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Which games are coming up in the new year?
Posted Dec 31, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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West Brom v Man Utd. There’s no denying that Roberto Di Matteo’s Baggies have been one of the surprise sides of the season. However, as United seemed to have perfected the art of victories they haven’t quite deserved, I can’t see anything other than three points for them.
Liverpool v Bolton. With Owen Coyle’s Wanderers playing superbly all season, I’m quite surprised to find myself stating that the three points here are Bolton’s to lose. I just can’t see Liverpool mustering up the organisation to take any points.
Man City v Blackpool. Thanks to some stinking decisions, City came away with three points earlier in the season, and much as I love Blackpool I think a similar result is likely. Magnificent as the Seasiders have been so far, there comes a time when class will out.
Stoke v Everton. Everton’s mediocre season has been a surprise to more or less everyone, so it may be that Tony Pulis’s side are capable of taking the three points from this game, with the home advantage likely to be telling against an Everton side that don’t seem too mentally strong.
Sunderland v Blackburn. Rovers are still likely to be a bit consistent, following Big Sam’s sacking, and with Steve Bruce’s Black Cats having been pretty excellent throughout this season, I think the points are likely to go to the home side.
Tottenham v Fulham. Whilst any side managed by Mark Hughes tend to be hard to beat, I can’t see a struggle for Spurs here, especially given their current break from European competition. Whilst Fulham might get a goal or two, I can’t see them preventing Spurs scoring more.
West Ham v Wolves. Talk about a six pointer. Avram Grant is still hanging on by a thread at West Ham, so this game is fairly likely to decide his future. Mick McCarthy’s Wolves are likely to battle, but part of me is thinking that West Ham will take the win with their manager’s future on the line.
Birmingham v Arsenal. Having demolished Chelsea, Wenger’s boys will be wanting to affirm their position by taking another three points at St Andrews. However, Arsenal have a nasty habit of following a big win with a bad defeat, and Alex McLeish’s side will be wanting a good start to 2011. I think this will be a draw.