The Captaincy Debate
And who better to start with than Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney who will be looking to make an instant impact after a few weeks to forget. Sometimes in Football, it’s about how you react to your mistakes and Rooney can silence many of his doubters with a big performance at Anfield this weekend.
However, United are not infallible as Liverpool’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez will be determined to prove. He played a pivotal role in the Reds 3-0 victory over their arch rivals last season, despite not getting on the score sheet. Nevertheless, his pace and close control will cause Sir Alex Ferguson’s side problems.
If you’re looking for a slightly lower key game than Liverpool v Manchester United, perhaps you fancy giving the armband to Daniel Sturridge. Fernando Torres is missing through suspension and Villas Boas has been prepared to give Sturridge his chance up front. Everton visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday and this could be the moment when the former Manchester City forward nets his first home goals of the season.
Sturridge’s former club, Manchester City take on an unbeaten Aston Villa side at Eastlands this weekend. Edin Dzeko might be the man to wreck Alex McCleish’s great start to life at Villa Park. He hasn’t scored since his four goals against Spurs at the end of August. The Bosnian though has had a good week on the international scene and this might spur him on to greater things on the domestic scene.
However, there can only be one leader of the side and this week, Liverpool’s dynamic attacker Luis Suarez is the choice.
The Vice Captain:
As back up, why not go for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge. In 218 minutes of Premier League football, he has bagged three goals. You get the feeling that the more game time he is given, the more goals he is going to score.
The Outside Bet:
QPR will be looking to bounce back from their 6-0 drubbing against Fulham. Joey Barton could be the man to secure victory for the Hoops against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Rangers are yet to win at Loftus Road this season and Barton is sure to be fired up ahead this weekend’s encounter. The reason why he’s an outside bet is because when Joey Barton is fired up, it can go one of two ways.
Spot The Clean Sheet:
The Black Country Derby on Sunday may not be the most exciting game on offer at the weekend. Both West Brom and Wolves have struggled of late and it is hard not to envision anything else but a scrappy affair at the Hawthorns on Sunday. It would be surprising if a “goalfest” should ensue and this could be the fixture to draft in a defender from either side. Judging by their defensive records though, this should only be a temporary measure
Like dealing in the business of deflected goals? Then look no further than Wigan’s Franco Di Santo. All three of his strikes so far this season have taken sizeable nicks off a defender and judging by Bolton’s recent form, the Argentinian forward could get the rub of the green again at the DW Stadium over the weekend.
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