Premier League and Championship Predictions – what the experts think

It seems like we’ve had a fair old break from the Premier League, what with the FA Cup and Champions League, but this weekend we can enjoy a full programme of Premiership football, except from the Carling Cup final between Arsenal and Birmingham City at Wembley of course!

This weekend Manchester United and City have an opportunity to cement their top four credentials against Wigan and Fulham respectively, as the teams around them don’t feature in the league. There are some real tight-looking encounters, including Newcastle v Bolton and Everton v Sunderland, but which teams will come out on top?

See what the experts think below…

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Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 29

February standings

1. Glenn Moore – 21 (8)

2. Des Kelly – 20 (3)

3. Shaun Custis – 19 (4)

4. Patrick Barclay – 17 (5)

5. Martin Lipton – 17 (4)

6. Steve Bates – 16 (5)

7. Andy Dunn – 15 (3)

Overall standings

1. Steve Bates – 136

2. Shaun Custis – 134

3. Martin Lipton – 131

4. Glenn Moore – 130

5. Des Kelly – 126

6. Andy Dunn – 122

7. Patrick Barclay – 117

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Patrick Barclay (The Times)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn D
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton A
Stoke V West Brom H
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool H
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford D
Millwall V Notts Forest D
Swansea V Leeds D

Villa v Blackburn: Resilient Rovers to take point..

Des Kelly (Daily Mail)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn H
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton D
Stoke V West Brom H
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool D
Man City V Fulham D
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest A
Swansea V Leeds H

Man City v Fulham – Man City’s home form has been keeping them in the Champions League chase – but Mark Hughes will relish putting one over the former club that removed him in December 2009 and his Fulham side can be awkward customers to overcome – a draw looms.

Shaun Custis (The Sun)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn H
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton H
Stoke V West Brom H
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool D
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest A
Swansea V Leeds H

Wigan v Man United: Man United slipped up at Wolves recently but don’t expect them to blow it at Wigan as well.

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Andy Dunn (News of the World)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn A
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton A
Stoke V West Brom A
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool H
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest D
Swansea V Leeds D

Newcastle v Bolton: Unpredictable at home, Newcastle still look light in the striker department. Bolton, on the other hand, have plenty of options after the arrival of Daniel Sturridge and are also a tough nut to crack. Narrow away win.

Martin Lipton (The Mirror)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn H
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton A
Stoke V West Brom H
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool D
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest A
Swansea V Leeds D

Stoke v West Brom: West Brom are desperate for points but Stoke’s unrelenting physical approach will prove too much for Roy Hodgson’s side to cope with.

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Steve Bates (The People)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn H
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton H
Stoke V West Brom H
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool D
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest D
Swansea V Leeds H

Wolves v Blackpool: Another great win by Blackpool against Spurs in midweek should mean a trip to Wolves will be a stroll – but Mick McCarthy knows survival depends on beating the likes of Ian Holloway’s stars so I’m going for a stalemate.

Glenn Moore (The Independent)

Home Team Away Team
Aston Villa V Blackburn H
Everton V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Bolton D
Stoke V West Brom D
Wigan V Man United A
Wolves V Blackpool H
Man City V Fulham H
Doncaster V Watford A
Millwall V Notts Forest D
Swansea V Leeds D

Everton v Sunderland: Two inconsistent teams but home advantage should give Everton the edge.