The international break was more interesting than I had envisaged, however I am thankful and excited for the return of the Premiership!
Here are my predictions for the weekends football:
Everton v Man Utd (12.45)
I think that the abuse that Rooney receives from the Everton fans will provide the inspiration and impetus for a great performance from the United team. Having dropped points already this season, United will be wanting to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table and should win this fixture comfortably.
My prediction: 0-2
Arsenal v Bolton (15.00)
The injury to Theo Walcott is a blow to Arsenal after his great start to the season, but even without him and Van Persie I think they will be able to beat Bolton. Arsenal’s failure to secure a new keeper means they still have to rely upon Almunia, which could mean Bolton are able to grab a goal. However with young keeper Adam Bogdan replacing suspended Jussi Jaaskelainen for Bolton, Arsenal should have no problem bagging a few goals to win this fixture.
My prediction: 2-1
Fulham v Wolves (15.00)
Both teams are unbeaten so far this season. Fulham have shown some excellent resilience coming back to draw against Manu and Blackpool late on in their last two games. I expect it will be a closely fought battle, but Fulham will come out on top.
My prediction: 1-0
Man City v Blackburn (15.00)
Blackburn don’t tend to fare too well on their travels and with a number of Man City players playing well at the moment including England duo Adam Johnson and Gareth Barry, Man City should have to much attacking strength for Blackburn. Hopefully Mancini will have had Carlos Tevez doing some shooting practice following his horrendous and costly open goal miss against Sunderland. Perhaps throwing banjo’s at a barndoor would be appropriate target practice for him!
My prediction: 2-0
Newcastle v Blackpool (15.00)
Both these newly promoted teams have exceeded what I had expected from them so far this season, though it is fair to say Newcastle have been the most impressive and I expect that playing at home they will be able to beat Blackpool.
My prediction: 2-1
West Brom v Tottenham (15.00)
Tottenham will be wanting to bounce back from their shock defeat against Wigan in their last Premiership game. West Brom have good form at home and will battle for every point this season, but I don’t think Tottenham will slip up again this weekend. Rafeal Van der Vaart is an excellent signing for Spurs, whose addition to the squad should hopefully help to make up for the loss of Jermaine Defoe who could be out of action for up to two months.
My prediction: 1-2
Paul Conroy, truck driver and family man, wakes up BURIED ALIVE in an old wooden coffin. Not knowing who might have put him there or why, his only chance to escape from this nightmare is a cell phone. Poor reception, battery and lack of oxygen are his worst enemies in a race against time: Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued.
West Ham v Chelsea (15.00)
I can only see one winner in this top versus bottom clash and I think the Hammers will be in for a hammering this weekend.
My prediction: 0-3
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland (15.00)
Some might say Sunderland should be favourites to win this fixture following their defeat of Manchester City, but Wigan have shown some promise in their games so far this season and I think this game could well be a draw.
My prediction: 1-1
Birmingham v Liverpool (16.00)
Liverpool’s performances so far this season haven’t been entirely convincing, whereas Birmingham are undefeated. I think this fixture will be a draw.
My prediction: 2-2
Stoke City v Aston Villa (20.00)
Despite the setbacks of losing Milner and O’Neill Villa have had a decent start to the season with the exception of a 6-0 thrashing by Newcastle, whilst Stoke are still in search of their first point this season. Spurred on by the ‘new manager effect’ I expect that Villa will come away with 3 points from this fixture.
My prediction: 0-2
My tip for beating the recession is to go down the bank and withdraw all your money, then go to the bookies and put it all on an accumulator with these results. Then just sit back and wait for the money to come pouring in! (or the bailiffs to come round).
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