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What Fixtures Are Coming Up This Weekend
Posted Nov 26, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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Villa v Arsenal. This will be a competitive game, with both sides having suffered debilitating defeats last weekend. Houllier’s Villa are still a work in progress, but are more than capable of taking points off an Arsenal side that Arsene Wenger may well be a bit too trusting of. I think this will be a draw.
Bolton v Blackpool. After their win last weekend, this will be a harsh challenge for Holloway’s Blackpool against a Bolton side that are rapidly becoming one of the best sides outside of the big five. With the home advantage I think Bolton may well just be too much for Blackpool.
Everton v West Brom. Everton have been fairly solid since their slow start, but Di Matteo’s side will not be intimidated having taken points from both Arsenal and United this year. I think David Moyes’ side will get the win, but it will be narrow.
Fulham v Birmingham. Mark Hughes’ side will be coming out all guns blazing this season, having been stuffed so roundly by Man City last week, but Birmingham will be on a rush having defeated Chelsea the same weekend. I think these two will probably cancel each other out.
Man Utd v Blackburn. Big Sam’s side travel to Old Trafford with the worrying knowledge that United are currently at the stage where they will play rather averagely and still win. With Blackburn wanting to impress their new owners following the 2-0 win over Villa, you can bet it’ll be a scrap. I still think United will win, but probably not deservedly so.
Stoke v Man City. After thrashing Fulham, City will be wanting to once again break out the attacking football against Tony Pulis’ team. However, I think City are likely to play it cautious, and will probably scrape through with a narrow win.
West Ham v Wigan. West Ham are in a lot of trouble, and I can’t honestly see how they can turn it round against a Wigan side who will be wanting to get back on track after defeat at Blackpool. Grant’s Hammers just don’t look like a Premier League side, and it’s likely that Martinez’s team will take advantage.
Wolves v Sunderland. In a game of two bruisers, Wolves are in desperate need of wins. However, despite their derby blip, Steve Bruce’s team are organised in a better manner, and simply look like the superior team. Whilst it’ll be a fight, I think Sunderland will simply outplay Wolves and get the win.
Newcastle v Chelsea. If you’re going to play Chelsea at any point in the season, then this is probably the best time. I think the Toon have an excellent chance of putting the Blues away. Yes, they conceded five last week, but a high-scoring game is just par for the course with Chris Hughton’s team, and you can bet that they’ll give it a go. I think Newcastle will win.
Spurs v Liverpool. This should be a cracker. Liverpool are now remarkably only six points from fourth place, and Spurs will be on a big rush following their win at Arsenal last weekend. I think that Harry Redknapps side may be tactically too good for the Reds, but it should be a great game either way.