The Carling Cup may have created some exciting matches in midweek – Blackburn’s 4-3 win over Newcastle for example – but it is back to the most important business this weekend with packed three days of Premier League football as Paddy Power brace themselves for a deluge of bets.
It is quite rare these days for there to be too many matches on a Saturday afternoon, but there are eight games on Saturday, with five 3pm kick-offs. Thus making Soccer Saturday and indeed Match Of The Day well worth a watch.
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It kicks off with Everton v Manchester United at Goodison Park. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be desperate for a response to their drubbing against Manchester City last weekend, while Everton will hope to raise their game against the Premier League Champions.
In this fixture last year, Everton hit two late goals to grab a dramatic 3-3 draw and something similar would be a superb start to the weekend’s football.
If this wasn’t enough for a Saturday lunch-time, you also have the biggest game of the weekend getting underway at 12.45pm – Chelsea v Arsenal. It may be all about the Manchester clubs at the moment, but this is massive fixture and one which both teams will be extremely focused on.
In fact, these are two teams that will want to prove that it is by no means a two horse race for the title this year. Chelsea especially will look to put across their title ambitions against the Gunners.
The pick of the 3pm kick-offs is a difficult one to call – there are no massively eye-catching games – but Norwich at home to Blackburn should be entertaining. The Canaries have performed superbly well so far in the top flight and Blackburn – buoyed by their Carling Cup win over Newcastle – will be desperate for some points to lift them from the foot of the Premier League table.
Then, you also have Sunderland at home to Aston Villa to consider. This is the battle of the underachievers so far this season. They only have four wins between them this year and for two teams that have top eight aspirations, this has to be improve. This game also sees Darren Bent return to the Stadium of Light for the first time since leaving in January.
Elsewhere at 3pm, you have Manchester City v Wolves, Swansea v Bolton and Wigan v Fulham. Then, at 5.30pm in the late kick-off, Roy Hodgson’s new team West Brom host his former club Liverpool at the Hawthorns.
There is only one game on Sunday, but it is an interesting one as Tottenham host Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane. The London clubs will both be going for the win and with Joey Barton involved, there is not likely to be a dull moment.
Finally, Monday Night Football sees 9th placed Stoke City host high-flying Newcastle United.
Overall, we have a cracking weekend ahead!