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Premier League 9 March

- Wednesday -

Everton - Birmingham
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
This season: Birmingham 0 Everton 2.
Last season: Birmingham 2 Everton 2. Everton 1 Birmingham 1.
Everton: 3-1-2
Birmingham: 3-0-3
Referee: Peter Walton
Birmingham have been pritty strong recently, but the Toffees are very strong at home and should have a good chance at winning this one, but I expect it to be entertaining and many goals is probably the best pick from this one.
More than 2.5 goals.

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Top scorers ahead of this game:

D. Berbatov     Manchester United     19
C. Tévez     Manchester City     18
K. Nolan     Newcastle United     11
D. Bent     Sunderland     11
A. Carroll     Newcastle United     11
J. Hernández     Manchester United     10
R. van Persie     Arsenal     10
D. Drogba     Chelsea     10
R. van der Vaart     Tottenham Hotspur     10
C. Dempsey     Fulham     9

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Everton - Birmingham

Everton's last five:
13/02/11     PRL     Bolton Wanderers     2 - 0     Everton
19/02/11     FAC     Chelsea     P 1 - 1 P     Everton
26/02/11     PRL     Everton     2 - 0     Sunderland
01/03/11     FAC     Everton     0 - 1     Reading
05/03/11     PRL     Newcastle United     1 - 2     Everton

Birmingham's last five:
12/02/11     PRL     Birmingham City     1 - 0     Stoke City
15/02/11     PRL     Birmingham City     0 - 2     Newcastle United
19/02/11     FAC     Birmingham City     3 - 0     Sheffield Wedn…
27/02/11     LEC     Arsenal     1 - 2     Birmingham City
05/03/11     PRL     Birmingham City     1 - 3     West Bromwich …

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Everton    v    Birmingham

Everton

Doubtful: Neville (hamstring)
Injured: Cahill (foot), Fellaini (ankle)

Birmingham

Doubtful: Ferguson (rib), Gardner (dead leg), Jiranek (thigh), Hleb Knee), Ridgewell & Zidic (both groin)
Injured: Dann (hamstring), McFadden (knee), Valles (foot)


Match facts from the BBC:

There has not been a home win on the last five occasions these teams have met.

Everton won 2-0 at St Andrew's earlier this season and are looking to do their first double over Birmingham since 1986.

Birmingham have not won in the league at Goodison Park since 1957, a run of 25 matches.

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Premier League 19 and 20 March

- Saturday -

Tottenham - West Ham
White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 12.45
This season: West Ham 1 Tottenham 0.
Last season: Tottenham 2 West Ham 0, West Ham 1 Tottenham 2.
Tottenham: 3-2-1
West Ham: 3-2-1
Tottenham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Gomes, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Pienaar, Sandro, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Crouch.
West Ham (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Green; Tomkins, Da Costa, Upson, Bridge; Parker; Piquionne, Hitzlsperger, Noble, Obinna; Cole.
Referee: Mike Dean (Matches 23 R2 Y78).
Tottenham are strong at home and won 2-0 here last season. Spurs should be able to beat the Hammers at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham to win.

Aston Villa - Wolves
Villa Park
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Wolves 1 Aston Villa 2.
Last season: Aston Villa 2 Wolves 2, Wolves 1 Aston Villa 1.
Aston Villa: 2-2-2
Wolves: 2-2-2
Villa (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Cuellar, Baker, Delph; Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Downing; A Young, Bent.
Wolves: (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Hennessey; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi; Hammill, Milijas, Henry, Jarvis; Ward, Doyle.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Matches 22 R7 Y87).
Aston Villa have been strong against Wolves in recent games and I expect Villa to have a good chance at winning this one at Villa Park.
Aston Villa to win.

