Saturday, September 30, 2006

Premiership Weekend Previews

30th September Saturday:


Sami Hyypia, John Arne Riise and Momo Sissoko have been called up for the squad for this game as Benitez will ring changes to the side that defeated Galatasaray 3-2 on Thursday. The defensive performance is pretty woeful therefor expect the big Finn, Sami Hyypia to be back, partnering Jamie Carragher as Liverpool prepare to deal with Bolton's aerial threat.

Two of the three Bolton strikers were Liverpool players and will want to make their former employers pay for not showing them enough faith. El-Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka will start together with Kevin Davies, who just returned from injury.

Drogballs' Prediction: Bolton 0-1 Liverpool. A close, tight affair. Hopefully Liverpool can nick it!

Charlton vs Arsenal

Charlton's new signing, Andy Reid looks set to return to the side after an early injury lay-off.

Arsenal meanwhile does not have much injury worries other than Philippe Senderos and a doubtful William Gallas. Wenger is not likely to make any changes from the team that beat Porto on Wednesday.

Drogballs' Prediction: Charlton 0-2 Arsenal. In form team against an out of form team.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Chelsea midfielder, John Obi-Mikel hopes to start for the Blues. Michael Ballack started ahead of him, but is currently serving a domestic ban of 3 matches. Joe Cole is still recovering from his knee injury.

Villa will be put to their toughest test so far, facing the reinging English champions. Their form has been immense and the three-pronged attack of Angel, Agbonlahor and Luke Moore proved to be a very effective unit.

Drogballs' Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa.

Everton vs Man City

The Toffees will be without Tony Hibbert from suspension and also, Gary Naysmith from injury. Boss David Moyes is likely to start utility man, Phil Neville at right back and Nuno Valente at left back.

Man City will want to build on their 2-0 home win over West Ham and hope that Georgious Samaras could continue his good form.

Drogballs' Prediction: Everton 2-1 Man City.

Sheff. Utd vs Middlesbrough

Boro duo, George Boateng and Stewart Downing are poised for a return to the side as they visit Bremall Lane. Aussie striker, Mark Viduka is likely to start alongside Yakubu for this game as Gareth Southgate attempts to switch the tactic back to basic 4-4-2.

Sheffield Utd's form is a worry, but they will be more formidable at home and 'Boro didn't fare much better so far either.

Drogballs' Prediction: Sheff Utd 1-1 Boro.

1st October Sunday:

West Ham vs Reading

Drogballs' Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Reading

Blackburn vs Wigan

Drogballs' Prediction: Blackburn 2-0 Wigan

ManYoo vs Newcastle

ManYoo will be without Mikael Silvestre, who is out with a toe injury and will return after 6 weeks. But Sir Alex Ferguson has ready made replacment in Gabriel Heinze and Patrice Evra.

Drogballs' Prediction: ManYoo 2-0 Newcastle.

Tottenham vs Portsmouth

Drogballs' Prediction: Spurs 1-1 Portsmouth

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