Re: Premier League 09-10

It is six years since Manchester United last won their final four matches of the season. In 2002-03 they beat Blackburn, Tottenham, Charlton and Everton on their way to the title.

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Premier League 24 and 25 April

- Saturday -

Manchester United - Tottenham
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 12.45 BST
Manchester United: 4-1-1
Tottenham: 5-0-1
- Probable Teams -
Manchester United (4-3-3): Van der Sar; Neville, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Fletcher, Scholes, Gibson; Valencia, Rooney, Giggs.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Gomes; Kaboul, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 25. R: 9. Y: 95.
This season: Spurs 1 United 3.
Last season: Spurs 0 United 0, United 5 Spurs 2.
Tottenham have shown such good form recently, but I cannot see them getting anything here at Old Trafford. United are in a desparte battle with Chelsea for the Premier League title.
Manchester United to win.

Bolton - Portsmouth
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Bolton: 2-0-4
Portsmouth: 0-2-4
- Probable Teams -
Bolton Wanderers (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Ricketts, Muamba, Wilshere, Taylor; K Davies.
Portsmouth (4-4-2): James; Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Wilson, Sowah; Diop, Yebda, Brown, Boateng; Piquionne, Utaka.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 25. R: 3. Y: 97.
This season: Portsmouth 2 Bolton 3.
Last season: Bolton 2 Portsmouth 1, Portsmouth 2 Bolton 0.
Bolton look safe while Portsmouth are already down have one eye on the FA Cup final. Pompey will be looking to avoid injuries in this game.
Bolton to win.

Hull - Sunderland
KC Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Hull: 1-1-4
Sunderland: 3-1-2
- Probable Teams -
Hull City (4-5-1): Myhill; McShane, Sonko, Mouyokolo, Dawson; Fagan, Bullard, Boateng, Cairney, Kilbane; Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Gordon; Hutton, Turner, Mensah, Richardson; Campbell, Meyler, Henderson, Malbranque; Jones, Bent.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 24. R: 4. Y: 60.
This season: Sunderland 4 Hull 1.
Last season: Hull 1 Sunderland 4, Sunderland 1 Hull 0.
If Hull lose this game they are most likely down and their confidence is very low at the moment. Sunderland have started to improve recently.
Draw.

West Ham - Wigan
Upton Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
West Ham: 1-1-4
Wigan: 2-1-3
- Probable Teams -
West Ham United (4-4-2): Green; Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Spector; Kovac, Noble, Parker, Behrami; Cole, Ilan.
Wigan Athletic (4-5-1): Kirkland; Melchiot, Gohouri, Bramble, Figueroa; Rodallega, Diame, Watson, McCarthy, N'Zogbia; Moreno.
Referee: Alan Wiley. Matches: 24. R: 5. Y: 75.
This season: Wigan 1 West Ham 0.
Last season: West Ham 2 Wigan 1, Wigan 0 West Ham 2.
West Ham failed to impress me against Liverpool in the 3-0 defeat on Monday. Manager Gianfranco Zola is expected to be out at the end of the season. This will be a key game for the Hammers in their battle to avoid relegation.
West Ham to win.

Wolves - Blackburn
Molineux
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Wolves: 1-3-2
Blackburn: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Wolves (4-4-1-1): Hahnemann; Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi; Mancienne, Jones, Foley, Jarvis; Edwards; Doyle.
Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1): Robinson; Salgado, Nelsen, Jones, Givet; Andrews, Nzonzi, Dunn, Pedersen, Olsson; Kalinic.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 21. R: 4. Y: 71.
This season: Blackburn 3 Wolves 1.
Last season: N/A.
Wolves could be safe, but will be even safer if they manage to win this game against Blackburn. I believe Wolves can win this one as Blackburn are much better at Ewood Park than on the road.
Wolves to win.

Arsenal - Manchester City
Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
Arsenal: 3-1-2
Manchester City: 4-1-1
- Probable Teams -
Arsenal (4-4-1-1): Almunia; Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy; Walcott, Eboué, Diaby, Nasri; van Persie; Bendtner.
Man City (4-4-2): Given; Onuoha, Kompany, Toure, Bridge; A Johnson, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy; Tévez, Adebayor.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 27. R: 6. Y: 104.
This season: City 4 Arsenal 2.
Last season: City 3 Arsenal 2, Arsenal 2 City 0.
The Gunners suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Wigan last weekend while City lost at home against rivals Manchester United. I believe this will be a close one.
Draw.

