Aston Villa v West Brom
When your manager gushes publicly about a team that’s just thumped you 3-0 it’s time to think about getting a new manager. West Brom will relish the opportunity to stick the knife in further after their excellent performance against Newcastle last weekend. Prediction 1-2. Paddy’s price 10/1
Everton v Wigan
The Toffees won a point as they held a downbeat Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last week. This week they must get all 3 points to stand any chance of moving away from the clubs that are slowly but surely losing the plot. Wigan have dropped more points than an Anne Widdicomb on Come Dancing. Prediction 2-1. Paddy’s price 7/1.
Fulham v Sunderland
Getting stuffed by Newcastle was a wake up call for the Black Cats. They sit seventh while Fulham’s best run so far this term has been a series of draws that has watched them sink to fourth from bottom. Prediction 1-3. Paddy’s Price 30/1.
Stoke City v Blackpool
This could be what people over 70 might call a real humdinger. Two sides that like to attack, two sides that know each other of old separated by just three points. One to watch, I’d say. Prediction 2-3. Paddy’s Price 35/1.
West Ham v Man City
Uh oh. These must have been the words of Avram Grant when he clocked this one on the fixture list.All Grant can do is repeat the mantra to his charges ‘You beat Man Utd’ to them 3000 times and hope for the best. Mancini’s biggest concern will be his car getting nicked. Prediction 0-4. Paddy’s Price 33/1.
Newcastle v Liverpool
All eyes on this one. Alan Pardew has already distanced himself from any impending doom by stating that this is Hughton’s team. I wish Newcastle well but hope that Liverpool get the points and so turn the heat up beneath the arrogant Mr Ashley. Prediction 1-2. Paddy’s Price 15/2.
Bolton v Blackburn
The Trotter’s jets were cooled last week by a resolute Manchester City. It’s difficult to believe that Blackburn will prove as difficult. This game a year ago would have been a guaranteed boreathon. But under Owen Coyle we just might get a game of football. Prediction 3-1. Paddy’s price 14/1.
Wolves v Birmingham
Wolves’ trump card this season seemed to be that they were difficult to break down. Sitting were they are in the league that appears not to be the case. So Plan B whenever you’re ready, Mick. Birmingham held free-scoring Spurs last week and looked good in the second half. Prediction 0-1. Paddy’s Price 15/2.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Difficult to recall the last time these two met and Spurs were favourites. Drogba found it ‘difficult’ to play against Marseille on Thursday night but I’d be stunned if that’s the case on Sunday. Tottenham are missing Van Der Vaart but he didn’t play when they stuffed Arsenal at The Emirates. Prediction 1-1. Paddy’s Price 5/1.
Man Utd v Arsenal
This will be one of those games that defines the season of both clubs. Manchester United have to expose Arsenal’s defensive weaknesses. Arsenal have to be at their technical best and make sure that they do not give away possession cheaply. A distinct possibility of more cards than Clintons. Prediction 2-1. Paddy’s Price 7/1.
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