After an enthralling week of Champions League action the Premier League takes centre stage again this weekend and European success will be quickly forgotten about by Tottenham if they fail to win at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton. Many eyes will be at St Andrew’s where West Ham chairman David Gold has been banned and he’ll really be down in the dumps if Birmingham record a victory as well. Arguably the match of the weekend is at Anfield on Sunday, with 5 of 8 the football journalists predicting a away win for Chelsea against Liverpool – take note fantasy football players! Also, don’t forget about the South Wales derby in the Championship, as Cardiff host Swansea in a top of the table clash.
Get the full list of predictions here.
Danny Fullbrook from the Daily Star thinks that Newcastle will come crashing back down to earth after their derby day victory with a loss against Arsenal at The Emirates:
Shaun Custis sees Blackpool and the ever-improving Everton cancelling each other out when they meet at Bloomfield Road on Saturday:
Patrick Barclay thinks that Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn will emerge victorious against Wigan, a result that will put the Latics firmly in a relegation dog-fight:
Do you agree with the Premier League predictions made this week?
Football Writers’ Association Predictions – Week 13
1. Des Kelly – 58 (4)
2. Steve Bates – 57 (4)
3. Martin Lipton – 56 (5)
4. Shaun Custis – 54 (6)
5. Andy Dunn – 54 (5)
6. Danny Fullbrook – 54 (5)
7. Glenn Moore – 52 (5)
8. Patrick Barclay – 47 (6)
Final October standings:
1. Steve Bates – 29 (4)
2. Shaun Custis – 24 (6)
3. Andy Dunn – 24 (5)
4. Glenn Moore – 24 (5)
5. Des Kelly – 23 (4)
6. Martin Lipton 23 (5)
7. Patrick Barclay – 22 (6)
8. Danny Fullbrook – 21 (5)
Patrick Barclay (The Times)
Blackburn v Wigan: After the Blackpool stunner, more Lancastrian misery for Latics.
Des Kelly (Daily Mail)
Liverpool v Chelsea: A pivotal fixture for Liverpool under Roy Hodgson. Victory and his gradual rehabilitation continues in the eyes of sceptical fans. Defeat – and it goes back to being very difficult for him indeed. I think Anfield and Hodgson should prepare for a bad day.
Shaun Custis (The Sun)
Blackpool v Everton: After a first home win for Blackpool against nine man West Brom they will be looking to build on that success but Everton are improving and a draw is the most likely outcome.
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Andy Dunn (News of the World)
Birmingham v West Ham. Alex McLeish’s side are formidable at home but West Ham have shown a good deal of fighting spirit on their last couple of away trips – without getting much reward. But I fancy them for a point at St Andrew’s.
Martin Lipton (The Mirror)
Fulham v Aston Villa: Mark Hughes’ men were assured and impressive to end their two-game losing streak last week and Villa are still seeking their direction under Gerard Houllier. That search will go on as Fulham take the points.
Steve Bates (The People)
Man United v Wolves: Wolves put up a great fight at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup with Matt Jarvis a sensation, but United will have a stronger team out this time and will pick up another win.
Danny Fulbrook (Daily Star)
Arsenal v Newcastle: Newcastle put on a stunning show to beat sunderland but arsenal at home is a little different and I think they will get beaten
Glenn Moore (The Independent)
Sunderland v Stoke: After last week’s humbling at St James’ Park Sunderland’s manager and fans will be looking for a positive response from the players, I think they will get it. Home win.