- Sunday -

Aston Villa - Birmingham
Villa Park
Kick-off: 12.00 BST
Aston Villa: 3-3-0
Birmingham: 0-3-3
- Probable Teams -
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Friedel; Cuéllar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; L Young, Milner, Petrov, Downing; Carew, Agbonlahor.
Birmingham (4-4-2): Hart; Carr, R Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey; Jerome, McFadden.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 25. R: 2. Y: 66.
This season: Birmingham 0 Villa 1.
Last season: N/A.
Aston Villa have been very good recently and are back in the race for the important fourth place. Birmingham impressed earlier this season, but they have been poor recently.
Aston Villa to win.

Burnley - Liverpool
Turf Moor
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Burnley: 1-0-5
Liverpool: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Burnley (4-5-1): Jensen; Mears, Cort, Duff, Fox; Paterson, Elliott, Alexander, Cork, Eagles; Fletcher.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Agger; Lucas, Gerrard; Mascherano, Kuyt, Maxi; Ngog.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 28. R: 4. Y: 113.
This season: Liverpool 4 Burnley 0.
Last season: N/A.
Even Liverpool without Fernando Torres should be able to win here at Turf Moor.
Liverpool to win.

Everton - Fulham
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Everton: 3-3-0
Fulham: 1-2-3
- Probable Teams -
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Arteta, Pienaar; Cahill; Saha.
Fulham (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Smalling, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff; Gera; Zamora.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches:  27. R: 1. Y: 83.
This season: Fulham 2 Everton 1.
Last season: Everton 1 Fulham 0, Fulham 0 Everton 2.
Fulham have the Europa League to think about whilke Everton are finishing the season strongly and should be able to win this one.
Everton to win. 

Chelsea - Stoke
Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Chelsea: 5-0-1
Stoke: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Chelsea (4-3-1-2): Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Bruma, A Cole; Kalou, Deco, Lampard; Ballack; Anelka, Drogba.
Stoke City (4-4-2): Sorensen; Huth, Ab Faye, Higginbotham, Collins; Lawrence, Whitehead, Whelan, Delap; Sanli, Kitson.
Referee: Steve Bennett. Matches: 25. R: 5. Y: 95.
This season: Stoke 1 Chelsea 2.
Last season: Stoke 0 Chelsea 2, Chelsea 2 Stoke 1.
Chelsea will be desperate to win this game as Manchester United looks favourites to win all three of their remaining games of the season. Stoke have not been to strong recently and Chelsea should have no problems winning this game, but it could be close.
Chelsea to win.

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Chelsea and Stoke City have met 71 times in the league. Chelsea lead by 33 wins to 22, with 16 draws.

Chelsea are enjoying a five-game winning streak over the Potters, including all three Premier League meetings.

Stoke's last victory at Stamford Bridge was 36 years ago this month, 1-0 in the old first division in 1974.

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Burnley's last league victory over Liverpool was at Turf Moor in December 1973. Of the current squad, only Graham Alexander was alive back then.

Burnley knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Turf Moor in January 2005. Djimi Traore's own goal gave the Clarets victory in Rafa Benitez's first match in the competition.

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Premier League 1, 2 and 3 May

- Saturday -

Birmingham - Burnley
St Andrews
Kick-off: 12.45 BST
Birmingham: 0-3-3
Burnley: 1-0-5
- Probable Teams -
Birmingham City (4-5-1): Hart; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Larsson, Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden; Jerome.
Burnley (4-3-3): Jensen; Mears, Duff, Cort, Fox; Cork, Alexander, Elliott; Paterson, Fletcher, Nugent.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 24. R 4. Y 60.
This season: Burnley 2 Birmingham 1.
Last season: Burnley 1 Birmingham 1, Burnley 1 Birmingham 1.
Birmingham have had a great season, but they have struggled a lot recently. Burnley have two games left but will be going back down to the Championship. Birmingham should be able to win this game at home.
Birmingham to win.

