By popular demand especially from the menfolk, it has become necessary to feature a sports corner or more accurately, anything football. On that note, I conscripted one of my friends (she won’t like this description because as far as she’s concerned we are BFFs) and my brother to do the job, so, for now they are my “honorary” football analysts. Sit back, read, enjoy and throw in your quarter….
‘Falcao must prove himself’ says Man United manager Louis Van Gaal about a player who has only found the back of the net 3 times this season since a £6million loan preceded his move from AS Monaco to Old Trafford. That is poor returns considering he is reportedly earning a weekly salary of £265,000. Compare that to his QPR counterpart Charlie Austin who has been named the Barclay’s premier league player for the month of December having scored 13 goals in all competition including 5 goals in December.
Man United must return to their winning ways if they are to finish in the top four this season, QPR must also get something from this game to ease the pressure on manager Harry Redknapp amidst reports he will be sacked should they lose to United.
Arsenal vs Man City is arguably the biggest match this weekend. The Gunners have lost Arteta, Debuchy and Welbeck to injuries but in Alexis Sanchez, hope lies of avenging their defeat to City earlier in the season while City will be looking to keep the pressure on Chelsea.
Liverpool will look to continue their good run of form lately against Aston Villa while Villa’s new boy Carles Gill signed from Valencia will be hoping to make his debut.
Swansea hosts the league leaders Chelsea this weekend. The Swans are without top striker Wilfred Bony who has completed his £28million deal to Man City making him one of the most expensive African footballers in history. The Ivorian striker is away at the AFCON championship starting this Saturday.
Tottenham vs Sunderland sees the return of Jermain Defoe against his former club. He will be hoping to fire Sunderland to premier league safety.
On Monday, Everton will play host to Tony Pulis’ West Brom. Everton will have to banish their thrilling FA cup defeat to West Ham out of their minds if they are to get 3 points from this game.
As usual, we look forward to hearing Jose Mourinho’s criticisms of referees having recently called premier league referee Phil Dowd ‘fat’.
Take a look at the full Barclay’s Premier league fixtures below (Nigerian time):
Saturday- Aston Villa vs Liverpool 4pm
Burnley vs Crysta Palace 4pm
Leicester city vs Stoke city 4pm
QPR vs Man United 4pm
Swansea vs Chelsea 4pm
Tottenham vs Sunderland 4pm
Newcastle united vs Southampton 6:30pm.
Sunday- West Ham vs Hull City 2:30pm
Man City vs Arsenal 5pm
Monday- Everton vs West Brom 9pm
On the AFCON front, 5pm will see Equatorial Guinea facing Congo, while by 8pm, Burkina Faso would play against Gabon.
Have a football-filled weekend!