Welcome to another fact filled installment of our weekly Premiership review post. This week we are aiming for a minimum of 70% correct results purely because our results over the past few weeks have been dire. But don’t let that put you off, so read on!
With no early kick off this week there are a handful of 3pm KO’s starting with Aston Villa at home to Bolton. This is a bit of a difficult one to call as Villa have got the attacking flair to score goals but don’t seem to be getting the results they want. A mid-week loss against lowly West Ham will be seen as a poor result given the players on show. Bolton are only 1 point off the bottom 3 and will be looking to pick up some points on the road. If Villas attackers are on form we can see a home win here.
Next up is Blackburn and Portsmouth. Don’t expect this game to be full of neat and tidy passing football. Expect it to be scrappy with plenty of challenges flying in. If all of Blackburn’s players have recovered from piggy flu and I expect them to sneak a win.
Man City make a rare appearance on a Saturday afternoon at home to Burnley. Expect the home side to ease past Burnley who have been shocking on the road this season. The home side will create a glut of chances and expect the vast majority to go in. Home win with plenty of goals along the way.
The final 3pm KO is between Tottenham and Sunderland. This game has goals written all over it with Defoe returning upfront for Spurs and the prolific Bent upfront for the black cats. 10 out 11 of spurs games this season has produced over 2.5 goals so expect more of the same this time out. And look out for Darren Bent’s reception on his return to White Hart Lane. Twitter anyone… ;)
The evening kick off sees the in form Arsenal travel to Wolves. Arsenal are flying at the moment having recently eased past Spurs and AZ in the Champions League. Fabregas and Van Persie are scoring for fun and they will both be looking to get on the score sheet again this weekend. Wolves will do well to keep those two in check. Damage limitation could be an option for Wolves. Expect a comfortable away win.
Sunday begins with another ‘thriller’ at the KC Stadium between Hull and Stoke. Not quite the glamour fixture like the 4pm KO but still a match both side will be desperate to win. This game is make or break for Phil Brown and after getting a vote of confidence until 13.30 (which is nice of the chairman) a defeat would almost certainly see Brown get the sack. Stoke have a decent attack and will be able to score some goals past a leaky hull defence. This could well be curtains for Browns tenure at Hull.
Next up is West Ham who come into this game in good form….. Well they won their first game since August mid-week so that’s got to be a positive. Everton come into this game in pretty poor form themselves after being outclassed by Benfica…. Again. This should be quite an open game but West Ham could be missing their main goal scorer Carlton Cole with a hamstring injury. We’re going for the draw here.
Another rip-roaring match sees Wigan take on Fulham. The games come thick and fast this week! Not sure why but I’m going for a home win and in all honesty I want to move on to the big game of the weekend.
Super Sunday it definitely is! Chelsea welcome Man Utd to the bridge which is a crucial game for both sides. A win for Utd and they go top. A win for Chelsea and they extend their lead at the top to 5 points. Chelsea only have Bosingwa missing through injury and should welcome back everyone’s favourite player, Ashley Cole. Joe Cole is back in the mix in midfield and will be pushing for a starting place. Drogba and Anelka will cause Utd’s shaky defence a lot of problems. Utd have got defensive problems with Rio and Vidic likely to miss out again. Rooney will be starting after being rested mid week after the birth of his first child Kie…. Lovely name. Chelsea come into this game as favourites as they are in blistering form. Utd wont be a push over though so expect some resistance from them. I expect this game to be tight and fancy a draw. Although I am keeping my fingers firmly crossed for this outcome!
Liverpool wrap up this weekends football (on Monday) at home to Birmingham. Liverpool’s season has been a rollercoaster of fun so far and were only in November. Their American owners don’t like each other, the manager cant get the results they need, there 2 best players cant keep fit and the rest of the squad are, well……… not amazing (that’s the polite version). With nearly all of Liverpool’s decent players injured (Gerrard, Johnson, Skrtel, Aurelio, Torres) they are struggling to perform at the moment. However, I still feel they will get past Birmingham on Monday night. I guess they can count themselves lucky they aren’t playing Arsenal or Chelsea!
Aston Villa VS Bolton – Home Win
Blackburn VS Portsmouth – Home Win
Man City VS Burnley – Home Win
Tottenham VS Sunderland – Home Win (Draw for me, bent scoring 2, Joe)
Wolves VS Arsenal – Away Win
Hull VS Stoke – Away Win
West Ham VS Everton – Draw (Toffees win, Joe)
Wigan VS Fulham – Home Win (Fulham win for me, Joe)
Chelsea VS Man Utd – Home Win / Draw / Away Win (home win, no question, Joe)
Liverpool VS Birmingham – Home Win