Blackburn - Blackpool
Ewood Park
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Blackpool 1 Blackburn 2.
Last season: Not played.
Blackburn: 1-1-4
Blackpool: 1-1-4
Blackburn (Possible, 4-4-2): Robinson; Salgado, Nelsen, Samba, Olsson; Hoilett, Nzonzi, J Jones, Pedersen; Diouf, Roberts.
Blackpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Baptiste; Southern, Adam, Vaughan; Varney, Beattie, Kornilenko.
Referee: Howard Webb (Matches 21 R2 Y67).
Blackburn have been terrible recently, but Blackpool have not been too much stronger. Should be a home win in this one.
Blackburn to win.

Manchester United - Bolton
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Bolton 2 Manchester United 2.
Last season: Bolton 0 Manchester United 4, Manchester United 2 Bolton 1.
Manchester United: 4-0-2
Bolton: 3-1-2
United (Possible, 4-4-2): Van der Sar; Brown, Evans, Smalling, Evra; Valencia, Obertan, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney, Hernandez.
Bolton (Possible, 4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Robinson; Elmander, Holden, Muamba, Petrov; K Davies, Sturridge.
Referee: Andre Marriner (Matches 20 R2 Y70).
Manchester United must win this game at home against Bolton in order to stay ahead in the race for the title and they probably will win.
Manchester United to win.

Stoke - Newcastle
Britannia Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Newcastle 1 Stoke 2.
Last season: Not played.
Stoke: 2-1-3
Newcastle: 1-3-2
Stoke (Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham; Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Jones.
Newcastle (Possible, 4-4-2): Harper; S Taylor, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Simpson, Tiote, Nolan, Gutiérrez; Best, Lovenkrands.
Referee: Lee Mason (Matches 16 R3 Y72).
Stoke are very strong at home and they managed to beat the Magpies in their meeting at St James' Park. Stoke should win this one.
Stoke to win.

West Brom - Arsenal
The Hawthorns
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Arsenal 2 West Brom 3.
Last season: Not played.
West Brom: 1-4-1
Arsenal: 4-2-0
WBA (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Carson; Reid, Olsson, Méïté, Shorey; Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas; Odemwingie.
Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Almunia; Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Wilshere, Denilson; Arshavin, Diaby, Nasri; Van Persie.
Referee Stuart Attwell (Matches 10 R2 Y38).
West Brom have failed to impress me recently while Arsenal will be desperate to bounce back from their recent exits from both the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Arsenal to win.

Wigan - Birmingham
DW Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00
This season: Birmingham 0 Wigan 0.
Last season: Birmingham 1 Wigan 0, Wigan 2 Birmingham 3.
Wigan: 1-2-3
Birmingham: 2-1-3
Wigan (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Al Habsi; Lopez, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Watson, Diame; Moses, McCarthy, Cleverley; Rodallega.
Birmingham (Possible, 4-4-2): Foster; Parnaby, Jiranek, Davies, Murphy; Larsson, Ferguson, Mutch, Beausejour; Phillips, Jerome.
Referee: Lee Probert (Matches 18 R5 Y44).
Birmingham have been better than Wigan recently, but I expect a close game between these two, but it should be entertaining.
More than 2.5 goals.

Everton - Fulham
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 17.30
This season: Fulham 0 Everton 0.
Last season: Everton 2 Fulham 1, Fulham 2 Everton 1.
Everton: 3-1-2
Fulham: 2-3-1
Everton (Possible, 4-4-2): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Rodwell, Neville, Arteta; Beckford, Saha.
Fulham (Possible, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Dembele, A Johnson.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Matches 12 R2 Y43).
Everton are very strong at home at Goodison Park and I believe they will be able to beat Fulham in this one.
Everton to win.

- Sunday -

Sunderland - Liverpool
Stadium Of Light
Kick-off: 13.30
This season: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2.
Last season: Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0, Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0.
Sunderland: 0-2-4
Liverpool: 4-1-1
Sunderland (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Mignolet; Ferdinand, Mensah, Bramble, Bardsley; Muntari; Sessegnon, Henderson, Richardson, Malbranque; Gyan.
Liverpool (4-4-2): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Carragher; Meireles, Poulse, Lucas, Maxi; Suarez, Kuyt.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Matches 13 R2 Y37).
Liverpool have impressed recently and I expect them to have a good chance at beating a team that are struggling.
Liverpool to win.

