Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Premier League preview

The Premier League fixture list on Tuesday looks pretty tricky with some very even match-ups on paper. I like Man Utd's chances as it hosts Aston Villa. Last season, Villa ended a 26-year winless run at Old Trafford after having come very close in the past few years. Who does not remember the enthralling game when Macheda scored the winner in extra-time a couple of years back? The heartbeat of Villa is Ashley Young and a big part will be how Man Utd can contain his runs his runs down the flanks. Without being spectacular, the Red Devils are racking up important points and are still unbeaten. The return of Rio Ferdinand will bring the important stability at the back that they much rely on. Berbatov is on fire and will be a main danger to score; a draw-no-bet on Man Utd is recommended.

Chelsea travel to Sunderland with new 50-million pound man Torres. There is no doubt in my mind that, without taking into account the price tag itself, the Spaniard is a massive reinforcement for Chelsea. Once he gets going into the Ancelotti system, he will resume being the scoring machine that he used to be. The question for Chelsea is how the trade will affect Drogba and Anelka. Does the new recruit mean one of them is surplus to requirements? After all, both are past their peaks. I believe the recruitment of Torres won't help Chelsea's bid to retain their title since they've given too much ground during their infamous December run. Whether he will make an impact in the Champions League for the Blues remains to be seen. As for the game against Sunderland, it really can go either way, so I'm not recommending on that one.

Draw-no-bet: Man Utd

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