All the talk this weekend is of course on the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, but there are also a number of other intriguing games going on to look at.
One of those is Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off between Wolves and Swansea. I’m still not sure what’s happened to Mick McCarthy’s lot – but they desperately need a win. They’re on a horrid run and should they lose to Swansea at Molineux – I really fear for them even at this early stage.
Swansea are yet to win away and were hammered by Norwich in their last game, so confidence won’t exactly be peaking in their squad. With both sides in such dire form I expect it to finish all square – which would be a better result for Brendan Rogers.
Sunday’s big game sees the top two clash in what promises to be one of the best Manchester derbies in history. Roberto Mancini’s side are two points ahead of their city rivals and that late goal against Villarreal will have done wonders for them. I wasn’t overly impressed with the performance, but the significance of the result means so much more.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s lot looked unbeatable a few weeks back, but cracks have started to show and I thought they were lucky not to get beat at Anfield last Saturday. United just don’t look as sharp at the back and City can take advantage of the gaps. I was really surprised to see the side Fergie sent out against Liverpool and if he follows suit I can see them losing. However, if United send out their best XI it looks more likely to be a draw – a result that City would certainly settle for.
I cannot wait to see Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero line up against each other. They are the two best strikers in the league and are both scoring for fun this season. With United’s defensive frailties I expect both sides to score, so the 1-1 scoreline appeals. Whatever the case, we’re in for a cracker!
Chelsea will of course know the outcome by the time they kick off at Loftus Road and they’ll have an excellent opportunity to snatch second place at least. Andre Villas-Boas has his side playing some fantastic football at the moment after a tricky beginning to life in England.
I fancy a comfortable 3-0 win here and for Frank Lampard to continue his scoring run.
Betting on BETDAQ – Alan’s Punts:
Wolves v Swansea: back the draw at 3.4
Man Utd v Man City: back the draw at 3.45
QPR v Chelsea: back Chelsea at 1.41
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