Manchester City - Aston Villa
City of Manchester Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Manchester City: 4-1-1
Aston Villa: 4-2-0
- Probable Teams -
Manchester City (4-1-3-2): Nielsen; Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Bridge; De Jong; Barry, Johnson, Bellamy; Tévez, Adebayor.
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Friedel; Cuéllar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Downing, Petrov, Milner, A Young; Agbonlahor, Carew.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches: 29. R 5. Y 79.
This season: Villa 1 City 1.
Last season: Villa 4 City 2, City 2 Villa 0.
Both teams have impressed with strong form recently, but I will have to go for a City win in this one. City have been good recently, but lost against Manchester United and drew at Arsenal last week.
Manchester City to win.

Portsmouth - Wolves
Fratton Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Portsmouth: 0-3-3
Wolves: 1-4-1
- Probable Teams -
Portsmouth (4-4-1-1): James; Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Rocha, Sowah; Yebda, Utaka, Brown, Hughes; Piquionne, Dindane.
Wolves (4-1-4-1): Hahnemann; Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi; Mancienne; Foley, Edwards, Jones, Ward; Doyle.
Referee: Mike Jones. Matches: 18. R 1. Y 59.
This season: Wolves 0 Portsmouth 1.
Last season: N/A.
The Portsmouth players will be playing for their future in this game as all players are up for sale at Fratton Park, due to their financial situation. Pompey have the FA Cup final left to be played and will save players who could be struggling with minor knocks and bruises.
More than 2.5 goals.

Stoke - Everton
Britannia Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Stoke: 2-1-3
Everton: 3-3-0
- Probable Teams -
Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic; Higginbotham, Huth Ab Faye, Collins; Delap, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington; Fuller, Kitson.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Bilyaletdinov, Neville, Arteta, Pienaar; Cahill; Saha.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 26. R 3. Y 99.
This season: Everton 1 Stoke 1.
Last season: Stoke 2 Everton 3, Everton 3 Stoke 1.
Their first meeting this season ended in a 1-1 draw at Everton, but the visitors have been strong recently, but Stoke are always good at home. I believe in a close one.
Draw.

Tottenham - Bolton
White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Tottenham: 4-0-2
Bolton: 1-1-4
- Probable Teams -
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Gomes; Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Bassong, Bale; Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric; Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Weiss, Muamba, Wilshere, Taylor; Klasnic, K Davies.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 25. R 2. Y 66.
This season: Bolton 2 Spurs 2.
Last season: Spurs 2 Bolton 0, Bolton 3 Spurs 2.
Tottenham have impressed me a lot this season and are leading the chase for a fourth place finish this season. Bolton have struggled this season but are safe from relegation.
Tottenham to win with 0-1 handicap.

- Sunday -

Liverpool - Chelsea
Anfield
Kick-off: 13.30 BST
Liverpool: 3-2-1
Chelsea: 5-0-1
- Probable Teams -
Liverpool (4-4-1-1): Reina; Johnson, Carragher, ayala, Agger; Maxi, Aquilani, Mascherano, Babel; Gerard; Kuyt.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ferreira, Terry, Alex, A Cole; Lampard, Ballack, Malouda; Kalou, Drogba, Anelka.
Referee: Alan Wiley. Matches: 25. R 5. Y 78.
This season: Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0.
Last season: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0.
Liverpool will be desperate to bounce back from their Europa League semi-final failour against Atletico Madrid on Thursday. But Chelsea have been very strong recently. Liverpool needs a win in this one to have a chance of finishing fourth in the Premier League table.
More than 2.5 goals.

Fulham - West Ham
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
Fulham: 1-2-3
West Ham: 2-1-3
- Probable Teams -
Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Pantsil, Baird, Smalling, Shorey; Dempsey, Dikgacoi, Greening, Riise; Okaka, Nevland.
West Ham (4-4-2): Green; Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Spector; Behrami, Parker, Kovac, Noble; Ilan, Cole.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 26. R 9. Y 96.
This season: West Ham 2 Fulham 2.
Last season: Fulham 1 West Ham 2, West Ham 3 Fulham 1.
Fulham managed to get into the Europa League final on Thursday, but their players should have that strong performance against Hamburg in their legs coming into this game. West Ham have a chance of causing an upset in this one.
More than 2.5 goals.

