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West Brom vs Tottenham

West Brom's last five games:
Aug 29, 2010    Liverpool 1 - West Bromwich 0    EPL
Aug 24, 2010    Leyton Orient 0 - West Bromwich 2    Carl
Aug 21, 2010    West Bromwich 1 - Sunderland 0    EPL
Aug 14, 2010    Chelsea 6 - West Bromwich 0    EPL
Feb 24, 2010    West Bromwich 2 - Reading 3    FA C

Tottenham's last five games:
Aug 28, 2010    Tottenham 0 - Wigan Athletic 1    EPL
Aug 25, 2010    Tottenham 4 - Young Boys 0    UCL
Aug 21, 2010    Stoke 1 - Tottenham 2    EPL
Aug 17, 2010    Young Boys 3 - Tottenham 2    UCL
Aug 14, 2010    Tottenham 0 - Man City 0    EPL

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Fulham vs Wolves

Fulham's last five games:
Aug 28, 2010    Blackpool 2 - Fulham 2    EPL
Aug 25, 2010    Fulham 6 - Port Vale 0    Carl
Aug 22, 2010    Fulham 2 - Man Utd. 2    EPL
Aug 14, 2010    Bolton 0 - Fulham 0    EPL
May 12, 2010    Atletico Madrid 2 - Fulham 1    EL

Wolves' last five games:
Aug 28, 2010    Wolves 1 - Newcastle 1    EPL
Aug 24, 2010    Wolves 2 - Southend 1    Carl
Aug 21, 2010    Everton 1 - Wolves 1    EPL
Aug 14, 2010    Wolves 2 - Stoke 1    EPL
May 9, 2010    Wolves 2 - Sunderland 1    EPL

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Here is the BBC's Mark Lawrenson's predictions for the Premier League fixtures this weekend:

Premier League 11, 12 and 13 September

- Saturday -

Everton - Manchester United
Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal - Bolton
Prediction: 3-1

Fulham - Wolves
Prediction: 2-1

Manchester City - Blackburn
Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle - Blackpool
Prediction: 2-1

West Brom - Tottenham
Prediction: 1-1

West Ham - Chelsea
Prediction: 1-1

Wigan - Sunderland
Prediction: 1-2

- Sunday -

Birmingham - Liverpool
Prediction: 0-2

- Monday -

Stoke - Aston Villa
Prediction: 2-0

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Here are the norwegian newspaper Dagbladet's predictions for the Premier League fixtures on Saturday 11 September:

Everton - Manchester United
Prediction: Draw

Arsenal - Bolton
Prediction: Home

Fulham - Wolves
Prediction: Draw

Manchester City - Blackburn
Prediction: Home

Newcastle - Blackpool
Prediction: Home

West Brom - Tottenham
Prediction: Draw

West Ham - Chelsea
Prediction: Away

Wigan - Sunderland
Prediction: Draw

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Birmingham vs Liverpool

Birmingham's last five games:
Aug 29, 2010    Bolton 2 - Birmingham 2    EPL
Aug 26, 2010    Birmingham 3 - Rochdale 2    Carl
Aug 21, 2010    Birmingham 2 - Blackburn 1    EPL
Aug 14, 2010    Sunderland 2 - Birmingham 2    EPL
May 9, 2010    Bolton 2 - Birmingham 1    EPL

Liverpool's last five games:
Aug 29, 2010    Liverpool 1 - West Bromwich 0    EPL
Aug 26, 2010    Trabzonspor 1 - Liverpool 2    EL
Aug 23, 2010    Man City 3 - Liverpool 0    EPL
Aug 19, 2010    Liverpool 1 - Trabzonspor 0    EL
Aug 15, 2010    Liverpool 1 - Arsenal 1    EPL

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Premier League 18 and 19 September

- Saturday -

Stoke - West Ham
Britannia Stadium
Kick off: 12.45 BST
Last season: Stoke 2 West Ham 1, West Ham 0 Stoke 1.
Stoke (Possible, 4-4-2): Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Delap, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington; Jones, Walters.
West Ham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Green; Jacobsen, Ben-Haim, Upson, Ilunga; Behrami, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte; Obinna; Cole.
Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 2. R0 Y8.
Stoke won both meetings between these two last season and with the form the Hammers have shown recently I believe that trend will continue this season.
Stoke to win.

