Fixtures and my predictions
Birmingham v Spurs (3.00) - Spurs win
Fulham v Aston Villa (3.00) - Aston Villa win
Hull v Wolves (3.00) - Draw
Liverpool v Bolton (3.00) - Liverpool win
West Ham v Blackburn (3.00) - West Ham win
Wigan v Everton (3.00) - Everton win
Burnley v Chelsea (3.00) - Chelsea win
Man City v Portmouth (1.30) - Man City win
Arsenal v Manchester United (4.00) - Draw
Sunderland v Stoke (8.00) - Draw
Hull v Chelsea (7.45) - Chelsea win
Fulham v Portsmouth - Fulham win
New players to look out for
It will be interesting to see how Eidur Gudjohnson settles back into the Premier League, even though I didn't think Spurs needed a new striker. However, the player I'm looking forward to seeing is Jack Wilshere. The young Arsenal player moved to Bolton on loan today, and from what I have seen, he is a player of some potential.
Premier League champions Manchester United have apparently made a bid for Fulham defender Chris Smalling. Smalling has been subject to speculation this transfer window, with Arsene Wenger not hiding his interest for the young Englishman.
However, it looks as if he will face competition for the young Fulham star. Accourding to Sky Sports, Manchester United's bid for Smalling was excepted, but a Fulham spokesman didn't feel the need to give to much away.
"Fulham has no comment to make on speculation surrounding Chris Smalling.''
Maybe it's just me, but I had never even heard of Smalling before Wenger expressed his interest in him a while ago. He must be a fantastic prospect if both Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson are keen to sign him.
Probably the best news Liverpool fans will have heard this season, Steven Gerrard has insisted he will not be leaving Liverpool in the near future. Gerrard has been linked with a move away from Anfield this season after Liverpool had a terrible start to the season.
It really has been a massive disappointment for Liverpool this season. We all like to watch live sports but watching Liverpool play this season had been dreadful. Personally, I think selling Xabi Alonso was the beginning of what has proved to be their worst season in years. Numerous players have been linked with a move away from Anfield, but Gerrard squashed any rumours of him leaving.
"I've heard about a dozen versions of the same rumour and they're all as daft as each other.''
However, Gerrard might have the loyalty to stay at Liverpool, but star striker Fernando Torres might not have the will power to say no when the big clubs come knocking next summer. It all depends on whether Liverpool make the top four or not. No top four finish, bye bye Torres. Liverpool to finish in the top four is priced at 7/4, a nice betting bonus for any of you who like a to take a gamble now and again. Others might disagree, but surely Liverpool's luck will change sooner or later.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger is planning a £7 million pound move for Fulham defender Craig Smalling. Smalling would be the second defensive addition to Arsenal, who most people would agree need a striker.
As most people know, Arsenal signed Sol Campbell last week for the rest of the season. Now, they have always had defensive problems, well at least they have ever since the invincible squad that went 49 games unbeaten in 2003/2004. However, I think the defense they have now is actually the best they have had in a while. Gallas has excelled since losing the captaincy, and Vermaelen has been an excellent signing. Personally I think Alex Song is the key to Arsenal's success. All the top teams have a player like him e.g Essien, Carrick/Fletcher, Mascherano, Yaya Toure etc.
Anyway, back to Smalling. To be honest, I hadn't even heard of him before today. He's 6'2 so he would right away have a good height advantage, which sometimes Arsenal lack. Personally, I don' think Wenger is going to spend £7 million on a player that young, especially considering his reluctance to buy English players, Sol Campbell an exception of course.
Speaking of Fulham, they recently signed a player from Roma called Okaka. Apparently the next big thing in football, so why not pop down and watch him play, it'll only cost £15 quid, a fantastic price for any Premier League game. An even better reason to watch them play, Bobby Zamora. He doesn't stay in good form for long so don't miss your chance, providing hes fit.
Can it get any worse for Liverpool? Out of the title race essentially, struggling to make the top four, out of the Champions League, out of the League Cup, as of last night out of the FA Cup, and on top off all this Fernando Torres will be out for 6 weeks, Steven Gerrard out for 2 weeks and Yossi Benayoun out for a month.
It's fair to say this is probably Rafa Benitez worst time in charge of Liverpool. Yes they have had some bad luck with injuries to key players but good teams get through these tough times. However, Liverpool have failed to regain good form and it doesn't look like changing anytime soon.
