In the Premier League this weekend it’s all about derbies. There are a couple of tasty ones for you to enjoy as Aston Villa host Birmingham at Villa Park and Sunderland travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle. Chris Hughton would love to get a win and ease some of the pressure the Newcastle manager’s come under this week, while there would be no better way for Gerard Houllier endear himself to the Villa fans than to get a victory over their Birmingham rivals. Passions are always running high in these games, so fantasy football players should bear in mind that bookings are likely and a sending off may even be on the cards!
Get the full list of predictions here.
Steve Bates is currently second in the predictions table and is enjoying a storming October. The People journalist has thinks that Liverpool will labour to a draw against Bolton at The Reebok:
The Mirror’s Martin Lipton has somewhat surprisingly gone for Sunderland to nick an away win in the Tyne-Wear Derby:
Andy Dunn from The News of The World has picked out the Manchester United v Tottenham match and predicts a home win for the Red Devils:
Do you agree with the Premier League predictions made this week?
Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 12
1. Des Kelly – 54 (5)
2. Steve Bates – 53 (6)
3. Martin Lipton – 51 (4)
4. Andy Dunn – 49 (6)
5. Danny Fullbrook – 49 (4)
6. Shaun Custis – 48 (5)
7. Glenn Moore – 47 (3)
8. Patrick Barclay – 41 (4)
1. Steve Bates – 25
2. Andy Dunn – 19
3. Des Kelly – 19
4. Glenn Moore – 19
5. Shaun Custis – 18
6. Martin Lipton – 18
7. Patrick Barclay – 16
8. Danny Fullbrook – 16
Patrick Barclay (The Times)
Aston Villa v Birmingham: Houllier’s Villains to be heroes
Des Kelly (Daily Mail)
Arsenal v West Ham: West Ham’s defence just doesn’t look up to coping with the speed and movement of the Arsenal attack. This has to be the banker result of the weekend.
Shaun Custis (The Sun)
Fulham v Wigan: Both sides have been inconsistent but Fulham should have enough to win at The Cottage.
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Andy Dunn (News of the World)
Man United v Tottenham: Cracking game obviously. I think Manchester United will win this game – the workload can occasionally catch up on Spurs.
Martin Lipton (The Mirror)
Newcastle v Sunderland: North East passions on display but despite last week’s win at West Ham by the Toon, the Black Cats will be purring
Steve Bates (The People)
Bolton v Liverpool: Liverpool aren’t out of the woods yet despite their win over Blackburn and they’ll find the going tough at The Reebok where Bolton held manchester United recently. But a point won’t be a bad result for Gerrard and Co.
Danny Fulbrook (Daily Star)
Wolves v Man City: Wolves are on a bad run at the moment and it is not about to get any better
Glenn Moore (The Independent)
Blackburn v Chelsea: Rovers’ home form has not been as strong as usual, while Chelsea have been ominously focused and have a full week to prepare. Away win.