Premiership Predictions

Premiership Predictions

The big clash of this weekend sees league leaders Chelsea host Manchester United at the soon-to-be-called-something-else-Stamford Bridge but there are plenty of other interesting fixtures too: two clubs who have started well, Spurs and Sunderland will do battle, while Everton and West Ham will both be trying to kick-start their seasons and of course, Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from another disastrous week on Monday evening. So how will it play out? Read on…

Saturday Fixtures; kick-offs 3pm unless stated.
Aston Villa vs. Bolton Wanderers

Aston Villa struggled to impose themselves against an injury hit Everton at Goodison last weekend, and after succumbing to a last gasp goal against West Ham in midweek, Martin O’Neill will desperately want to get his side back to winning ways. Bolton though, will not make it easy for them. Yes, Chelsea rolled them over with consummate ease last time out, but that was a combination of Bolton’s own self-destruction and Chelsea’s brilliance. No, I think this will be a close game, though I still think Villa may sneak it.
Prediction: 2-1.

Blackburn Rovers vs. Portsmouth
It’s hard to say quite what happened with Portsmouth last weekend – they beat Wigan 4-0, but whether that’s because they finally turned in a complete performance or because Wigan once again reverted to their hopeless alter-ego I couldn’t say without watching the game. One thing’s for sure though, Pompey will have taken a lot of confidence from that, and hat-trick hero Dindane is a man to watch out for now. Rovers lost to United last weekend, no shame in that and they put up a fight too, and on home turf Allardyce will fancy three points from this clash but I don’t think he’ll get them.
Prediction: 2-2.

Manchester City vs. Burnley
Burnley have had a couple more good results at home in recent weeks but they still haven’t learnt how to win away and this is as daunting a trip as any they’ll face this season. City come into this game off the back of a couple of frustrating draws and Hughes will no doubt be tempted to use his plentiful firepower liberally at Eastlands. Burnley will match their slick football, but will probably over-expose themselves at the back – unless Owen Coyle’s really had them working hard on shutting up shop in training.
Prediction: 3-1.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland
The Black Cats have suffered a real blip since their famous upset of Liverpool a few weeks back, but Bruce will at least have been pleased to see his ten-man team come back from two goals down against West Ham last week, it shows the spirit is still there. Redknapp will be looking for similar spirit from his Spurs team after the pre-match optimism before last week’s North London derby was deflated in 11 deadly seconds. This should be a really good game I think, and there’s bound to be goals in it – especially with Darren Bent returning to Spurs. I think the Londoners will prevail though.
Prediction: 3-2.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Arsenal (5.30pm)
My oh my, aren’t Arsenal in good nick at present? I think there’s a case to be made for Cesc Fabregas being the form midfield player in world football at present and with Van Persie having scored in each of his last I-don’t-know-how-many games, they’re a frightful prospect for Wolves. Still, McCarthy’s men showed that they can be stubborn against Stoke last weekend, and if they can frustrate Arsenal anything can happen. We’ve seen before that Arsenal can be guilty of over-confidence which may cost them, but not today I feel.
Prediction: 0-3.

Sunday Fixtures; kick-offs 3pm unless stated.
Hull City vs. Stoke City (1.30pm)
If ever a manager needed a win, it’s Phil Brown against Stoke tomorrow. A new chairman has come in, the club are in a dire situation and Brown is starting to lose the fans – he’s got to start winning matches. Stoke’s
away form has been quite solid though, they’ve won one, lost one, and drawn three which is excellent work given their home form. They’ll be very keen to capitalise on a Hull side that are in trouble, and who’d have thought this time last season that the fortunes of these two clubs would be so reversed? More misery for Phil Brown I fear…
Prediction: 0-1.

West Ham United vs. Everton
West Ham got a great midweek win against Aston Villa but it looks to have come at a price, with their in-form striker Carlton Cole picking up an injury. Everton won’t have much sympathy though, as their excessive injury list continues to conspire with a very heavy schedule to ruin their season – not helped by the suspension of Bilyaletdinov after his dismissal last week either. Still, the Toffees enjoy facing West Ham and their defence is looking a bit stronger now and with Cole missing should be confident of keeping the Hammers out, and I feel that either Saha or Yakubu could help them nick three big points.
Prediction: 0-2.

