An electrifying and a vastly revamped Manchester United squad is set to unfurl at Old Trafford on Sunday, when the Hoops visit Manchester following a fortnight long hiatus from the Premier League. Following what has been seen upon as the greatest ever transfer saga for the Red Devils, all eyes set upon Louis Van Gaal, who’s been bestowed with the responsibility of rebuilding the biggest club in the world.
Having failed to secure a win in his first 4 competitive matches as the Man United boss, Louis Van Gaal’s reputation remains extensively doubted and in incertitude, at the Stretford end. Having brought in the likes of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind on the deadline day of the summer transfer window, Manchester United are expected to have an improved game-play on Sunday.
Furthermore, Manchester United summer signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera are both fit for the match on Sunday. Marcos Rojo has also finished off all the legal works and successfully obtained a work permit, therefore, giving Louis Van Gaal an opportunity to play all six of his summer signings on Sunday, at Old Trafford.
Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers stay a point and two positions above the 20 times champions after securing their first win of the campaign against Sunderland, with Charlie Austin scoring the only goal of the game just before the end of the first half.
Following 4 straight defeats in all competition, the Super Hoops fans finally had something to cheer about when Redknapp’s side secured their first 3 points in the Premier League season 2014/15.
For the home side, the injury list has shortened a bit but the 63-year old Dutch manager will still be without the likes of Chris Smalling(Groin/Pelvis injury), Jesse Lingard (Knee injury), Rafael( Groin/Pelvis injury) and Micheal Carrick(Ankle Ligament injury). On the other hand, QPR have an almost fit squad with only Alejandro Faurlin missing out in the team ascribed to a Knee Ligament injury.
At the time of this post, NaijaBet odd or Man United to win is 1.23, QPR to win is 5.30 to end in draw is 10.31
Premier League giants Chelsea will play host to heavy underdogs Swansea in the 2014-15 English Premier League on Saturday September 13th. Jose Mourinho’s Blues have looked fantastic so far this season, unbeaten in their first three. Swansea put in a solid performance against Machester United in their opening season game, and are also unbeaten thus far.
The Blues have looked rampant so far this season, and their 6-3 drumming of Everton at Goodison Park certainly grabbed everyone’s attention. Playing at Stamford Bridge is always a daunting task, but for Swansea it will seem like a giant mountain. The world class talent that play for the Blues are capable of some very crisp and precise attacking play. I think the biggest tip for Chelsea ahead of their match with Swansea would be don’t get complacent.
The underdog team that is Swansea is looking fantastic so far. After beating 20-time league winner Man Utd at Old Trafford, the sky is truly the limit for the Welsh side. They will truly be stretched to deal with the rampant Blues in London, but if anyone can do it this season, it is Swansea. They just need to absolutely throw everything in to their attacks, but bare in mind that all it takes is one swift counter attack from Chelsea.
The stats would suggest that a draw is more likely than any other result, but I have a Chelsea win in mind. It’s hard playing at Stamford Bridge, even harder when you don’t have a team of superstars to play there. Swansea have had a great season thus far, but I think that Chelsea will be their first stumbling block. I expect that Swansea will put in a gutsy performance, but will come out as the losers after 90 minutes. I’m calling it 3-1 for Chelsea.
At the time of this post, NaijaBet odd or Chelsea to win is 1.25, Swansea to win is 8.98 to end in draw is 5.21
After an early, largely unwanted, break for international matches, the Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday with a heavyweight contest between champions Manchester City and title hopefuls Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The new season may be just three matches old, but neither team will want to countenance a defeat after already dropping unwanted points.
The two sides met just a month ago when Arsenal won 3-0 at Wembley in the Community Shield with a triumph that inspired much confidence for the season ahead for Arsene Wenger’s men. But things have not gone smoothly since.
Arsenal’s early season suffered a real blow when key striker Olivier Giroud was ruled out for the rest of 2014 with an ankle injury. His presence was clearly missed at the King Power Stadium, increasing the pressure on Wenger to add to his striking options before the close of the transfer window. In the dying hours he responded with the £16 million signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. His debut is now set to come against the local rivals of his boyhood club. With Yaya Sanogo still looking extremely raw and the side struggling with Alexis Sanchez as an unorthodox leader of the line, Welbeck currently looks the best bet.
In contrast to Arsenal, Manchester City trimmed their attacking contingent on deadline day when allowing Alvaro Negredo to go on loan to Valencia in a deal that is likely to be made permanent. And the forward options for Manuel Pellgrini could be further diminished at the Emirates with Stevan Jovetic being forced to miss Montenegro’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Moldova after suffering a hamstring injury in training. After being plagued by injuries in his first season at the Etihad, Jovetic had made a strong start to the campaign, particularly when scoring twice in a 3-1 over Liverpool. If Jovetic is ruled out on Saturday, Pellegrini will be left with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero as his only fit forwards.
Neither side has hit top gear this season, but must perform in what is already an important match. If City are at their best, and Yaya Toure is tuned in, then they can overpower Arsenal in the center of midfield. Arsenal will also face a challenge to keep tabs on David Silva, who can drift between the lines and really make his side tick. But on home soil and boosted by a debut for Welbeck, Arsenal could battle to secure a point as they did in the same fixture last season.
Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
At the time of this post, NaijaBet odd or Arsenal to win is 2.76, Manchester City to win is 2.33 to end in draw is 3.25