Premier League Preview of Saturday’s matches

A tasty set of fixtures are set to be played on Saturday in game week 6 of the Premier League season. 8 games will be played on a highly anticipated Saturday which includes last season’s top 6. 


Saturday 29th September 2012:

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Kick-off: 12:45

Both teams are unbeaten with Arsenal winning 2 whilst Chelsea have won 4. Both teams have looked solid defensively, with Arsenal picking up three clean sheets and Chelsea picking up four.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen should be back but Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong,Wojciech Szczesny, Lukas Fabianski and Tomas Rosicky are all out.

Chelsea have John Terry available despite being found guilty for racial abuse, Marko Marin is expected to be involved whilst Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge are doubts.

Possible line ups: Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, A Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Torres.

Possible line ups: Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Mannone, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Walcott, Gervinho, Santi Cazorla, Podolski.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea.

Stoke vs Swansea City: Kick-off: 3:00

Stoke’s unbeaten run came to an end last week at Stamford Bridge but they’re unbeaten (and winless) at home so far this season with two draws. Swansea have been poor as of late taking 1 point from the last 9 on offer, despite winning their first two games convincingly.

Charlie Adam & Michael Owen could start but Andy Wilkinson is suspended.

Chico Flores & Nathan Dyer are back from suspension whilst Ashley Williams, Pablo Hernandez & Jonathan De Guzman should all be available for Swansea.  

Possible line ups: Stoke (4-4-2): Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, N’Zonzi, Adam, Kightly, Walters, Crouch, Owen.

Possible line ups: Swansea (4-4-1-1): Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Tiendalli, Britton, De Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Michu, Graham.  

Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Swansea.

Everton vs Southampton: Kick-off: 3:00

Everton have started the season very well with only one defeat on their records and an unbeaten campaign at home so far. Southampton finally registered their first points of the season last week with an impressive win against Aston Villa after a tricky start to the season.

Everton are certain to recall their main stars that didn’t feature in the Capital One Cup, including Tim Howard & Steven Pienaar.  The possibilities of Nikica Jelavic starting after injury have increased after Victor Anichebe picked up a chest infection and is likely to miss out.

Southampton’s Tadanari Lee and Jack Cork are out with injury but Emmanuel Mayuka could feature. Rickie Lambert & Adam Lallana are expected to be recalled.  

Possible line-ups: Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Neville, Osman, Mirallas, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

Possible line-ups: Southampton (4-4-1-1): Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lallana, Lambert.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Southampton.

Fulham vs Man City: Kick-off: 3:00

Fulham welcome the Champions to Craven Cottage as Man City look to improve on their recent form which includes no wins in their last 4 games in all competitions. It is 6th against 7th as Fulham will again try to take something from the game just like they did last season.

Fulham’s star striker Dimitar Berbatov is out through an injury he picked up in Thursdays training session. Kieran Richardson is likely to miss out.

Samir Nasri has recovered from injury but Jack Rodwell and Micah Richards are out.

Possible line-ups: Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Karagounis, Sidwell, Duff, Kacaniklic, Petric, Rodallega.   

Possible line-ups: Man City (4-2-2-2): Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Yaya, Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Aguero.

Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Man City.

Norwich vs Liverpool: Kick-off: 3:00

Norwich and Liverpool are two teams that have a couple of things in common so far this season. Both teams have new managers and are winless in the league. Good news for Norwich is that in the two games they’ve played so far this season at home, they haven’t lost.

Last time these two teams met last season, Luis Suarez scored a memorable hattrick for Liverpool in a 0-3 win at Carrow Road. Anthony Pilkington & Sebastian Bassong are both battling hard to be included but are struggling with injuries but Harry Kane is definitely out.

Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini both could play despite picking up injuries last week but Jonjo Shelvey is suspended.   

Possible line-ups: Norwich (4-3-3): Ruddy, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido, Tettey, B Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Surman, Holt.

Possible line-ups: Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina, G Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Sterling, Borini, Suarez.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Liverpool.

Reading vs Newcastle: Kick-off: 3:00

Reading welcome a Newcastle side that are unbeaten in their last three games in the league, with Demba Ba in good form. However, the Royals themselves are still awaiting their first win since returning to the top flight. They sit bottom of the league with a solitary point from four games but come into the game of a morale-boosting victory in the Capital One Cup at QPR.

Jason Roberts is yet to feature for Reading so far in the Premier League but may finally get his chance.

Newcastle manager will be looking to claim victory to celebrate his new EIGHT year contract but will be without key players as Tim Krul, Danny Simpson & Fabricio Coloccini while Yohan Cabaye is doubtful.

Possible line-ups: Reading (4-5-1): McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, Leigertwood, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, McCleary, Pogrebnyak.    

Possible line-ups: Newcastle (4-4-2): Harper, Perch, Williamson, Taylor, Santon, Tiote, Anita, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba.

Predictions: Reading 0-1 Newcastle.

Sunderland vs Wigan: Kick-off: 3:00

Sunderland are the only team in the Premiership to have played only one game at their own stadium whilst they have weirdly drawn all four games they have played. At least they haven’t lost, right?

They will be delighted to welcome a Wigan side who haven’t won a game in their last four games in all competitions. Summer signing Adam Johnson has yet to play a Premier League game at the Stadium of Light and he will be desperate to finally make his bow on Saturday, but he is doubtful.

Sebastian Larsson should be recalled but Lee Cattermole is suspended.

Wigan striker Franco Di Santo is likely to miss out once again while Antolin Alcaraz is out as well.

Possible line-ups: Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Mignolet, Gardner, O’Shea, Bramble, Rose, Colback, Vaughan, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.     

Possible line-ups: Wigan (4-5-1): Al-Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, McArthur, McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone.   

Man Utd vs Tottenham: Kick-off: 5:30

Manchester United have been in solid form after their opening day defeat winning their next 6 games after that in all competitions. Will Tottenham be the 7th scalp? Spurs seem to have finally found their feet under Andre Villas Boas.

After losing their opening game, Spurs have not lost in their last 6 games, winning their last two Premier League games with Jermaine Defoe in clinical form.

Nemanja Vidic is out after knee surgery while Antonio Valencia is a doubt for the game. Wayne Rooney is expected to feature.

Spurs will again start with Brad Friedel ahead of Hugo Lloris, while Gareth Bale and Jermaine Defoe will be recalled after being rested for the midweek game.

Possible line-ups: Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Scholes, Cleverley, Valencia, Kagawa, Nani, van Persie.

Possible line-ups: Spurs (4-2-3-1): Friedel, Walker, Vertonghen, Gallas, Bale, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Defoe.


Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Tottenham. 


Written by Yusuf Khan

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