Premier League Predictions – what the experts think

As we get ever closer to the end of the 2010/11 Premier League season, we get nearer to finding out who will finish where in the Premier League table. This weekend Manchester United will be looking to beat Everton at home and keep Arsenal, who travel to Bolton, at arm’s reach. In the battle for fourth, Man City travel to Blackburn, who themselves need a win to move away from the relegation zone, while Tottenham host West Brom at White Hart Lane. Elsewhere, Blackpool will be desperate for three points at home to Newcastle and West Ham face a daunting trip to Chelsea. Here are this week’s predictions and what the experts think will happen…

Martin Lipton:

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Patrick Barclay:

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T nFootball Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 38

Current April standings

1. Steve Bates – 16 (4)

2. Des Kelly – 16 (5)

3. Martin Lipton – 15 (5)

4. Patrick Barclay – 14 (4)

5. Shaun Custis – 13 (5)

6. Andy Dunn – 12 (6)

7. Glenn Moore – 9 (3)

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Overall standings

1. Steve Bates – 178

2. Shaun Custis – 172

3. Martin Lipton – 172

4. Glenn Moore – 167

5. Des Kelly – 165

6. Andy Dunn – 162

7. Patrick Barclay – 159

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Patrick Barclay (The Times)

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

Aston Villa v Stoke: Cup heroes to fall.

Des Kelly (Daily Mail)

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

Chelsea v West Ham: West Ham were regarded as having started an escape from relegation, but three straight defeats has plunged them right back in the mire – and another setback looms at Stamford Bridge.

Shaun Custis (The Sun)

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

Sunderland v Wigan: Not very scientific but on the law of averages suddenly have to end their dreadful run.

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Andy Dunn (News of the World)

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

Bolton v Arsenal: The Gunners might be having trouble hanging on to leads and have had far too many draw in a long unbeaten run …  but they should still have too much for a Bolton team shell-shocked after the FA Cup semi-final humiliation.

Martin Lipton (The Mirror)

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

Man United v Everton: Everton stole a point with two stoppage time goals at Goodison but injuries have torn the heart out of David Moyes’ squad and United need the points far, far more. They will get them too.

Steve Bates (The People)

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

Blackburn v Man City: City are fighting hard for fourth spot and after the boost of their FA Cup semi-final win over rivals United they’ll be too strong and confident for struggling Rovers

Glenn Moore (The Independent)

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

Blackpool v Newcastle: It won’t be goalless, but it might end level which isn’t really enough for Blackpool, but is better than another defeat.