Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. This is what we wanted when Lando’s loan was announced.
Fresh of a Super Jozy weekend, comes a midweek doozy, Stateside at least, to get you through the week.
Goodison Park welcomes Chelsea, John Terry, and bad boy Ashley Cole to their pitch on Wednesday.
Bad news that Everton service man supreme Marouane Fellaini is likely out with that ankle knock from that gnarly derby Saturday morning. Further bad news for the Toffees that Pint-Sized Pienaar won’t play either.
That being said look for Everton to try and attack a little more frequently up the right flank in Pienaar’s absence, into Landon’s galloping grounds and squarely into Ashley Cole’s kitchen.
Beyond his personal life, Cole is class and he’ll be making his own runs up the left flank in abundance to threaten Big T and stymie that attack for the Blue Nosers.
Can LD10 (#9 on Everton) shake free for a counterattack? Can Landon beat Cole mano-a-mano on Chelsea’s left side? Once beaten, how does Donovan contend with John Terry?
If I had control of a camera, I would just focus it on that side of the pitch all day long.
Unfortunately, you’re going to need Setanta for this by the way.
Big Jeezy Goes Kiwi
In the other “American in EPL” game, Jozy Altidore and the Tiger ambush head to Blackburn.
Jozy will be rumbling all over the back line there, taking on journeyman Gael Givet at left back….poor Givet and then coming up against New Zealand strong man Ryan Nelson. That will be a good battle and test for Altidore as Nelson may not be the most agile central defender, but he definitely plays stout.
Looking for a good follow-up here from Big Jeezy who has struggled in back-to-back games this season. Admittedly the confidence must have risen for the Haitian youngster as certainly the fitness has.
For a better appreciation Altidore’s progression check out this video…
More to follow….
Big Bird Friedel and his Villa friends try to chill Manchester United after their Portsmouth feast.
The very quiet and steady Jonathan Spector and the Hammers takes on Birmingham. Alas Cristian Benitez is out with ankle trouble. Bummer, consider Benitez a mixture of Amr Zaki and Jermain Defoe…would have been a good test for Specs.
Speaking of Defoe, Marcus Hahnemann tries to become the second American keeper to shut out Tottenham in less than a week. That would be something.
And in the big one, the Lack of an Arsenal host Liverpool who seem to be gathering steam at just the right time. Wow, will the Wengers actually lose three in a row to their main rivals?