This weekend is Dalglish’s first game in charge at Anfield and it gets no bigger than a local derby between Liverpool and Everton. The red and blue of Liverpool clashes on Sunday and the red half of Liverpool will be 100% behind Dalglish despite his two away losses at Blackpool and ManU.
Although Liverpool’s away records are still below what we would like, I do not expect Dalglish to make miracles. My hope for this season is a top half finish around 7th hopefully. Let us begin by getting a win over our local rivals this weekend.
Torres will be the person that Dalglish counts on to score goals and against Tim Howard of Everton, he should be able to get or create a couple. However, we cannot discount the fact that Everton and Liverpool has been fierce rivals and Everton will throw everything they have at Liverpool. I expect a hotly contested game (hopefully no more red cards though) that will end 3-1 for Liverpool (hattrick to Torres? Hmm).
In other games of interest around the Premiership are Chelsea vs Blackburn, ManC vs Wolves and Tottenham vs ManU.
Chelsea are no doubt in a bit of a slump (Premiership-wise) but a 7-0 thrashing of Ipswich might do wonders for their confidence. Blackburn enjoyed a good win a Liverpool last time out and might be thinking that they can manage a draw here. However, Chelsea’s wealth of attacking talents of Malouda, Lampard, Sturridge and Anelka (notice that Drogs is missing here) should prove to be too much for them. Blackburn is no Ipswich so don’t expect another 6-0 or 7-0 victory. A 2-0 victory for Chelsea would be reasonable to expect.
ManC got the biggest name signing of the January transfer window so far in Edin Dzeko. With Balotelli out, expect the new man to play a part in the game against Wolves. However, Mancini has hinted that he may not start the game (For players of YFF, it is still interesting to note that the new man is just priced at 6.23. You may want to get him now.). Wolves had a great game against Chelsea but this is ManC. Tevez to score a goal in the first half before Dzeko comes in around 65th minute to score their second. Too unbelievable? Haha. Maybe. But still, I predict 2-0 win to ManC.
Lastly, a big game is awaiting Tottenham this week when ManU visits White Hart Lane. Tottenham has been performing quite well this season with Bale and Van der Vaart proving to be exceptional attacking talents as they lead Tottenham’s goal chart. ManU isn’t short of attacking talents either with Nani, Rooney, Berbatov and Hernandez all playing a part in their goals to date. I feel this has the makings of either an open game where both sides are trying to attack or a closed game that both sides try to defend. Err. Who am I kidding. Both teams love to attack and that is what this game will be about. A 2-3 win to ManU is possible.
Do you agree with me or do you have other thoughts? All are welcomed.