Arsenal v. Birmingham
Arsenal will welcome back Bendtner, Walcott and Gibbs to the first team, however Sagna will miss out and it is unlikely Fabregas will return yet. The Gunners will be hoping to record a win after losing two consecutive matches before the International break. Nikola Zigic is set to make his first start for the Blues with Jerome an injury doubt, and Hleb will return to his old club after recovering from injury.
Bolton v. Stoke
Stoke are in good form after losing their first three games of the season. Bolton’s Kevin Davies is an injury doubt after picking up a knock during the International break with England. I hate both of these teams.
Fulham v. Spurs
Fulham are missing both Duff and Etuhu, while Andy Johnson is still recovery from a knee injury. Redknapp will have to choose whether to play Ledley King this weekend or in the Champions mid-week match on Wednesday. With Gallas and Younes Kaboul still out injured ‘Arry doesn’t really have many options. I can see Fulham taking this one, as their home form is fairly strong though Spurs are in form.
Man Utd. v. West Brom
Owen Hargreaves could make the bench for the Red Devils after 2 years of injury struggles. It is also expected for Rooney to return after not featuring for Man Utd in two weeks and reportedly suffering an ankle injury according to Ferguson. However, the player himself has denied any injury and claims he is fully fit.
Newcastle v. Wigan
Coloccini could return, though it remains to be seen whether he will start ahead of Sol Campbell. Guthrie looks set to start his first game of the season, while Andy Carroll will hope to return to the starting line-up after missing out of the England U21 and full squads. Toon old boy and overall misery guts, Charles N’Zogbia return for the first time to St. James Park and will be expecting a hostile reception from the Geordie fans. He is a talent though and is probably Wigan’s most skilfull player, hopefully he doesn’t score against us, it would kill me..
Wolves v. West Ham
I don’t know much about the build-up to this match, apart from the fact that Wolves play dirty, dirty football and Mcarthy is a mug who I dislike. Go the Hammers!
Chelsea v. Aston Villa
Chelsea still face defensive problems with Alex out through injury and Terry still doubtful got the game against Villa. Essien may be put back to partner Ivanovic in the central defence, while either Bosingwa or Ferriera could get first-team recalls. Kalou, Drogba and Sturridge are also missing. Meanwhile Lampard should be fit to return to the team. Chelsea beat Villa 7-1 and 3-0 last year so they will look to at least compete for this match. Hopefully Kakuta starts for Chelsea and Albrighton makes another appearance for Villa, they are two of the most exciting young prospects playing in the Premier League.
Everton v. Liverpool
Kuyt is out for a month after injuring himself on duty with the Dutch National team, yet Hodgson has suggested that Konchesky and Torres should play some part in the Merseyside Derby. Always a big match and really looking forward to it..if Liverpool are going to win a match to prove their up for the season, this is it. Fire the boys up Stevie..
Blackpool v. Man City
Kolarov and Balotelli remain unavailable for selection at Man City, however, Zabaleta, Richards and Boateng should all return to give Mancini a defensive boost. His team are currently in second spot and will look to keep the pace with Chelsea. Blackpool have made an impressive start to their maiden Premiership season, though I feel the gulf between the two sides may be too much. However, just to be different..
Blackburn v. sunderland
Don’t care. Hate Allardyce, hate sunderland. Fuck ’em.
That is all.