Arsenal Vs Manchester City Sunday 5pm
My prediction: The Gunners 2-1 Citizens
It’s always difficult making predictions at the start of the season because it’s impossible to know what form the players will kick of the season with. Friendlies aren’t exactly an accurate way to assess players as they aren’t as competitive and managers are allowed numerous substitutions. Last weekend Arsenal played her first two really competitive games and it was a bit of a shame to lose to Monaco but then again I didn’t see that special hunger in the team knowing it was just a pre-season tournament. If there was ever a time to be serious and make a statement ahead of the 2014/15 season, this would be it. The Germans aren’t back from post-World Cup breaks so Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil aren’t back yet, but we do have the young Calum Chambers to fix at centre back, and our midfield is packed with decent players. Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the likes are all set to start, although my worry is that Olivier Giroud will be played as a lone striker. Our Emirates Cup wonder boy Yaya Sanogo has a hamstring strain so we can’t hope that he will come in and rescue us. Yes, I’m suddenly praising Sanogo and I hope he maintains last weekend’s form throughout the season. But with Oxlade Chamberlain expected to start, I see some goals from him and probably Ramsey. Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has played 4-4-2 throughout the pre-season but I’m not sure whether he’ll stick to that given it failed to get him a victory over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup. Even though he was at the World Cup, Ivory Coast’s early exit will mean that Yaya Toure will be as fresh as the likes of Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri, who never went to Brazil. A tough midfield to break right there, but I have confidence that our midfield can match them. This will be a very exciting matchup and I’m banking on the Gunners to pick up from when they left off last season; ie winning the FA Cup.
AFC Leopards Vs KRA Today 3:45pm
My Prediction: Ingwe 3-1 KRA
AFC Leopards are slowly climbing up the ranks in the Kenyan Premier League although they were done a favour by Sony Sugar last weekend after the latter failed to turn up for their game in Nakuru. The match was awarded to Ingwe giving them the valuable three points. But even before that Leopards put up a strong performance against Gor Mahia in the Shemeji derby and it seems the team are at the beginning of a vicious comeback. A win today and a loss for several other teams could see them up to sixth today and I’m sure that’s what the boys will be focusing on. Noah Wafula, Humphrey Mieno, Musa Mudde, Charles Okwemba, Bernard Mang’oli, James Situma, just some of the star studded names in the line-up eager to show what they are capable of. KRA however, are holding their own in the league and not looking like debutants. They started the season really strongly though they’ve had two wins and two losses in their last four matches. This game is in Mumias, a ground where Ingwe tend to rule! I’m betting they’ll rule today.
Chemelil Vs Tusker FC Sunday
My Prediction: Chemelil 1-1 Tusker
Tusker FC have taken advantage of the fact that Gor Mahia are away on regional duty to take the top spot in the KPL standings. Tusker are ahead only on goal difference but have played an extra game. By the time Gor Mahia come back, hoping they get to the final of the Cecafa tournament, the Champions will have about three to four games in hand. I believe that Francis Kimanzi and his boys are hoping that by that time they will have amassed enough wins to make it tough for Gor. Kimanzi has a great attacking squad with the likes of Clifford Alwanga, Ismail Dunga, Andrew Tololwa, most of them with vast league experience. They have been steady in their results and will hope to continue with their current form. Chemelil are no walk in the park though. They sit 4th in the standings just five points behind the league leaders, and we know what a win for them today would mean. The sugar club will be at home and upcountry there tends to be more fans for the smaller clubs that in the city. This is a tough call given that both clubs are doing so well.