Aston Villa - Bolton
Villa Park
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Villa 5 Bolton 1, Bolton 0 Villa 1.
Aston Villa (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Friedel; L Young, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing; A Young; Agbonlahor.
Bolton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Bogdan; Steinsson, A O’Brien, Knight, Robinson; Holden, Muamba; Lee, Elmander, Petrov; K Davies.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 3. R0 Y9.
Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games against the visitors and I believe they should be able to win this one as well.
Aston Villa to win.

Blackburn - Fulham
Ewood Park
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Fulham 3 Blackburn 0, Blackburn 2 Fulham 0
Blackburn (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Robinson; Salgado, Nelsen, Samba, Givet; Grella; M Diouf, Jones, Pedersen, E Diouf; Kalinic.
Fulham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly; Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Gera; Dembele.
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Matches: 1. R1 Y6.
Fulham are struggling away and I believe this one will be a tough one for them as well. Bobby Zamora will be out of action for a long time after fracturing his leg last weekend.
Blackburn to win.

Everton - Newcastle
Goodison Park
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: N/A
Everton (Possible, 4-5-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Arteta, Heitinga, Fellaini, Pienaar; Cahill.
Newcastle (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Harper; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutiérrez; Nolan; Carroll.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 3. R1 Y14.
Everton impressed me a bit against Manchester United last weekend and the Magpies have failed to win at Goodison Park in their last seven attempts in the League.
Everton to win.

Tottenham - Wolves
White Hart Lane
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Spurs 0 Wolves 1, Wolves 1 Spurs 0.
Tottenham (Possible, 4-5-1): Cudicini; Corluka, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Huddlestone, Palacios, Bale; Crouch.
Wolves (Possible, 4-4-2): Hahnemann; Foley, Craddock, Stearman, Ward; Jarvis, Henry, Mancienne, Van Damme; Ebanks-Blake, Doyle.
Referee: Mike Jones. Matches: 1. R0 Y4.
Spurs have a strong team like they showed in the Champions League earlier this week. Spurs should be able to win this game, despite struggling with injuries.
Tottenham to win.

West Brom - Birmingham
The Hawthorns
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: N/A.
WBA (Possible, 4-5-1): Carson; Jara, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey; Odemwingie, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Thomas; Fortune.
Birmingham (4-4-2): Foster; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer; McFadden; Jerome.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 4. R0 Y13.
I believe this Midlands derby will be a close one and few goals looks to be a good bet.
Less than 2.5 goals.

Sunderland - Arsenal
The Stadium of Light
Kick off: 17.30 BST
Last season: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 0, Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0.
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Bramble, Richardson; Elmohamady, Malbranque, Henderson, Welbeck; Gyan; Bent.
Arsenal (Possible, 4-3-3): Almunia; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Clichy; Song, Wilshere, Fabregas; Rosicky, Chamakh, Arshavin.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 4. R1 Y19.
Arsenal have had an superb start to the season and looks to be on a roll. I believe the Gunners will be able to win this one as well, even tough it is an difficult away game.
Arsenal to win.

- Sunday -

Manchester United - Liverpool
Old Trafford
Kick off: 1.30 BST
Last season: Liverpool 2 United 0, United 2 Liverpool 1.
Manchester United (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Van der Sar; Neville, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Park; Berbatov; Rooney
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Konchesky; Poulsen, Meireles; Maxi, Gerrard, Jovanovic; Torres.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 1. R0 Y3.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be desperate to get a win against their rivals Liverpool in this one. United should be able to win, but they have struggled to score goals recently, but I believe they will win it.
Manchester United to win.

Wigan - Manchester City
DW Stadium
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Wigan 1 City 1, City 3 Wigan 0.
Wigan (4-4-2): Al-Habsi; Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Stam, Thomas, McCarthy, Diame, Rodallega; Boselli.
Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Richards, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Lescott; De Jong, Barry; Milner, Yaya Toure, Johnson; Tévez.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 3. R1 Y4.
This is a game City should have no problems winning with the team they have. But it ended in a 3-3 draw when these two met here last season.
More than 2.5 goals.

Chelsea - Blackpool
Stamford Bridge
Kick off: 16.00 BST
Last season: N/A.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Kalou, Essien, Mikel; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.
Blackpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Gilks; Eardley, Keinan, Evatt, Crainey; Varney, Adam Vaughan, Grandin; Campbell, Ormerod.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 1. R0 Y4.
With the form Chelsea have shown recently I would expect them to win this game by at least two goals. The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games.
Chelsea to win with 0-1 handicap.

