An abridged version this morning as TSG Central’s been a little hectic: the dog’s got allergies and is frowning upon her spot being usurped by the baby, the baby’s in a growth spurt (and already a month ahead development wise….can’t I get some!) and eating every hour, and the lady’s about to lose her mind from cabin fever. I’m typing one-handed with a one month old chicken mcnugget in the other. Hectic!
Meanwhile, the surf’s been good and we’ve got–dear Devin–prep work for a few more interviews, including Geoff Cameron. Devin wrote us yesterday:
How many interviews does shinguardian have stockpiled? The consent twitter teasing of them is almost as bad as the Algeria game!
OK not really but still!
No Devin we’re not stockpiling, but transcription’s a mother of all b*tches and we’re trying to get our first “Interview Week” at TSG going.
Back to the games and why you’ve come here:
• Lord Birmingham you are unwelcome by the Emirates
In one of the most exciting games of last year Wenger’s men went northward, looking to stay in the title hunt and despertately needing a win at St. Andrews–a match ground well protected by the home the Blues.
Arsenal thought they had found joy through a late Samir Nasri strike only to see McLeish’s men pull one back through Kevin Phillips at the death to earn the draw.
The Blues are hoping to make things sour southward in London. If they want to start moving up from top-ten status to top-seven or so.
I think this is the one.
Make your mark up top Cameron Jerome (you’re killing my fantasy team).
• Sunday: Toffees Look to Make It Sticky for the (Finally Out Of The) Reds
Well, we’re guaranteed to get some good footie out of Merseyside this weekend. Both of these teams, because of the crowd buzz, bragging rights, and buildup in their own neighborhood are going to come to play for certain.
This game will be all about one thing–on the pitch that is–will Liverpool with a derby on the line and new owners perhaps in the booth–finally buy into Hodgson’s system and work as a team. Can their parts fashion the whole that the Royster wants?
Everton for their part have actually not played terrible…except in attack. David Moyes is at the experimentation table again–though he finally moved Fellaini appropriately back to the holding and linking role two weeks ago.
Tomorrow though, Fellaini is out and Arteta will have to carry the possession load with Stevie Piennaar. Here’s to hoping he hugs more security guards tomorrow.
If Everton can find offense–and Liverpool can’t co-exist–it’ll be a sugar high in Toffeeland.
• Hansel, Gretel, Clint and one Grown Arse Man invite the men from White Hart Lane over
Craven Cottage is the site for another derby as the Spurs take a short bus ride intracity. I like the dynamic that Rafael Van Der Vaart brings to the attack for Harry’s team only I’m not sure where to play him. He rightfully demands the ball, but he likes to float and his defense is positively Ole-like.
Look for the Spurs to use Van Der Vaart opposite Bale and as a #10 in the right center. That probably keeps Lennon on the bench as a sub.
Will EJ get run for the home side?
Can Old Trafford cool off West Brom?
Wayne Rooney is not in the eleven for the home side this morning, but Ryan Giggs. Will Paul Scholes or Gary Neville get in before him?
What about George Best?
Newcastle vs. Wigan
Sorry had to make the headline as exciting as this game might be (sorry Wigan/Newcastle fans.)
Worse on the docket this weekend? Blackburn vs. Sunderland as the feature game on Monday and there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of me doing a preview for that one…so:
Former Newcastle-Wigan and now Sunderland man Titus Bramble is on Twitter!
If he’s half as funny as his defending, then we’ll all be rewarded.
You like how I tied that all in and brought that heinous joke full circle?