The first super Sunday of the season arrives with 3 very important events scheduled for today. Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Etihad stadium and India take on England in the second group match of the t20 world cup. Before these two start, the Singapore grand prix will be held so all in all, it promises to be a pretty exciting day.
Arsenal have a challenge on their hands when they take on City today. In the pre-match build up, Mancini says Arsenal are title contenders this season while Mr. Wenger thinks that whoever wins today’s match will get huge psychological boost in the league race. Going by team form, Arsenal are in fantastic form, having won their last 3 matches. We are unbeaten in all 5 matches played this season and in 9 matches going back to last season 8 of which are league matches.
City’s form is more suspect as they lost their Champions League match against Madrid and drew the league match against QPR before that. However, they will be boosted with the return of Aguero just as Arsenal have been boosted by the return of long time absentee Wilshere. I don’t think Wilshere will make the final squad this week or the next though.
Arsenal are scheduled to play 7 matches before the 8th of October. This is a very important period for us and if we perform well here, it will give us a massive boost for the rest of the season. We have already won 3 of those 7 matches. City and Chelsea are important fixtures to come and if we can win those, it will be a fantastic beginning to our season. Right now we sit at 6th position and a win today will see us move back to third while a draw will put us at 4th position. Man U is due to play Liverpool in the other match today and I hope Liverpool springs a surprise and beats Man U.
India takes on England in the second group match of the world cup. With Afghanistan having lost both matches, India will go to the next round even if it loses today. But a win will give us a lot of confidence as we head into the next round. It will be a tough match though. We labored through our match against Afghanistan while the English brushed them aside with ease. Our batting might be strong, but our bowling is weak. Zaheer went for runs in the opening match and death bowling has always been our weakness. All in all it will be a tough match and one will get an idea of how good the team is based on today’s result.
Alonso will start at P5 in the Singapore grand prix today. He had a decent qualifying session, given how Ferrari were at least a second slower that Mclaren and Red Bull. It’s going to be a tough race and it will take all of Alonso’s guile to secure maximum points in today’ race. It should turn out to be an interesting race.