Sunday, August 22, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING .............

Shrewsbury had the lead for all of two minutes yesterday, but a draw was a fair result, Aldershot worked out quite quickly how to stifle the wide threat from the home side, who in turn, changed things around to combat the visitors midfield dominance. Early days yet, but both look playoff "fringes".

Brentford were again a little wasteful in front of goal and had enough chances to have sewn this one up early. The Bees remain a work in progress, but are heading in the right direction and will give someone a bit of a thumping soon. Division 1 looks very open this season, Southampton were expected to run away with the division, that seems unlikely, but they will come good and I expect them to be playing Championship football next season, everything else looks up for grabs. One for the diary....... Brentford's very attractive looking home game with Sheffield Wednesday is being televised live by Sky on September 5th. My beloved team are notoriously bad in front of the cameras, but the Owls have a similar record, so a chance for one of them to finally impress on television.

Chelsea looked a little off the pace in the Community Shield game, yet have scored 12 unanswered goals in two EPL starts, suspect that says a little more about their opponents than it does the Blues, but both they and Manchester United are clearly not prepared to give up their title dominance just yet. Hard to believe that Didier Drogba (and Lampard for that matter) didn't get on the scoresheet yesterday, but team spirit seems very high and DD set Salomon Kalou up for a goal at 3-0, when you would have expected him to shoot. Drogba was genuinely delighted for his Ivory Coast team mate,who also added the 5th goal and seems in a " good place" at the moment. Kalou has found life tough in the EPL (see photo !) and many of his goals for the club have come in big wins like yesterday against the weaker teams, hopefully he can build on this good start and contribute some more "important" goals this season.

Even at this early stage United will be looking to stay in touch and collect three points at Fulham today, a venue where they have lost on their last two visits. Although to be fair, in the heavy 3-0 defeat last season their injury hit backline included Carrick and Fletcher ! Hard not to see a little revenge in the air and this could be fun to watch.

All eyes will be on Roberto Mancini tomorrow and his team selection for the home game with Liverpool. He played what was effectively three (Toure, Barry and de Jong) holding midfielders at Tottenham last week and he has 8-9 of them (!) at the club to keep happy, but will surely be more expansive at Eastlands.......... I certainly hope so. There remains a lot to sort out in the blue half of Manchester, at WHL Tevez who was playing as the sole striker was also dropping very deep at times and with neither of the "attacking" midfielders exactly busting a gut to replace him up front, this meant City created little. Anyway, really interesting game in prospect for our monday football fix.
Not posting any previews on the blog today, please check back later in the week and good luck with all your bets today.

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