Premier League 17, 18 and 19 October
- Saturday -
Aston Villa - Chelsea
Aston Villa: 4-1-1
Last season: Chelsea 2 Villa 0; Villa 0 Chelsea 1.
Aston Villa (Probable, 4-4-2): Friedel; Cuéllar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; Milner, Petrov, Sidwell, A Young; Carew, Agbonlahor.
Chelsea (Probable, 4-4-2): Cech; Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole; Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Deco; Anelka, Drogba.
Referee: Steve Bennett. Matches 6. R0 Y17.
Didier Drogba has shown very strong form and has six goals and five assists so far this season. I believe Drogba will score in this one.
Didier Drogba to score.
Arsenal - Birmingham
Last season: N/A.
Arsenal (Probable, 4-3-3): Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy; Fábregas, Song, Diaby; Rosicky, Van Persie, Arshavin
Birmingham City (Probable, 4-5-1): Hart; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Queudrue; Fahey, Ferguson, Tainio, Bowyer, McFadden; O'Connor.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches 2. R0 Y11.
It has been 26 games since Birmingham lost by more than one goal, but Arsenal are on fire. The Gunners have scored four, four and six at home.
Arsenal to win with 0-1 handicap.
Everton - Wolves
Last season: N/A.
Everton (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Osman, Rodwell, Cahill, Bilyaletdinov; Fellaini; Saha.
Wolves (Probable, 4-4-2): Hennessey; Foley, Mancienne, Berra, Elokobi; Halford, Edwards, Henry, Jarvis; Doyle, Keogh.
Referee: Stuart Atwell. Matches 2. R0 Y4.
Everton have two more points than at the same stage last season when they managed to finish fifth in the Premier League. Everton should win this game at home.
Everton to win.
Manchester United - Bolton
Manchester United: 5-1-0
Last season: United 2 Bolton 0, Bolton 0 United 1.
Manchester United (Probable, 4-4-2): Van der Sar; O'Shea, R Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs; Berbatov, Wellbeck.
Bolton Wanderers (Probable, 4-3-3): Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel; Gardner, Muamba, Cohen; Lee, K Davies, Taylor.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches 7. R1 Y23.
Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their draw with Sunderland before the international break. I believe they will manage to do it when you take a look at the two teams.
Manchester United to win with 0-1 handicap.
Portsmouth - Tottenham
Last season: Portsmouth 2 Spurs 0, Spurs 1 Portsmouth 1.
Portsmouth (Probable, 4-5-1): James; Finnan, Wilson, Ben-Haim, Kaboul; Mokoena, Brown, Yebda, Boateng, Dindane; Smith.
Tottenham Hotspur (Probable, 4-4-2): Cudicini; Corluka, Bassong, Huddlestone, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Kranjcar; Keane, Defoe.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches 6. R2 Y21.
Portsmouth have lost all four Premier League games at home so far this season, but won their first points at Wolves. Jamie O'Hara is on loan from Spurs and will miss the game for Portsmouth. Portsmouth have scored just four Premier League goals this season.
Less than 2.5 goals.
Stoke - West Ham
West Ham: 0-2-4
Last season: West Ham 2 Stoke 1, Stoke 0 West Ham 1.
Stoke City (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Sorensen; Huth, Ab Faye, Shawcross, Collins; Delap, Diao, Whitehead, Etherington; Beattie; Kitson.
West Ham United (Probable, 4-3-3): Green; Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga; Noble, Behrami, Jimenez; Diamanti, Cole, Hines.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches 6. R0 Y24.
Stoke's last victory over West Ham at home came in October 1983. If the Hammers lose this game it will be their worst star to their Premier League campaign since the 2002-03 season.
Sunderland - Liverpool
Stadium of Light
Last season: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0.
Sunderland (Probable, 4-4-2): Gordon; Bardsley, Turner, Ferdinand, Richardson; Malbranque, Cattermole, Cana, Reid; Jones, Bent.
Liverpool (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua; Kuyt, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera; Gerrard; Torres.
Referee: Mick Jones. Matches 5. R0 Y17.
Liverpool won both meetings between these two last season. Sunderland's last victory over Liverpool was in December 2002 at home and they have not managed to get a win at Anfield since October 1983. Sunderland impressed me against Manchester United and could cause an upset in this game.
- Sunday -
Blackburn - Burnley
Last season: N/A.
Blackburn Rovers (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Robinson; Jacobsen, Givet, Chimbonda, Olsson; Emerton, Andrews, Nzonzi, Diouf, Dunn; Dunn; Di Santo.
Burnley (Probable, 4-1-4-1): Jensen; Mears, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan; Alexander; Fletcher, Elliott, Bikey, Blake; Nugent.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches 6. R0 Y15.
Burnley have been impressive at home but they have lost all four away matches and have not won on their travels since early April. Blackburn should be able to win here and the odds that are on offer a bet is good on this.
Blackburn to win.
Wigan - Manchester City
Manchester City: 4-1-1
Last season: Wigan 2 City 1, City 1 Wigan 0.
Wigan Athletic (Probable, 4-5-1): Kirkland; Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa; N'Zogbia, Diame, Thomas, Rodallega, Scharner; Scotland.
Manchester City (Probable, 4-4-2): Given; Richards, Lescott, Toure, Bridge; Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Ireland; Bellamy, Adebayor.
Referee: Alan Wiley. Matches 7. R2 Y21.
City have gone 52 games since they featured in a game without goals. City have suffered only one loss so far this season. Wigan have won their last two home games, against West Ham and Chelsea.
More than 2.5 goals.
- Monday -
Fulham - Hull
Last season: Hull 2 Fulham, Fulham 0 Hull 1.
Fulham (Probable, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly; Gera, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Johnson, Zamora.
Hull City (Probable, 4-4-2): Myhill; Mouyokolo, Dawson, Zayatte, McShane; Hunt, Marney, Olofinjana, Geovanni; Ghilas, Hesselink.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches 5. R1 Y16.
Both clubs are struggling with poor form. Fulham have taken just one point from three games. Last season Hull won both games against Fulham. I believe this will be a very close one.
Less than 2.5 goals.