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Saturday Match-Ups Preview (Part 2)

By | 21st November 2008

In Part 2 of our Weekend Match-Ups preview, we see what the second half of Saturday’s games brings us. These games may not turn out to be as exciting as the matches in Part 1, but they are games you should watch nonetheless.

Kevin DaviesMiddlesbrough v. Bolton (15:00): This match may be more intriguing than you or I might think at first glance. Middlesbrough are currently sitting comfortably in the top half of the table, and Bolton are making their move toward that position as well. Before their 2-0 loss to Liverpool last week, Bolton had won their previous two matches. Middlesbrough, although not as successful in their past three matches and with 2 points over that span, look to pick up the speed as they move toward January. I would expect a hard fought match with the ultimate victor being Bolton. Some may consider it an upset, but I really think that Bolton has what it takes to win this game. I’m sure a draw is much more likely, but I guess you could call this my little upset special.

Portsmouth v. Hull City (15:00): A win on Saturday for Portsmouth is extremely important. Three points would throw them right into the mess that is the top of the table. Those three points would also draw them level with the surprising team from Hull. Can they get it done? I don’t know. Hull have tapered off as of late after starting off very strong. Their last two matches include a loss to Bolton and a draw at home to Man City. Will this be the week they get back on track and continue to take the Premier League by storm? I think at most they will get one point out of this match. I think Portsmouth will come out of the gate too strong for Hull to handle and Portsmouth will get the much needed victory to push themselves up the table.

Stoke City v. West Brom (15:00): Stoke and West Brom…what could I possibly say about this match? Pretty much the entire season both teams have been getting destroyed by every team that takes the pitch against them. Giving up three goals is a common occurrence for both of these defenses. However, I don’t think that either team is capable of destroying the other and making a statement. I’m sure both teams will score goals, but it shouldn’t be that high scoring of a match. It will either be a bore draw or a 2-1 victory for either side. Really hard to say who is going to win this one, but I’m going to pick Stoke only because they will have the home crowd on their side.

Cristiano RonaldoAston Villa v. Manchester United (17:30): To round up the Saturday matches, we have the final piece of the Big Four going up against another one of those teams that took down Arsenal: Aston Villa. After their tough loss to Arsenal two weeks ago, United came back last week and put on a clinic for Stoke, blanking them 5-0. Aston Villa also had a huge week last week by beating Arsenal at the Emirates 2-0 after two straight defeats. How will both of last week’s matches factor into this clash? Well, Villa will be out to show that last week was no mistake, and they want to do something special in front of the crowd at Villa Park. United, meanwhile, are looking to separate themselves from Arsenal and work their way toward catching Chelsea and Liverpool. I want to say that United will win because of how amazing they played last week, but it was against lowly Stoke. Villa also played extremely well last week, so they should definitely get the credit that they are due. I actually think that this one could end in a draw, and don’t be surprised if Villa are able to pull this one out if they play as well as they played last week.

Remember: Look out for the final part of this 3-part series tomorrow about the two Sunday matches!!

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