Re: Premier League picks and previews 2010-11

Top scorers in the Premier League:

K. Nolan     Newcastle United     7
C. Tévez     Manchester City     7
F. Malouda     Chelsea     7
D. Berbatov     Manchester United     6
D. Bent     Sunderland     6
D. Drogba     Chelsea     6
A. Carroll     Newcastle United     5
J. Elmander     Bolton Wanderers     5
S. Kalou     Chelsea     5
R. van der Vaart     Tottenham Hotspur     4

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Premier League 6 and 7 November

- Saturday -

Bolton - Tottenham
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: Bolton 2 Tottenham 2, Tottenham 1 Bolton 0.
Bolton: 1-4-1
Tottenham: 3-1-2
Bolton (Probable, 4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, Holden, Taylor; K Davies, Elmander.
Tottenham (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Gomes; Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Keane, Pavlyuchenko.
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 7. R0 Y18.
It has been 9 nine Premier League games since the last time Spurs managed to keep a clean sheet. I expect many goals like their game here last season.
More than 2.5 goals.

Birmingham - West Ham
St Andrew’s
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: Birmingham 1 West Ham 0, West Ham 2 Birmingham 0.
Birmingham: 1-2-3
West Ham: 1-3-2
Birmingham (Probable, 4-4-2): Foster; Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell; Larsson, Ferguson, Hleb, Gardner; Zigic, Jerome.
West Ham (Probable, 4-3-3): Green; Jacobsen, Upson, Da Costa, Gabbidon; Behrami, Parker, Boa Morte; Obinna, Cole, Piquionne.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 4. R2 Y18.
The Hammers have managed to take just eight points from a possible 69 since their last away win, in August 2009. I expect Birmingham to get a narrow win in this one.
Birmingham to win.

Blackburn - Wigan
Ewood Park
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: Wigan 1 Blackburn 1, Blackburn 2 Wigan 1.
Blackburn: 1-2-3
Wigan: 1-3-2
Blackburn (Probable, 4-1-4-1): Robinson; Salgado, Nelsen, Samba, Givet; Jones; M Diouf, Pedersen, Emerton, E Diouf; Benjani.
Wigan (Probable, 4-2-3-1): Al Habsi; Stam, G Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Diame, Thomas; N’Zogbia, Cleverley, Rodallega; Di Santo.
Referee: Kevin Friend. Matches: 3. R1 Y10.
Wigan have only managed to win one of their last seven Premier League games. Wigan Blackburn won here last season and I expect them to win again this time around.
Blackburn to win.

Blackpool - Everton
Bloomfield Road
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: N/A.
Blackpool: 2-0-4
Everton: 3-2-1
Blackpool (Probable, 4-3-3): Gilks; Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey; Grandin, Adam, Vaughan; Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney.
Everton (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Heitinga, Arteta, Pienaar; Cahill, Yakubu.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 8. R1 Y32.
Everton have been strong in their recent away games, winning their last two. Everton could have a chance of winning this one.
Everton to win.

Fulham - Aston Villa
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: Villa 2 Fulham 0, Fulham 0 Villa 2.
Fulham: 1-3-2
Aston Villa: 1-3-2
Fulham (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Gera, Murphy, Greening, Davies; Dembele; Dempsey.
Aston Villa (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Friedel; L Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; Downing, Reo-Coker, Sidwell, Albrighton; A Young; Carew.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 4. R1 Y17.
Villa won both meetings with Fulham last season, but I believe Fulham could manage to win this time around.
Fulham to win.

Manchester United - Wolves
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: United 3 Wolves 1, Wolves 0 United 1.
Manchester United: 3-3-0
Wolves: 1-1-4
Manchester United (Probable, 4-4-2): Van der Sar; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Obertan, Scholes, Carrick, Park; Berbatov, Hernandez.
Wolves (Probable, 4-5-1): Hahnemann; Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward; Jarvis, Edwards, Henry, Milijas, Hunt; Doyle.
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 10. R3 Y43.
Javier Hernandez has been on fire for United recently and I believe that will score in this game against Wolves as well.
Javier Hernandez to score and Man Utd to win with 0-1 handicap.

Sunderland - Stoke
Stadium of Light
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: Stoke 1 Sunderland 0, Sunderland 0 Stoke 0.
Sunderland: 1-4-1
Stoke: 2-1-3
Sunderland (Probable, 4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Onuoha, Turner, Mensah, Richardson; Elmohamady, Henderson, Cattermole, Welbeck; Malbranque, Bent.
Stoke (Probable, 4-4-2): Begovic; Huth, Shawcross, Faye, Collins; Walter, Whitehead, Wilson, Etherington; Jones, Tuncay.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 8. R3 Y27.
Sunderland have been ok recently, but they have failed to score the goal that will secure a win, in several games. I expect it to be close, but a narrow Sunderland win.
Sunderland to win.

- Sunday -

Arsenal - Newcastle
Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 13.30 GMT
Last season: N/A.
Arsenal: 3-1-2
Newcastle: 3-1-2
Arsenal (Probable, 4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Denilson; Nasri, Fabregas, Arshavin; Chamakh.
Newcastle (Probable, 4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutiérrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 8. R0 Y23.
Newcastle have struggled a lot away gainst Arsenal, only scoring in two of their last seven visitis to the Gunners.
Arsenal to win.

