Premiership Predictions

Premiership Predictions

As we move into the weekend attention returns once again to the Premier League after some Carling Cup action, and what looks to be a comparatively low-key affair after the dramas and derbies of last week. Still, there are some interesting encounters to look forward to with potential for upsets as all of the ‘big four’ teams face sides against which they will expect to win. I think we’ll see a few surprises too, but hopefully I can call them as well as last week where I got seven correct predictions and one perfect score.

Saturday Fixtures, 3pm kick-off unless stated.
Portsmouth vs. Everton (12.45pm)
With Pompey having lost all six of their opening Premier League matches and looking to be sinking like a stone, they won’t be looking forward to facing an Everton side who have shaken off their dodgy start to score 11 goals while conceding none on their way to three successive wins. Still, with Portsmouth having picked up a morale boosting win in the Carling Cup and myself foolishly tempting fate by writing an article all but condemning the South Coast club this week, anything could happen. I have to back the in form Toffees though.
Prediction: 1-3.

Birmingham City vs. Bolton Wanderers
Bolton snatched a last gasp draw from Stoke last weekend and then bettered that with a creditable win over West Ham in the Carling Cup in midweek, a result that will boost their confidence no end, and Megson will have been especially pleased to see mis-firing forward Johan Elmander finally hit the net again – his side has lacked goals so far this season. Alex McLeish at Birmingham is more just missing his side though, with a long injury list making his tough job even harder at present. Despite that I’ve been impressed by their play and spirit – when they get back to full strength they’ll do OK, but an away win for me this one.
Prediction: 0-1.

Blackburn Rovers vs. Aston Villa
Villa have turned things round after a shaky start to the season and have quickly risen up the league without ever setting the world alight. However, they’re a side that flourished away from home last season by utilising the pace of Agbonlahor and Young and with the former amongst the goals recently, Blackburn have every reason to be fearful – especially after succumbing meekly to a rampant Everton last weekend. Doubtless Big Sam will be hoping for a battling home performance but I can’t see them adding to their four point tally today.
Prediction: 0-2.

Liverpool vs. Hull City
Both Fulham and Hull have rested players in Cup games already this season, and I rather wonder why – it’s only six games old and surely they should have been using those games to try and find some form and consistency and gain a confidence boost? As it was, Brown’s makeshift side got well and truly hammered by Everton in the Carling Cup and will return to League action with slightly fresher legs but even worse confidence – not ideal when heading to Anfield. And with Gerrard, Benayoun and particularly Torres pulling West Ham apart last weekend, they’ll need to sure up their defence – and hope that Carragher and Skrtel are in as generous a mood as they were last week too.
Prediction: 3-0.

Stoke City vs. Manchester United
Tricky one this, and I think we could see an upset here. Yes, United will have been delighted by their late, late win over rivals City last weekend, but in a way that may have distracted them and after such a fierce match may take this one a little too lightly. Stoke at home are very stubborn proposition and certainly won’t make it easy for the Champions. If Ferguson can keep his players focused and determined then they’ll win – but not by much. If they’re a tad over-complacent then they may slip up here. That said, I can’t see Stoke winning unless they receive the sort of gifts City were given last week.
Prediction: 1-2.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley
Harry Redknapp will have been delighted to see his players shake off successive defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea with a 5-1 demolition of Preston in the Carling Cup this week. Doubtless they will be disappointed to have succumbed so readily to their ‘big four’ opposition after such a great start, but realistically Redknapp wouldn’t have expected anything from those games. Burnley are doing OK so far, but their three wins have all come at Turf Moor and with Spurs looking very dangerous up front with both Defoe and Crouch in impressive touch, I think they’ll lose this one.
Prediction: 3-1.

Wigan Athletic vs. Chelsea
Wigan are going at a point per game at the moment but after their good start against Villa, Martinez will be slightly concerned about their present form. Unfortunately for him I can’t see it happening today but I think it’s important that he and his squad don’t let defeat – if it comes – get them down. They need to look to use this game to establish a bit of form, knock the ball about when they can and use it as preparation for next week. From Chelsea’s point of view, they look like beating anyone and everyone at present, Drogba on current form is unplayable and they’re looking particularly determined and together at present; almost a given that they’ll continue they’re 100% start.
Prediction: 0-2.

Fulham vs. Arsenal (5.30pm)
Fulham were so strong last season but Hodgson’s men are struggling a bit at the moment. I was able to watch them the weekend before last against Everton and despite picking up a win they didn’t play well at all and didn’t seem to have much cohesion going forward, and the loss to Wolves last time out will not have helped the mood in their camp. Arsenal on the other hand, coasted to a win against Wigan and look to be going very well indeed, despite their losses to both Manchester sides I think they’ll challenge at the top this season, if Wenger can keep his key men fit and is willing to reinforce come January.
Prediction: 1-3.

