There were some surprises yesterday in the first day of the new Premier League season, with the biggest shock being Aston Villa’s 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium, against an inept looking Arsenal side, where once again their defense looked suspect.
John Carver and Alan Pardew in pre-season
Villa looked good and they are a young side who will benefit from clung into their Premier League status and they finished one place above Newcastle and on the same points total of 41 – 5 points better off than relegated Wigan.
And Sunderland were beaten at home 1-0 by Fulham, so it was n;t a good start for manager Paolo Di Canio.
Manuel Pellegrini is the new manager at Manchester City, and this will be his first game in charge, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems happy enough with his club, and thinks we are well prepared for thew game:
“I think we’re in good shape and for us, with the game being on Monday night, it’s a psychological game for us in terms of putting ourselves in the mind of everybody with a really strong performance – and hopefully get some points out of what is obviously a tough game.”
“They’ve again invested heavily, Manchester City. They’re obviously going to be one of the contenders for the title so it’s a tough game for us but we’re more than ready for it.”
“The ideal scenario is to get a result of any kind and I think we’ve got the players to do it. We carry some fabulous players – Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse – so we’ve got an opportunity and hopefully we can take it.”
“I think Pellegrini’s style is not too different to Mancini’s but I think there is an emphasis that they’re going to be a little bit more forward-thinking, put a little bit more pressure on us maybe when we’ve got the ball, so it’ll be interesting to see how honed that is in the first game,”
“But if they’re going to play a high press against us then we need to take care of the ball.” “There’s always that special feeling when the Premier League is kicking off.”
“It’s the best division of football in the world, in my opinion, so to be part of it and have a strong team like we’ve got is very exciting.”
“The only injury that’s really affecting us for Monday night is Loic Remy who we brought into the club with a calf injury, but he’s getting some work that should get him back on the training ground next week.”
“Hopefully. Other than we’re at a good level of preparation in terms of our first game.”
No mention there if Davide Santon not being fit, so it’s interesting how that news got out – if it’s not true, and it was reported in the local papers yesterday.
But make no mistake it’s a huge opportunity for Newcastle to get the season off to a great start by getting something out of this game tomorrow night – that has to be the goal – and it looks like Remy is the only player not available – so that’s good news.
And a note to our American readers – every single game of the Premier League will broadcast live by the NBC Sports Network, and here’s where you can can watch the games – and the Newcastle game tomorrow night is broadcast live on the NBC Sports channel. They also have apps for the iPhone and Android based smartphones and tablets.
Fox Soccer has no games in the Premier League this season, but will be broadcasting the Championship League games live – with Warren Barton as the chief analyst again this season.
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