Midweek games are on Tuesday and Wednesday as the festive period starts to creep in, hopefully the Toon will grab a third consecutive win and remain in the Europe places. While there are two derbies to be played.
Stoke v. Birmingham
Birmingham came from behind on Saturday after falling two goals behind, while Stoke lost out to sunderland though had a perfectly good goal ruled out. With Stoke losing 4 on the trot and Birmingham undefeated in 3 games, form points to an away win, but I’ll tip Stoke to fight out for 3 points.
Tottenham v. sunderland
Spurs will want to bounce back after their shock loss to Bolton on the weekend, while sunderland will want to continue winning ways after beating Stoke 2-0. Asamoah Gyan scored both in that win, and with Bent ruled out for a few weeks at least, his goals will be important. Spurs have injury problems too, with Gallas and Van der Vaart in doubt, but with the London side 5 points adrift of a Champions League spot this is a must win. Due to sunderland’s poor away form…
Villa v. Blackpool
Villa lost out to a last minute equaliser against Fulham last week and haven’t won in their last five games. Blackpool picked up a credible draw against Everton but were ahead twice and conceded within 5 minutes each time. Villa’s injury troubles continue, though there is a possibility of a return for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Chelsea v. Fulham
Chelsea will be wanting to strengthen their position at the top of the table after losing out to Liverpool. This is a London derby and Fulham will be up for it, however their notorious poor away form should see a Blues win.
Newcastle v. Blackburn
The Toon are on a high after wins against sunderland and Arsenal as they search for their 4th league win in a row. Blackburn have had tough fixtures recently but won against Wigan last weekend. Big Sam Allardyce makes his first return to Tyneside and I couldn’t bear it even if he left with a single point. We simply have to beat this prick’s team. Simple. Cheating scum El Hadj Diouf is a doubt as well.
WHam v. WBrom
West Ham surrendered a 2 goal lead against Birmingham on the weekend and really need a win to start climbing the table. West Brom are also going through a purple patch after their draw against Man Utd. a few weeks ago. I’m hoping the Hammers can get a win here..
West Ham (2-1)
Wigan v. Liverpool
Wigan have lost their last 2 matches and are coming up against a confident Liverpool side who just beat Chelsea, and came from behind to beat Napoli last week in the Champions League. I can see Liverpool finishing off the Latics easily..
Everton v. Bolton
Everton twice came from behind on the weekend, while Bolton recorded an impressive win over Spurs. That’s as good as it’ll get for Bolton, Everton are in fine form at the moment and should push on here in their bid for European football.
Man City v. Man Utd
The Derby. What can I say, both teams need a win badly, arguably who most depending on your stance. Tevez looks like he could be back but Man Utd have some serious injury issues with Nani expected to miss out and with Giggs still out. Park Ji-Sung did deputise well last week though, grabbing a brace which he will hope leads to an extended time in the first team. Very very tough to call..
Man City (3-2)
Wolves v. Arsenal
Arsenal have faltered a few times this season already, and come against a Wolves side who almost snatched away points against Man Utd. Van Persie should be on the bench for the Gunners and the team will have to pick up its game if is to challenge for the title..