By ADONGO Moses
Though the world cup went a long way towards curing the summer boredom that the league’s downtime brings, there is nothing quite like England’s top flight, and its return is more than welcome. It is certainly kicking off in style, too, with ten mouthwatering ties for us to sink our teeth into, over the opening weekend of action.
Manchester United welcomes Swansea City to The Old Trafford in an early kickoff on Saturday 16th afternoon. The Red Devils get into the game with a boosted morale after winning the Guinness Cup against Liverpool and though, Swansea will be hoping to get their first win over United in their last six meetings; Van Gaal’s boys will prove to be a force to reckon with. Despite a poor run in the last season, the Rooney captained team will prove that drastic reverse of misfortunes is well within realms of possibility.
Another interesting game of the day will see Crystal Palace battle for the second win against Arsenal in their last ten meetings. The Gunners will welcome Palace at the Emirates stadium much spirited after their last week Community Shield win over Manchester City, thanks to first half goals from Santiago Carzola, Aaron Ramsey and a second half sealer from Olivier Giroud.
Bundesliga kicks off next week
The German Bundesliga also kicks off in a week’s time with the first game on 22nd August, defending champions Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena. The Bavarians are going to the match looking to gain their winning ways after going down 2-0 to their arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The hungry Dortmund beat lackluster Bayern to retain the German Super Cup. Henrikh Mkhitaryan had put Klopp’s boys ahead in the 23rd minute after a good run in play. The second and the winning goal of the evening came in the 62nd minute when Pierre-
Emerick Aubameyang rose high above defender Jerome Boateng to drill in a header that drew them first blood in their rivalry with Bavarians this season. Pep Guardiola had introduced World Cup winners, Mario Gotze and Philip Lahm in the second half to salvage the defeat but Dortmund players were too smart to allow them domination. The match also saw Robert Lewandowski make the first return to the city after making a surprise move to Munich.
CAS allows banned Suarez to train
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez yesterday failed in his appeal to have a four month playing ban overturned, however, the court of arbitration of sports cleared him to train with his new club. The Uruguay international was suspended from all football related activities for biting Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. The Uruguay federation and Barcelona had appealed to CAS and the club, at least, have a degree of success. The last season’s Premier League top scorer has so far been found guilty of biting in three incidents. While at Ajax, Suarez bit PSV’s Eindhovers Otman Bakkal in November 2010 and while at Liverpool, he bit Chelsea’s defender Branisalv Ivanovic in April 2013.