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Premier League Weekend Preview

That week was a tough week as I only got 6 out of 10, which keep me around 66% for the season. If you think you can do better than I can then go to http://scorefive.com/index.php/Register.html and register as a player (its free). After you login, it will ask you for the password to join a league. That password is soccertickets.

Here is a look at this weekends games.

Wolves v Aston Villa
Both teams had good results last week with Wolves getting a point at Everton and Aston Villa being Chelsea. Villa are one of the teams in form at the moment with 13 points from their last six games. Wolves have only won one of their foru home games this season and I cannot see them getting a second win here. Villa boss Martin O’Neill has got his players believing in themselves and I expect them to pick up all three points here.
Prediction: Villa 2-1

Birmingham v Sunderland
Sunderland is another team that is playing well with a draw at Old Trafford and a win against Liverpool in their last two outings. Jones and Bent up front are a handle to any team and you have to expect that Sunderland will create some chances at St. Andrews. That is a problem for Birmingham as they cannot score goals. I expect this to be a happy return to the midlands for Steve Bruce.
Prediction: Sunderland 2-1

Burnley v Wigan
This should be an interesting game as both teams like to play attractive football. Burnley have turned Turf Moor into a bit of a fortress which is what they need if they are going to stay up. Wigan on the other hand have impressed me recently I am looking for them to grab a goal on the break and share the points with Burnley.
Prediction: 1-1

Hull City v Portsmouth
This is a true relegation six-pointer with both teams stuck in the bottom three. I have lost faith that Phil Brown can turn things around at Hull and keep them up. They have only won three games this year, and this in not the weekend to get a fourth! Portsmouth have played better a lot better than their results suggest and I expect them to go into Hull and grab all three points here.
Prediction: Portsmouth 1-0

Tottenham v Stoke City
Spurs are really playing with confidence this season, especially at home, and I cannot see Stoke being able to keep up with the Spurs. Stoke are very tough to beat at home, but this game is on London and I expect nothing but a convincing Spurs victory here.
Prediction; Spurs 3-0

Chelsea v Blackburn
Over the last couple of weeks Chelsea’s back four has looked vulnerable at set-pieces, which is Blackburn’s game. But Chelsea have had a week to switch around their back-four and I will be shocked if they give up another goal to a corner or free-kick. Anelka and Drogba will cause Blackburn problems all game and I cannot see anything but a Blues win here.
Prediction: Chelsea 4-1

Bolton v Everton
This is a game that you normally expect Everton to nick. But David Moyes’s team is beat-up at the moment and they just got hammered in midweek by Benfica. Bolton gave Manchester United all it could handle last week in the second half and I think that Bolton can squeeze out a win here at home.
Prediction: 2-0

Liverpool v Manchester United
The big game of the weekend. It looks like Gerrard is out but Fernando Torres will probably play, which will not please Vidic. This is a huge game for Liverpool who have lost four in a row for the first time in over 20 years. Now they get to play their bitter rivals at home, in what is a must win game for Liverpool. They cannot afford to drop 11 points behind Man United before Halloween. And that will be the difference to me here. Liverpool are the more desperate team, and it will be great atmosphere, and that combination will see Liverpool edge this one.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-0

Manchester City v Fulham
Fulham have lost every game that they have played this season after playing a midweek Europa League game and this week will be no exception. Fulham’s small squad has to be tired after playing three games in six days (two league games and Europa League tie) while Mark Hughes has had a week to get some of his players fit again. City are for real this season and this game is my lock of the week.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-0

West Ham v Arsenal
West Ham, like Everton, is another club with an small squad that is facing a growing injury list. And like Everton, I expect West Ham to lose this week. Arsenal are playing really well at the moment, scoring an incredible average of 3.37 goals per Premier League game this season. That is too much fire power for the Hammers to shut down and I expect Arsene Wenger to get three points as a belated birthday present.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1

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