Premier League preview 22-01-11 part 1

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  • Premier League preview 22-01-11 part 1

After a busy week in the transfer market, Premier League will action will resume with managers hoping for an immediate impact from their new recruits.

Gerrard Houllier will be hoping that Darren Bent can become his savior as he tries to transform his teams fortune and guide them away from the relegation zone but the task at hand is not going to be easy as the opponents this weekend will be the super spenders from the blue half of Manchester.

Kenny Dalglish is still without a victory at Liverpool and will continue his quest against Wolves United tonight when the two teams meet at the Molinuex in the lunchtime kick off on Saturday while Avram Grant will be looking to extend his stay of execution as his side tackles Everton.

Manchester United will be hoping to maintain their hegemony over the Premier League table with a game against Birmingham whle Arsenal will host the Latics and Tottenham will face Newcastle United.

This weekend Sunderland will begin their life without Darren Bent as they face Blackpool whil Fulham come up against Stoke and Blackburn Rovers tackling West Brom in the only game to be played on Sunday.

The first game of the weekend will be played between Liverpool and Wolves and after having seen Blackpool completing a league double over them, Liverpool will be hoping that they can avoid a similar fate against Wolves. The return of King Kenny has so far not been an ideal one as his club’s anticipated resurgence is yet to come to life. The loss to Wolves in December proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Roy Hodgson and while there are no such fears for Kenny tonight but a win will nonetheless be of extreme importance.

Aston Villa boss, Avram Grant will be hoping for immediate impact from Darren Bent, who since 2005 has scored more goals in the league than any other striker apart from Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba. Bent’s tally since 05 stands at 81 just one shy of Rooney and Drogba who stand at 82. The Villa manager will be hoping that Bent can continue his prolific form in front of goal and easy some of the relegation worries for his team. Manchester City’s recent defensive lapses will give Villa some hope as they conceded 3 against Wolves in their last game and also conceded a couple against Leicester in the FA Cup tie but the good thing was that in both those matches they managed to score more than they conceded.

The West Ham board have pledged full support for their manager ahead of their trip to Everton on Saturday but that does not stop the media from speculating that the Israeli manager may be nearing the end of his days if the results remain the same. Everton on the other hand have worries of their own as they still lack a recognized striker up front and that has affected their form this season adversely and after having gotten rid of Steven Pienaar, Moyes will be hoping that he can bring in a decent goal scorer in to his squad but before that his side have to tackle West Ham in the league.

Birmingham will be they latest club to try and put a spanner in the works of Manchester United as they will look to end the unbeaten streak of Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. Talk of beating the Arsenal’s 03-04 record has already begin but while the manager thinks its impossible to emulate the feat, the players say that they can go on the whole season unbeaten. Given their current form coupled with their luck it would not be wise to bet against them achieving the feat. Manchester United have won 10 of their last 11 games at home and a win should be no more than a routine tonight for Sir Alex’s troops.

Wolves v Liverpool
Arsenal v Wigan
Blackpool v Sunderland
Everton v West Ham
Fulham v Stoke
Man Utd v Birmingham
Newcastle v Tottenham
Aston Villa v Man City
Blackburn v West Brom



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