There are eight Barclays Premier League fixtures scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Saturday 19th March 2011.
Tottenham v West Ham – kick-off (GMT) 12:45
The days football begins with an early kick-off at White Hart Lane where 5th places Spurs take on West Ham, who are 18th.
William Gallas and Gareth Bale should be fit to start for Tottenham, while Frederic Piquionne may miss out for West Ham with a foot injury. Robbie Keane, who is on loan at West Ham from Spurs, who may have replaced Piquionne, is ineligible to play against his parent club.
A win would see Tottenham close the gap with Chelsea who are one place above them in the last UEFA Champions League position – a win for West Ham would see them out of the relegation zone, depending upon other results.
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
13th placed Aston Villa will hope to continue their post-Christmas progress up the table with this home match against Mick McCarthy’s 19th placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Blackburn v Blackpool – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
Blackburn and Blackpool begin Saturday level on 32 league points, in 14th and 15th places in the table respectively, making this match at Ewood Park a true six-pointer. The winner will push towards the middle of the table, while the loser could end the day in the bottom three, if the sides below them get a result.
Man Utd v Bolton – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
Bolton have an opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool and move from 7th place into 6th, if only for a day, though, to do so, they must return from a visit to Manchester United’s Old Trafford with three points: a feat no side has achieved in the Barclays Premier League to date this season. United are three points ahead of Arsenal at the top of the league – and they’ll want to at least keep it that way today.
Stoke v Newcastle – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
Both Stoke City (12th) and Newcastle United (10th) have shown better league form this term than many anticipated and the sides begin today in mid table. Just two points separate Newcastle and Stoke, and both sides are capable of solid defence, while picking off the odd goal from set pieces, meaning this may be a low scoring match today. Stoke, at home, are narrow favourites in a match which could easily go either way.
West Brom v Arsenal – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
West Brom start this match in 16th place, just one point above the drop zone, so, even against second placed Arsenal, they’ll be trying for at least a point today. Arsenal need all three points if they are to maintain the title challenge that is now the Gunners’ only chance at silverware this season, as the side has dropped out of three cup competitions in under a month. It is now or never for the London club: a loss today could derail their momentum, it is felt.
Wigan v Birmingham – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
Wigan (20th) and Birmingham (17th) play out a hugely important relegation battle today, in a match that Wigan, at home, simply must win to remain in touch with those above them. Three points for Wigan would not see them out of the drop zone, so anything but would definitely signal alarm bells for the North West club. Birmingham can climb four points away from the drop if they win today, so this match is vital, for both sides. A fascinating encounter.
Everton v Fulham – kick-off (GMT) 17:30
Two of this season’s underachievers meet at Goodison Park when Everton (9th) play Fulham (11th) in a late kick-off match which may determine just how far up the table each of these sides will finish. The omens point towards a draw, but this may be an entertaining game, as both sides can be good going forwards.
Barclays Premier League 2010/2011 Fixtures – Saturday 19th March 2011
- Tottenham v West Ham – kick-off (GMT) 12:45
- Aston Villa v Wolverhampton – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- Blackburn v Blackpool – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- Man Utd v Bolton – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- Stoke v Newcastle – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- West Brom v Arsenal – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- Wigan v Birmingham – kick-off (GMT) 15:00
- Everton v Fulham – kick-off (GMT) 17:30