Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Always a tough one for United this and after drawing a blank midweek they may be a bit short on confidence. However Villa had to wait until the 89th minute to grab the winner against an understrength Blackpool at home and prior to that hadn’t won in 5 league games. The red devils will probably be looking to prove a point at Villa Park and just about do enough to roll over the boys in claret and blue.
Prediction : 1-2
Man City v Birmingham
Birmingham have been one of the most organised teams in the Premier League this season but a lack of scoring prowess has left them only receiving 1 point for their efforts far too many times. Despite conceding three times against Stoke in the week I believe they will raise their game at City and give the Sky Blues a really tough job. City have been on a ill run of form of late regardless of their draw with United in midweek but I think they might just have a little too much firepower for the boys from St. Andrews.
My Prediction: 1-0
Newcastle v Fulham
Newcastle’s astonishing form hit a blip mid-week in a eventful tie against Blackburn. Now hit with the suspension of Joey Barton, the Toon Army may face a bit of a problem against a Fulham side that haven’t conceded too many goals this season. Fulham have one of the few centre backs in the Premier League in Hangeland that can deal with the strength and power of Andy Carroll, but haven’t won away from home in 24 attempts.
My Prediction: 1-1
Tottenham v Blackburn
Rejuvenated Blackburn face a Spurs side that despite Champion’s League performance have struggled in the league of late. Following back to back Blackburn victories, Rovers only sit 1 point below Tottenham in the league. Not many would have believed that would happen two weeks ago. Jason Roberts has re-found his form of late and Spurs are still without striker Jermaine Defoe. Regardless I can’t see the Lancashire club having enough to topple to boys from White Hart Lane.
My Prediction: 2-1
West Ham v Blackpool
Meeting for the first time since 1971, both teams will be fighting for a 6-pointed victory at Upton Park. In a week Keiron Dyer admitted they may seemed “doomed” without 3 points and Blackpool boss Ian Holloway threatened to quit, this is fast becoming one of the must watch games this weekend. West Ham have endured their worst start to a Premier League season and Blackpool seem to leak as many goals at they score; 45 goals have been scored in games featuring the Sea Siders this year in only 12 games. The Hammers have been picking up form of late though and I can see them just about nicking this one.
My Prediction: 3-2
Wigan v West Brom
Who could predict a Wigan game? They seem to regularly go from getting battered one week to grinding out a close fought victory the next. Goal-shy Wigan have only managed 9 goals so far in this campaign which has seen West Brom climb as high as 4th spot. Despite a memorable victory at the Emirates, West Brom have struggled away from home and haven’t kept a clean sheet in ten league matches. It will be a tight affair and I’m not sure either will quite do enough.
My Prediction: 1-1
Wolves v Bolton
Bolton have impressed me of late. Owen Coyle’s changes in direction have really started to make an impact and finally we have seen some free flowing exciting football at the Reebok. Mick McCarthy’s stellar job at Wolves also continues but it’s been a case of too little so far this season despite some terrific performances. Bolton have a knack of at least getting a draw on their travels wherever they seem to go and Wolves haven’t exactly made Moleneux a fortress just yet. Kevin Davies will cause trouble as usual and I’m not sure Wolves’ back four will enjoy the contant wing play of Coyle’s men. I think Bolton might just be a bit too much, but only just.
My Prediction: 1-2
Stoke City v Liverpool
Liverpool fans’ dreams of a Prem revival had a little stagger in midweek against Wigan, a tie in which the Kopites have always struggled. If that wasn’t hard enough, here comes another one. Liverpool’s trips to Stoke have always been tough and only two away wins in 2010 doesn’t exactly spell out a Reds victory. However Stoke have only kept one clean sheet in their last twelve and have failed to score against Liverpool in four of the last five attempts. I think the Liverpool revival may take another hit against tomorrow.
My Prediction : 1-1
Everton v Arsenal
Draw specialists Everton haven’t had quite the start they planned in the Prem this year; though they have managed to keep the ball out of the net particularly well having only conceded 11 goals so far. Arsenal on the other hand have the second best scoring record in the league with an impressive 24 goals. Arsenal are unbeaten on their last seven trips to Merseyside against either Liverpool or Everton, however Everton have only been defeated in 3 of their last 23 Premier League matches. It will be a tight affair and one that may see Arsenal struggle to take all three points despite a trio of late goals in recent matches.
My Prediction: 2-2
Chelsea v Sunderland
If Sunderland lose to Chelsea this weekend it will set a new record of 12 straight wins against any opponent in the Prem. If Chelsea also keep a clean sheet they will also set a club record of ten consecutive clean sheets at home, so the Blues will certainly be giving it their all. However, recovering from the loss of fan favourite Ray Wilkins will be tough for the Blues but may leave a point to be proved. Sunderland have recovered from their 5-1 pasting by Newcastle quickly with a victory over Stoke and a decent draw with Spurs. Summer signing Asamoah Gyan has looked worth every penny in the past fortnight and the Black Cats will be vying for revenge after a 7-2 drubbing by Chelsea in their last meeting in January. I just think the pensioners will have a bit too much, especially in front of the home fans.
My Prediction: 3-0
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