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Premier League 25 and 26 September

- Saturday -

Manchester City - Chelsea
City of Manchester Stadium
Kick off: 12.45 BST
Last season: Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1; Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4.
Manchester City (possible, 4-3-3): Hart; Zabaleta, K Toure, Kompany, Milner; Y Toure, De Jong, Barry; Johnson, Tévez, Silva
Chelsea (possible, 4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole; Essien, Ramires, Mikel; Malouda, Drogba, Anelka.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 4. R1 Y19.
I expect it to be tight between these two. Both of these teams were knocked out of the Carling Cup in midweek. Chelsea have been free-scoring so far this season but have not been up against strong opposition yet.
Draw.

Arsenal - West Brom
Emirates Stadium
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Arsenal 2 West Brom 0 (League Cup)
Arsenal (possible, 4-3-3): Almunia, Sagna, Djourou, Squillaci, Clichy; Denilson, Wilshere, Song; Nasri, Arshavin, Chamakh.
West Brom (possible, 4-5-1): Carson; Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey; Brunt, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas; Odemwingie
Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 2. R0 Y6.
Arsenal have been impressive so far this season and I expect them to steamroll over the Baggies in this one.
Arsenal to win with 0-1 handicap.

Birmingham - Wigan
St Andrews
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Wigan 2 Birmingham 3; Birmingham 1 Wigan 0.
Birmingham (possible, 4-4-2): Foster; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Hleb; Jerome, Zigic
Wigan (possible, 4-5-1): Al Habsi; Boyce, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa; N'Zogbia, McCarthy, Thomas, Diame, Rodallega; Di Santo
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches: 4. R0 Y10.
Wigan struggled at the back during their defeat against Manchester City last weekend. Birmingham have not impressed me too much this season, but I would expect them to win this one at home.
Birmingham to win.

Blackpool - Blackburn
Bloomfield Road
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: n/a
Blackpool (possible, 4-3-3): Gilks; Eardley, Keinan, Evatt, Crainey; Grandin, Vaughan, Adam; Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney.
Blackburn (possible, 4-3-3): Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet; Jones, Nzonzi, Pedersen; M Diouf, Kalinic, E-H Diouf.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 4. R0 Y12.
Blackpool struggled at Chelsea last week, but it is games such as this against Blackburn that they need to win. I believe it will be a tight one but with many goals.
More than 2.5 goals.

Fulham - Everton
Craven Cottage
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Fulham 2 Everton 1; Everton 2 Fulham 1.
Fulham (possible, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Davies; Gera, Dempsey.
Everton (possible, 4-5-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Fellaini, Heitinga, Arteta, Pienaar; Yakubu.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 2. R0 Y8.
New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is still unbeaten in the league this season. Key players such as Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson are on the sidelines with injuries for the Cottagers. Everton have failed to impress so far this season, despite of their draw at home to Manchester United.
More than 2.5 goals.

Liverpool - Sunderland
Anfield
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0; Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0.
Liverpool (possible, 4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky; Maxi, Poulsen; Gerrard, Meireles, Cole; Torres.
Sunderland (possible, 4-5-1): Mignolet; Bardsley, Onuoha, Bramble, Da Silva; Al-Muhammadi, Henderson, Malbranque, Cattermole, Welbeck; Bent.
Referee: Stuart Attwell. Matches: 3. R1 Y19.
Liverpool have had a very poor start to the season and were sent crashing out of the Carling Cup by Northampton earlier this week. But at home Liverpool should be able to win this one.
Liverpool to win.

West Ham - Tottenham
Upton Park
Kick off: 15.00 BST
Last season: West Ham 1 Tottenham 2; Tottenham 2 West Ham 0.
West Ham (possible, 4-3-3): Green; Jacobsen, Da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon; Kovac, Parker, Noble; Piquionne, Cole, Obinna.
Tottenham (possible, 4-4-1-1): Gomes; Hutton, Bassong, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Crouch.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 4. R2 Y10.
The Hammers have had a very poor start to the season. Heurelho Gomes and Luka Modric could return for Spurs for this game. Tottenham have a great chance of winning this game but could be keeping one eye on the Champions League game against Twente on Wednesday.
More than 2.5 goals.

