38 Weeks to Go

Tomorrow begins my 38 week commitment to the English Premiership. No weekend will be filled with appointments or meetings, visits or traveling, until I’ve check the match-ups.

While Man United’s defense of their title doesn’t begin until Sunday morning–against West Brom–I’ll be checking out some of the first games tomorrow. (The thrill of watching United win can sometimes be matched by watching Chelsea or Liverpool lose.)

Typically, the first week of the season will see a few surprises. An upset from one of the newly promoted teams? A unheralded goal-scorer netting a hattrick? Maybe this year, the cancellation of the Tottenham/Everton fixture (due to the riots) will be the only surprise?

Three things to look for tomorrow…

  • Wigan will host newly promoted Norwich City. Norwich will likely wear their away kits–the second worst jerseys in professional football. The worst? Norwich City’s home uniform.
  • See who wins the battle of the new managers in the Fulham/Aston Villa match. I expect Martin Jol’s Fulham team to be very competitive this year; my expectations for Villa are the exact opposite. Alex McLeish, in my opinion, may not see out the campaign.
  • Finally, Arsenal can move forward after the departure of Nasri and Fabregas. It’s too bad this squad, that plays such good football, has had to focus so much on the departure of Spain’s best substitute. Good riddance. Wenger always has his team in contention, and I expect the same again this year.

Two things to look for this season…

  • Dalglish will prove himself to be the second-coming in Liverpool. He had the team performing well at the end of last season, and he’s won the confidence of The Kop. It pains me to say it, but I expect the Reds to be back up in the top 4 (they don’t have to worry about Europe this year).
  • Blackburn Rovers go down. Just sayin’…

One wish for this season…

  • Berbatov to win the scoring title (again). Hopefully, he’ll see more of the pitch, too.

One thought on “38 Weeks to Go

  1. We’re getting Fulham/Villa on ESPN2 and Arsenal/Newcastle on Fox Soccer Channel here in the States. That’s much better than I remember when I left this country two years ago. Used to be nothing but tape delay.

    Wayne Rooney and Mario Belotelli vie for Golden Boot.

    Fernando Torres gets benched for lack of production and demands a transfer.

    It’s Manchester City and Manchester United all season for the league title and sadly City wins it.

    Wolves definitely get dropped, along with Swansea and Newcastle.

    Bolten has another early season surge and maintains a Europa spot in the end.

    Anyhow, just excited to have soccer back! Not that my LA Galaxy games don’t suffice.. EPL is gravy on my biscuits!

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