Wigan Athletic vs. Fulham
Well these two were on the opposing end of couple of last weekend’s shock results, as Fulham beat Liverpool while Wigan were hammered by Pompey. If that form is to carry on then the money would have to be on Hodgson’s men, and indeed he’s really turned Fulham round in the last month or so after a shaky start. However, Wigan are the Jekyll and Hyde of the Premier League: sometimes brilliant, sometimes woeful. If they turn up in the mood tomorrow then I think they’ll get a hard fought win, otherwise, Fulham will take the points – as long as they’re not to tired from their midweek exertions against Roma.
Prediction: 1-2.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United (4pm)
What a mouth-watering clash this looks set to be, the rivalry between these two clubs has really grown in recent years and this will doubtless be as fiercely contested as United’s match against Liverpool a few weeks ago. I feel that United may once again come out on the losing side too – everyone knows Didier Drogba is in the form of his life but the same can arguably said for Anelka, while the Blues have such depth in midfield, especially with the return of Joe Cole. On the other hand, United are troubled at the back with Ferdinand missing although Vidic should return. It probably won’t be a classic, but on moment of magic could decide it, and I think Chelsea look more likely.
Prediction: 2-1.

Monday Fixture; kick-off 8pm.
Liverpool vs. Birmingham City
This game is interesting, and difficult to call. Liverpool are a side in turmoil and without Gerrard and perhaps also without Torres, I don’t see them as much of a threat to anyone. However, even with that in mind it’s hard to fancy Birmingham on the road, even though I think they’ve got a decent squad and a decent chance of survival. They really need Chucho Benitez to click with McFadden and Larsson, making them more of a threat on the counter attack. I don’t think Liverpool will lose this one, but I think City may snatch a point.
Prediction: 1-1.

That’s all for this week: anyone disagree? Let me know your own predictions and any other thoughts below…

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8 Responses to Premiership Predictions

  1. mario says:

    good one.cheers.

  2. Maurice E. Baker says:

    Aston Villa v Bolton
    Three years ago Bolton won this match 0-1 after two years of draws.
    Villa punished them in the following two years by handing out 4-0 and 4-2 thrashings.
    Bolton have gone 12 games since they last kept a clean sheet and failed to beat Villa in their last five meetings home and away.
    Agree 2-1.

    Blackburn v Portsmouth
    Portsmouth do not tend to do well at Ewood Park.
    They won there two years ago, but lost in the other four matches over the last five years.
    Portsmouth do have a little bit of momentum going into this fixture after thrashing Wigan and drawing at Hull and could move off the bottom of the standings for the first time since August with a win.
    Big Sam will want something out of this match!
    Disagree 2-1.

    It hardly registered on the scale, but City’s 0-0 against Birmingham ended a 50 odd match streak of avoiding that score!
    City’s top four challenge has faltered with four consecutive draws.
    Burnley’s away form is appalling having lost every match.
    Burnley have conceded 17 goals away from home.
    Only Blackburn, with 18, have conceded more goals on their travels.
    Burnley have scored only two away goals.
    Only Portsmouth have as few away from home.
    These teams have never met in the Premier League but in the last seven meetings in the League, City have won four and drawn three.
    City have scored 15 goals in their last three League meetings with Burnley.
    It would be hard to find a bigger cert!
    Nearly agree, can’t see a Burnley goal 3-0.

    Spurs v Sunderland
    Sunderland won at WHL last year.
    Spurs return to WHL where they lost on their last outing, against Stoke.
    Sunderland have lost one of their last five, at Birmingham.
    This looks to be an exciting fixture.
    Spurs have Defoe back from suspension and Lenon could be fit.
    Sunderland are without the suspended and fined Jones and Cana who has accumulated five yellows!
    Is he the first?
    Spurs are coming off the back of defeats by Stoke and Arsenal.
    Sunderland enjoyed a spirited fight back from two goals and a man down last weekend.
    Spurs lost their last two Premier League games without scoring.
    A third loss will represent their worst run under manager Harry Redknapp.
    Not since October of last year, under Juande Ramos, have they lost three consecutive games.
    There’s no pressure there then!
    Nearly almost agree, can’t see Sunderland scoring twice without Jones, 3-1.

    Wolves v Arsenal
    Wolves haven’t got enough to close Arsenal down and that’s what you have to do to get at them.
    Agree 0-3.

    Hull v Stoke
    Stoke do seem to like playing at the KC Stadium.
    They have come away with the points three times in the last four years, drawing the other.
    Stoke last lost there in February 1993!
    Hull and Phil Brown are in desperate need of a break in that run!
    Stoke are unbeaten in the last four away matches.
    Hull have only won two of the last five home matches.
    Hull have gone three games without a win or a goal; in total they have gone four hours and 52 minutes (292 minutes) without scoring.
    They face a Stoke side without a loss in four Premier League games and their away record is not bad with three wins and a draw from five.
    Here’s a forecasters gem: Hull have gone 40 games since they last won by more than one goal.
    Overall agree, but think that Hull WILL find a goal, 1-2. Bye, bye Phil Brown!

