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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 2


Gameweek 2 saves the best match for last, one of the rare Monday nighters. Hopefully Martin Tyler will be on the international call again, as he was this past Monday. Man United and Chelsea take to the road, visiting stadiums where they each got pummeled last year, conceding 3 goals apiece.

****: Must-see. Cancel all other activities. Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
***: Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
**: Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
*: Only if you’re a die-hard

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, August 21 (all times EDT)
*** Arsenal v Blackpool, 10 am, ESPN2 &
Blackpool are ahead of Arsenal in the league table, thanks to a nil-4 drubbing at woeful Wigan last week. Arsenal will probably control possession in this match, in a way that Wigan couldn’t. Blackpool start with 5 of 7 matches away from Bloomfield Road due to construction at their ground to meet Premier League standards, so at least they get their visits to the Emirates, Stamford Bridge and Anfield out of the way while they are still on their promotion high. Let’s see if they are brought down to earth quickly in this featured match.

** Everton v Wolverhampton, 10 am & 6 pm, FSC
Wolves drew both fixtures last year, and David Moyes’s side look like they might be off to another slow start. Tim Howard had a poor World Cup, and his EPL season is off to a worse start given his 14th minute absolute howler that gifted Blackburn all 3 points. Perhaps Timmy was blinded by 10 men wearing hot pink in front of him. He’ll have the regular blue for their 1st home match.

*** Stoke v Tottenham, 10 am, FS+ &; 8 pm FS+
The fixtures are already coming fast and furious for Spurs, who will at least be happy to be back on natural grass for this visit to the Brittania. This was a good match last year, and let’s face, it, win, lose or draw this Spurs team is fun to watch.

* West Ham v Bolton, 10 am, Fox Sports Español &; 2:30 pm FSC
Bolton won at Upton Park, 1-2 last year, and the Hammers simply can’t beat Bolton. Based on their form at Villa Park last week, they won’t be beating anyone any time soon.

** Birmingham v Blackburn, 10 am,; 4 pm FS+
The home side won this fixture last year by identical 2-1 scores.

* West Brom v Sunderland, 10 am, (& Sunday 10:30 am delayed, FS+)

** Wigan v Chelsea, 12:15 pm & 7 pm, FSC
Although we all remember Chelsea pouring in 8 goals 3 months ago as they hoisted their trophy, how many remember that the Latics pumped in 3 goals to beat Chelsea 3-1 at the DW earlier in the season? Martinez clearly did not work out the defensive problems between May & August, as Blackpool made absolute mincemeat of the Wigan defense. If Wigan could make Marlon Harewood look like an England #1, what will happen with a hernia-free Drogba?

Sunday, August 22
** Newcastle v Aston Villa, 8:30 am, FS+ &
Villa looked terrific at home against an awful West Ham. Now Ireland for Milner changes the complexion. Full stadium expected for Newcastle’s quick return.

*** Fulham v Man Utd, 11 am, FSC
Sir Alex will have revenge on his mind for last year’s destruction at the Cottage, and will field a strong lineup. Dempsey may have earned a start after looking lively as a substitute in game 1.

Monday, August 23
**** Man City v Liverpool, 3 pm, ESPN2 &
Certainly the featured match of the week! Each of these sides was fortunate to get a draw in tough openers, and perhaps one will start with 1 point from 2, which would not help Champions’ League causes for the two teams who most want in to that elite club. Will James Milner and Mario Balotelli go directly into the starting eleven? Whoever is on the bench for City, it will be the most expensive bench in EPL history! For 90 minutes, Reina played as well as Joe Hart, who was my player of the week last week, but then fumbled the ball into his own net to give away two points as Arsenal poured forward for the late equalizer.

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  1. Brad in SoCal

    August 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Blackpool wins! Yep, Arsenal repeatedly completes 25 passes in a row only to falter in front of the net, while the Tangerines’ direct style, plus deflections, results in a 2-1 upset. Time of possession 80-20 Arsenal, 3 points Blackpool. You heard it here first. (Dare to dream!)

    • Aimee

      August 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Well Brad… Don’t you feel like an “arse” now!!!

      That’s how the big kids do it.

  2. ish

    August 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

    i remember the wigan chelsea game. chelsea had an unbelievable amount of shots on goal and couldnt convert. Wigan rode their luck, kept their wingers high up the pitch and got lucky with a red to cech and 2 counter attack goals. If chelsea get clinical i think a 7-0 is more likely then a loss.

    • UpTheBlues

      August 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Completely agree.

  3. Abhishek

    August 20, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Are there not Arsenal fans out here (except for me)?

    • Biggles

      August 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

      Sure there are.

    • Aimee

      August 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Chicago-based Arsenal fan here! Can’t wait to see Cesc join the boys! 🙂

    • Mike Jones

      August 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

      Arsenal fan in Ohio!

  4. Kevin

    August 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    “If Wigan could make Marlon Harewood look like an England #1”?

    Eh? They made Harewood look like a goalkeeper?

  5. karshy72

    August 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    good read.. even though i dont agree with some, its good to know where the games are gonna be and how some people feel about the games..thanks for that…
    i have to admit the most exciting game is monday even though i despise both teams…hoping for a high scoring draw with lots of red cards and suspensions…haha…

    lets go united!!!lets beat the cottagers and break the 2 year streak…

  6. clyde mcphat

    August 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Firstly, Howard had an okay world cup. Not bad, not great.

    Not too many folks are going into Blackburn and coming back with all three this year, beside all of their limbs.

