Barclays Premiership Roundup: Epic battle on the cards

The Monday clash between champions Manchester City and last season’s runners-up Liverpool came rather too early.

Didier Drogba lets fly for Chelsea.
Didier Drogba lets fly for Chelsea.

The two favourites provide an epic battle that should well be game of the week on Monday, with very little having been seen so far this season to make fans sit-up ahead of this game, but still, whenever big clubs meet, the battle is always epic. Both sides – favourites well before the league even started, started off with a win. Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 on Sunday – Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge doing the job for them in the absence of the departed Luis Suarez. Nathaniel Clyne gave Southampton the consolation in between those Liverpool goals.

City followed with a win of their own over Newcastle United later when David Silva goal and a late Sergio Aguero strike saw them off to a good start.

City are this season determined to learn the lessons, after their failed defence two years ago, but their Monday clash with the Super Reds is just one of their difficult starts. Arsenal and Chelsea, also await them to make three their most difficult games in four matches.

Liverpool, “robbed” of an away victory to City last season, will be out to make amends and beat them this time, but Monday’s clash between two clubs that finished last season placed in the top two will just headline a busy second week in the league.

Chelsea, who showed why they are many people’s tip for the Barclays Premier League title when they fought back to secure a comfortable 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, host Leicester City on Saturday as Arsenal – 2-1 winners over Crystal Palace, will not have it easy when they travel to Everton, who drew 2-2 with Leicester at the weekend.

Manchester United choked again, when they began the season with a 1-2 home loss to Swansea City. The Red Devils will be hoping to make amends when they head off next to another difficult fixture with unpredictable Sunderland on Saturday.

United need to start picking up points early if they are resuscitate an emerge painstakingly built for them by Sir Alex Ferguson but left tattered by David Moyes with that seventh-place finish last season.

Other Fixtures


Aston Villa vs Newcastle United; Swansea vs Burnley; Southamptonvs West Brom; Crystal Palace vs West Ham; Sunday : Tottenham vs QPR; Hull City vs Stoke City.

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