Well a week of International football that was full of disappointment and joy all at the same time. England look certain to qualify for Euro 2012 after beating Bulgaria well 3-0. Fabio Capello’s new look side looked on top form and what was more surprising was the absence of Lampard AND Gerrard in the starting lineup. It seems that he has finally realised that he has to integrate some youth into the side and players that are actually hungry enough to play for their country and prove that they are good enough to do it regularly, but for the right reasons. Gary Cahill showed why he is the perfect replacement for Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence and why Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas should make a move for him in January. I will be disappointed if no attempt is made at all.
Scotland on the other hand were completely robbed of a priceless victory by the Dutch referee in the game against the Czech Republic who obviously still feels that Archie Gemmill’s wondergoal in the 1978 World Cup is a bone of contention. With 7 minutes remaining, Scotland had a 2-1 lead when Czech Jan Rezek dived his way to a penalty which was duly slotted away to bring the scores level. Christophe Berra was felled in the Czech box only a minute or two later, but Mr Blom saw fit to book the Scot for diving and no penalty was given. And so its heartache yet again for Scotland who, as Darren Fletcher himself put it, “if we didn’t have bad luck we would have no luck at all”
Back to the Premier League preview now and its make or break for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as he tries to make his new signings look good against Swansea. He’ll have to do it without Jack Wilshire though, who has been sidelined until November with an ankle injury. Man City should demolish Wigan, Man Utd have a tougher game against a rejuvenated Bolton and Chelsea travel to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light with a couple of new signings. Liverpool face Stoke in an effort to keep up the early run of form they have managed thus far.
In The Championship, there are half a dozen teams making the early headway. West Ham are scoring the goals, but the surprise package so far is Crystal Palace who sit very high in the playoff places at this time. After struggling last year with relegation for much of the season, former player and now manager Dougie Freedman has inspired the team and is certainly doing something right.
Aberdeen find themselves struggling once more in the SPL and fans are already calling for chairman Stewart Milne to move on from the club. Personally I think this would be even more disastrous for the club. I don’t know all the workings and the goings on at the club, but it appears to me that without him at the club, it would certainly fold. I understand the recent anger towards the Board, but what can realistically be done? Hard to say.