Thursday, September 13, 2012

Front Money Friday: Premier League Week 4

With the international break wrapped up, a weekend full of club matches are back again. That also means the return of our newest series, Front Money Friday. Week Four looks to be a great turn to the Barclays Premier League. Let's take a look at the gambles for the upcoming matches.

Norwich City vs. West Ham United
The Hammers have started off fairly strong for a newly-promoted team this season. Looking very strong against Fulham in Week 3, who had been looking in a hot streak before then themselves. The boys over in Norwich haven't started off as hot. Even with the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Kane, the Canaries don't seem to be an even match for West Ham.
The Gamble: West Ham United

Arsenal vs. Southampton 
Southampton made a couple quality signings as the latest transfer window came to a close. But then there's The Gunners who seemed to start a slow, but put in a 2-0 shutout against Liverpool in Week 3. Seems like the boys at Emirates Stadium have picked up speed a little in their slow start. Don't think The Saints few signings will provide enough spark.
The Gamble: Arsenal

Aston Villa vs. Swansea City 
Even with the season-ending injury to Neil Taylor, Aston Villa should not be an issue for Swansea with the form they're showing in current times. The left back replacement of Netherlands Dwight Tiendalli should have a comfortable first time with the squad.
The Gamble: Swansea City

Fulham vs. West Bromwich Albion
Although the have brought on former Manchester United striker Berbatov and Greece international Karagounis, Fulham seems to be slipping off their form as of late. Odemwingie and Chelsea loanee Lukaku up top look pretty set to leave a mark at Craven Cottage.
The Gamble: West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City vs. Stoke City
Aguero hopes to be fit in time for the match on Saturday. Alongside Tevez, they will basically reek havoc on The Potters. As an Orlando City and USA supporter, I can only hope that Aguero isn't ready and that our very own stars & stripes Geoff Cameron will hold down the fort with Shawcross behind.
The REAL Gamble:  A Draw

Sunderland vs. Liverpool 
As far as overall play goes so far this season, these two clubs are pretty even. If Liverpool can manage to put on the performance they did against Manchester City a couple weeks ago, then they have a solid chance to come out with the three points. With no huge moves for either club during the frenzy at the end of the transfer window, they come into this match fairly same as before.
The Gamble: Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Reading 
Reading has probably had the least greatest start out of three newly-promoted clubs. Against a top side like The Spurs could provide a another tough challenge. I may be a little biased, but Dempsey is going to provide that little spark the White Hart Lane boys need to pull off a strong win. Hopefully his training and match time with the national team has gotten him ready.
The Gamble: Tottenham Hotspur

Everton vs. Newcastle United
Quality and performance wise the two clubs look to be pretty evenly matched. Injuries seems what will let Newcastle down on the weekend. Defensive stalwart Coloccini and Tim Krul between the posts look to be sitting on the injury list currently. With that, Everton and Fellaini should be able to break down the defense somewhat easier.
The Gamble: Everton

Manchester Untied vs. Wigan Athletic 
The Gamble: Manchester United 

Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers 

The Gamble: Chelsea 

Enough said about these final two matches on the weekend. Hope you enjoyed the preview of the EPL weekend to come. Stay tuned next Friday for predictions of Week 5!


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