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Posted Oct 29, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Arsenal v West Ham. With the Gunners on song after their defeat of City last week, I can’t see much in this game for Avram Grant’s unfortunate hammers. Though they have improved a bit, Wenger’s side will be intent on taking every point possible – something they won’t have much trouble doing here.
Blackburn v Chelsea. Big Sam’s side have been odd this year: they seem to have been playing ok but not getting results, in a sharp contrast to Chelsea’s top of the pile underperformers. I think we can add this match to the list of games this season that will see an underwhelming Chelsea performance getting the three points anyway.
Everton v Stoke. Stoke have been playing excellently this year, and it’s only some shocking refereeing decisions that have kept them from being near the same heights as West Brom. However, Everton are also on the way up following their derby victory, so will be in a fighting mood. I’m expecting this to be a score draw.
Fulham v Wigan. Mark Hughes’ side have looked very inconsistent this year, suffering the same refereeing luck as Stoke along the way. Wigan have looked promising in places, but I don’t think they’ll be able to take any points away from Craven Cottage.
Wolves v Man City. After the capitulation against Arsenal, City really need the win here. However, they’re going to need to work for it against a Wolves side that will be taking no prisoners as per usual. It’ll be another great test to see if City have what it takes to battle through. I think this will end up a draw.
United v Spurs. A few seasons back, this was a fairly certain United win. However, Spurs have scaled some dissy heights since then and this is almost a match between peers now. United will be hoping to capitalise on the home advantage, but by no means is this a sure thing. Spurs are more than capable of taking the points: I think it’s going to be a draw.
Vila v Birmingham. The first brummie derby of the season finds both sides struggling with their form a bit. However, I think that the new management of Houllier may mean that Villa have the slight edge, and can squeeze out a narrow victory at home.
Newcastle v Sunderland. Another brutal derby to take place this weekend, with the result entirely hinging on which Newcastle side turns up to St James’ Park. Bruce’s side have been excellent this season, so I’ll expect them to take it to Newcastle, and probably come away with at least a point.
Bolton v Liverpool. Bolton have rapidly becoming the draw side of the Premier season, so this is an ideal test for Hodgson’s side following their win against Blackburn. I don’t think the Reds are strong enough yet to come away with all three points, but it’s possible they’ll take one.
Blackpool v West Brom. As ever, I’m hopinng that Blackpool can get their form back on track following two defeats on the bounce. However, I think they may struggle against Di Matteo’s West Brom side who are likely to attack. Whatever happens, this may be a thriller.