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Barclays Premier League Preview for 24-26 Sept.

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The top clubs get a weekend off from playing each other, but will still be tested with playing solid clubs. Liverpool and Manchester United have to play teams that have started the season well. Liverpool will have the comfort of being at Anfield. While Manchester United will have their real first road test of the season. Chelsea will play host to Swansea City at the Bridge, Arsenal will host Bolton at the Emirates, and Manchester City will play Wolves at the Etithad stadium. Most of the top clubs are looking to just keep the momentum going or looking to find that form that their clubs does not have.
The first game of the weekend is Everton at Manchester City. Manchester City last weekend had their 100% start to the season ended by a 2-2 draw against Fulham. Manchester City will be looking to get those points back as the club is now two points below cross town rivals Manchester United in the table. Everton has played middle of the road to start the season. Tim Howard has played well, but there is not much else on the team with him . I don't think that Everton has very much to offer against Manchester City at the Etithad Stadium. I think that the score will be 3-1, with Aguero scoring a brace. This match will start at 7:45 ET and be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
Liverpool will play host to Wolves at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool is coming off a loss last week in which two player were shown red against Spurs. The club did not play well at all against Spurs and Charlie Adam had two bad tackles that were causing him to see red. Liverpool has had moments this year when the club looks brilliant and other times were the club has looked terrible. The question is which group will show up for Kenny this Saturday? Wolves on the other hand had a wonderful start the season and has since started to drop off. Wolves has played great soccer at times this season, but which team will show up for them? This game is a toss-up. I will give the game to Liverpool, because of home field advantage and Suarez. The final score will be Liverpool 2-1 and Suarez will score 1.
Chelsea is coming of a tough loss to Manchester United last Sunday. Fernando Torres is almost back to his form of old, even though he had an epic miss in Sunday's loss. The goal Torres scored was an amazing chip of United's keeper De Gea. Chelsea is playing very well under new boss Villas-Boas. Although, I do not like the fact that Villas-Boas blamed the loss to Manchester United on the officials. Chelsea had plenty of chances to score and just did not take advantage of those chances. Chelsea will have no problem with Swansea City. Swansea City is coming off their first win of the season and scoring their first goal of the campaign. Actually, Swansea scored their first goal and then proceeded to score two more goals on the day. Swansea may not score a lot of goal, but the club can play defense very well. Swansea has keep three clean sheets this season. I do not think Swansea will keep a clean sheet this week, Chelsea will win this match 3-0. I am also glad to see Peter Cech back in goal for Chelsea. Torres will score again for Chelsea.
This is a tough match-up to cover, Arsenal v Bolton. Arsenal is having serious problem this year. I thought that Arsene Wenger had the club somewhat fixed after their Champions League performance and win against Swansea City. But then Arsenal goes on the road against Blackburn and loses 4-2. I realize that two of Blackburn's goals with own goal's against Arsenal. If Arsenal continues to play this way, I do not think that Wenger will be the manager by Christmas. I know the team is building for the future, but there has to be some winning now. Arsenal is close to the relegation zone. Bolton has played very well against clubs at their level and lost to the top clubs. I think that Bolton will go to the Emirates and easily handle Arsenal. Life will continue to get tougher for Wenger and the Arsenal fans, 2-1 Bolton.
Manchester United had what was suppose to be a tough road test against Bolton on 10 Sept. Manchester United went to the Reebok Stadium and beat Bolton 5-0. So this Saturday is suppose to be another road test for Manchester United against Stoke City. Stoke City is unbeaten at the Britannia this season and plays outstanding defense. Stoke City was the best defensive team in the Premier League last season. Stoke City is a very physical team and will look to pack in the defenders. Manchester United has the top scoring team in the Premier League this season with 21 goals. Wayne Rooney leads the Golden Boot race with nine goals scored through five games. I think that Manchester United's 100% ends this Saturday against Stoke City. Manchester United was not a very good team on the road last year and Chicharito is dealing with an injury from the Chelsea match. The game will be a 1-1 draw.
I hope that everybody has a great weekend of watching the Barclays Premier League. Manchester City will draw back even on points with Manchester United, but will be in second based on goal differential. Chelsea will gain back some points with the Manchester United draw. Liverpool and Arsenal are going to need to find dependable form week after week. The season is young and the drama is already starting.

Red Beards
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