Shamik Das

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Back to the day job

Trio Walcott: Theo celebrates his hat-trick against Croatia on Wednesday

FOLLOWING one of the most incredible fortnight's in English football history, attention returns to the Premiership this afternoon with all eyes on Theo Walcott, Dimitar Berbatov and Robinho.

Berbatov and Robinho - signed on transfer deadline day for a combined total of £65 million - will make their debuts in two eagerly-awaited contests as Manchester United travel to Anfield while City host Chelsea.

Also looking to open his account for his new club will be Berbatov's ex-Spurs strike-partner Robbie Keane, signed by Liverpool for £20 million in the summer.

At St James' Park, where neighbours Hull are the visitros, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley can expect a rough ride from the Toon Army following the resignation of Kevin Keegan, though rumours abound that Keegan could be about to make a sensational comeback with Dennis Wise getting the boot.

Gianfranco Zola  Rafa Benitez and Robbie Keane  Mike Ashley

Wise's former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola, conversely, will be assured of a somewhat more cordial reception from the travelling faithful as he takes charge of West Ham at The Hawthorns.

At Ewood Park, meanwhile, England's Zagreb Zeus Theo Walcott will receive a hero's welcome from all sides as he lines up for Arsenal away to Blackburn.

The day ends with the clash of the cash at Eastlands, where Manchester City will be looking to Sheikh, rattle and roll over Abramovich's
nouveau pauvres.

Let the games begin...

Live commentary of United, Arsenal and Chelsea on 5ive Live
Highlights tonight on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10:50


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