Good morning, and what a busy start to the weekend's football we have.
First up is a wounded, bloodied, bleeding, hurt, shocked (we're trying to beat Sky) Manchester United travelling to Goodison. Literally anything could happen in this fixture and sometimes it does, a tricky one for the Champions to face at such a difficult time.
Phile Neville and Tim Cahill are injured and Royston Drenthe is suspended. Ashley Young has hurt his toe and there are reports Chris Smalling has fractured a bone in his foot.
Just 45 minutes later in a scheduling clash that Sky can be proud of, Arsenal make their way across London to Chelsea. Drogba is banned as is Boswinga but Torres returns from suspension. Such a naughty lot these Stamford Bridge boys.
All eyes will be on John Terry as he fights to clear accusations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. If any good can come out of that incident it's that any player who may have used a racist insult in this weekend's football will now think twice.
The other games have a lot to live up to and City will be hoping for a convincing win against Wolves ahead of a crucial week for them in football.
Norwich versus Blackburn isn't going to excite too many but a loss for Rovers would put even more pressure on Kean. Sunderland welcome Villa and it's an important match for both teams, either side seems capable of going on a good run or awful one.
Bolton need a win away to Swansea to put a halt to their free-fall and Liverpool will be desperate to get all three points away to West Brom, not least due to the added Hodgson factor.
Nobody cares about Fulham versus Wolves.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Everton v Man Utd, 12:00
Chelsea v Arsenal, 12:45
Man City v Wolverhampton, 15:00
Norwich v Blackburn, 15:00
Sunderland v Aston Villa, 15:00
Swansea v Bolton, 15:00
Wigan v Fulham, 15:00
West Brom v Liverpool, 17:30
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Tottenham v QPR, 16:00
I kinda wish I could post the videos from LFCTV here but that'd breach too many rules and befoul etiquette.
But the Suarez incident: Definite contact inside the penalty box. Bought down but he immediately bounced back up before the whistle had even come. Was a harsh penalty to give in my opinion.
Carroll shoved in the back seemed like it could have been a penalty, it looked pretty planned on the video with the opposing player pretty much slamming him with his hands just before the ball sailed over their heads. Not sure about the rules on that though.
Handball also seemed like a ball to hand cos of the split second between the header and it hitting his hand. But not sure if the closeness to goal and the fact that it was a shot make it a penalty or if the fact that he had his hand in front of Carroll obviously blocking whatever he could makes it one either.