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Villa Park has yet to provide what one might mistake for scintillating football so far this season, but Arsenal’s arrival may well change all that. The Londoners will want to put their wound licking behind them and move on from their two most recent losses.
Villa seem in a vacuum under Houllier. Wenger urgently needs to add resolve to his technically gifted squad and lessen the endless free kicks they have conceded this season. Prediction 0-3 Paddy’s Price 40/1 if Arsenal stop kicking people and kick the ball instead.
This might well be an amazing game and truth be told that can’t have been said about many games with Bolton in them. That said Owen Coyle appears to slowly working his magic as their league position shows.
Blackpool travel well and it is impossible to believe Holloway isn’t up for every single game this season, let alone this one. Prediction 2-2. Paddy’s Price 12/1.
Everton have both gone of the boil of late and this is a great opportunity for them to wake up and start playing football that will advance their seasons again. West Brom have had their moments this season and they will have to seriously raise their game to win at Goodison. My money’s on home advantage to kick in. Prediction 2-0. Paddy’s Price 6/1.
Fulham were taken apart by Man City’s Harlem Globetrotter show last week and it wasn’t a performance from them that was symptomatic of their season thus far. Birmingham are a side that seemed to start of brightly and then reverted to type dishing out some less than memorable outings. Can Alex capitalise on Mark’s poor mood. I’d be surprised. Prediction 2-1. Paddy’s Price 15/1
Wayne Rooney’s penalty goal against Rangers caused him to celebrate like he’d won the World Cup. Clearly the whole ‘drout’ business was getting to him. Berbatov is now the one looking hesitant. No real biggie as the Red Devils have goals all over their squad.
Blackburn will try to remain buoyant after their recent victory over Villa, but the truth is it wan awful game to watch and even United in slump will go through them for a short cut if they think they can serve up a similar performance at Old Trafford. Prediction 4-1. Paddy’s Price 17/1.
Stoke drubbed West Brom by 3 goals to 0 last week and they will need every ounce of that feel good factor in order to cope with a Manchester City who despite all allegations of division and disquiet are looking every bit the stalking horse for fourth, perhaps even third in the Premiership. Prediction 3-1. Paddy’s Price 17/1.
This will be interesting to put it mildly. West Ham are in severe pain. If they were an animal, the vet would do the decent thing. How a bid to take over an Olympic stadium can be made without blushing is beyond me.
Wigan aren’t doing much better. They sit magnificently just 5 points above the Hammers and they too are close contenders for ‘Punch Bag Of The Season’. Prediction 0-0 or worse. David Sullivan’s prediction of civil unrest may come true sooner than he thought. Paddy’s Price 15/2.
Wolves were beat by Blackpool and that would have been a tough reality for Mick McCarthy to cope with. Sunderland’s form would best be described as unpredictable and what we could end up with here is a very physical game generating more cards than Clintons. Prediction 2-2. Paddy’s Price 11/1
A big day in the north – to quote Black Grape. Chris Hughton is every inch a shining example of a guy who can man manage. FACT: The Toon team sheet is actually written on a Friday night by the head of Northumbershire Police after he’s had his cocoa and before he puts his cat out.
Chelsea are suffering from injuries. Some were received in op0en play, some were self inflicted behind closed doors. Ordinarily they would trot up here and do what Champions do and grind Newcastle down, winning by a margin of one goal. These are not ordinary times. Prediction: 2-2. Paddy’s Price 13/1
Difficult to know which way this will go. Spurs have become notorious for suffering from ‘Big win hangovers’ and their triumph in the Champions League was undoubtedly a ten pinter plus shooters.
Roy has seen his fortunes rapidly improve in recent weeks and Liverpool sit just 3 points behind Spurs now. The Reds delighted in spanking West Ham, but this would be a coup if they could beat a Spurs side who staged a ruthless comeback to defeat Arsenal at The Emirates last week. Prediction: 2-2. Paddy’s Price 12/1
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