A full docket…nay, a blast of games today…as the international break is over…
• Arsenal forget to roll out the carpet for Bolton
And Arsenal wishes that break never happened. Theo Walcott. Out. Thomas Vermaelen. Out. Add that to Rip Van Persie and it’s up to Cesc to save the day…with Arshavin’s help of course.
Highbury (please check out this video if you’ve never seen it) is the site as an invigorated Bolton squad, bubbling out of mediocrity and led by Owen Coyle seek to shake off their home draw to Birmingham last week. Of course, American Stu Holden forms the top of the diamond, while Fabrice Muamba cleans up behind him. A more modern version of Beckham and Keane…okay…that’s a little aggressive.
Arsenal is wounded, but that’s usually when they play their best. If Bolton can muster for a draw or more, stamp them as bigger than a bit player this year.
Oh and some side notes:
…and Bolton will trot out Shaggy today at keeper in place of Scooby-Doo b*tchslapper extraordinaire Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen.
• Everton Welcome Back Lovechild Wayne Rooney and United.
Just a short while ago, Wayne Rooney was the pride of Merseyside’s other team. And then, poof! Gone to better things and now more tabloid fare.
This is the game…if you remember the Lando game last campaign…that Everton get up for because of the Rooney inclusion.
And they’ll do it again this year.
The Toffees will play sweet soccer though Jack Rodwell misses out with a knock. Oh, and knock-knock, Steven Pienaar it’s time to wake up…the season has started. I feel a breakout.
» Will Wigan take solace at home and make it a rude debut for Asamoah Gyan and Sunderland?
» Can Blackpool shackle bad boy toddler Andy Carroll and Newcastle or will they just try to outscore him 4-3?
» West Ham are home to Chelsea…and I’m still scared of the Blues hanging a 5-spot. It’s always the same in the Premiership. Chelsea start out home while Manchester United need to clear the carburetor.
» Has ‘Arry Rednapp lost his mind?! The prickly Tottenham manager is considering giving William Gallas the armband against West Brom today…say what?!
» The Championship: Does Conor Doyle make another start for Derby County against Sheffied United? And speaking of Roy Keane, Ipswich Town plays Portsmouth. Only interesting to me because Minnesota’s own (and USMNT keeper prospect) Cody Cropper just signed on there. Congrats Cody.
The Gooch Watch…
» Kakha Kaladze sold to Genoa. Check. Recently promoted weakling Cesena as the opponent. Robinho and Zlatan looking to make a mark early. Maybe. Perhaps a three goal. Maybe.
Make the 18 Onyewu, I can practically hear the grass on the pitch beckoning to you…
“GIVE US THE AMERICAN!”
Rambo vs. Junior
Bo’Munchen, Mike Bradley’s club, takes on Eintract Frankfurt, Ricardo Clark’s club.
Whereas a year ago I might have considered this the Yellow Card Bowl, now I’ll simply call it “The Bob Bradley Bowl”…winner gets to be called son by Coach Sweats.
(I mean seriously have you ever seen Bradley embrace his son like he did the last time he yanked Clark from the pitch…ever?)
Newton vs. Bala Town
The Welsh League is back in session…just seeing if you’re still reading after that terrible Bob Bradley Bowl joke thing…
• New York vs. Colorado.
The Red Bulls head out to Steer Country to take on the Rapids.
Someone do TSG a favor and line up Dane Richards and Omar Cummings for a sprint, best of 3.
Has any player benefited more from the introduction of the D.P. than Richards? Seriously if you’re a defender and your man is Thierry Henry and Richards–more speed than skill–just turned the outside fullback are you really saying to yourself, “Man I have to leave my Henry and help out on Dane Richards?”
• Remember the Buck, so sayeth the Earthquakes
Is it me–and maybe it’s a hometown bias–but are the Earthquakes looking real frisky at the right time of year?
Geovanni is going to stop the “Oh no you didn’t Cornell Glens” from happening and ginormous Khari Stephenson is laying waste in the middle of the field with Sam Cronin providing cover when he’s not around.
That said, Dallas is rolling, rolling, rolling right now. (Oh no you…yes I did just pull out a Limp Bizkit video.)
Should be a good one at the Buck.
» Toront0 hosts the D.C United M.A.S.H unit: With Bill Hamid’s pending surgery, the only thing I want to know about this game–with apologies Toronto fans–is…when the heck is Rodney Wallace coming back because he’s the guy from United that: a) has a legitimate chance of playing for the States, and b) can play left fullback.
» Oh and apparently this guy David Beckham is going to be on the pitch when the Galaxy face the Crew.