- Sunday -

Bolton - Manchester United
Reebok Stadium
Kick off: 12.00 BST
Last season: Manchester United 2 Bolton 1; Bolton 0 Manchester United 4.
Bolton (possible, 4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Knight, Ricketts, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov; Elmander, Davies.
Manchester United (possible, 4-4-1-1): Van der Sar; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs; Berbatov, Rooney.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 5. R2 Y24.
Dimitar Berbatov have been outstanding for United so far this season and I believe Bolton will be unable to stop him and the rest of the Red Devils.
Manchester United to win.

Wolves - Aston Villa
Molineux
Kick off: 14.05 BST
Last season: Wolves 1 Aston Villa 1; Aston Villa 2 Wolves 2.
Wolves (possible, 4-4-2): Hahnemann; Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward; Jarvis, Jones, Henry, Fletcher; Ebanks-Blake, Doyle.
Aston Villa (possible, 4-4-2): Friedel; L Young; Cuellar, Collins, Warnock; Albrighton, Ireland, Petrov, A Young; Carew, Agbonlahor.
Referee: Mark Halsey. Matches: 2. R0 Y3.
I expect another tight game between these two. I believe there could be few goals in this one as well.
Less than 2.5 goals.

Newcastle - Stoke
St James's Park
Kick off: 16.10 BST
Last season: n/a
Newcastle (possible, 4-4-2): Krul; Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Enrique; Routledge, Barton, Nolan, Ben Arfa; Carroll, Ameobi.
Stoke (possible, 4-4-1-1): Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Whelan, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington; Walters; Jones.
Referee: Mike Jones. Matches: 3. R1 Y10.
Newcastle are coming off wins against Everton and Chelsea and I believe they could manage something in this one as well. But it should be very tight, but entertaining.
More than 2.5 goals.

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Arsenal vs West Bromwich

Arsenal's last five games:
Sep 21, 2010    Tottenham 1 - Arsenal 4    Carl
Sep 18, 2010    Sunderland 1 - Arsenal 1    EPL
Sep 15, 2010    Arsenal 6 - Braga 0    UCL
Sep 11, 2010    Arsenal 4 - Bolton 1    EPL
Aug 28, 2010    Blackburn 1 - Arsenal 2    EPL

West Bromwich's last five games:
Sep 22, 2010    West Bromwich 2 - Man City 1    Carl
Sep 18, 2010    West Bromwich 3 - Birmingham 1    EPL
Sep 11, 2010    West Bromwich 1 - Tottenham 1    EPL
Aug 29, 2010    Liverpool 1 - West Bromwich 0    EPL
Aug 24, 2010    Leyton Orient 0 - West Bromwich 2    Carl

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Fulham vs Everton

Fulham's last five games:
Sep 21, 2010    Stoke 2 - Fulham 0    Carl
Sep 18, 2010    Blackburn 1 - Fulham 1    EPL
Sep 11, 2010    Fulham 2 - Wolves 1    EPL
Aug 28, 2010    Blackpool 2 - Fulham 2    EPL
Aug 25, 2010    Fulham 6 - Port Vale 0    Carl

Everton's last five games:
Sep 21, 2010    Brentford 1 - Everton 1    Carl
Sep 18, 2010    Everton 0 - Newcastle 1    EPL
Sep 11, 2010    Everton 3 - Man Utd. 3    EPL
Aug 29, 2010    Aston Villa 1 - Everton 0    EPL
Aug 25, 2010    Everton 5 - Huddersfield Town 1    Carl

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Liverpool vs Sunderland

Liverpool's last five games:
Sep 22, 2010    Liverpool 2 - Northampton 2    Carl
Sep 19, 2010    Man Utd. 3 - Liverpool 2    EPL
Sep 16, 2010    Liverpool 4 - Steaua 1    EL
Sep 12, 2010    Birmingham 0 - Liverpool 0    EPL
Aug 29, 2010    Liverpool 1 - West Bromwich 0    EPL

Sunderland's last five games:
Sep 21, 2010    Sunderland 1 - West Ham 2    Carl
Sep 18, 2010    Sunderland 1 - Arsenal 1    EPL
Sep 11, 2010    Wigan Athletic 1 - Sunderland 1    EPL
Aug 29, 2010    Sunderland 1 - Man City 0    EPL
Aug 24, 2010    Sunderland 2 - Colchester City 0    Carl