank you, Harry Redknapp. With all the wonderful things that Redknapp has done for the club since he joined them, he is shaping up for a future Wednesday Wonder article. With all that aside, Tottenham are now playing beautiful football, and the whole team has been rejuvenated. Although a long way off from the title, they are just trying to show the rest of the football world that the first part of the season was a major fluke. Because of this, I will not even hesitate to say that Tottenham should win this game. I just cannot see Tottenham’s winning ending anytime soon. Fulham should put up a good fight, but Tottenham will be the ultimate victors.

Discuss this article and more in the Premiership Talk Forum! Also you can make your own predictions for this weekend’s matches in the Premiership Talk Predictions Game! It’s never too late to join!

Finally, look out for Part 2  of the Weekend Match-Ups Preview coming out later today and Part 3 coming out Saturday afternoon!

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