West Brom - Manchester City
The Hawthorns
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Last season: N/A.
West Brom: 3-2-1
Manchester City: 4-0-2
WBA (Probable, 4-4-2): Carson; Zuiverloon, Tamas, Pablo, Shorey; Brunt, Mulumbu, Scharner, Thomas; Cox, Fortune.
Man City (4-3-1-2): Hart; Richards, K Youre, Kompany, Boateng; Milner, Y Toure, Barry; Silva; Adebayor, Balotelli
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 7. R2 Y15.
City have struggled a lot recently and have lost in their last three League games at the Hawthorns. I believe West Brom could manage to shock City in this one as well.
West Brom to win.

Liverpool - Chelsea
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
Last season: Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0, Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2.
Liverpool: 2-1-3
Chelsea: 4-1-1
Liverpool (Probable, 4-2-3-1): Reina; Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky; Meireles, Lucas; Maxi, Gerrard, Jovanovic; Torres.
Chelsea (Probable, 4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, A Cole; Mikel, Essien, Zhirkov; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 7. R0 Y28.
Chelsea won both meetings with Liverpool last season and the Reds have had an terrible start to the season. Chelsea should win this one.
Chelsea to win.

Re: Premier League picks and previews 2010-11

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

Premier League 6 and 7 November

Bolton - Tottenham
Prediction: 1-1

Birmingham - West Ham
Prediction: 2-1

Blackburn - Wigan
Prediction: 2-0

Blackpool - Everton
Prediction: 0-2

Fulham - Aston Villa
Prediction: 2-1

Manchester United - Wolves
Prediction: 2-0

Sunderland - Stoke
Prediction: 2-1

Arsenal - Newcastle
Prediction: 3-0

West Brom - Manchester City
Prediction: 0-2

Liverpool - Chelsea
Prediction: 1-1

Last edited by litlio (2010-11-05 12:27:41)

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Sunderland vs Stoke

Suspended: Bramble (one match)
Injured: Campbell & Meyler (both knee)

Doubtful: Delap (calf), Fuller (shoulder)
Injured: Sidibe (Achilles)

In the four Premier League meetings between Stoke and Sunderland, no goals have been scored by the away team.

Sunderland has not been a happy hunting ground for the Potters in recent years. They have not won there since 1994.

Stoke could name six former Sunderland stars in their squad: Danny Collins, Rory Delap, Danny Higginbotham, Kenwyne Jones, Thomas Sorensen and Dean Whitehead.

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Man Utd vs Wolverhampton

Man Utd
Doubtful: Anderson, Jonny Evans, Gibson & Macheda (all flu), Fletcher (ankle)
Injured: Giggs & Owen (both hamstring), Hargreaves (calf), Nani (groin), Rooney & Valencia (both ankle)

Injured: Craddock (thigh), Guedioura (leg), Kightly (knee), Zubar (ankle)

Wolves have not enjoyed a victory at Old Trafford in over 30 years, and lost both last season's Premier League encounters without scoring a goal.

Their last win at Old Trafford was a 1-0 victory in a league match in February 1980.

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West Brom vs Man City

West Brom
Suspended: Jara (three matches)
Doubtful: Morrison & Odemwingie (both knee)
Injured: Olsson (Achilles)

Manchester City
Doubtful: Tevez (thigh) Injured: Nimely (ankle), M Johnson (knee)

West Brom have won their last three Premier League home matches against Manchester City.

Albion have won 49 of their previous 126 league meetings, with City winning 51.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea

Doubtful: Agger (calf), Kuyt (ankle)
Injured: Aurelio (groin), Cole (hamstring)

Doubtful: Bosingwa (illness), Lampard (hernia), Malouda (ankle)
Injured: Benayoun (Achilles)

Liverpool and Chelsea have met 26 times in various competitions since October 2004. Chelsea have won 12 of those games, and Liverpool seven.

Chelsea won a league game at Anfield for the first time in four attempts in May; the 2-0 success left them on the verge of the title.

There have been 24 goals in the last seven league and cup games between them.

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Bolton vs Tottenham

Doubtful: Petrov (hamstring)
Injured: Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf)

Doubtful: Van der Vaart (hamstring)
Injured: Dawson (knee & ankle), Defoe (ankle), Corluka, King & Woodgate (all groin), O'Hara (back)

Tottenham have lost only one of their last nine league and cup games against Bolton.

Spurs' last top-flight win away to Bolton was a 3-2 victory at Burnden Park on 20 March 1996, when David Howells, Ruel Fox and Chris Armstrong all netted.

Tottenham did win at the Reebok Stadium in October 2004, beating Bolton 4-3 after extra-time in a League Cup third-round tie.

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Blackpool vs Everton

Doubtful: Cathcart (back)
Injured: Almond (shoulder), Baptiste, Clarke, Martin & Rachubka (all knee)

Doubtful: Anichebe (knee/fitness)
Injured: Barkley (leg), Fellaini (hamstring), Osman (ankle)

Everton are unbeaten in their last five games against Blackpool.

The last league match between the sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on 24 April 1971.

Everton's games have produced the fewest Premier League goals this season (18), while Blackpool's have yielded the most (36).

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Birmingham vs West Ham

Injured: McFadden (knee)

West Ham
Doubtful: Da Costa (ankle), Upson (hamstring)
Injured: Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee), Hitzlsperger (thigh), Noble (appendix)

The Hammers have lost only one of their last seven games against Blues, winning four of those matches.

The 1-0 defeat at St Andrew's last season is West Ham's only defeat away to Birmingham in 25 years.