The wait is over, at least some of us have enjoyed the pre-season, the banter and the managers that have been appointed. Out is Big Sam, Nigel Pearson but we have our good-humoured man, Van Gaal with all his philosophical thoughts.
Moment of truth is here, our new signings will put on respective shirts and will be ready to deliver. Afalley and co. Kick off stretches from lunch time to evening tea time to Monday night football. Lets jump the beatings and look into few matches
Saturday 8th August 13.45
Manchester United v Totten ham Hotspur
I have a feeling that all clubs involved in the title race are far from perfect regarding their Summer acquisition. Liverpool managed to sign some great deals but you have to remember that players Rogers bought, never settled in yet and then he added some more again this time around. Van Gaal is waiting for Pedro to push them to the title challenge leaving you with much to think. A world class centre back is missing and I think United cannot and will not survive all competitions without one. It used to be one affair between United and Spurs but formation; performance will give you a report of what Louis van Gaal and Pochettino’s intentions are. If there will be any difference then Wayne Rooney will once again show class while ever reliable Harry Kane will deliver. Depay and Erikssen will show class too. Tottenham will be lining up a complete new defense but hopefully it won’t cause much problems to Rooney.
Chelsea v Swansea City: 18.30pm
It’s the official match where Chelsea will start to defend their title. ”Last season is finished. I have zero points, the same number of points as everyone else, and Saturday the fight for the points begins“ our direct opponents –Liverpool, United, City, Arsenal – their squads are top squads, he said. Maybe I am wrong but I have the idea that less points will win the title this season”. Jose Mourinho’s
Opinions are diverted whether Chelsea will go all for the Champions League or try to defend their Premier League crown. Apart from Jose’s brilliance, the key success for Chelsea after a low key summer transfer is getting Diego Costa fit and Hazard producing brilliant touches.
Swansea is enjoying 3rd season after promotions and I have a feeling of them keeping Everton, Southampton and Tottenham on their toes. Appointing former captain as a manager shows you the fighting spirit the club will carry throughout the campaign. Despite Chelsea’s registered comfortable win last season, they are aware of the serious threat – (and its not just a prediction) the Walsh club provides.
Sunday 9th august 14.30pm
Arsenal v West Ham United:
West Ham away form since December is abysmal. While the Gunners are really strong host winning 12 of the 19 matches here at Emirates stadium last season drawing five and losing just two. Arsenal will love to kick start putting a lay marker to send signals to Chelsea and co. Sanchez will miss out, but the Gunners’ defense will be up for all the set pieces the hammers will throw. London derbies are quite unpredictable and West Ham had their chances. Arsenal’s great shape so far leads us to the conclusion that this game can go anyone’ way.
Stoke v Liverpool: 17.00pm
Karma is really a bitch, it was a tough May. But once again Rodgers will have few games to save face. Looking at Red’s fixtures over the next six games Stoke (a) Bournemouth (h) Arsenal (a) West Ham (h) Man United (a) Norwich (h) it will be pleasantries to open 2015/2016 campaign away to Staffordshire at Britannia stadium.
Stoke blathered Liverpool 6-1 on that rainy day. Since then lots has changed regarding players, confidence and depth. Stoke City will be hoping to add in some advantage in the log as you can see in their summer recruitment’s, but there pre-season tells another story.
Monday 10th August 21.00pm
West Brom v Manchester City:
Will the baggies hit City on attack? If only they dare. Well it’s seems Yaya Toure wants to play and we know what qualities Man City have when going in front especially if they add De Bruyne. Tony Pulis is never afraid of his mantra and will love to break down Man City. Any reply from City has to come from their defense which is a fine to keep clean sheet but injuries and age will over shadow their ambitions. They have to keep their stars healthy to keep a chance in the long run.
I don’t personally expect all the big clubs above to register three points — the bets have to defy… Key success for Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth is keeping it tight at the back. Hopefully Richie of Bournemouth will prove to be a breakthrough just as Danny Zings and Charlie Austin did in the previous season.
By Buba Jallow Fallaboweh for G T Sports
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