    West Ham v Everton
    Everton lost this fixture three years ago, but have won for the last two years.
    It was four matches without a win for West Ham at Upton Park before Wednesday’s last gasp win against Villa.
    Everton’s mid week lesson against Benfica was at Goodison, sparing them the travel, but not much else.
    With four points in Round 11 and moving out of the bottom three in the standings the momentum is with West Ham.
    I look at West Ham, Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham as being almost like for like.
    West Ham slipped up at the start of the season and they’ve got to get back in the mix.
    I like Lawro’s take on this one:
    “The Hammers had a great result against Villa but the injury to CC is not good news. They haven’t got many recognised strikers available and I think they’ll struggle against a team who seem to be playing almost every day! Everton are slowly getting their players back to full fitness and have a good opportunity to take all three points on their travels to London. Verdict 0-2.”
    I don’t agree with him though!
    West Ham have failed to win any of the six League games in which Carlton Cole has scored this season, but he isn’t playing in this match!
    Disagree 1-1.

    Wigan v Fulham
    This fixture has been a draw in each of the last three years and there have only been three goals scored in the last four years.
    Fulham come for a point and Wigan can’t stop them getting it!
    I don’t think too much credit can go to Fulham for the way that Liverpool imploded last week.
    The chance for three points was there and they accepted the gift!
    Fulham were unlucky in Rome, but had to work hard.
    Wigan are unbeaten at home in the Premiership in the last three matches and have to get back on track here after a poor show at Fratton Park last weekend.
    Wigan have failed to beat Fulham in five attempts, home and away.
    Four of those five games have ended in a draw, including last season’s goalless stalemate at Wigan.
    They last beat Fulham at home in October 2005.
    After beating Liverpool last weekend Fulham are bidding to win consecutive games for the first time in 12 League outings.
    Disagree 1-1.

    Chelski v Man U
    Man U have not taken a victory away from the Bridge in each of the last seven visits in the Premier League.
    They have drawn twice.
    Chelski have won their last five home games whilst Man U’s last away match was at Anfield.
    Man U are struggling defensively and dealing with a few injuries, while everybody has been impressed with Chelsea.
    Man U have won just three times in 17 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
    All three came in the first six visits in the competition.
    Everything about it says Chelski will win, but….
    Disagree 1-1. They didn’t get to be Champions for the last three years by losing games like this!

    Liverpool v Birmingham
    This fixture has been played three times in the last five years and Liverpool haven’t won any of them.
    This doesn’t look good for Liverpool, after the late equaliser in Lyon.
    A Liverpool player was quoted as saying that the draw felt like a defeat!
    Birmingham looked lively last week against Man City, whereas Liverpool have to get back on track after disaster struck at the Cottage.
    Birmingham have lost four of their five away games and have won only once (Nov 04) in their last 11 visits to Anfield.
    Maybe you’re right here Adam, but
    Disagree 1-0, Liverpool need it the most.

    You’ve forecast 30 goals, I’ve forecast 26.
    You have four homes, two draws and four aways.
    I have five homes, three draws and two aways.

    We’ll see on Monday night!

    You can apply all the science in the world to the forecasters art and still get nowhere when the beach ball intervenes or the ref has a bad day or a team falls asleep or a defender wanders away into netherland!

    Ah, the beautiful game!

  3. bobbygee says:

    2-1 Chelsea. Maybe even 3-1 Chelsea. Drogba is the main man

  4. John Carew performance was fantastic for Aston Villa in their awesome result against a demoralized Bolton Wanderers and when that many goals go in the back of your net there really isnt that much you can do to pick yourself up. For Aston Villa it as definitely got their European course of action back on track. The Norwegian international set up goals for the likes of, Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and James Milner and to put the cherry on the cake, knocked one in himself. Okey the pebatly was lucky but they were never going to be denied the win. . And so was Cuellar’s defending just brilliant at that back. Bolton did make a few saves but when you are under attack like that the keeper needs some massive support and the score shows he didnt really have it.

  5. Maurice Baker says:

    Three penalties and a sending off – say no more – but I will.
    I saw absolutely no difference between Lescott’s hand ball that led to Burnley’s penalty and Cole’s handball that lead to play on!
    Evans should have been sent off, but it couldn’t have happened to a nicer Cote D’Ivorian!
    He got a yellow card because – you could see it clearly on the slo mo – he sized up the situation and lunged at Evans.
    Evans, canny lad that, sized up Drogba and took him out!
    That was a penalty.
    John Terry was skinned by Valencia, tripped him up, almost pulled his shirt off him, then he fell on him.
    That was a penalty.
    The tension reached me in Kabul, via Jo’burg and SuperSports.
    It hailed today and then it rained.
    It was freezing!
    We’ll be having snow soon, but matches like this will keep me warm.

  6. mario says:

    3 goals from Burnley???what is going on?
    When LIverpool is going to start winning???For me they lost this one.it was not penalty…..

  7. wie bali says:

    nice article

    Thanks for sharing

  8. Nice posting,,,Thank For the information ^_^

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