Premier League Predictions – Rooney ready to rumble

‘Tasty’ is the only way to describe the Premiership fixtures we can look forward to this weekend. Aston Villa’s new signing Robert Pires will face his former club Arsenal at Villa Park on Saturday, when Manchester United and City will both be looking to strengthen their title credentials at home to Blackburn and away to Stoke respectively. Fantasy football players would be well advised to fill their team with players from both sides of Manchester, especially Wayne Rooney! Sunday sees Chelsea attempt to end their poor run of form at Newcastle, while entertainment should be on the cards as Tottenham host Liverpool. Throw in a East Anglia derby from the Championship as Ipswich travel to Norwich and your weekend of football is complete! But who will come out on top? You can see this week’s Premiership predictions in full here.

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Andy Dunn:

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Steve Bates:

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Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 16

Overall standings

1. Steve Bates – 69

2. Andy Dunn – 69

3. Martin Lipton – 68

4. Shaun Custis – 67

5. Des Kelly – 67

6. Danny Fullbrook – 64

7. Glenn Moore – 61

8. Patrick Barclay – 57

November standings:

1. Andy Dunn – 15 (6)

2. Shaun Custis – 13 (4)

3. Steve Bates – 12 (5)

4. Martin Lipton – 12 (3)

5. Patrick Barclay – 10 (6)

6. Danny Fullbrook – 10 (1)

7. Des Kelly – 9 (4)

8. Glenn Moore – 9 (4)

Patrick Barclay (The Times)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool D
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham D
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City A
West Ham V Wigan A
Wolves V Sunderland D
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool D
Norwich V Ipswich D

Everton  v West Brom: Baggies’ bad run will end – but not at Goodison.

Des Kelly (Daily Mail)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham H
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City D
West Ham V Wigan A
Wolves V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool H
Norwich V Ipswich A

West Ham v Wigan: The game that West Ham must win, if their stricken manager is to survive. But I fully expect Avram Grant to be out the door after a Wigan triumph in this relegation six pointer.

Shaun Custis (The Sun)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom D
Fulham V Birmingham H
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City A
West Ham V Wigan H
Wolves V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool D
Norwich V Ipswich H

Newcastle v Chelsea: Both teams are in the doldrums at the moment but Chelsea surely cannot suffer three Premier League defeats in a row.

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Andy Dunn (News of the World)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham D
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City A
West Ham V Wigan H
Wolves V Sunderland D
Newcastle V Chelsea H
Tottenham V Liverpool D
Norwich V Ipswich D

Tottenham v Liverpool: Spurs are becoming notoriously unpredictable on the post-Champions League weekends. Liverpool – even without Steven Gerrard – should have enough to leave with a point.

Martin Lipton (The Mirror)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham D
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City D
West Ham V Wigan D
Wolves V Sunderland H
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool D
Norwich V Ipswich H

Fulham v Birmingham: Mark Hughes’ side need points quickly but Birmingham are resourceful and solid and will be good enough to get at least a draw at the Cottage

Steve Bates (The People)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham H
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City A
West Ham V Wigan H
Wolves V Sunderland A
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool H
Norwich V Ipswich H

Man United v Blackburn: United stretched their unbeaten run to 27 games after last weekend’s victory over Wigan and although Blackburn have poicked up good points recently  with Wayne Rooney back in harness it’s got to be a home win..

Danny Fulbrook (Daily Star)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham H
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City A
West Ham V Wigan D
Wolves V Sunderland D
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool H
Norwich V Ipswich D

Bolton v Blackpool: Whatever game Blackpool are involved with is exciting, but for me Bolton are too strong at home

Glenn Moore (The Independent)

Home Team Away Team
Bolton V Blackpool H
Everton V West Brom H
Fulham V Birmingham D
Man United V Blackburn H
Stoke V Man City D
West Ham V Wigan H
Wolves V Sunderland D
Newcastle V Chelsea A
Tottenham V Liverpool D
Norwich V Ipswich H

Stoke v Man City: City will be confident after last week’s unexpectedly comprehensive victory at Fulham but Stoke are a difficult side to combat at the Britannia