Christmas on Tuesday: EPL Docket

Nearly forgot about the Premiership match-ups midweek today. All about to go down.


As good as he is, this is not a face you want to put on program guides

 

Villa v. Tevezchester City

Nothing like sending a message of cluelessness to your egregiously overpriced team like making Carlos Tevez the captain last week after he flip-flopped on a homesickness claim to remain at City.

That said, what does the fact that Tevez is so invaluable to the team say about your wild spending on other players over the past more than two years. Where have you gone Joleon Lescott, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor? Buyer beware should these names come across your transfer sheet in January.

Meanwhile Americans will be hoping for an encore performance from Eric Lichaj? After containing Gareth Bale this past weekend though, Lichaj gets the start against promising England youngster Adam Johnson. Another audition.

Omar Cummings arrives shortly.

The Boredom Bowl: Stoke City vs. Fulham

Precisely what this game would be for US fans if it didn’t include Clint Dempsey.

Fulham are fighting relegation. Surprised?

Stoke City…okay forget it, next.

"I'm running a bomb route, then I'm going to post you up and you're going to be worried."

Spurs v. Newcastle

Now this will be a good match-up. This one previews like an NFL match-up.

Tottenham Hotspur are doing a good job of spreading the field and incising the opponent with checkdowns (Alan Huttons crosses), fly routes (Gareth Bale barreling down the left) and screen passes (scatback Rafael Van Der Vaart finding defensive holes you didn’t know your team had.)

Newcastle’s defense batters you all day long and then it’s “hike it up to Andy Carroll from a Joey Barton bomb or pray for rain.” Did you know all of Carroll’s goals have been assisted by Barton. You hear that ‘Arry?

West Brom vs. The Remnants of the Artist Formerly Known as Big Sam

Chris Brunt, most underrated player in the Premiership. Bears repeating.

Onward as the left winger is not in the line-up today due to a knock. (Can’t do a proper preview here…I’ve got like 4 West Brom games on DVR…for some reason I really like watching that team.)

Birmingham vs. Manchester United

The Blues are notoriously stingy up at St. Andrews. This will be a good game. I can’t say it will be pretty to watch, but it’ll be a close one.

Alex McLeish’s crew–after having their Everton game postponed–are also well rested coming into this one. It’s got the making of, potentially, Manchester United’s first loss of the season.

Birmingham however will need to something, anything out of striker Cameron Jerome– the biggest disappointment of the EPL season thus far–to keep Manchester United’s defense honest.

 

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by phlub on 2010/12/28 at 8:54 AM

    Really rough half for Lichaj and Freidel. Lichaj, guilty of the first penalty. Guzan’s time seems nearer.

    Dempsey seems more assist-minded today. Baird though is the star with two complete surprise strikes.

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    • Posted by StevenG on 2010/12/28 at 9:01 AM

      Guzan’s time seems nearer? Last I hear the manager was looking to buy a new keeper. Guzan should bolt.

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      • Posted by phlub on 2010/12/28 at 10:09 AM

        Meant that not in relation to Freidel’s performance. Correct… Guzan’s time (for leaving Villa) and getting a starting role seems nearer. And Freidel… who knows. I’d imagine he stays in the Premiere League for another year or two no matter what happens in January.

        Villa looked helpless today.

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    • Posted by Tux on 2010/12/28 at 3:25 PM

      Regardless of how poorly he played, you don’t call out players in the press like Houllier did. What a punk.

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  2. Posted by dikranovich on 2010/12/28 at 8:57 AM

    all with tevez on the bench. what would the score be if he was actually playing today. i know my fantasy team would be better off.

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  3. Posted by John on 2010/12/28 at 9:27 AM

    Every time I read a description akin to

    “Sunderland have a chance to level at home against Blackpool but it is wasted as Asamoah Gyan can only shin a cross over the bar from about six yards.”

    I smile.

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  4. Posted by John on 2010/12/28 at 9:48 AM

    As it stands… right now…
    The EPL Top 10.

    1. Man City
    2. Man Utd
    3. Arsenal
    4. Tottenham
    5. Chelsea
    6. Bolton
    7. Sunderland
    8. Blackpool
    9. Blackburn
    10. Stoke

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/12/28 at 9:56 AM

      Hopefully Birmingham City can get at least a point today. Manchester United have games in hand…

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      • Posted by John on 2010/12/28 at 10:06 AM

        Quite amazing that United has only played 17. Things are so congested towards the bottom that if Birmingham some how won this they would pull themselves up from the relegation zone to 14th (pending the Everton game)

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        • Posted by dth on 2010/12/28 at 1:34 PM

          It’s also amazing United has been so successful while trotting out stiffs like Darron Gibson and Darren Fletcher.

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  5. Posted by John on 2010/12/28 at 10:16 AM

    Last year Burnley, Hull and Portsmouth were relegated with points of 30, 30, and 19 respectively (although Portsmouth were docked points).

    Blackpool are sitting with 25 right now, and the task of needing 2 or 3 more wins to stay up. Really fantastic stuff from the Seasiders.

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