    Liverpool, now that they are free of the Fat Spanish Waiter, have no more built in excuses. Nice catch by Reina at the end, too. And that was Arsenal without Fabregas, RVP for a cameo, etc. Plus, I think you are supposed to WIN your home matches in the EPL? No? Chelsea doesnt make a heck of a lot of mistakes in letting players go. So, you Reds out there better be ready for a series of matches like the one JC put up for you on Sunday.

    • Natalya

      August 19, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, but it was a home match for Liverpool without their best striker (by a vast margin!). And one of the biggest challenges for Liverpool this year will be in scoring goals.

      For a side that finished 7th last year and whose main goal is to finish in the top 4, I’d say a draw against an almost certain top 4 side like Arsenal, is a fair result.

  7. dave

    August 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

    wait! ur an american??? bro, as much as i like the epl, we’re not qualified to write on em

    • Ben Ruskin

      August 19, 2010 at 11:25 am

      That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard

  8. dave

    August 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

    lol @ tim howard had a bad world cup

    dude im american and i know more about english football than u do

    • Yespage

      August 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      He didn’t have a “bad” World Cup, but he certainly that great. He made errors. Those were overshadowed by some of the worst ref calls, that seemed to especially plague the US, though other teams were affected (and that is empirical fact, not a US fanboy thing, I’m just glad Ghana beat us, not the refs).

      • David the Yank

        August 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

        OK, fair point. Our US side is not strong enough to make it into the final 8 with the dire strike force we brought to South Africa (I hope you’ll agree with me that the actual strikers we brought would not have made the bench of any team that advanced out of the group stage), the poor play of Clark in defensive midfield, even with strong attacking midfielders, without a keeper playing as well as Friedel/Keller had. TH certainly did not play well.

        • Yespage

          August 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

          Completely agreed with our strikers. As much as some of the terrible crucial calls made by the refs were detrimental to the US and made things much closer than they should have been, the US had a ridiculous surplus of missed wide open nets and other certain goal opportunities. They looked like amateurs out there in front of the net.

          • LS

            August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

            I don’t really think the calls had anything to do with the embarrassment we suffered in the final match of the World Cup. That was so sad. We looked exhausted from the beginning. It was a long and and painful loss. What we NEED to do is get rid of that wanker Bradley. He didn’t utilize our team as well as he should have. We wouldn’t have gone too much further but we would have held our heads a little higher.

          • Natalya

            August 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm

            Folks, and I say this kindly, it has now been over a month since the end of the world cup.

            Can we keep it related to the premier league?

            Nobody can argue, for example, that Howard’s howler last week cost his side.

  9. Premierleaguered

    August 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    United conceded 3 goals ,as they played with a makeshift defense ,this time that won’t happen. United this time are more stronger and hungrier than they were last season. My prediction for this game is a 2-0 win for United
    with Hernandez and Valencia on the score score sheet.

  10. Yespage

    August 19, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Both teams (Everton / Liverpool) were lucky to get draws? Liverpool almost got three points for their efforts against Arsenal. Arsenal was lucky to get a draw.

    Look forward to Liverpool and the Stoke / Tottenham match ups.

    • Melissa

      August 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Everton lost. Liverpool drew. I agree, LFC shoulda won the game. However, I said beforehand I would be fine with a draw, but it does suck as to how we ended up with the draw.

      • Natalya

        August 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

        Sad but true as a Liverpool supporter. If someone….before the match…had said would you take a draw? I’d have said yes. The problem is that going in to extra time, our side had 3 points and then to lose that, as they did with Pepe’s howler, well, that’s disappointing.

        But a few weeks from now most of us will look at the fixture and say it was a fair result.

  11. attaturk

    August 19, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Tim Howard had a poor World Cup…

    Uh, what now?

    • Dawes

      August 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

      The first goal against Ghana was an absolute disgrace from the goalkeeper’s point of view. Given that the Ghana match was the most important match of our World Cup, letting a weak goal in like that could ruin a keeper’s reputation for the whole World Cup. However, he did have absolutely no chance on the winner in that match.

  12. EvertonfanKY

    August 19, 2010 at 7:17 am

    You must really hate Everton maybe as much had I hate your amateur articles. I bet you sit there at home all alone in your underpants and your Man Utd Shirt thats 2 years old. Maybe your jealous as Everton is on tv here nearly every week.

    Wow Timmy Howard made a mistake it don’t mean its going to happen again all season. Liverpools goal keeper made a mistake too. It was the first week of the season there is always going to be few surprises such as Blackpools win.

    • Jason

      August 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

      Dude, they are playing Wolverhampton… that’s not exactly must watch for non Everton fans. It’s an 09/10 mid table team against an 09/10 bottom third team.

    • Melissa

      August 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

      Also, Timmy’s mistake lost you the game, against a terrible team. Pepe’s mistake led to a draw against a team that was “supposed to beat us.” This may make me a bad fan, but I’ll take a draw against Arsenal over a loss to a team I should be demolishing.

    • David the Yank

      August 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

      …and here I was thinking I was being generous with the second star!

      Read my first week’s column. As I have said, clearly every Everton match is 4-stars for some, including my friend in Kentucky!

      As I said last week, I have the great misfortune of supporting West Ham these last 20 years. No front-running from me, I can assure you. I truly enjoyed the 2nd half of Everton’s season last year, especially the matches where Donovan played. Very fun to watch.

      Finally, Howard simply was poor for my USA. He was out of position on the Ghana goals, and didn’t play great against Slovenia either. Keller & Friedel were far superior when they were in his position. Sorry; I wish it wasn’t so, but that’s the way I saw it…

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