Premiership Preview

OK, so the definition of ‘tomorrow’ was a bit flexible to say the least, but Saturday is here so let’s have a quick look at the games that feature England internationals. Not surprisingly, the first game of the day is the one with the most England squad members on show: Aston Villa v Chelsea (Sky Sports 1 now) could feature seven players including Emile Heskey, who seems to want to leave Villa in order to improve his chances of making the squad next year; an odd time to start making these comments seeing as though the transfer window doesn’t re-open for a while yet. Still, at least he’s been honest enough to admit it and you have to admire that.

The rest of the weekend games don’t actually feature any fixtures where England players face each other: Steven Gerrard has withdrawn from the Liverpool team that is playing at Sunderland this afternoon and Wayne Rooney won’t be playing for Manchester United against Bolton. No doubt that both of them will be fine for their Champions League games next week.

A game to keep an eye on: Stoke v West Ham. It’s early enough in the season for the Hammers to turn it around but it’s a surprise seeing them in the bottom three: they snapped a three game losing streak with a draw in their last game v Fulham a couple of weeks ago, but Stoke aren’t exactly pushovers at the Britannia.

Couple of items to finish with. The draw for the UEFA playoffs will be made on Monday lunchtime, so we’ll have a reaction to that; and if we can find a transcript of what Sr. Maradona had to say on live TV that’s caused Sepp Blatter to investigate an outbreak of Potty Mouth after the game in Montevideo then that’ll be posted too.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading.

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