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John’s Football Forecast

Manchester City vs. Chelsea

Robert Mancini’s team will host Chelsea in what is usually a very lively fixture. It’s the battle of the billionaires. Abramovich versus Mansour. We all know who would win when it comes to the fattest wallet, but we’re more interested in finding out who’s toy set can beat who’s.

I’m going to back City. The last meeting between the two at Stamford Bridge showed that Mancini’s men suffered no nerves, going on to annihilate a strong Chelsea team. They have already embarrassed Liverpool this season, and they’re set to show that they love being amongst the big boys.

Manchester City 2 – 1 Chelsea

Arsenal vs. West Brom

I can’t see newly promoted West Brom getting anything at Highbury this weekend. Arsene Wenger’s side will hope to put last weeks draw to bed at the Stadium of Light which saw Arsenal concede a goal in injury time.

Di Matteo’s West Brom will hope to build on their impressive start to the season following their away win at Birmingham.

Arsenal 3 – 0 West Brom

Birmingham vs. Wigan

Birmingham have so far looked a shy side compared to that of last season that finished 9th in the Premier League. Having said that, Alexander Hleb will hope to build on the goal that he scored in the Blues’ 3-1 win over the MK Dons in midweek.

Wigan’s erratic season looks set to continue in the same topsy-turvy manner which could see Martinez’s side either ride the storm of Birmingham, or grab a lucky win.

Birmingham 2 – 0 Wigan

Blackpool vs. Blackburn

Ian Holloway’s side venture into their second home game of the season having already gained a point in their first to Fulham. The boys in orange will be hoping get their first home win against a team who’s manager has had some sort of hallucinogenic/delusional spell of late, spoon feeding the press with entertaining, border line hilarious, yet slightly concerning tit bits on how he would ‘do the double every season’ if he were in charge of Real Madrid or Manchester United.

The ‘special’ one has yet to lead his team to victory away from home this season, having only beaten Everton at the Reebok stadium thus far. Big Sam also needs to lift his men from the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa midweek in order to compete at Bloomfield Road. That aside, Allardyce’s boys are often difficult to break down, therefore:

Blackpool 0 – 0 Blackburn

Fulham vs. Everton

Mark Hughes will relish the opportunity of playing an unpredictable Everton side, who can draw 3 – 3 one week with Man United, and then be beaten at home 1 – 0 by Newcastle.

With Ben Arfa’s ‘wonder’ strike still in the back of his mind, and Fellaini’s worrying miss keeping him from getting sleep, David Moyes will expect nothing short of a triumphant return to form from his lads. Minus a real striker, this could prove difficult. But then again, Fulham have the same problem these days. Attacking midfielders will be on hand to supply entertainment at Craven cottage in a game I think will end:

Fulham 2 – 2 Everton

Liverpool vs. Sunderland

I’ve already said my piece on this….

Liverpool 1 – 0 Sunderland

West Ham vs. Tottenham

The London clubs will be well up for it today and Avram’s side have the advantage of going into the game following a victorious display in the Carling Cup midweek. West Ham seem to be finding some form at the minute which could see them climb from the foot of the Premiership.

Old ‘Arry will put cups out of his mind for now, aiming his focus towards building on last Saturdays win against Wolves.

West Ham 2 – 1 Tottenham

Bolton vs. Manchester United

Owen Coyle will tell his men that anything can happen in football, just look at Liverpool’s midweek game to Northampton Town! His men can’t laugh too much though having suffered a 1 – 0 loss to Coyle’s former side, Championship outfit Burnley.

Last weeks win over Liverpool was massive for Sir Alex Ferguson, given the scrutiny that has surrounded his side, for whatever reasons. Fully expect Coyle’s side to put up the good fight, but also the inevitable onslaught of a United side with a new-found confidence.

Bolton 1 – 3 Manchester United

Wolves vs. Aston Villa

All eyes will be on Gerard Houllier for his first Premier League game in charge of his new club. This could provide inspiration in a side who’s start to the season has been as predictable as Sam Allardyce’s manic rants.

McCarthy’s boys are always up for a challenge, and will be disappointed with their undeserved loss at White Hart Lane last week.

Wolves 2 – 1 Aston Villa

Newcastle vs. Stoke

Shocking the home crowd of Goodison Park last week, Chris Hughton’s side bounced back from their defeat to Blackpool only a week before in style, courtesy of that ‘wonder’ strike from Ben Arfa. Was it really THAT GOOD? Goal of the season contdender, REALLY????

Having said that, Tony Pulis’ men have been going from strength to strength this season, and look as though they have a bit of depth to their squad in order get into that lucrative top half of the Premier League. Kenwyne Jones has settled in at Stoke pretty well:

Newcastle 1 – 2 Stoke

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