It’s back.! After an agonising 3 month break, the Premier League, England’s elite division returns this weekend and not a moment too soon for everyone associated as we approach what promises to be the most fascinating season in living memory.
Managerial changes aplenty, multi-million pound takeovers, several clubs engaging in tug-of-war transfer saga’s and teams being renamed after wild animals are just a few of the incidents that have occurred since the season ended in Mid May.
One thing is for sure though this season, and that is that there will be plenty of goals for us to feast upon, and with that in mind it’s time to head towards our first BTTS Premier League treble of 2013/14:
West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton
Two sides that were expected to struggle last term but refused to listen to the doubters meet at The Hawthorns at 3pm in this opening round fixture.
The Baggies flirted with European qualification last season before finishing in an impressive 8th place and rounded off their fine year with an astonishing 5-5 draw against Champions Manchester United. Hat-trick hero on that day back in May, Romelu Lukaku, has returned back to his parent club Chelsea after a fantastic season in the Midlands. However, Steve Clarke, West Brom supremo and ex-Chelsea man has pulled off one of the coup’s of the window thus far by securing the services of Nicolas Anelka (also formerly of Chelsea) to fill the void left by the Belgian brute.
After a league double by West Brom over their opponents last year, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively, Saints will be keen to get the boot in on the Baggies here in Pocchetino’s first full season in charge. New England Star Rickie Lambert will be ably assisted by Saints’ record signing Victor Wanyama from Celtic, and a goal fest should be on the cards come 5pm Saturday afternoon!
Sunderland vs Fulham
Paolo Di Canio leads his Black Cats out for what will als be his first full season in charge at the Stadum of Light. The enigmatic Italian scrambled Sunderland to safety late last season and will be looking to improve on last season’s bitterly disappointing year which almost ended in the dreaded relegation trap door.
The Cottagers may well be boasting a potentially devastating front two of Dimitar Berbatov alongside Darren Bent should rumours become true in time for the much maligned Villain to swich allegiances. Both games last season ended with at least a goal from each team, in fact the last 3 meetings have seen both teams score, here’s to fantastic number 4 in a row today!
Norwich vs Everton
Let’s be ‘aving you then Mr Martinez. The ex-Wigan commander in chief has moved on to fill the void left by the departure of David Moyes to his dream role of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at the finest club in English football. And whilst Roberto’s attacking flair may not have done Wigan any long term favours after they were relegated, despite a phenomenol FA Cup win over Manchester City, it’s certainly fantastic news for us Goals Galore fans.
The Toffees were the form side of the BTTS table for most of the season and I predict they’ll get off to a fine start here, especially with the Canaries record signing, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel who should be more than willing to grab another goal after netting on his debut in pre-season.
The home side ran out 2-1 winners in the corresponding fixture last season, but I’d hazard a guess that Martinez’s Blues will reverse the fortune this time round and grab the glory by the odd goal in what should be a high scoring contes.
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