Wigan v Wolves
Apologies to Wigan fans, but I don’t rate this side at all. They just don’t look like anything of a goal threat, and two goals in six matches is really poor. Wolves have lost their last three, but they were desperately unlucky against Villa, and I reckon they’ve got enough about them for a win here.
Wolves to win 1-0
Birmingham v Everton
I picked Everton to come 7th at the start of the season, and it’s a shout that looks less and less likely with every passing week. Birmingham rely on an excellent home record, and would be gutted to lose at home to bottom of the league. I still rate Everton, however, and I’m going for a low-scoring draw.
Stoke v Blackburn
This is unlikely to be a thriller, and don’t expect Arsene Wenger to be jumping with delight when this comes on MOTD, but they’re two decent sides playing similar styles who may wind up cancelling each other out. Blackburn’s solid defence should be enough to deal with Stoke’s attack, so I’m gonna go for Blackburn here.
Sunderland v Man Utd
United have famously struggled in recent years following Champions League games, and their midweek win at Valencia might see complacency/tiredness kick in. United will be missing Rooney, and Sunderland got a couple of hard-fought draws with Arsenal and Liverpool recently, unlucky to concede ‘unusual’ goals in both games. They’re due some luck, and they might just see it tomorrow.
Sunderland to win 2-1
Spurs v Villa
Villa’s early European exit might reap rewards here, following Spurs’ win over Twente in midweek. Gerard Houllier won his first game in charge at Molineux last week, but Spurs at the Lane will prove a much tougher test. But Spurs have a penchant for complacency, and I reckon Villa might sneak it.
West Brom v Bolton
Yo-yo side West Brom are doing a great job in looking to lose that tag, and sit in 6th before this game. They’d do well not to get carried away with that brilliant win at the Emirates, however, and Bolton are a different proposition entirely. The last three games between the two have ended in draws; but I reckon that sequence will end with a Baggies win.
3-1 to West Brom
West Ham v Fulham
Fulham have been a touch hit-and-miss under Mark Hughes, and have relied slightly on late goals. Dembele looks the business so far, though. West Ham have had a poor start, but 4 points in their last 2, in addition to a good Carling Cup win against Sunderland, suggests that Grant might just be beginning to turn it around.
West Ham to win 2-0
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