The euphoria surrounding the just ended London 2012 Olympics overshadowed one of the most exciting leagues in the world, the English Premier league. Fans of the Premier league had to cope with some withdrawal symptoms. However, the English Premier league is back as it kicks off on Saturday the 18th of August with some exciting fixtures on Sunday involving two champions. The premier league champions Manchester City host newly promoted Southampton at the Etihad- stadium, whereas the European champions Chelsea travel to Robin Park to face Wigan athletic. I would focus attention on the match featuring newly crowned European Champions as they fight for three points at Robin Park.
Chelsea have been so far active in the transfer market, with the acquisition of some talented players like Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, The Brazilian Oscar, German Marko Marin however, some experienced players in the likes of all time leading goal scorer in the history of the club Didier Drogba, his Ivorian compatriot Salomon Kalou and Portuguese defender Bosingwa have so far left the Chelsea camp. However, manger Roberto Di Matteo who succeeded Andre Villas Boas and led Chelsea to FA cup title and an unprecedented champion’s league title last season confident that with the additions made so far the club can put some pressure on the two Manchester clubs in the race for the premier league title. Fernando Torres is expected to lead the attack, with Eden Hazard as the attacking midfielder.
Wigan Athletic on the other hand has also been active in the transfer market, as they have made some additions to boost their squad. They have so far added Lavente’s Ivorian striker Arouna Kone, Arsenal’s Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi on a season long loan and Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis. These players are expected to make their debut on Sunday as they play host to Chelsea at the Robin Park on Sunday. Nigerian winger Victor Moses is expected to be part of the squad, despite a report that links him to Chelsea. It is reported that Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has warned that he would let Victor Moses leave only if the right price is been paid. He also stated that he would rather let the winger run down his contract and live on as a free player.