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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614140 State of affairs State+of+affairs Premier League

The first weekend in March brings plenty of excitement and intrigue in Premier League raction. After Rafa Benitez’s midweek outburst, how will the Chelsea fans and players react? There’s also the small matter of the north London derby in which Tottenham, for the first time in years, are expected to win thanks to the majesty of Gareth Bale. Can Andre Villas-Boas’ men best Arsenal and narrow the gap on Manchester City? And of course, there’s the dramatic relegation battle. Don’t miss a minute of the action!

 

Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614142 He's back! He%27s+back%21 Premier League

Our old friend Piers Morgan is set to join us for our Tottenham vs. Arsenal (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. ET). I’m always amazed at the discussions that break out when we announce that he’s going to join us – both positive and negative. The bottom-line is, this guy is a fan of the game, a fan of FOX Soccer and a huge supporter of Arsenal. In other words, he’s a lot like you and I. Sit back and enjoy what he has to say – whether you argue with it or agree with it, you’re going to want to hear it.

 

Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614145 Aston Villa vs. Manchester City (live, Monday, 3 p.m. ET) Aston+Villa+vs.+Manchester+City+%28live%2C+Monday%2C+3+p.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Last week, Villa conceded their twelfth goal in the final 15 minutes of play, otherwise they might have been able to steal a point at Arsenal. Instead, they continue to add to their poor goal differential, the worst in the league. That number could come back to haunt them on Survival Sunday, as it is the main tiebreaker. The number one priority for Paul Lambert – and I hate to say it because I love offenses – is to steady the defensive ship in front of Brad Guzan.

 

As for Manchester City, they had a comforting 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend. In my eyes, the biggest news was the return of Carlos Tevez to the score sheet. It was his first league goal since December 1. I want to see more playing time and more goals from the Argentine.

 

Rob Stone
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614143 Tottenham vs. Arsenal (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. ET) Tottenham+vs.+Arsenal+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Sunday%2C+10%3A30+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

The north London derby is easily the main match this weekend as third-place Tottenham hosts Arsenal, who are two spots below. Arsenal has 13 points in their last five games, tied with only Manchester United for most points earned in that stretch. Recent history is in Arsenal’s favor: in the last two league games between these two, both of them went to the Gunners, with 5-2 scorelines in each.

 

But the Gunners can’t get too ahead of themselves. Gareth Bale has become must-see TV. He and Messi are the only players from Europe’s five big leagues to score six league goals from outside the box this season. When you take the game outside the box, it completely changes the defensive composure and pressure, not only on you but your teammates. What Bale has done in the last couple of weeks – but really the season as a whole – has easily moved him into the conversation of best players on the planet.

 

Rob Stone
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614144 Wigan vs. Liverpool (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET) Wigan+vs.+Liverpool+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+12%3A30+p.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Wigan are out of the relegation zone for now, but this is the time of the year when Roberto Martinez seems to rally the troops and pull off a couple of results that no one anticipated. And this match could fall into that category.

 

Liverpool goes into this one in eighth place, with the opportunity to bump up to sixth – but they’re fighting a bit of fatigue. Manager Brendan Rodgers mentioned this week that youngster Raheem Sterling will probably see more time on the bench, because he’s hit a bit of a wall. And how much longer can Luis Suarez continue to carry the Reds offense? This one also features two goalkeepers that you probably wouldn’t be starting on your fantasy team right now. Ali Al-Habsi and Pepe Reina have been prone to making massive blunders that led to goals this season.

 

Rob Stone
 

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614146 Manchester United vs. Norwich (live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Manchester+United+vs.+Norwich+%28live%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

It should be a pivotal day for Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford, where the Welsh wizard is expected to make his 1,000th career appearance. The 39-year-old midfielder has just signed a new one-year deal which means he will be playing for the champions (let’s not pretend that City or anybody else has a chance of catching them) in his forties. He’s an incredible player and I don’t expect the Canaries to spoil the veteran’s party.

 

However, Norwich has actually had some success against the Red Devils lately, winning two of their last four league games against the league leaders. But, those wins both came at Carrow Road. The last time they won at Old Trafford? August of 1989. Expect strong aerial presences from both clubs, with a combined 23 goals scored from headers in the league this season. If anybody’s looking for a slip up from Manchester United, don’t look for it this weekend.

 

City will be relying on Kei Kamara. What an impact the former MLS player had last week in the come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Everton. Kamara scored a goal in the win, which vaulted Norwich up into 10th place. Their position could be in the top 10 by the end of the weekend…if they weren’t playing at Manchester United.
 

Rob Stone

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Premier League 433 43 Barclays Premier League: Week 28 Preview 31614141 Chelsea vs. West Brom (live, FOX Soccer, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET) Chelsea+vs.+West+Brom+%28live%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+Saturday%2C+10+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

Rafa Benitez took the pulpit this week to announce that he will grace us with his presence at Chelsea until the end of the season. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t that the original plan? He was, and still is, the interim manager. Nowhere does it say that this is a permanent position, or that it will last beyond the season. Rafa needs to just sit there, play his role and manage his team – more so than ever, as the Blues are dipping quickly. They fell to fourth last weekend and could be in fifth when this week’s play is over.

 

Rob Stone

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