One glimmer of hope might be Maxi Rodriquez, although I highly doubt it. He doesn't seem to be the type of player who will make a massive difference, which is what Liverpool need right now. In my opinion, Liverpool have no choice but to sack Benitez. I don't know how he has even lasted this long. Surely with the way things are going a new boss couldn't hurt.
Former Portsmouth and Notts County defender Sol Campbell is ready to make a shock move back to his former club Arsenal. The former England international has been training at Arsenal and apparently impressed Gunners chief Arsene Wenger and is penciled in to face West Ham reserves at Upton Park.
To be honest, I'm shocked. It's a very rare occasion that Arsene Wenger brings in a player that old, considering Campbell is 35 it will probably be his oldest ever signing. Arsenal do need defenders but not ones that are that old. Also, a striker should be on top of Arsene Wenger's list. Without Van Persie they seem to be short up top. In saying that, Bendtner is due back soon and although he has received criticism, he does have good potential and the kind of power up front that Arsenal need.
"Sol has a fantastic attitude and good fitness.''
"Of course he is not the youngest, but he is in a very good shape. He can still play in the Premier League, I've said that many times.''
It remains to see if Campbell will even play in the Premier League, in my opinion he will be there to add experience in the dressing room, but with Arsene Wenger you never know what he has up his sleeve.
Can't say I blame them really. Togo's star player Emmanuel Adebayor revealed today that the players of the Togo international squad were heading home after their bus was attacked while in Angola.
So far four people have been reported dead from the attack, in which Emmanuel Adebayor escaped unscathed but was very shook up from the whole ordeal. Now, I can't say I have ever been shot at, and I hope I never will be as it sounds like a frightening experience.
"We had a meeting between players yesterday and we told ourselves we were football players and decided to do something nice for our country by playing to pay tribute to those who died.
"Unfortunately, the head of state and the country's authorities have made a different decision, so we will pack and go home."
It was an tragic event and, in my opinion, it would be very difficult to play a game after being shot at and watch your friends die.
Sunderland boss is apparently keen to sign German striker Kevin Kuranyi from Schalke which may leave the door open for Kenwyne Jones to leave the Black Cats after rumours that Birmingham and Stoke were interested in the Trinidad and Tobago international.
Apparently, a fee of around £3.5 million would be enough to secure Kuranyi's services, with the Kenwyne Jones transfer likely to bring in around £9 million. Personally, I have no idea why Jones would want to move from Sunderland to Stoke or Birmingham. OK both Stoke and Birmingham are ahead of Sunderland, but this will not be the same outcome at the end of the season, in my opinion. Birmingham are going through a good run of form at the moment, but it will end sooner or later. Stoke are a decent team, but in my opinion, Sunderland are better.
Kuranyi would not be a bad replacement for Jones. Hes proven himself in Germany already, scoring over 100 goals in 6 season. I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen, though I think Jones will be making a mistake if he leaves.
Liverpool chief Rafa Benitez is hoping to raise funds for new players by letting Andrea Dossena, Andriy Voronin and Ryan Babel change clubs during the January transfer window. It is well known that Liverpool are in a spot of bother and are fighting to make the top four, therefore Benitez is willing to let some fringe players go in order to bring in more quality.
However, Benitez has ruled out letting go of winger Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera after interest from Olympiakos. A wise choice from the Liverpool boss, Benayoun being one of Liverpool's most creative players and Riera always a handy player on his day.
Whilst letting Dossena and Voronin go is an extremely good decision, I think Benitez should consider keeping Babel. In my opinion Babel is a player of some potential and has shown on a couple of occasions what he is capable of. However, considering Babel is fighting for a ticket to the World Cup, a move away from Liverpool is probably best for the Dutch winger.
AC Milan ace David Beckham has admitted that he wishes he stayed at Manchester United instead of moving to Real Madrid all those years ago. Since then, Becks has gone from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy and is now preparing for a second loan spell at AC Milan, who meet United in the first round of the Champions League knockout stages.
Beckham has also admired players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who chose to stay at Manchester United.
"I'd have loved to have stayed at Manchester United for my whole career and never gone anywhere else, but it just wasn't meant to be''.
"It takes a special person and a player to stay at a club for so many years. Ryan's been there for so many years now and he'll be part of Manchester United for life - he's a Manchester boy and it runs through his blood''.
I'm glad Beckham has decided to join AC Milan again for two reasons. It will be great to see him back at Old Trafford again and it will be interested to see what kind of reception he gets. Also, by playing regularly at a high level he will have a great chance at making the England World Cup squad and have one more shot at bringing the World Cup back to England.