FA Cup and Premier League predictions – what the experts think

This weekend the FA Cup semi-finals take centre stage, as Manchester United, Man City, Bolton and Stoke make the trip down to Wembley from the north-west to battle it out for a place in the final. The Manchester derby is the tastier of the two ties, but for Owen Coyle and Tony Pulis there is a great opportunity to have a crack at some domestic silverware.

In addition to the FA Cup, there are plenty of Premier League fixtures to enjoy, with lots still to be decided at the bottom of the table. There’s a classic six-pointer between Blackpool and Wigan at Bloomfield Road, while West Ham could do with three points against Aston Villa at Upton Park. The stand-out Premiership fixture of the weekend takes place on Sunday, as Arsenal take on Liverpool at The Emirates Stadium.

The race to get to the Premier League is also hotting up, with Swansea and Reading just two of the promotion contenders in action. Here’s how the country’s newspaper journalists think the matches will pan out…

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Shaun Custis:

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Andy Dunn:

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Steve Bates:

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Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 37

Current April standings

1. Steve Bates – 12

2. Des Kelly – 11

3. Patrick Barclay – 10

4. Martin Lipton – 10

5. Shaun Custis – 8

6. Andy Dunn – 6

7. Glenn Moore – 6

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Overall standings

1. Steve Bates – 174

2. Shaun Custis – 167

3. Martin Lipton – 167

4. Glenn Moore – 164

5. Des Kelly – 160

6. Andy Dunn – 156

7. Patrick Barclay – 155

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Patrick Barclay (The Times)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganD
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaD
West HamVAston VillaH
ArsenalVLiverpoolD
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

Blackpool v Wigan: Tangerine dream still on.

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Des Kelly (Daily Mail)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganH
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaA
West HamVAston VillaA
ArsenalVLiverpoolA
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

Man City v Man United: It’s a cup tie, so the cliche is “anything could happen”. It’s a derby, so the next law of cliches states “the form book goes out the window”. In reality, United are playing superb football and City are struggling. Predicting anything other than a United win right now would be a brave gamble.

Shaun Custis (The Sun)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganH
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaA
West HamVAston VillaH
ArsenalVLiverpoolD
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

West Ham v Villa: Villa got a morale boosting win over Newcastle but The Hammers just have to win this one. Home win.

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Andy Dunn (News of the World)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganA
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaH
West HamVAston VillaH
ArsenalVLiverpoolD
BurnleyVSwanseaH
ReadingVLeicesterH

Everton v Blackburn: Everton looking for bragging rights in the city and to get beyond Liverpool. I think they’ll be too much for Blackburn. Home win.

Martin Lipton (The Mirror)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganA
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaA
West HamVAston VillaD
ArsenalVLiverpoolH
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

Bolton v Stoke: Massive game for both clubs, with European football as well as a Cup Final on offer to the winners. Stoke will be the bludgeon, Bolton the rapier. But more goal threat may shade it for the Trotters.

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Steve Bates (The People)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedA
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganD
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaA
West HamVAston VillaD
ArsenalVLiverpoolH
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

West Brom v Chelsea: Carlo Ancelotti’s stars will be smarting from their Euro exit to Manchester United so I expect a backlash at The Hawthorns and a set-back for Albion in their fight for Premier League security.

Glenn Moore (The Independent)

Home Team Away Team
BoltonVStokeH
Man CityVMan UnitedD
BirminghamVSunderlandH
BlackpoolVWiganH
EvertonVBlackburnH
West BromVChelseaD
West HamVAston VillaH
ArsenalVLiverpoolH
BurnleyVSwanseaA
ReadingVLeicesterH

Arsenal v Liverpool: Liverpool were excellent against Manchester City but have been less impressive away from home while Arsenal are regaining form.

 


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