Chelsea - Manchester City
Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16.00
This season: Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0.
Last season: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4, Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1.
Chelsea: 4-1-1
Manchester City: 2-2-2
Chelsea (Possible, 4-3-3): Cech; Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard; Anelka, Torres, Malouda.
City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; De Jong, Barry; Tévez, Y Toure, Silva; Dzeko.
Referee Chris Foy (Matches 21 R1 Y47).
Chelsea have been very strong recently, but they have struggled in their recent meetings with Manchester City. Could be a close one.
Less than 2.5 goals.

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Top scorers ahead of this round:

D. Berbatov     Manchester United     19
C. Tévez     Manchester City     18
D. Bent     Sunderland     11
A. Carroll     Newcastle United     11
K. Nolan     Newcastle United     11
D. Drogba     Chelsea     10
R. van der Vaart     Tottenham Hotspur     10
J. Hernández     Manchester United     10
R. van Persie     Arsenal     10
A. Gyan     Sunderland     9

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

Premier League 19 and 20 March

Tottenham - West Ham
Prediction: 2-1

Aston Villa - Wolves
Prediction: 2-0

Blackburn - Blackpool
Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United - Bolton
Prediction: 2-0

Stoke - Newcastle
Prediction: 2-1

West Brom - Arsenal
Prediction: 1-1

Wigan - Birmingham
Prediction: 0-0

Everton - Fulham
Prediction: 2-1

Sunderland - Liverpool
Prediction: 2-1

Chelsea - Manchester City
Prediction: 1-1

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Tottenham - West Ham

Tottenham

Injured: Huddlestone (ankle/fitness), Kaboul & Palacios (both knee), King & Woodgate (groin)

West Ham

Doubtful: Ba (unspecified), Piquionne (foot)
Injured/unavailable: Collison & Kurucz (both knee), Keane (ineligible), Stanislas (hernia)

Facts from the BBC:

West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 in September, ending a run of five successive Spurs wins in this fixture.

The Hammers' last victory at White Hart Lane was a 2-1 win on 24 April 1999. Harry Redknapp was the West Ham manager that day, while the visitors' team sheet included Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Ian Wright.

Spurs have dropped points in five of nine Premier League games which followed Champions League duty. Three of their six league losses this term came off the back of European action, including their only home defeat (against Wigan in August).

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Aston Villa - Wolves

Aston Villa

Suspended: Clark (two matches)
Injured: Collins & L Young (both calf), Dunne (shoulder)

Wolves

Doubtful: Guedioura (fitness)
Injured: Edwards & Zubar (both back), Hunt (calf)

Facts from the BBC:

Villa are unbeaten in their last 17 league and cup matches against Wolves (W13, D4) since a 3-1 home defeat on 10 March 1980.

Wolves have conceded in each of their last 11 league visits to Villa Park since 1963.

Gerard Houllier's first league game in charge of Villa was a 2-1 victory at Wolves in September. Villa have only won five of their subsequent 23 league matches.

These two clubs met on the opening day of the inaugural Football League season in 1888. That game ended 1-1 at Molineux.

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Blackburn - Blackpool

Blackburn

Suspended: Givet (two matches)
Doubtful: Andrews (groin), Dunn (hip), Grella (Achilles),
P Jones (knee)

Blackpool

Suspended: Campbell (two matches)
Injured/unavailable: Basham & Sbai (both fitness),
Clarke & Rachubka (both knee), Gilks (calf)

Facts from the BBC:

Blackburn are looking to complete a first ever league double over Blackpool following their 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road in September. This is the 22nd season the two clubs have been in the same division.

If Rovers win they will join Manchester City, Chelsea and Birmingham in beating Blackpool both home and away this term.

Blackpool's Matt Phillips scored the fastest goal in the Premier League so far this season after 49 seconds in the reverse fixture.

Blackpool have won on three of their last four trips to Ewood Park, although those victories were back in the 1970s.