Our Beloved Stars

Posted: November 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

Our beloved Stars did a pretty good job of dusting Seychelles. Our very own Francis Kimanzi is back with aplomb, I mean, what is it with this man and his penchant for success? Being the most decorated tactician in the country, and a Kenyan as well, it is little doubt that the former Sofapaka boss is the right mix for our football puzzle. A toast to the man, and Kenya football (Forget Nyamweya and his cronies)

In other news, the KPL is bidding us adieu. Gor Mahia would be relieved to see the back of Congo United (Thanks to a 4 – 0 thrashing by AFC) at least for the coming season as they battle for promotion.

EPL

A CULTURED LEFT FOOT

RVP was at it again last weekend, inspiring Arsene’s Arsenal to a comfy 3-0 win over WestBrom. Arsenal fans will be glad that the flying Dutchman returned to London Colney unscathed from International duty. That said, the in-form captain will be looking to command his side over Norwich, with his cultured left foot. Mind you, he has ‘chocolate’ right foot as well, that is equally potent. Norwich is a side that plays decent football but arsenal should take the spoils when all is said and done. Another clean sheet isn’t far fetched with the no nonsense Belgian Verminator at the heart of defence. Walcott, Gervinho and the captain himself should get the job done, and not to forget Aaron Ramsey. I will go with a 3-0 in favour of Arsenal.

Everton will be relishing the duel with Mick McCarthy’s side as a chance to get 3 pts on board. The game will be played at Goodison Park and one of the men to watch out for is Royston Drenthe, along with Fellaini who has just penned down a contract extension and seems to have settled. Jack Rodwell is also expected to be full of confidence bearing in mind the recent debut he made for the 3 Lions. The Merseyside sure look poised to get away with a win and three points to get them into the winning ways. 2-1 final score with the home side winning though McCarthy will be hoping Matt Jarvis gets back his groove sooner rather than later to swing the win in their favour.

After this weekend, there will be only one team undefeated this season, well… not unless a draw is on the cards. From the look of things, you would fancy a Manchester City side to be that team when they play host to Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. Mancini’s City should be the party stoppers for the Magpies dream season, though with the guests’ recent exploits, it promises to be a very entertaining encounter. Allan Pardew will be shifting uneasily in his boots, because after City, they face the defending champions and then Chelsea. They would be hoping that by then they would still be having luck on their side. This fixture is not an easy one, I must say, with Dzeko, Aguero and Silva to be at it again, doing what they do best, breaking down the walls (defence) and if available add Adam Johnson to the mix. Yohan Cabaye should be expected to tease the City defence alongside Ba and Gutierrez. My prediction is a 3-1 win for the host.

PLAYING CATCH UP

QPR will be smiling at lady luck for the opportunity of facing Stoke at a time when their form is on the downhill. The 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bolton before the international break is sure to give Tony Pulis a lot to think about, not knowing when the rain started beating them.  He will be meaning to change a few things and hope for the best. I predict a draw in this encounter.

Sunderland and Fulham will want to play catch up as they both experience sad defeats last time out even after they put up spirited displays. One would expect Martin Jol’s side to get the better of Sunderland, a team managed by former united player, Bruce. Playing at the Stadium of light is to a large extent an advantage to the home side to get a win. However, if Jol is to start Bryan Ruiz, an intelligent payer, then damage is bound to be caused to the Black Cats’ defence considering Wes Brown’s schoolboy defending. Fulham to end up victorious with a 2-1 win.

After a 5-star, 5 goals display, Owen Coyle’s side should be brimming with confidence. With Arsenal having done damage to West Bromwich, the odds might play out to a Bolton win, Klasnic and Eagles to find the back of the net. Peter Odemwingie to also shine if played. West Bromwich 1, Bolton 2

Blackburn and Wigan shouldn’t ignite tremendous imagination as to who the better side will be. Even so, Samba’s Blackburn held their own against John Terry’s Blue army, but with the fans grumbling over Keegan’s head, Roberto Martinez side will be hoping that is distraction enough to stage a fair fight. A one all draw is likely.

Swansea has also impressed thus far but the daunting picture of hosting the illustrious champions might be overwhelming. Sir Alex’s side will be hoping to reduce the gap their noisy neighbours have created.  The return of Vidic signals a chance of another clean sheet but the likes of Sinclair and Dyer will be having other ideas, of giving United’s defence a nightmare though i doubt that will happen. A win for United is almost guaranteed, though i have to admit that Vorm has been having an impressive time.  A 1-0 win will be comfortable for United.

TORRES AND THE ANFIELD FAITHFULS

Chelsea vs. Liverpool, this one is full of pedigree. Former Anfield hit man and darling, Torres will face his previous employers at his new home, Stamford Bridge. Whereas the Chelsea fans will be full of praise, expect taunts, jeers and even racial slurs at Chelsea’s No. 9 from the visiting fans, more so if he scores. The Anfield faithful will be happy to note that their once ‘golden boy’ has not scaled his usual heights yet. Luis Suarez is sure to be handful even with the FA charge over him, and AVB is expected to do a moonwalk should his side score. JT will hope to have exorcised his ‘racial demons’ since being a big name player, he is expected to show up in the big games and do what he does best, defend and be a leader to his teammates. Another defeat at the Bridge is unthinkable but with the blues shaky defence, goals are sure going to rain. All eyes will be on the in-form Lampard and the crafty Juan Manuel Garcia Mata. Score line should be 2-1 at the end of the game with Chelsea getting their revenge.

Finally Tottenham and Aston Villa game will be an entertaining one with Villa having failed to beat Tottenham in their previous 5 encounters. Aston Villa will be hoping to inflict revenge following the double that Redknapp’s side did to them last season under strange circumstances. It is going to be a tight affair and the people to watch out for include Bale for Tottenham and Agbonlahor who is in great shape only if he is cleared to play following the doubts that surround his inclusion to the action after sustaining a hamstring. My prediction is that Tottenham will carry the day with a resounding 2-0 win.

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