Bolton v Tottenham
Spurs are coming off the back of an amazing performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League, yet will their heavy playing schedule finally catch up with them. Bolton are tough to break down, especially with home advantage but I still see an in form Spurs taking this one.
Birmingham v. West Ham
This match sees Birmingham’s former owners return with their new side, in what is a must win game for Avram Grant’s side. Away from home, and against a strong Birmingham side, who are welcoming a return of striker Jerome, and it will be a tough match. They need this to start a climb up the table though..
West Ham (1-2)
Blackburn v. Wigan
Blackburn are third from bottom and Wigan are demoralised after their recent good run of form ended with a 2-0 defeat to Fulham last week. Can see a stalemate in this one.
Blackpool v. Everton
Should be a great game, with Blackpool probably capable of playing the best football behind Chelsea and Arsenal, while Everton are starting to hit their stride, with a draw against Spurs and a win against Stoke in their past two games. Unfortunately for Blackpool I’m tipping Everton to continue their rise up the table.
Fulham v. Aston Villa
Fulham got a great win last week and are usually strong at home, while Villa have a fair few injury problems, especially up front with Heskey, Agbonlahor and Carew all out. Could be an interesting game.
Man Utd. v. Wolves
Man Utd’s strikers are starting to suggest that Rooney’s return is not important at all. Hernandez is especially in fine form, while fringe players Obertan and Bebe both scored in the midweek Carling Cup game. Defence is still a worry for Sir Alex’s men, yet depsite this and Wolves shock defeat of Man City, I think the Red Devils will triumph at home. There could be a start for long long-term injury victim, Owen Hargreaves as well.
Man Utd 3-1
sunderland v. Stoke
sunderland will be looking to bounce back after a shock 5-1 defeat to Newcastle, where they looked absolutely hopeless, if they are to achieve a result against Stoke they will ne need to start with both Gyan and Bent in attack. Meanwhile, Jones makes his return to the stadium of light, and will most likely get a frosty reception. Whoever performs out of Jones and Gyan will win the game for their respective teams. And despite form I love Gyan and so will tip the scum.
Arsenal v. Newcastle United
Newcastle will be looking for revenge against an Arsenal team who beat them 4-0 in the Carling Cup not long ago. I don’t think the Toon have beaten Arsenal since I was watching the game from Thailand in 2006, on my way to Europe. A brilliant Solano effort won that tie 2-1. Arsenal, who suffered a shock loss against Shaktar Donetsk in the Champ League midweek, welcome the return of Fabregas, and combined with the in-form Walcott and Nasri, I really don’t know how the Magpies will stop them. Though they are confident after the Derby result and will be fired up to take revenge for their Carling Cup loss. If Newcastle can shut the Gunners out in the first half and maybe knick a goal a win could be on the cards.
West Brom v. Man City
Will be a good game, with West Brom turning in some decent performances this season and surprising a few people with their attractive play. Man City have lost their last three and Mancini will be determined to stop the drought of points. I think West Brom will definitely contest yet Man City will get the win they crave and one Mancini needs..
Man City (3-1)
Liverpool v. Chelsea
Liverpool will win. Just a feeling. Home advantage, have gone four games of something unbeaten, brilliant comeback against Napoli, and with Gerrard and Torres to start and make a major impact..