Chelsea off to a flyer

19 08 2010

The premiership returned with a bang last weekend. There were goals aplenty, red cards and no shortage of drama. Champions Chelsea picked up where they left off last weekend with a crushing of new boys West Brom, who look to have learned few lessons from their last spell in the premier league.

Ancelloti’s side looked impressive but West Broms defending was shocking to say the least. Still, the Drogba, Malouda, Lampard axis looks in good nick and the return of Essien provides their midfield with power and drive. Even though Wigan were hammered by new boys Blackpool last weekend, I expect them to provide Chelsea with a decent test. There has to be some sort of response from Roberto Martinez’s men and surely they won’t roll over in the DW stadium. Chelsea will win but it will be tighter than people may think.

Liverpool will have been disappointed to have missed out on the three points against the Gunners but 1-1 with 10 men against Arsenal isn’t a bad result. It was ultimately a mistake from their most consistent player of the last three seasons, Pepe Reina, that cost them the win. It was a decent start for both teams and both will be relatively happy. Arsenal will look to press on against Blackpool on Saturday. Fabregas will be back for this one and they will want to make a statement of intent and stamp their authority on this premiership season. Liverpool have another massive game next Monday against Man City in Eastlands. The big games are coming thick and fast for these two. We should learn a decent amount about City in this encounter in terms of where they are currently at. James Milner could also make his City debut in this one. Milner is a good player but the reported 26 million paid by City for his services is ridiculous.

Compare this with the 12m paid by Real Madrid for one of the World Cup’s brightest young stars, Meseut Ozil. Manchester United fans will be disappointed not to have secured the services of the former Bremen star, particularly at that price. Scholes was class for United in the first game of the season for United but who does that job when he isn’t there?

On form, Michael Carrick can spray the ball around with the best of them but still doesn’t have the magic of the ginger one. Scholes is capable of finding passes and controlling the tempo of the game like no other United central midfielder. There are big things hoped of Tom Cleverly but he is not there yet.

Even more surprising was the 7m addition of an unproven striker from Portugal when United already have 6 strikers on their books. Surely this wasn’t the position that needed strengthening? Bebe must have talent though as he has been praised by Mourinho and Carlos Quieroz, who both have a decent eye for talent. The result of last weekend had to be Blackpool’s demolition of Wigan and it will be interesting to see how Ian Holloway’s men fair at the Emirates on Saturday.

Despite their excellent start, all logic suggests a comfortable Arsenal win. Another interesting tie this weekend sees Villa travel to St. James Park. Villa had a great start, albeit against a dismal West Ham side, and St. James should be rocking for Newcastle’s return to the top flight. I see a score draw. We are off and running in the 2010/11 premiership season. Chelsea and United have started well but sterner tests await. The game of the weekend takes place on Monday night where a new look City welcome a revitalised Liverpool.




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