Friday, 14 October 2011

EPL News and Preview of Weekend's EPL Games

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is unsure if he will make a new move to sign David Beckham.

Man United veteran Ryan Giggs plans to open talks with the club over a new one-year contract.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not know whether Carlos Tevez will play for the club again.

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has been handed the maximum penalty by UEFA as he has been banned for all of England's Euro 2012 group games next summer for his sending off against Montenegro in the 2-2 draw in the Euro 2012 Qualifiers last week.

QPR manager Neil Warnock has told Adel Tarrabt that he is free to leave the club in January - but for the right price.

Juventus will renew their interest in Chelsea defender Alex in January.

Weekend's EPL Preview:

Liverpool vs Manchester United:

This feisty EPL encounter includes two rivals who have won over 35 league titles between them. Tomorrow, at Anfield, these two will go head to head. Manchester United are looking to continue their superb form so far this season and get their 7th win out of 8 matches. Liverpool on the other hand with 15 points to their name from 7 games, will be looking to pull off an upset over the defending champions and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will give them a boost if he starts in front of the Kop.

Kick-off: Saturday at 12:45pm.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa:

Manchester City sit second in the table (on goal difference) and they should expect to win comfortably tomorrow against a weakened Villa side even without their top goalscorer Sergio Aguero. Aston Villa will press with their attack of Bent, Agbonlahor,  Petrov and N'Zogbia and may be happy with a point at The Ethiad Stadium.

Kick-off: Saturday at 15:00pm

Chelsea vs Everton:

Tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will have a strong side with the likes of Mata, Lampard, Sturridge and Meireles in their team. David Luiz is doubtful as he played 180 minutes of football during the International break for Portugal and Fernando Torres will serve the second installment of his three match ban. Everton will have Rodwell (as his ban was overturned), Cahill, Heitinga and Osman are all doubtful but The Toffees have Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and Louis Saha all fit. Chelsea will expect to win at home and Everton will want to bounce back from their 2-0 loss in the Merseyside derby a fortnight ago.

Kick-off: Saturday at 17:30pm

Stoke City vs Fulham:

This interesting match-up comes from two Europa League sides. Wilson Palacios, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are all out for Stoke and Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan, Jones, Matthew Etherington and Marc Wilson are all doubtful and manager Tony Pulis is waitng to assess their fitness. He may rest some key names for the Europa League next Thursday. Fulham are without Phillipe Senderos, Bryan Ruiz and Kerim Frei but Aaron Hughes returns. Fulham will want to continue from their 6-0 thrashing against QPR and will try and take advantage of of a slightly weakened Stoke side.

Kick-off: Saturday at 15:00pm

Arsenal vs Sunderland:

The Gunners are without full-back Bacary Sagna which means Carl Jenkinson may start. Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen are both out of action. Tomas Rosicky is doubtful to start. Sunderland's loanee striker Nicklas Bendtner is ineligble to play against his current club and Titus Bramble is suspended pending police and club allegations. August signing Connor Wickham returns for Sunderland from a groin problem and Ji Dong-Won may partner him. Arsenal will need a win to get them out of the bottom half of the table. They have only won 2 out of their last 7 EPL matches and need to get out of the blocks quicker if they want to continue in Europe. If Sunderland win, they will leapfrog Arsenal.
Everyone will be expecting Arsenal to win comfortably but their current form has been poor and they are unpredictable at the moment.

Kick-off: Sunday at 13:30pm

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur:

Emmanuel Adebayor will recieve a late fitness test as he suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal a fortnight ago. Sandro, Aaron Lennon and Rafael Van Der Vaart are doubts and Tottenham are still without Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Vedran Corluka and Tom Huddlestone who are all out with severe injuries. Newcastle who are in great form in fourth, have no new injury worries as Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba both come back from International duty unscathed. However, Danny Guthrie and Sammy Ameobi are both doubts and Ryan Williamson remains on the sidelines. Tottenham will look to pass well with Modric, Bale and Parker and confuse the Newcastle defence. If they win on Sunday, it will be their fifth consecutive win in the EPL this season. Newcastle will look to get the ball up to Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Cheik Tiote and Jonas so they can produce an aerial threat like they did two weeks ago in the 2-1 win against Wolves.

Kick-off: Sunday at 16:00pm

Thank You for Reading,
I hope you enjoyed this EPL Preview,
See you tomorrow for Saturday's EPL action including Liverpool vs Manchester United, Manchester City vs Aston Villa and Chelsea vs Everton.