Fulham vs Arsenal August 24, 2013

The alarm sirens for Arsene Wenger's reign will be screeching if Arsenal lose back-to-back opening league matches for the first time since the inaugural Premier League season 21 years ago. If they surrender as meekly as they did against Villa then Fulham can record successive opening Premier League v ictories for the first time.

But the Gunners reminded everyone that they're not far short of being a really good team when they won handsomely at Fenerbahce in the Champions League on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger has been overly-cautious in the transfer marker so far, but some of the criticism of him has bordered on the hysterical.

Fans have rightly been frustrated that big-name signings have been mooted yet no deals have been forthcoming. But it's not Wenger's fault that Liverpool wouldn't sell Luis Suarez. The Anfield club told me last week the Uruguayan was never going to move to the Emirates.

weekend, top up their Oyster cards, and get on the Underground for the 30 minute journey down to Craven Cottage, where Fulham awaits, well-rested after their Opening Day win at Sunderland.

With such a thin squad and a very short turnaround time, there's not a whole lot to say about this game, lineup- or tactic-wise, that we didn't see Wednesday; Kos is out, Flamini won't be signed in time for the game, and otherwise it's more or less status quo. Arsenal don't have a lot of options right now, so what you saw Wednesday is likely what you'll get Saturday.

The Cottagers made the perfect start to their 2013/14 campaign last weekend, with a 1-0 victory secured on the road at new-look Sunderland.

Martin Jol will be delighted to be off the mark away from home, but will also be aware that Fulham are historically stronger in front of their own supporters than they are on their travels.

They will hope that proves to be the case this weekend, with it important to establish, and then maintain, early momentum.

Arsenal will feel that they have the wind back in their sails following an impressive 3-0 victory over Fenerbahce in their UEFA Champions League qualifier in midweek, but that success has only served to paper over old cracks.

Wenger remains firmly under the spotlight after failing to bolster his ranks this summer, and a 3-1 reversal at the Emirates on the opening day saw Gunners supporters make their feelings clear.

Speculation suggests it could be a busy couple of weeks in north London, with Arsenal likely to spend big before the window closes, but they need to ensure that they get things right on the field if events off it are to become less of a distraction.

Dortmund vs Werder Bremen August 23, 2013

 Date: Friday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. CET)
Where: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund host Werder Bremen on Friday as both sides look to maintain perfect starts to the 2013-14Bundesliga season. Having finished a disappointing 14th last season, just three points above the relegation zone, the visitors will be delighted by their start. The hosts may perhaps be slightly less enthralled, having nearly dropped points last weekend. 
After two matches, BVB stand first in the Bundesliga table on goal difference, having beaten Augsburg (4-0) and Braunschweig (2-1). Werder have faced the same opposition, winning both fixtures 1-0.
Dortmund will have to do without long-term casualty Lukasz Piszczek and key holding midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, but will otherwise have a full squad available. Bremen are missing Philipp Bargfrede, Lukas Schmitz, Predrag Stevanovic and Tom Trybull.
Both sides will be keen to continue their fine form at season's start, and each will have over a week before its next fixture, so Friday's fixture promises to be an exciting affair. Let's take a look at key information for the match, followed by a look at individual players and how the match may unfold.
Bremen are yet to concede a goal this season, but given that their two opponents have been predictable relegation candidates Braunschweig and Augsburg, that record is not likely to last much longer. Dortmund and Bremen may be on level terms thus far, but BVB are the better team and are playing at home, and can only be considered favorites.

Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013

When: August 22, 2013 |  2 P.M EDT

Where: Alfheim Stadion, Tromso
Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013
Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013

In the UEFA Europe League First Playoff Round first match, Tromso will face Besiktas. Although the Besiktas is the away side of the match, the odds are against Tromso.

Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013
Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013
Tromso's last 5 matches showed a fair performance. The results are L-W-L-W-W. However, Besiktas' last 5 match results are really awful. The only have 1 win and they had 3 losses.

Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013
Tromso vs Besiktas August 22, 2013

Fenerbahce vs Arsenal August 21, 2013

Place: Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. BST)
Arsenal and Fenerbahce continue busy starts to the new campaign with the first leg of their crucial Champions League playoff-round matchup. Both clubs are coming of losses in their respective league openers and are hoping for an immediate bounce back.
The Gunners suffered a wild loss to Aston Villa. The match featured a couple Villa penalty kicks, a red card to Laurent Koscielny and some poor finishing by Arsenal. The result was a 3-1 defeat and instant pressure on Arsene Wenger and his squad.
The biggest key for Fener is controlling the midfield. Even though Arsenal looked out of sorts in their opener, they created a lot of chances and dominated possession. If they continue doing that, the goals are eventually going to come.
Fenerbahce didn't fare much better. The club rushed out to a 2-0 halftime lead againstKonyaspor but collapsed after the break in a 3-2 loss. Their play in the second half certainly wasn't anywhere near Champions League level, and Arsenal hope it carries over.
Let's take a glance at all the important viewing information for the UCL playoff-round clash, followed by an examination of some players to watch and a match prediction.

Chelsea vs Aston Villa August 21, 2013

Date: August 21, 2013

Where: Stamford Bridge

League: English Premier League

Chelsea could not have a worse home record, losing every single one of the last six matches played! These low-scoring games have seen just 0 goals scored and conceded.

The away form of Aston Villa is pretty terrible, losing every single one of the last six matches played! These low-scoring games have seen just 0 goals scored and conceded.

Chelsea prepare to entertain Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday August 21, 2013 evening, looking to continue a fantastic record. Blues are clearly on top, winning 53.62% of the games played between the two.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Live Stream
Chelsea vs Aston Villa Live Stream

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Stamford Bridge was less than a year ago, in December 2012, with Chelsea annihilating their visitors 8-0 in a Premier League match.

Chelsea's total of 3 points from their 1 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League.
Aston Villa's total of 3 points from their 1 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League.


Manchester City vs Newcastle United August 19, 2013

Where: Etihad Stadium
Date: August 19, 2013
Kick-off: 20:00 (BST)
Manchester City FC
Former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini has been selected as the man who has to wrestle the title back from City’s neighbors Manchester United. Most of the City fans would not have been too familiar with the former Chilean International but they can be rest assured that the City board have appointed a man with a high pedigree.
City have again spent big this summer bringing in the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho and Jesus Navas for a combined fee of a whopping £95million. With such a huge outlay on new players, City have made their intention clear in wanting to win back the title.
Yaya Toure, Mateja Nastasic and Sergio Aguero are doubtful for the game. Fernandinho will most probably make his debut with either Alvaro Negredo or Stevan Jovetic partnering Edin Dzeko in attack. Spanish duo David Silva and Jesus Navas will be handed the task of providing the creative spark. Navas, in particular, will give City’s play a new dimension as he will add width to their play.
The defence will consist of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Micah Richards in front of England number one Joe Hart in goal.
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Live Stream
Manchester City vs Newcastle United Live Stream

Newcastle United FC
After such a wonderful season in the 2011/12 season, Newcastle United had a very disappointing season last year finishing 16th and only narrowly avoiding relegation. There has been controversy in the summer as the Magpies appointed Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football, a decision which has not pleased the fans.
Newcastle have so far only brought in Loic Remy on loan in the summer but he will be missing the match with a calf injury. Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and Massadio Haidara are all doubtful for the game with injury problems.
Papiss Cisse will lead the line for Newcastle with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoann Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko providing support. Yohan Cabaye will be pulling the strings from midfield with Cheick Tiote playing in a holding role.
Despite a lot of speculation about Fabricio Coloccini’s future at St. James’ Park, the Argentine has stayed put at the club and will lead his side out on Monday. He will be accompanied in defence by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon in front of Tim Krul in goal.
Probable Line-ups
Manchester City (Probable XI): Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Richards, Zabaleta; Silva, Milner, Fernandinho, Navas; Dzeko, Negredo
Newcastle United(Probable XI): Krul; Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Debuchy; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran; Cisse
Manuel Pellegrini’s teams over the years have played an attractive brand of football and the City fans will be treated to some entertaining stuff at the Etihad this season. Manchester City will head into the game looking to assert themselves early on and get a breakthrough.
Newcastle United will be hoping that can absorb the City pressure and not concede an early goal. The Magpies do have creative players in Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse who can cause the home team some problems, as well.