15:00: Arsenal vs West Ham. There are 2 games that I will be watching in full this weekend. One being the Man United vs Spurs game but the other is this one. It’s an intreging contest as the only reason I can see, of why West Ham are not performing is because they feel under pressure. They will have no pressure in this game as they are going to the Emirates where nobody expects them to even score a goal, let alone get something out of the game. The Hammers got a good win in mid-week although if I was a member of the pretty bubbles faithful then I would have like to trade a win in the carling cup for a win against Newcastle in which they were played off the park. Arsenal have been sublime in their last 2 games scoring 7 away goals. 3 at City which, although City had a man sent off, was still a great performance, and more recently at St James’ Park in which Theo Walcott found his shooting boots scoring 2 goals. Here I cannot see anything but an Arsenal win. 2-0.
15:00: Blackburn vs Chelsea. Blackburn lost last weekend, and didn’t deserve to get anything from it as they were really poor against Liverpool. Sam Allayrdyce has a really tough job as Steven N’Zonzi and Christopher Samba are injured. They are the focal point of both defence and offense. Especially Samba who gets most of Blackburn’s goals, even though his a center half. Chelsea didn’t even have to get out of 2nd gear last week-end against Wolves. It was a terribly comfortable win and it’s amazing how the Blues can win a game so comfortably. This will be a test for them physically as Blackburn are just as physical as Ancelotti’s side. But Cheslea have so much more quality going forward and sohuld comfortably win this game. 0-2.
15:00: Everton vs Stoke. Everton have finally found form with 4 points out of the games against Liverpool and Tottenham is a very good result. Moyes would have taken that 2 weeks ago, without a doubt. Stoke will try and frustrate but they, themselves, are frustrated as they have not picked up a single point in their last 3 games against Bolton, Manchester United and West Ham. However they are 3 really hard games clobbered together. It doesn’t get any easier for Stoke, because Goodison Park is, in ym opinion, 1 of the 3 toughest away trips of the season alongside Chelsea and Spurs. I think this will be another Stoke loss however Tony Pulis may have another incident to moan about. Preferably a Stoek penalty that isn’t given. 2-1 Everton.
15:00: Fulham vs Wigan. Fulham have lost their last 2 games after going the first 7 games of the season unbeaten. Last week-end, losing to West Brom was a poor reslut, even though Albion are playing well, Mark Hughes should set up his side to get a draw as he doesn’t have the resources to go out and score 3 or 4 goals against any side. Wigan should have beaten Bolton last time out but they just can’t seem to kill off games. They don’t have the attacking threat because they rely so much on goals from midfield such as N’Zogbia and Koumas, who I think is still at the club? This will be a tough game for Fulham but they should win here. 2-0.
15:00: Wolves vs Manchester City. Wolves gave a great account of themselves last game against the mighty Blues but unfortunately, like most clubs in the Premier League, they lost, 2-0. However they didn’t get thrashed which was the main thing. Again, on Saturday, Mick McCarthy’s men will have to overcome a side that has much much more attacking threat and are just all round a more solid team. But Wolves need a win and will be chomping at the bit to get it. Man City were truly outplayed by Arsenal and I don’t believe that Boyata was the most popular figure in the City dressing room on Sunday. But they will pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and go for this game again. I’m sure they SHOULD have enough to win here but I don’t think that will be at there best ability’s and might be on an all time low after the hammering last week-end. 1-1.
17:30: Manchester United vs Tottenham. Man United did well to win at Stoke and will have their tails up. If they can get the victory here then they should go on a decent run as their 2 fixtures after the Spurs game are against Bursaspor away and Wolves at Old Trafford. Spurs were unlucky not to win against Everton but didn’t play to the standard that they have set this year. They have not won at Anfield, Emirates/Highbury, Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford for 67 games in the Premier League, and it’s 25 games since they have beaten United in any competition. But this is a new revived Tottenham team and, if Gareth Bale plays, which he may not, but if he does, he will come up against John O’Shea or Gary Neville in which he can use his pace to cause all sorts of problems. Who will win? Well, this is United’s biggest game of the season so far and could be a turning point either way. That’s why I think they could be a bit cagey. 1-1. A result that both sides will be satisfied with.
12:00: Aston Villa vs Birmingham. A big Midlands derby that is a key game for both sides however Villa will be the clear favourites despite Birmingham picking up a valuable 2-0 victory over the Tangerines, Blackpool, last week-end. That will give Alex McCleish a lift after 2 defeats before hand against Arsenal and Everton. Villa were unlucky not to get all 3 points against Sunderland let alone not come away with anything. However, you could not help but laugh at Richard Dunne after that terrible own goal in which he should have really just stuck the ball out for a corner, although it was a great finish and one that Wayne Rooney couldn’t do at the moment! This is a real tough one to call. The obvious prediction would be to call it a draw but I don’t think Birmingham have the defensive strength to cope with Young and Downing. 2-0 Villa.
13:30: Newcastle vs Sunderland. Newcastle got a brilliant win last time out against West Ham with Andy Caroll a highlight to the whole performance. I won’t mention the mid-week 4-0 thumping by Arsenal as they played their second string and effectively it wasn’t Newcastle playing, it was the reserves. They are so hard to predict but if Caroll plays, I think he will score, however the win is another matter. Held out. That’s what Sunderland did against Aston Villa. In saying that, they did it well. Steve Bruce tactically beat Gerard Houllier. That game was a true battle of the minds. Bruce’s experience of management will help him because he knows that Newcastle will be shaky infront of their home fans like they always are. 1-2 Sunderland. However, the stat that says that Sunderland have scored 1 goal in 312 minutes is worrying but I think Newcastle’s defence is very lackluster. I would also like to add that after this Chris Hughton will probably have the sack facing him which in ym opinion is unbelievably harsh. In my opinion, he has been the best manager at Newcastle since the legend himself, Sir Bobby Robson. Anybody think differently?
16:00: Bolton vs Liverpool. Bolton are a very, very difficult side to beat. And Liverpool, are a very, very easy team to beat. Bold statement? No. Liverpool have only won twice this season and so are very open to leaking goals and losing games. Ok, they beat Blackburn at Anfield, 2-1, but come on? Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Man City. These teams will be hitting 3 or 4 past Blackburn but then again, Liverpool have to be contending with the likes of Stoke, Blackburn and Sunderland now and just trying to get into the top 10 rather than top 4 or 5. This is my smallest paragraph because both sides had average results last week-end. So I don’t have much to talk about it. 1-0 Bolton.
20:00: Blackpool vs West Brom. Blackpool played very well against Birmingham but did not have the quality in the final shot or pass to find the back of the net. Although you can imagine that considering the Tangerines will not get rid of their “20,000 pound per week policy.” So they can’t even compete with the teams that their competing with at the foot end of the table, let alone the top half. West Brom did well to pull a win out of the bag against Fulham, which, is what the have to do in order to stay up in the 2010/11 season. It’s all well and good getting a point at Old Trafford but you have to win the bread and butter games and that was one of them and they came out on top which is a fantastic result. I’m a big fan of di Matteo and he is very calm. It would have been easy for his players to get big headed after the win at the Emirates and the draw against United, but he kept their feet on the ground and got them a win last time out. This is an interesting game but I will have to go for, a very good game of football but an Albion win in the end. 1-2