Match Of The Day 2

BBC Two · Football · 01 Oct 2010 · by: BBC

Colin Murray introduces highlights of the day's three Premier League games.

The early kick-off saw big-spending Manchester City host newly-promoted Newcastle United. The last time the two sides clashed in the Premier League saw City win 2-1 at home in 2008, but much has changed for both clubs since then.

The millions pumped into City have given them a squad to compare with any team in the Premier League. They will be confident of earning three points against a Newcastle side still settling back in the big time after a year in the Championship.

Another newly promoted club, Blackpool, will be licking their lips in anticipation of getting the chance to play against Liverpool at Anfield. They haven't played in front of the Kop since January 1971, when they managed a creditable 2-2 draw. Liverpool struggled against the so called "lesser teams" last season and will be keen to rectify that as they look to get back into the Champions League.

The day's third game is a mouth-watering clash between champions Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal. The Blues crushed the Gunners in both fixtures between the sides last season and won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in February. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must work out a way of dealing with Didier Drogba after the Chelsea striker scored four goals against his team last term.

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