Aston Villa & Wolverhampton Wanderers
Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers met on the first-ever day of Football League fixtures on 8 September 1888. In a 1-1 draw at Dudley Road in Wolverhampton, Villa full-back Gershom Cox conceded an own goal after 20 minutes before Tommy Green equalised just before half-time.Following Dwight Yorke, Gabby Agbonlahor has become the second player to score 50 goals for Aston Villa in the Premier League.Wolverhampton Wanderers are aiming to win their first three games of a top flight season for the first time since 1969 when they won the first four games under Bill McGarry.
Blackburn Rovers & Everton
This is the 162nd meeting between Blackburn Rovers and Everton in all competitions
The 11v11 Premier League Performance of the Week is back! This week the honour goes to Queen's Park Rangers for their performance in beating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park.
QPR had to cope with the absence due to virus of DJ Campbell, Abdel Taarabt and Matt Connolly.
Given the circumstances, Neil Warnock dubbed the victory as one of the best of his career.
Manchester United & Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur have failed to beat Manchester United in their last 24 league and cup meetings since September 2001.Manchester United will be aiming to win their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 2006-07 (5-1 v Fulham at Old Trafford then 3-0 at Charlton Athletic).Due to the postponement of last week’s game with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur are making their latest start to a league season since 1990-91 when Gary Lineker (2) and Paul Gascoigne scored in a 3-1 win against Manchester City in the old First Division on 25 August.
We had some good success last weekend, although annoyingly a few of our predicted assisters actually scored. We'll start putting the scorer and assist stats for this season's matches below the predictions once they have some genuine predictive value.
As last weekend, we'll update the predictions to incorporate line-up information prior to kick-off, so keep a close watch, particularly if you can leave your selections to the last minute!
Sunderland / Newcastle (0-1)
Sunderland scorer: Asamoah Gyan Assist: Seb Larsson
Newcastle scorer: Shola Ameobi Assist: Joey Barton / Jonas Gutierrez
Arsenal / Liverpool (0-2)
Arsenal scorer: Robin Van Persie Assist: Andrey Arshavin
Liverpool scorer: Andrew Carroll Assist: Charlie Adam
Premier league and football league suspensions for the weekend starting 20/08/2011.
No of matches banned
20/08 28/08 10/09
Bolton Wanderers & Manchester City
Bolton Wanderers have won only one of their ten league and cup meetings with Manchester City since January 2007.Saturday’s win at Queens Park Rangers was Bolton Wanderers’ biggest victory on the opening day of a season since 2001-02 when Kevin Nolan (2), Per Frandsen (2) and Michael Ricketts scored in a 5-0 win at Leicester City’s Filbert Street.Monday’s win against Swansea City was Manchester City’s biggest victory in their opening league fixture of a season since 1974-75 when Dennis Tueart, Rodney Marsh (2) and the late Mike Doyle scored in a 4-0 win against West Ham United at Maine Road.
Norwich City & Stoke City
Only one of the last 11 meetings between Norwich City and Stoke City at Carrow Road has been decided
Arsenal & Liverpool
In their seven previous league and cup visits to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool have scored one goal on five occasions and failed to score in the other two.
In their five previous seasons at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have failed to win only one of their first home league games of the season (a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the first-ever Premier League game at their new home on 19 August 2006).Their 5-2 win at Fulham in their last visit to London in May was the first time that Liverpool had scored five goals in the capital since a 5-2 win at Chelsea in December 1989 during Kenny Dalglish’s first period in charge.
Aston Villa & Blackburn Rovers
In league and cup competitions, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers have met nine times in
West Bromwich Albion & Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion have failed to beat Manchester United in a league game since 31 March 1984 when the Baggies won the old Division One game at The Hawthorns 2-0 with goals from Steve MacKenzie and Cyrille Regis.
West Bromwich Albion kept only two clean sheets last season, a Premier League record.
Manchester United won the title last season despite earning only 25 points away from home; a lower tally than by any previous Premier League champions.
Stoke City & Chelsea
Stoke City have not beaten Chelsea in a league game since April 1975. A 3-0 old Division One win at the Victoria Ground left the Potters in third position but left the Blues on the brink of relegation.Stoke City’s only previous
For all you game and fantasy league players out there, we'll be providing scorer and assist stats for Premier League matches this season: along with our tips for the goalscorers and assist combinations for each team.
We'll update the predictions to incorporate line-up information so keep a close watch, particularly if you can leave your selections to the last minute!
Blackburn / Wolves (1-2)
Blackburn scorer: Jason Roberts Assist: Morten Gamst Pederson
Wolves scorer: Steven Fletcher Assist: Matthew Jarvis
Fulham / Aston Villa (0-0)
Fulham scorer: Clint Dempsey Assist: Bobby Zamora
Aston Villa scorer: Darren Bent Assist: Charles N'Zogbia
Liverpool / Sunderland (1-1)
Liverpool scorer: Andrew Carroll* Assist:
Premier league and football league suspensions for the weekend starting 13/08/2011.
2 Match Ban
3 Match Ban
14/08. 17/08, 20/08
3 Match Ban
14/08, 20/08. 27/08