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Our comprehensive La Liga preview by Donald Wine took over for our weekend preview.

N'Zonzi and Blackburn will look to shackle Arshavin and company at Elwood...

Here are some games to check out today:

EPL:

• TSG will be getting up with Rooster Fred for the Blackburn vs. Arsenal game. Sam Allardyce always has his teams playing well at home and we get to take another look at “the EPL’s Michael Bradley” in Steven N’Zonzi.

• Will Chelsea ripple the nets against Stoke City with the frequency they did in weeks one and two against West Brom and Wigan respectively? Nope, but they’ll get the win at home 2-1.

• Marcus Hahnemann faces England wonder boy Adam Carroll. Can he slow down the fast-starting striker?

• It should be nutty in Blackpool as the Tangerines have their home opener. Will they keep with their open flowing style–that’s a “yes” not a question–but will Fulham’s trapping defense slow the ‘Pool attack?

Serie A:

• Roma welcome Cesena–and Ghanaian Yankee killer Steven Appiah–back to Italian’s top league for the first time in 20 years.

MLS:

Ljundberg....

• Welcome back Freddie? Or will it be boo-bird city in Seattle? The Chicago Fire head to Qwest where Ljundberg may be in for a rude awakening.

• San Jose has got it’s mojo working and adds DP Geovanni to the mix. Can they come into Red Bull Arena and leave with at least a point?

• Heath Pearce’s mustache is in Columbus taking on Eddie Gaven’s perma-stubble and the Crew.

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29 responses to this post.

  1. Good morning to the TSG faithful! Coys! Another 9-1 of Wigan? Yes please!

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  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 5:15 AM

    I told you that it was a mistake not to take Walcott to South Africa. He is flying!

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    • Before we annoit him the answer to England’s problems, let’s see how he copes with a more physical side, and Arsenal bogey team in Blackburn. Let’s face Liverpool looks pedantic to start the season and Blackpool was never going to be able to keep up with him.

      If he can keep this up for another few games, dip for a game or two, and then regain the form, I’ll be the first one to say Theo Walcott has finally arrived.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 9:31 AM

        I never said he was the saviour, just implied that he making Capello look stupid for taking SWP and perhaps Lennon ahead of him.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 3:32 PM

        I personally think they *both* should have gone. They are different types of players – and most importantly, Johnson is left footed. I still grind my NHS teeth thinking about it!

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    • Posted by dth on 2010/08/28 at 6:30 AM

      England’s best prospect in this game is still Jack Wilshere. Love his game to death.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 9:47 AM

        He looked very good in pre-season, but that was pre-season. Have to remember that he is still only 18. England need to be patient with him and not push him before he’s ready. There have benn so many young English “prospects” who were hailed as teenagers and never quite living up to their billing. In this year’s League Cup, keep a look out for Cruise, Emmanual-Thomas and Frimpong (must have been loaned out, not sure)… England’s youth teams might be a little behind Spain and Germany, but we’re not in that bad condition.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 2:31 PM

        Cheers for the update DTH – I didn’t know that. I know that Liam Brady and John Peacock rate him really highly.

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  3. Posted by B on 2010/08/28 at 6:42 AM

    After watching Arsenal/Blackburn can’t help but notice how similar Pederson’s game is to Stuart Holden’s. Thats the kind of impact Stu can make, especially on crosses and set pieces. Here’s hoping he sees consistent time for Bolton

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  4. Posted by dth on 2010/08/28 at 7:13 AM

    Another match, another non-start for Clint Dempsey. This is getting ri-goddamned-diculous.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/29 at 8:47 AM

      Not sure if you saw the game but I was surprised with the Dempsey I saw. Not sure if he was “trying too hard” but he gave the ball away so many times due to poor passing, and couldn’t holdup at all. And he had a first touch like a trampoline – *very* un-Demsey-like. He just needs to relax, find his rhythm and play his game, things will fall into place. Because if he doesn’t, playing like that, he will always be a candidate for being a substitute or being substituted…

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  5. Posted by sparkie on 2010/08/28 at 7:59 AM

    sadly….i don’t think Ljungberg will be booed enough. some of the soft seattle fans will surely cheer him on. i know i am drinking the freddie hatorade all day (and have been for the past month). we’ll be right behing the NW corner flag giving him an earful. i trust alonso will take a few good swipes at him too. the irony is that freddie’s picture is on the season ticket for this game…

    c’mon you sounders!!

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  6. Posted by Andy on 2010/08/28 at 8:54 AM

    Hey all, does shinguardian have a league on fantasy.premierleague.com? Is it still open to participants?

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  7. Jermaine Jones scores for Schalke against Cherundolo’s Hannover.

    He’s for sure playing for the state’s right, he’s just not capped yet?

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  8. Posted by darrellm on 2010/08/28 at 10:06 AM

    specs finally gets some time at rb and promptly fouls giggs in the box to allow rooney to get his first goal in 5 months from the spot….oh dear

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/08/28 at 10:19 AM

      Poor spector. Played leftback his last game and now rightback when he really has the makings of a decent centerback.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/28 at 2:52 PM

        That was very Jonathan Borstein-esque. Remember, it was Giggs – who’s not exactly showing defenders a clean pair of heels these days.

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        • I thought the same thing on multiple occaisions. If a 37 year old (granted a damn good one) is toasting him time and time again, how will he fare against the rest of the Prem or internationals…

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    • Posted by dth on 2010/08/28 at 10:20 AM

      Yeah, he’s been having a torrid time of it. People go on and on about the left back position, but I’d argue the right back position isn’t in much better shape as of right now (though there are better prospects at right–Lichaj, Franklin, Alston, Williams–than at left.)

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  9. Posted by dth on 2010/08/28 at 7:42 PM

    Bruce continues to make bad decisions: no Tristan Bowen, though he’s available. Apparently Mike Magee’s many blown chances and poor touches impressed Arena against San Jose.

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