Saturday, 13 November 2010

Premier League Preview - Match Day 13

Well we've got a great full fixture list to get our teeth into this week. I'm particularly looking forward to see my boys at Everton on Sunday. Here's a quick rundown on the matches and my key man in each one.

This could be more trouble for Alex Ferguson's men than you would expect. With Wayne Rooney still lacking match fitness they could struggle against a team who are looking far more confident under their new manager. Gerard Houllier has shown his squad who is boss and is admirably giving some youngsters the chance to begin their PL education. Man Utd will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
KEY MAN: Mark Albrighton

The leaders have turned Stamford Bridge into a fortress and although I may have doubted Steve Bruce's men in the past, I think they may have the commitment to pick up a point. Frank Lampard will be out for another three weeks, while Didier Drogba should start even though he is still recovering from illness. Lee Cattermole will have to keep his head if Sunderland are to return to the north east with anything. Although it will be interesting to see how John Terry copes with another pacy forward.
KEY MAN: Asamoah Gyan

After a hard fought win in the Midlands, Mr Wenger's team travel to a Liverpool to meet a resurgent Everton. David Moyes men are never a walk over and Cesc Fabregas will need to recapture his early season form to lead his team to victory. With Jermaine Beckford scoring his first goal late in Wednesday's game, he has a chance to start and increase his tally. Djuorou will partner Squillaci as Koscielny is still banned, they will both have to be ready for the Toffees tricky midfield trio of Arteta, Cahill and Pienaar.
KEY MAN: Tim Cahill

After their bore draw against the local rivals, the home fans will be hoping for a vast improvement from Roberto Mancini's men. They will likely be more attacking against an inconsistant Birmingham side. Alec McLeish may be happy with a draw against the big spenders. They will be dreaming of waking up to a teamsheet that doesn't contain the name of City's talisman, Carlos Tevez.
KEY MAN: Ben Foster

Two teams with managers who aim to play the game the right way. The Geordies will be without Joey Barton, who was rightly banned for three matches following his punch on Perdesen on Wednesday. Fulham continue to improve under new boss, Mark Hughes and appear more like the team that reached the Europa Cup final. There remain doubts over Tim Krul's aerial ability and the Londoners may look to target that.
KEY MAN: Andy Carroll

Liverpoool continue to be as erratic as the weather and could do without a game against a physical Stoke team. As always Rory Delap will use his directional throw in's to trouble the Scousers defence. Roy hodgson will hope he won't have to rely on Stevie G to save his team as happens far to often. The home team will set their stall out early and hope to catch them on the counter.
KEY MAN: Fernando Torres

Spurs need to win matches such as this if they aim to retain their spot in the elusive Top 4. After rumblings of unrest, Jason Roberts is letting his football do the talking and is looking more like a forward teams may actually want to buy. Harry Redknapp has injury worries but has built a squad that should be able to cope. This match may well go down to the final whistle.
KEY MAN: Gareth Bale

Both teams league positions are unexpected, though the Hammers can console themselves with good performances if not actual points. The Seasiders will be as attack minded as always and Robert Green will need to be at his pre-World Cup best. Look forward to a good midfield battle with rising star Charlie Adam continuing to impress with every PL game. Hopefully Ian Holloway won't have resigned due to any unwanted FA interference.
KEY MAN: Scott Parker

Wigan continue to filter between good and awful while newly promoted, West Brom have gained a lot of fans for their free flowing, attacking play. Wigan desperately need the points to get them away from the dangerous foot of the table while West Brom will see this as another chance to silence the critics. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the tale of the two Roberto's.
KEY MAN: Charles N'Zogbia

Wanderers were disappointed to end up empty handed on Wednesday, although their attack warranted at least a point. Owen Coyle has given the Bolton team an attacking flair to go with their sturdy defence. Mick McCarthy will be looking for his strikers to finish all their good work while Coyle hopes his team go some way to securing a place in the Top 10.
KEY MAN: kevin Davies

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