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The Soccerlens Oracle – who will win this weekend?

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All the big names are in action this weekend as the English Premiership resumes in what promises to be one of the highest scoring weekends.

Liverpool vs. Tottenham

Fresh off a 2-0 victory against Newcastle, the Merseyside Giants will remain hosts, this time to London outfit Tottenham Hotspurs.

With just the 7 points in 5 matches, and a negative goal difference Liverpool has a lot of catching up to do. A month from today, they face United at Old Trafford and they need to start producing results now if they are to start putting pressure on the Red Devils. Tottenham on the other hand find themselves in 16th place.

A win here would mean Martin Jol’s men will be tied with Liverpool on points. A loss could even throw them right at the bottom in 20th, provided the sides in relegation zone win their matches. Berbatov’s injury relapse is going to cost them. Expect fireworks as two of the better sides in the Premiership face off in this noon fixture, with everything to lose, and everything to win.


Liverpool 1 — 0 Tottenham

Men of the Match

Pool — Stevie G and Alonso who must be on a high with that brilliant strike against Newcastle. Expect Kuyt to score.

Tottenham — Assou-Ekotto and Jermaine Defoe! If Jol starts Defoe, expect the score line to be a little different.

Fulham vs. Chelsea

In what is known as the SW6 Derby, the Blues walk across the Fulham area to taken on Chris Coleman’s XI at Craven Cottage.

Fulham have earned a reputation of being a tough team to beat at their home ground and Chelsea felt the effects of that last year when Luis Boa Morte scored the only goal in the derby as Fulham surprised the champions and won 1-0. The match heated up toward the as a Didier Drogba strike was denied for handball and former Chelsea defender William Gallas was sent off following a brawl.

But the story doesn’t look likely to repeat itself as Fulham have a number of injury woes with almost all their big names sidelined including last time’s scorer Luis Boa Morte. Chelsea on the other hand will look to add to Fulham’s problems and go on top of the Premiership for the first time this season (at least till United face Reading later on the same evening). A walk-over for the champions you say? Expect it to be!


Fulham 0 — 3 Chelsea

Men of the Match

Fulham — If they pay, Brian Mcbride and Bocanegra. Don’t expect a solid defensive performance here either, unless Niemi has something to say about it.

Chelsea — Let’s make it easier. Who should we not expect to perform? Why, Chelsea’s defense of course. Expect a lazy day for them and Petr Cech. A tan session in the sun I say!

Arsenal vs. Sheffield United.

The Gunners got a shock result at Old Trafford last weekend. Well, it would have been considered a shock to anyone who didn’t see a dismal performance from Manchester Untied. The Gunners will look to extend their winning streak to 3 games as they take on last place Sheffield United.

This should be a simple route for the gunners and they should get their first win at the Emirates stadium. This could be their 7-0 game of the season, though I doubt that will come so early in the season. A game which shouldn’t have many talking points except — are we seeing the first club to get relegated playing tomorrow? And how will Henry perform in his return from a minor injury?


Arsenal 2 — 0 Sheffield United

Men of the Match

Sheffield United — Could really use one of those! Watch out for Hulse!

Arsenal — Thierry Henry and new boy William Gallas among a few to be on the look out for.

Reading vs. Manchester United.

The Royals will be ruing the Gunners victory over United last Weekend as the Red Devils will be looking for a punching bag, and newly promoted Reading will provide them just that.

But don’t take Reading to be pushovers. They are more than capable of scoring goals which they have showed since the season began and find themselves only 3 points behind Man U.

However, United need to make an example of Reading to prove their start to this season was not a fluke and the loss against Arsenal was just a minor setback. They also need to send out a warning to Benfica, who they play in their mid-week Champions League clash. Long Story Short, Sunday’s headlines should read something like this —

United Smash Reading — Be Afraid… be very AFRAID!


Manchester United 4 — 1 Reading

Men of the Match

Reading — Striker Kevin Doyle is back!

United — Wayne Rooney needs to silence his critics and score some goals. Carrick needs to get going. Ferdinand needs to stop making idiotic mistakes at the back. Expect Ronaldo to be among the scorers! And lastly, I’d like to see a better defensive performance from Evra who has impressed (at least on the run) this season.

Newcastle vs. Everton

The only match on Sunday is at St. James’ Park where Glen Roeder needs to inject some amount of confidence into the Toons who face an Everton side that is on a high ever since Andy Johnson returned to the Premiership. I am a big fan of the English Striker and we can expect him to be the man who makes a difference in this evening encounter between two of England’s mid-table sides. On-loan striker Rossi should finally get a nod with Shola Ameobi being a doubt.

This has all the potential of being the match of the weekend as Everton could find themselves at the top of the League, although it’s a long shot.


Everton 2 — 0 Newcastle United.

Men of the Match

Newcastle – New arrival Damien Duff scored a beauty in last week’s victory against the Hammers. Expect him to perform along with Charles N’Zgobia.

Everton – Andy Johnson will extend his scoring streak to 4 games in a row. Phil Neville will relish this outing.

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