Premier League Preview: Battle at the Bridge

Premier League Preview: Battle at the Bridge

There is nothing like Premier League action. Seemingly every week we are are served up at least one mouthwatering clash. This weekend is no different.

Where else to start but on the final game of the weekend line up. Jose Mourinho takes his Man Utd side to his old stamping ground – Stamford Bridge. All eyes will be on one man and we all know he wouldn’t have it any other way. This is Jose’s time and regardless of the reception he gets he will want nothing more than to get one over on the powers that sacked him unceremoniously last season.

On the pitch these two teams are in a state of transition. It would be harsh to say that they are not in good form but they certainly aren’t firing on all cylinders either. Who would have thought a few years ago that we would go into a Champions League campaign that features neither of these two sides. It is a mighty fall from grace and it is now a race to see which of these can get back to the summit quickest. It will be a raucous atmosphere on Sunday afternoon and Jose will surely come and park his big red and white bus. Liverpool couldn’t break them down last week and Chelsea will have similar issues. The fear for Utd is if they do fall behind it is hard to see them getting back on terms. This one has the look of a classic Mourinho style 1-0 but, unfortunately for him, it will be for his old club Chelsea this time.

The weekend action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime with Bournemouth playing host to high flying Spurs. Pochettino really does have a great squad and they should be right up in the fight for the title in the final weeks of the season. The difference this season is the added pressure of expectation. They were expected to beat WBA last week but came up short and have since travelled to Leverkusen, where they were fortunate to escape with a point. Bournemouth tailed off a little last season but they look a little more resolute this year and they could well finish in the top half. They smashed Hull up last week and are team that will collect a high percentage of their points total at home. Spurs have been on the road for a while now and will be glad of a home game soon. This might be one trip too many and a shock defeat is in store for Pochettino and his men.

There are a few other good opportunities in the Saturday 3pm kick-offs to get winners at nice prices. Swansea are at home to Watford and the hosts are a side in big trouble. They are racking up the defeats and many will say they are against top teams but 4 points from 8 games is not good whichever way you dice it. Watford, on the other hand, are a side that appear to be growing in confidence. This is nicely set up for them as Swansea concede goals on a regular basis. Take the Watford hotshots to put this one to bed early.

Another likely way win is at Hull, where visitors Stoke might just have turned a corner. This Hull side cannot stop the flow of goals against them and whilst Stoke are hardly prolific scorers they do possess enough firepower to heap more misery on the home team.

The warm-up game for the big one on Sunday sees Southampton travel to Man City. Two teams that suffered disappointing mid-week results in Europe. Pep will want to see his charges bounce back from a defeat in Barcelona where nothing went right. Southampton are probably equally as disappointed as they were the better team at the San Siro but left empty handed. This is not the home banker it might look and with both teams looking for a confidence builder this might well be a tight affair. If Southampton can hold out City early pressure then this one has the feel of a 0-0.

Regardless of what happens in the first 9 games of the Premier League weekend the headlines we know will be all centred on what happens when Jose returns to the Bridge.

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