Premier League Predictions: City to cement title ambitions

Manchester United striker Wayne RooneyWith all the Wayne Rooney chat this week you might have actually forgotten that there is some football to be played in the Premier League at the weekend and that means it’s time for some predictions from the country’s top footy journo’s. The stand out game is Manchester City v Arsenal, and although there was some disagreement, a home win for City at Eastland has been predicted. Elsewhere, home wins have been predicted for Birmingham, Chelsea, West Brom and West Ham, while maybe surprisingly the concensus is that Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn will hold Liverpool to a draw at Anfield. Take note fantasy football players!

Get the full list of predictions here.

Here are Danny Fullbrook’s Premier League predictions for the weekend, and the Daily Star writer can’t look past a home win at Stamford Bridge for unstoppable Chelsea against Wolves:

Patrick Barclay from The Times has gone for a lot of draws, sitting on the fence are we Paddy? Patrick is also bottom of the overall standings, which are currently led by Des Kelly…

Do you agree with the Premier League predictions made this week?

Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 11

Overall standings

1. Des Kelly – 49 (5)
2. Martin Lipton – 47 (5)
3. Steve Bates – 47 (7)
4. Danny Fullbrook – 45 (5)
5. Glenn Moore – 44 (7)
6. Shaun Custis – 43 (3)
7. Andy Dunn – 43 (6)
8. Patrick Barclay – 37 (3)

October standings:

1. Steve Bates – 19
2. Glenn Moore – 16
3. Des Kelly – 14
4. Martin Lipton – 14
5. Shaun Custis – 13
6. Andy Dunn – 13
7. Patrick Barclay – 12
8. Danny Fullbrook – 12

Patrick Barclay (The Times)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaD
West BromvFulhamD
WiganvBoltonD
West HamvNewcastleD
StokevMan UnitedA
Man CityvArsenalH
DoncastervSheffield UtdA

Sunderland v Villa: Frustration for Steve Bruce – Gerard Houllier has Villa smartly reorganised.

Des Kelly (Daily Mail)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaA
West BromvFulhamH
WiganvBoltonH
West HamvNewcastleH
StokevMan UnitedD
Man CityvArsenalA
DoncastervSheffield UtdH

Liverpool v Blackburn: I’m not sure there is any side Liverpool would be confident overcoming right now, such is their form. But the prospect of facing the obdurate and hard working Blackburn Rovers is not going to fill them with glee. I’d suggest a draw here – and more unrest at Anfield.

Shaun Custis (The Sun)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolD
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnH
SunderlandvAston VillaD
West BromvFulhamH
WiganvBoltonD
West HamvNewcastleH
StokevMan UnitedA
Man CityvArsenalD
DoncastervSheffield UtdA

West Ham v Newcastle: Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is starting to feel the heat from the boardroom. Both he and West Ham boss Avram Grant need a win and I’m tipping the Hammers to get it.

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Andy Dunn (News of the World)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaH
West BromvFulhamH
WiganvBoltonD
West HamvNewcastleH
StokevMan UnitedD
Man CityvArsenalH
DoncastervSheffield UtdH

Birmingham v Blackpool: Birmingham’s recent defeat to Everton was their first home loss for an age. Expect them to get back to normality against an inconsistent Blackpool side.

Martin Lipton (The Mirror)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaD
West BromvFulhamA
WiganvBoltonD
West HamvNewcastleH
StokevMan UnitedD
Man CityvArsenalH
DoncastervSheffield UtdH

WIGAN v BOLTON: Two teams in form and growing in confidence and both will get something out of this one

Steve Bates (The People)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaA
West BromvFulhamH
WiganvBoltonH
West HamvNewcastleD
StokevMan UnitedA
Man CityvArsenalA
DoncastervSheffield UtdH

Stoke vs Man United: It’s been a heck of a week for Sir Alex Ferguson and the only thing to lift the gloom around United after such an explosive week will be their first away win of the season and I predict they’ll get it – Wayne Rooney or not.

Danny Fulbrook (Daily Star)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolH
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnH
SunderlandvAston VillaD
West BromvFulhamD
WiganvBoltonA
West HamvNewcastleD
StokevMan UnitedA
Man CityvArsenalH
DoncastervSheffield UtdD

Chelsea vs Wolves: This will be a straight forward win for Chelsea who are unstoppable at home.

Glenn Moore (The Independent)

Home Team Away Team
BirminghamvBlackpoolD
ChelseavWolvesH
LiverpoolvBlackburnD
SunderlandvAston VillaH
West BromvFulhamH
WiganvBoltonH
West HamvNewcastleH
StokevMan UnitedD
Man CityvArsenalD
DoncastervSheffield UtdD

Manchester City v Arsenal: Arsenal are confident, and with two days’ extra rest, which should be enough to earn a point.

 


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