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Friday, August 19, 2005

Some weekend Premiership predictions

There are some pretty good matchups in store and I’m predicting a lot of wins this weekend. Let’s see how I do.

On Saturday:

Reeling Blackburn Rovers host Fulham. It’s not the most tantalizing game. Fulham will get a pair of late goals and win it 2-0.

Manchester United takes on Aston Villa at Old Trafford and I think it’s going to be a walkover. Manchester United will score early goals and sap Aston Villa’s relolve to the tune of 4 or maybe 5-1.

Liverpool plays at home to Sunderland. Liverpool, who were less than convincing in their opening game, face a Sunderland that was even less so. Liverpool 1-0.

Tottenham hosts Middlesbrough in what should be a hard fought match. Tottenham are the stronger side and are at home leaving Middlesbrough an uphill climb against a club buoyed by a good week of the press. Tottenham will take it 2-1.

In the battle of the athletics, Charlton Athletic are home against Wigan Athletic. Premiership cruelty lost Wigan a point opening day against Chelsea, that won’t be repeated again. Draw 2-2.

West Bromwich Albion play home versus Portsmouth. Portsmouth were entertaining first week but need time to sort things out, pressure will start to grow as West Brom will nip another entertaining game 3-2.

Looking at the schedule a few weeks ago, Newcastle didn’t expect to face a tough challenge against a rejuvenated West Ham United but that’s what they look like they have. I sense a hard fought game that Newcastle will only draw (and late) 1-1.

In the battle of the city’s, Birmingham City host Manchester City. Birmingham will have a lot to do since they looked undermanned and short of ideas the first week. Manchester City are teetering on a good run of form but not enough, ending in a 1-1 draw.


Sunday sees:

In what should prove a tactical battle Bolton hosts Everton at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton’s new signings will hopefully make an appearance; first week I was really disappointed in Bolton’s play. Everton were not a lot better. Often 2 teams that are known to play ugly can spark a great match. Of any of these predictions, this one is the one I am least certain about but I think Bolton grabs the 2-1 win.

Chelsea are at Stamford Bridge to host Arsenal. Even though Chelsea beat them a fortnight ago in the Community Shield, Chelsea didn’t look motivated last week. Arsenal are going to want this game a lot and will win it in style 3-1.

PS: I'll be continuing the live blogging experiment with Chelsea against Arsenal Sunday, tune in at 16:00 (GMT +0).

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Blogger El Tel said...

Blackburn-Fulham is at Ewood Park rather than Craven Cottage.

I reckon that game of the day will be at St James Park.

Also, you're being fairly kind to Sunderland - few are.

8/19/2005 5:22 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Tel

Thanks for pointing that out, got it backwards.

I dont know if I'm being kind to Sunderland or hard on Liverpool :-)

8/19/2005 5:27 PM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

I think the game of the week is obviously Arsenal V Chelsea and I think Man City will beat Birmingham.

8/19/2005 5:29 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Cathal

Agree on A v C, in general its a strong lineup of games.

8/19/2005 6:21 PM  
Blogger Chuka Obi said...

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8/20/2005 6:59 AM  
Blogger Chuka Obi said...

Just wondering.

What team do you support?? because you always clearly put Arsenal ahead of Chelsea at every opportunity

8/20/2005 7:00 AM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

Look forward to the Arsenal V Chelsea minutes. FC

8/20/2005 2:14 PM  

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