Large stake on Manchester United
Posted Friday, September 27 2013 at 01:00
ManUnited vs. West Brom
Steve Clark’s men can be stubborn and hard to break down, but are likely to feel the effects of 120 minutes against Arsenal on Wednesday night. Bruised during by the derby demolition, United will fancy this as the best fixture to continue the healing process started by victory over Liverpool, and the return of Robin Van Persie is exactly what the doctor ordered. Home win and Over.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City
Paul Lambert has done a great job with a very young team, turning Villa into a good-to-watch side this season. But Manchester City have hit really their stride now are getting back to something like the irresistible side that won the Premiership two seasons ago. They don’t have to contend with Chritian Benteke either. Away win.In betting speak, this is an ‘Over’.
Swansea vs. Arsenal
For aesthetics, none can better this fixture anywhere this weekend. Arsenal seem to bring out the best in Swansea, but the reverse should be true as well this time round. Will predictably be a thriller in Wales, but I see Arsenal edging it.
Spurs vs. Chelsea
They used to call it Three Point Lane, but now Chelsea wouldn’t dare, at least not before the final whistle. This London derby has the potential to explode, what with the combined talent that will be on display, but because of their history and their very nature Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho could turn it into a cerebral game of chess, which Chelsea would win.
Southampton vs. Palace
I like Crystal Palace quite a bit, and I would say Ian Holloway and his men are doing everything in their power to impress at this level. But this game should show clearly why I still tip them for the drop. Home win
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace
Clubs without managers or with debuting ones have historically caused a splash in the Premiership, with players, fans and all literally heralding a new beginning. Post-Paolo Sunderland will hope to ride that wave too, but I don’t see Liverpool playing to that script, Luis Suarez and all. This has ‘Away Win’ written all over it.
Torino vs. Juventus
The derby of Turin should be quite fierce and feisty again like it used to be, but eventually the gulf in class of the teams and individual players will tell. Juventus have way too much firepower to backfire, and the Old Lady should ultimately prevail.
Genoa vs. Napoli
This will prove to be a tough trip for Rafa Benitez and his romping Napoli, and a very stern test of their Scudetto credentials. They will pass the test, but only just. ‘Under’
Bayern vs. Wolfsburg
It has taken some time, but they are beginning to look like a Pep Guardiola team this Bayern. Wolfsburg are no push-over themselves and their exciting Brazilian contingent, particularly the reject Gustavo, will out on a mission. It will turn out to be Mission Impossible though.
Dortmund vs. Freiburg
Dortmund disappointed me along with everyone else in losing their 100% record at Nurnberg last weekend, but they should get back on track with a win over Freiburg. They should also get back to their free-scoring ways as Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrik Mkitariyan and company run riot. ‘Over’
SPANISH LA LIGA
Almeria vs. Barcelona
Loads of goal the once-again-unstoppable Barcelona. ‘Over’