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Mr Lee’s Weekend Predictions

Another exciting weekend of Premiership football awaits, the highlight undoubtedly being the North-West derby between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Chelsea welcome newly promoted Blackpool to Stamford Bridge and will be looking to keep up their flying start to the season.

The Sunderland vs Arsenal game promises to be a thrilling affair and we will see if Tottenham can adapt to playing Premiership football after their travels in Europe.

Here are my predictions:

Stoke City v West Ham

The Hammers will be without their manager Avram Grant as he observes Jewish holy day Yom Kippur.

Stoke should have the wind in their sails after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa last Monday.

West ham have now gone twenty games without an away win in the Premiership and I can see it being twenty one the game at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.

My prediction: 2-0

Aston Villa v Bolton

Bolton are without suspended Gary Cahill and Jussi Jaaskelainen for this match which leaves their defence weakened.

The last three meetings between these two sides at Villa park have been high scoring victories for the home team.

This is caretaker manager Kevin Macdonalds last game in charge for Villa, before Gerard Houllier takes the reigns. The game may not be a high scorer, but I think Macdonald will end on a high note.

My prediction: 2-1

Blackburn v Fulham

Mark Hughes returns to the club where he earned his managerial trade this weekend and will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season following Fulham’s win over Wolves.

Fulham will still be hurting from the loss of their star player Bobby Zamora, which is a massive blow for their team.

Blackburn are difficult to beat playing at home and I can see this game ending in a draw.

My prediction: 1-1

Everton v Newcastle

Everton have had their poorest start to the season in years, securing only two points from their first four games.

They are starting to show definate signs of improvement though, following an epic comeback against Manchester United last weekend.

I can see Everton getting their first win of the season against Newcastle on Saturday.

My prediction: 2-0

Tottenham v Wolves

Tottenham will have to adapt to playing Premiership games in the aftermath of midweek Champions League games this season.

Many clubs performances can be seen to dip with the onset of a ‘Champions League hangover’.

We saw them slip up against Wigan following their last game in Europe, so could be a tricky fixture against Wolves.

My prediction: 2-0

West Brom v Birmingham

Birmingham are currently unbeaten in the Premiership and sitting at the dizzy heights of fifth in the league.

Not bad for a newly promoted team, though we know all too well from the likes of Hull that early promise can turn sour very swiftly.

West Brom have also had a decent start to the season, but I expect Birmingham will be the better team in this  match.

My prediction: 1-2

Sunderland v Arsenal

Arsenal are enjoying their best start to the premiership since 2007, despite having the Premierships longest list of injuries.

They will be looking to keep the momentum going after a magnificent mid-week Champions League victory.

Fabregas looks to be getting back to his best and Arsenal will want to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the league, though Sunderland won’t make it easy for the Gunners.

My prediction: 1-2

Man Utd v Liverpool

Following a spate of not so great results for United in the Premiership and Europe, Fergie’s hairdryer is sure to have gone into overdrive.

United have been unfortunate with some of their results so far this season and it has taken the shine of some otherwise very good performances.

I think it wil be close, but United will win this one.

My prediction: 1-0

Wigan v Man City

City have had some underwhelming results of late, despite the overwhelming array of talent in their star studded squad.

Having failed to deliver in their previous two Premiership matches, this is a must win for City and Mancini to avoid coming under further scrutiny.

Wigan’s defence has major problems which will be exploited by City. I can only see one team winning this match.

My prediction: 0-2

Chelsea v Blackpool

Despite any fatigue from playing midweek in the Champions League, I expect Chelsea look to keep up their 100% win streak with yet another high scoring victory over Blackpool.

Blackpool provided a surprise result with last weekends away victory against Newcastle as they continue to exceed expectations in the Premiership, but the chances of them coming away from Stamford Bridge with any points are extremely slim.

Chelsea have conceded just one goal in their last seven games in the Premiership and I dont think they will leak any goals against Blackpool.

My prediction: 4-0

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