Sunday Fixture, 4pm kick-off.
Sunderland vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves got a good win at Fulham last weekend and with Michael Kightly and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on their way back from injury while Kevin Doyle also looks to be settling in at his new club, things are looking pretty good for Mick McCarthy and Wolves. The Irishman will be returning to his old stomping ground and will doubtless be envious of Steve Bruce’s spending power, something he never had in the north-east, but will be encouraged by their inconsistency this season. They lost to Burnley last time out and haven’t been able to kill games off despite Darren Bent proving to be an inspired acquisition.
Prediction: 2-2.

Monday Fixture, 8pm kick-off.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United
Both these sides were on the losing end of high scoring and entertaining defeats at the hands of ‘big four’ clubs last weekend and though ultimately disappointing, they can take some solace from their performances. However, both sides were gifted some easy goals while looking shaky at the back themselves and will have been working hard to tighten things up. City in particular need to bounce back from their dramatic defeat and it will be a test of their character if they can band together and come out stronger from that experience. If they instead fall divided, the Hammers could sneak a win but I think at home, City will be too strong.
Prediction: 2-1.

What do you think of my predictions? Any you disagree with? What are your thoughts for the weekend ahead? Please leave a comment with your opinions and predictions below…

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3 Responses to Premiership Predictions

  1. Dear Adam,
    Eighteen months ago I started to work in an office in Sale. They had a forecast league amongst themselves (eight competitors). It was very basic. I joined it and didn’t do well.
    I started the next season and decided I would take over the running of it and enhance it.
    I included Lawro from the BBC and Weekend Football Forecast that I call WF4.
    The company re-located in April and I didn’t, but I kept up the Forecast League.
    I brought in a couple of people and still run it.
    We are seven, nine including Lawro and WF4.

    That’s the end of the introduction.

    This is round 7 and in the nine games so far you have scored six points for correct results and none for correct scores.
    I have scored four for four correct results and three for one correct score.
    You have forecast 2-1 for tonight’s match and I have forecast 2-0.
    This week I’m joint top of our league. Phil has 7 too. Cumulatively Coxy is top with 57, WF4 has 56. Phil has 52 and Lawro has 50.

    I send out a commentary of our performance, details of our forecasts against the actuals, analysis of our forecasts and progress and details of how the weekend went.

    Send me an email and I’ll send you examples.

    Dave is a true blue City fan, Derek is a rabid red (Man U), Jim in another true blue, Joe is Jim’s son (just joined), I am unbiased, but don’t like Arsenal much, Phil is a Stoke fan and Coxy is a red.

    Dave and Coxy work where I used to work.
    Derek and Phil are members of the club I go to.
    Jim and I worked in Saudi.

    Interested?

  2. Portsmouth v Everton
    How unkind was the Carling Cup 3rd Round draw?
    Last season I made a lot of the fixture gurus (SKY, not Fergie) making Portsmouth play Sunderland away on Monday night.
    Peter Pompey travels again!
    A trek to Carlisle on a Tuesday night might give some Portsmouth fans the idea that some one is taking the p**s!
    There’s no point looking at the history for this fixture, so I did.
    Everton won 0-1, five years ago and four years ago.
    Portsmouth won 2-0, three years ago.
    Two years ago it was 0-0 and last year Portsmouth won 2-1.
    There won’t be a lot of goals, you might think.
    It’s our second lowest forecast.
    We don’t fancy Portsmouth at all.
    We have forecast four draws and five away wins.
    Dave, Derek, Jim and Lawro have forecast 1-1; MEB has 0-1; Joe, Phil and Coxy have 0-2; and WF4 have 1-2.
    Just when the Portsmouth boys could taste the half time cup of tea and the slice of orange (do they still do all that?), up pops Louis Saha with a goal on 42 minutes.
    At the start of the second half Portsmouth have a great chance to put Dave, Derek, Jim and Lawro on 3 points with an equaliser, but no one in the studio can explain how Ben Haim missed the chance.
    I fear Everton may have scored too soon for my forecast!
    But as it stands, MEB is on 3 points!
    On 72 minutes Portsmouth corner from the right… Smith heads across goal for MOKOENA!!! HEADS AGAINST THE BAR!! What a chance!
    On 89 minutes: YEBDA!!!! Heads goalwards and Baines clears off the line!!
    And that’s how it ends.
    MEB 3 points, one each for Joe, Phil, Coxy and WF4.
    Portsmouth are the first team to lose seven matches in a row in the top flight since Man U in the 1930/1 season!
    They are five games away from beating that record and I wouldn’t bet against it.
    The slope gets slipperier and steeper once you start to slide down it!
    Portsmouth had 52% possession and 52% of the territorial advantage.
    There were 18 shots, Portsmouth 8 (3) and Everton 10 (6).

  3. mario says:

    how can i find the tips of the day pls example 3 or 4 october i wand predictunes

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