Eight Barclays Premier League fixtures are scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd January 2011.
Wolverhampton v Liverpool – Kick-Off (GMT) 12:45
The day’s football begins with an early kick-off at Molineux, where Wolverhampton Wanderers face Liverpool. Wolves will be looking for a point or better to keep their recent improved hopes of exiting the bottom three alive. Liverpool need a win to gain some momentum under newly installed manager Kenny Dalgleish.
Arsenal v Wigan – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
Arsenal and Wigan are enjoying fairly opposite seasons this term. Arsenal are two points from the top of the table – a win could put them in the lead, if results go their way. Meanwhile, Wigan are third from bottom, and need a point or better to get out of the drop zone.
Blackpool v Sunderland – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
Blackpool will be looking to coninue their dream start to the season, and will hope to capitalise on the deflation Sunderland might be feeling after their best striker from recent years, Darren Bent, left them this week. This is an upper-mid table battle, featuring Sunderland, who have been generally good, but are prone to moments of madness; Blackpool are always entertaining, making this one a difficult game to predict.
Everton v West Ham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
This match is almost a relegation battle for both sides, after Everton’s slow start to the league has persisted beyond Christmas. Everton will be looking for a win to put them into the top half of the table, but they have their work cut out against a decent enough West Ham side who are fighting for their Premier League status. While the Hammers are bottom of the league, a win could lift them out of the danger zone.
Fulham v Stoke – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
Fulham are just a point safe, so they’ll be looking for at least a home point in this match with Stoke. This will be a difficult task, however, as Stoke have organised themselves well, and are difficult to break down, which has resulted in their achieving 8th position in the league. The Potters will be looking for a win to maintain a push for European places. This will be a close match.
Man Utd v Birmingham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
Man Utd will be desperate to record a win at Old Trafford today to maintain their title challenge, having put themselves in the driving seat. While Birmingham are a good side, and they have every motivation to work hard here – being just a couple of points above the relegation places – United are unbeaten for a reason. Birmingham would probably take a point were it offered, and that may be their best hope.
Newcastle v Tottenham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
Both Newcastle and Tottenham got a point last week when perhaps three were deserved, so it will be interesting to see how that affects the players in this match, which is traditionally one of the better in the Premier League calendar. Spurs play good attacking football, and have looked more solid at the back since the return of captain Michael Dawson, of late, so they are rightly favourites to pick up a result here, but Newcastle are fast developing back into the strong Premier League outfit of old themselves: they have enough weapons to achieve at least a home point today.
Aston Villa v Man City – Kick-Off (GMT) 17:30
Both Villa and Man City need a win to keep their seasons on course, and both are better attacking than defensively, so the ingredients are all there for a thrilling encounter at Villa Park. Add in the wildcard element of Darren Bant’s potential debut, and this could easily be the game of the day. That said, must win, in football, often means won’t win, so this could end up as a draw!
Barclays Premier League Fixtures – Saturday 22nd January 2011
- Wolverhampton v Liverpool – Kick-Off (GMT) 12:45
- Arsenal v Wigan – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Blackpool v Sunderland – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Everton v West Ham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Fulham v Stoke – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Man Utd v Birmingham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Newcastle v Tottenham – Kick-Off (GMT) 15:00
- Aston Villa v Man City – Kick-Off (GMT) 17:30