Weekend Preview – Man United in ‘Saturday Fixture’ Shocker
If the headline we’re running with is the fact that Manchester United will play their first Saturday match of the season a full third of the way into September, you know that there’s not much doing in the Premiership this weekend.
September 9th, 2011
Of course it’ll still be a later kick-off, as avoiding the live TV cameras won’t pay the bills, but United’s visit of the Reebok Stadium still ought to be an entertaining affair; still flying high from their demolition of Arsenal a fortnight ago, they’ll be up against a hard-working Bolton side recently named as the one with the best shots-to-goals conversion rate in the league this season. A full 38% of Bolton attempts have found the back of the net so far. Saying that though, it’s only the fourth game; 34 to go. Our money’s on a high-scoring affair.
Another Greater Manchester derby kicks off at three tomorrow, this time at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City putting their 100% record (3 games, 3 wins) up against Wigan’s unbeaten run, obtained after taking on all three of the Premier League new boys – a win against Championship winners QPR, and draws with Norwich and Swansea. Only three squads have scored more goals than City’s Edin Dzeko, all players combined – City of course, United and Bolton. Expect at least one from him tomorrow.
Then on Sunday, Blackburn Rovers travel to Fulham – if rumours are to believed then there’s more than just three points at stake for Rovers, as a fans’ letter delivered to club owners this week asked for manager Steve Kean to be replaced. Not that there’s no cause to be upset, as the 1994 champions find themselves without a point and with six goals in ‘the against’ column. Fulham are only a single point better off than their Lancashire opponents, but anything other than a win will solidify their own worst ever start to a Premier League season. This is sure to be a tight affair, so a low score ought to do it.