It’s been a very Champions League-centric week, so I’m glad to see the return of the Premier League this weekend, so we can return back to normalcy, which is typically filled with excitement and plenty of goals.
Today, we have several enticing games. The London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United kicks off the action at 8:45am ET (the Brits still haven’t turned their clocks forward) on ESPN2. Both teams desperately need a win for completely different reasons. Spurs want to try to get closer to fourth place (or higher). West Ham are trying to avoid relegation. Desperation breeds excitement (and mistakes), so there should be plenty of goals in this one.
Then we have six games being played simultaneously beginning at 11am ET. The derby between Aston Villa and Wolves sees both teams trying to avoid the relegation zone. The same applies to Blackburn against Blackpool. Add Wigan versus Birmingham to that list, while you’re at it.
In the other matches, West Bromwich Albion play at home against Arsenal. This match reminds me a lot of Spurs against West Ham. Two teams fighting for completely different goals, so it should be a tense affair. Stoke against Newcastle should be an interesting test for both sides in a match which should be quite entertaining.
And last but not least you have Manchester United in a duel against Bolton Wanderers. The Red Devils are suffering an injury crisis. Bolton are on form after qualifying for the FA Cup Semi-Final. Expect Owen Coyle’s side to go for it against a weakened United side. We’ll see what United are made of in this one.
Rounding out the coverage on Saturday is a game that has draw written all over it. Everton against Fulham.
Before, during and after the games today, use the comments section below to vent, rant, or ask questions or make observations. Here’s hoping your team does well today (although I can’t promise that everyone will be happy)!