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Forget Lawro! It’s Visser’s Premiership Predictions!

Crystal BallWhat a week it’s been – the rumour mill is really spinning now. After some difficult to predict scorelines last week in the prem; this week will prove to be a tough one to forsee. Don’t hand your cash to the bookies just yet. Regardless, this is how I see this weekend’s premier league fixtures going!

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal (1245 GMT)

Arsenal’s Champions League defeat by Braga was still a shock despite their surprise capitulation against Spurs last weekend – yet again they looked comfortable and can only blame themselves for throwing it away.

Without captain Cesc Fabregas and playing away from home; this will be a tough fixture for the Gunners despite having the best away record in the prem.

Injury problems at Villa Park may be the decisive factor but I believe they can recover from last week’s away loss to Blackburn with a hard fought draw.

My Prediction: 1-1


Bolton v Blackpool

A surprisingly good start to the season from Blackpool and possibly an there has been an even bigger shock in Bolton’ start to the season. The Lancashire club have started to really show what they are capable of under boss Owen Coyle, a manager that certainly hasn’t done his CV any harm at the Reebok.

Bolton have the whole package at the moment and their two frontment are causing problems for defences of all standards.

Blackpool certainly have the belief and work rate to stay in the premier league this season, but I’m not sure they have the strength and experience to jump this particular hurdle.

Prediction: 3-1


Everton v West Brom

West Brom are in dire form at the moment despite all their efforts to play free flowing attacking football. Without a win in 5 league games they will be desperate to get back on track.

Everton are still struggling to find a natural goalscorer and are probably underperforming as a result. Everton rarely let that slip to a defeat though and at Goodison I expect the Baggies to be under pressure from start to finish. The Toffees will have a little too much for West Brom this weekend.

My Prediction: 2-0


Fulham v Birmingham

Fulham, coming off the back of a spanking from Manchester City, will be desperate to improve matters at Craven Cottage this weekend. Normally a very tough place to get 3 points, the cottagers will want to reaffirm that notion. Fulham may lack a bit up front though with only a recently back from injury Andy Johnson to rely on up top.

Birmingham are a well oiled unit at the back and will build a wall infront of the goalposts to stop Fulham from scoring. I have a feeling they may catch Fulham on the break or from a set piece to steal something here.

My Prediction: 1-1


Manchester United v Blackburn

Blackburn are in great form recently and will be wanting to impress their new owners on this trip to nearby Old Trafford. United will have to watch the free kicks that have had Mortom Gamst Pedersen hitting the headlines of late and tightly mark a rejuvinated Jason Roberts. Blackburn have a knack of getting results against United at home, but it has to be said that their away record at Old Trafford is not quite on the same level.

Wayne Rooney’s face has glittered papers again all week, scoring a penalty against Rangers to send United through to the Champions League knockout stages. Unfortunately I wouldn’t say he is anywhere near back to his best form, but a tie against Blackburn at home could be the perfect solution to getting his season back on track. Dimitar Berbatov is still incapable of hitting the back of the net and Fergie may think of dropping him on Saturday if Rooney is feeling confident.

My Prediction: 2-1


Stoke City v Manchester City

Tony Pulis has turned Stoke’s season around. Following a torrid start to their campaign, they have had strung together a fantastic run of results. A 2-0 victory over the “recovering” Liverpool being a distinct highlight of the past few weeks.

Stoke are tough to beat at home and will utilise their strength and wing attack play to really frustrate City, however on the back of that 4-1 demolition job on Fulham last week, it’s hard to see how Stoke could cope with their strength.

City to edge it, just.

My Prediction: 1-2


West Ham v Wigan

West Ham are in massive trouble but they can’t afford to lose this game. Recovering from losing their assistant boss and the potential sacking of Avram Grant just around the corner, the players really need to start fighting now to hold onto their Premier League status. That said, I’m not sure the problems in the week will galvanise their team, but more probably, destroy it.

Wigan’s inconsistency has been slightly outweighed by their ability. They certainly have the players but I’m not convinced Martinez is the man for the job. That said, I think the pressure may be too much for the Hammers and Wigan could walk away from Upton Park with a decent result.

My Prediction: 0-2


Wolves v Sunderland

Wolves are a better team that they get given credit for. Unfortunately they can’t score enough goals to win games. Without Karl Henry for this tie, Wolves may struggle against a Sunderland said that have recovered fantastically well following their 5-1 defeat to the hands of Newcastle a few weeks ago.

Sunderland’s Danny Welbeck has found his scoring touch and Asamoah Gyan has impressed greatly over the past few weeks, they will be a real handful for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Wolves have been great at home this season, but I just can’t see them getting much out of the Black Cats.

My Prediction: 1-2


SUNDAY

Newcastle v Chelsea (1330 GMT)

Newcastle are without defensive pair Coloccini and Williamson due to suspensions and they have Chelsea coming to town. They can breathe a sigh of relief at least that Chelsea’s form has plummeted and may have to rely on that as a source of confidence ahead of their visit to St. James Park come Sunday.

However, Newcastle and now England frontman Andy Carroll can’t stop scoring, even when Newcastle were battered by the inform Bolton last weekend, he couldn’t help but slot away a lovely goal. Too bad it meant nothing.

Chelsea managed an albeit dodgy win in the Champions League this week and will hope that they can start over and build on that. Something in my waters though is telling me that they can’t.

My Prediction: 2-1


Tottenham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

Liverpool are dire away from home. Boring, defensive and boring. Did I say boring? This needs to change on Sunday against a Spurs side that look like league champions at White Hart Lane and will certainly give the Reds a lot to think about.

If you thought Liverpool’s record in London was bad enough in the recent years, their record at Spurs is even worse. Expect to see Jamie Carragher getting on the score sheet too, for Spurs that is.

Torres is coming back to form though but an injury to Steven Gerrard will definitely be a sore loss to the Anfield club. Liverpool will fight hard, but I can’t see them getting a result.

My Prediction: 2-1


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