Before finalising your team?s line-up, take into account that these 2 matches may finish very one-sided:
Hardly implausible: Arsenal bombing Blackburn
The Gunners are really playing in top gear both in the Premiership and in the Champions League at the moment. In fact, it was only because of a stellar performance from Antonis Nikopolidis in the midweek clash that Olympiacos did not go down by a bigger margin than 2-0. With Arsene Wenger set to celebrate his 13th anniversary as the Gunners? manager, it would only be fitting if the players tried their utmost to defeat Blackburn this weekend in emphatic style.
A big plus here is that Arsenal did not have to travel for their Champions League encounter. Moreover, their match with Rovers is scheduled for Sunday, giving them an extra day to prepare. With Robin van Persie on a hot streak at the moment, he is a fantastic choice for the captaincy. Another solid pick for captain from this match would have to be Thomas Vermaelen.
Out on a limb: Everton spraying Stoke City
Everton have finally hit their stride this season and are playing solid football both defensively and in attack. Stoke City, on the other hand, have gone in the other direction since the beginning of the season and are primed for another losing effort. Stoke?s worst loss to date has been at the hands of Liverpool, when they went down 4-0. Everton manager David Moyes will surely be looking at that result and challenging the Toffees to outdo the Reds.
The fact of the matter is that Everton can play some terrific football on their day, especially at home, which is why they are occasionally talked about as being on the fringes of the Top Four. Look for that talk to resurface after they put in another superb performance this weekend. Also look for this superb play to start from the front, making Louis Saha an excellent choice for captain if you have him.