Friday, 20 February 2009

Exciting weekend ahead in Premier League

Fans of the Premier League are in for a treat this weekend, with several tantalising fixtures lying in wait for clubs at both ends of the table. The Emirates Stadium will welcome Sunderland tomorrow afternoon, with new signing Andrey Arshavin set to make his debut. Wenger has stated that the exciting Russian star will make an appearance but the manager has not revealed the extent of his inclusion.

Arsenal are keen to make Arshavin's introduction to English football as gentle as possible since he has not played a competitive match since November of last year. However, injuries to many of Arsenal's key playmakers have left Wenger with unwanted selection issues and the Arsenal boss will be hoping that the player can adapt to the rigours of the Premier League sooner rather than later.

Another clash involving two teams in the top four will make for exciting viewing tomorrow lunchtime, as Aston Villa host Chelsea. Both sides have injury problems, with Heskey and Milner struggling to prove their fitness ahead of the tie, and injuries to Alex and Carvalho may leave Chelsea's defence severely lacking, particularly since Ashley Cole is unavailable due to suspension.

The match will see Guus Hiddink take charge of his first match with the Blues and victory for the London side will see them climb above Villa in the league. However, Martin O'Neill's young side has been in top form recently and will not be afraid to take their game to a Chelsea team lacking in confidence and inspiration.

Chelsea fans will hope that Hiddink has an instant impact and most will be excited at the prospect of seeing a rejuvenated Didier Drogba, who has spoken out about the detrimental impact Scolari had at the club prior to his departure. Drogba revealed that the boss made him a scapegoat for Chelsea's poor run of form which has left them floundering in fourth position.

The striker believes that Hiddink is just the right man for Chelsea at the moment and fans will be hoping that Drogba can quickly recapture the form which made him a favourite with the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Towards the other end of the Premier League table, Hull will be hoping to reverse their poor run of form as they take on Spurs at the KC Stadium. Tottenham desperately need to improve their away form if they are to make any real impression in the league this season.

No comments:

Post a Comment