Another fascinating weekend of Premier League fixtures awaits us from Saturday through to Sunday with the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon the highlight. Chelsea can increase their lead at the top with a win over QPR while Burnley chase their first three points of the season at the Emirates. Tom Powell is on hand with his best bets from the weekend's action.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is running out of excuses to save his job at Loftus Road.
All season long, Redknapphas been selling his QPR team short. In the summer, after promotion back to the Premier League, he said his team was decimated by injuries even though the club was stocked with so many overpaid footballers.
The graph below shows the ten clubs who have amassed the most goalsin the history of English football's top division, ranging from the pre-Premier League era (First Division) right through to the present day.
Rather surprisingly, particularly to those of a younger generation, Everton and Aston Villa head the list, beatingthe modern day behemoths of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Smiles were brought back to Goodison Park as the Everton faithful witnessed their team finally announce themselves for this season. The team's 3-0 win over Aston Villa was much needed, and much deserved.
Roberto Martinez had clearly worked hard with the team on the training pitch to improve the defensive side of Everton's game an area which had been the team's Achilles heel in their relatively poor start to the season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the return of Ross Barkley after the England international's first appearance of the season contributed to their first home league win.
The 20-year-old played 65 minutes after recovering from a knee injury on the eve of the campaign and was instrumental in the 3-0 victory against Aston Villa, pulling the strings as Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku scored before Seamus Coleman, also coming back from injury, added the third.
In the world of soccer, so much of the attention by the media is focused on the enormous transfers and all of the stars who are playing at the top level. But very little, if any, focus is placed on the worst transfers —the ones that make you wonder what the manager and chairman was thinking when they signed a new player.
Manchester United star can seal transfer move in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has claimed Manchester United star Tom Cleverley could seal a permanent move to Villa Park in the upcoming January transfer window. The 25 year old moved to the Clarets and Blue in the summer on a loan deal, but its is now believed that he can make his move permanent after impressing in his current stint.
Aston Villa visit Goodison Park on the back of three consecutive defeats and Paul Lambert and Rot Keane will no doubt have been working on shoring up there defence during the International break while Everton haven't had the best of starts to the season either with Roberto Martinez's honeymoon period well and truly over and another defeat for either of these two sides tomorrow will have alarm bells ringing both from Liverpool to Birmingham!
Nearly a decade on from that fateful day at St. James' Park, former Newcastle winger Kieron Dyer has lifted the lid on his infamous on-pitch altercation with teammate Lee Bowyer during a game against Aston Villa back in 2005.
As the play went on up-field, Dyer and Bowyer came to blows in the middle of the pitch during Newcastle's 0-3 defeat and whilethe incident has reached a fairly high level of notoriety among footballing circles, the exact reason for the tussle had never been divulged.