Sunderland - Manchester United
Stadium of Light
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Sunderland: 4-0-2
Manchester United: 4-1-1
- Probable Teams -
Sunderland (4-4-2): Gordon; Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon, Richardson; Campbell, Henderson, Meyler, Malbranque; Bent, Jones.
Manchester United (4-3-3): Van der Sar; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Fletcher, Scholes, Giggs; Valencia, Berbatov, Nani.
Referee: Steve Bennett. Matches: 26. R 5. Y 98.
This season: United 2 Sunderland 2.
Last season: United 1 Sunderland 0, Sunderland 1 United 2.
It has been ages since Sunderland last managed to beat Manchester United and I do not expect them to win this season either. United have been very strong recently and are desperate for a win in their battle with Chelsea for the Premier League title.
Manchester United to win.

- Monday -

Wigan - Hull
DW Stadium
Kick-off: 13.30 BST
Wigan: 2-1-3
Hull: 0-1-5
- Probable Teams -
Wigan Athletic (4-3-3): Kirkland; Melchiot, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa; Watson, Diame, McCarthy; N'Zogbia, Moreno, Rodallega.
Hull City (4-4-2): Duke; Mendy, Gardner, Mouyokolo, Dawson; Barmby, Fagan, Boateng, Bullard, Geovanni; Folan, Altidore.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 28. R 5. Y 86.
This season: Hull 2 Wigan 1.
Last season: Hull 0 Wigan 5, Wigan 1 Hull 0.
Hull have got nothing to play for in this one as they are all but relegated. Wigan won both meetings last season, but lost away to Hull this season. Wigan should win at home at the DW Stadium.
Wigan to win.

Blackburn - Arsenal
Ewood Park
Kick-off: 17.00 BST
Blackburn: 2-3-1
Arsenal: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Blackburn Rovers (3-5-2): Robinson; Nelsen, Jones, Givet; Salgado, Basturk, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Olsson; Kalinic, Roberts.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy; Song, Diaby; Walcott, Arshavin, Rosicky; van Persie.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 29. R 4. Y 118.
This season: Arsenal 6 Blackburn 2.
Last season: Blackburn 0 Arsenal 4, Arsenal 4 Blackburn 0.
Arsenal needs to strengthen this summer and it is likely that Arsene Wenger will get a bit money to spend. They are currently out of the race for the Premier League title, but are ready for the Champions League next season. They have been strong against Blackburn in recent seasons, but Wenger could be tempted into giving his youngster a chance in this one.
More than 2.5 goals.

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Sunderland's last league win over Manchester United came in March 1997. Since then Sir Alex Ferguson's side have won 11 and drawn four of their last 15 league meetings.

United have won five and lost none of their last seven trips to Wearside.

Ferguson has won 10 and drawn three of the 13 meetings with former skipper Steve Bruce as opposing coach.

Source: BBC

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Leaders Chelsea can seal a third league double over Liverpool in the last six seasons.

Liverpool are unbeaten against the Blues at Anfield in their last three meetings (W2, D1) since a 4-1 defeat in October 2005.

There have been 22 goals in the last six games between the two sides in all competitions.

Source: BBC

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Team news update, Sunderland v Manchester United:

Man Utd duo fit for Sunderland clash
Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand returned to training on Friday.
http://www.ontheminute.com/news/news.php?news=22488

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Sunderland v Manchester United:

It is six years since the club last won their final four matches of the season. In 2002-03 they beat Blackburn, Tottenham, Charlton and Everton on their way to the title.

United have the best defensive record in the division, conceding 28 goals in 36 matches. They have kept four clean sheets in a row away from home in the top flight.

Wayne Rooney has scored 148 club goals, while Paul Scholes needs one more to register 150 for Manchester United.

Source: BBC

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Sunderland v Manchester United:

The Black Cats kept their first clean sheet in eight games last time out.

But they have lost only two of their last 10 games, winning five of those matches.

Steve Bruce's side have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light.

Source: BBC