English Premiership Correct Score Predictions: Week 14 – 05/12/09
As Christmas looms, the 2009/10 EPL table is taking shape, with Chelsea looking dominant and Portsmouth looking doomed. Can Liverpool break into the top four, and will Bolton be able to escape the bottom three?
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
Arsenal v Stoke – Arsenal suffered their first home defeat of the season, with a comprehensive 3-0 loss at the hands of London rivals Chelsea. Manager Arsene Wenger maintains that his side still have genuine title ambitions, but Chelsea’s victory opened up an eleven point gap between the two sides. Arsenal do have the benefit of a game in hand, but they will need to win the majority of their remaining games if they are to repay the managers faith. Stoke held out for a goalless draw with Blackburn, moving onto twenty points for the season, just five behind the Gunners. Tony Pulis and his men will expect a sterner examination at the Emirates, but will take heart from an away record this season which has seen them defeated just twice. Verdict 2-0.
Aston Villa v Hull – Aston Villa have fallen off the pace of late with two successive 1-1 draws, the latest one against fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham. That result left them in sixth place, and outside of the European places on goal difference. Opponents Hull have started to turn around their fortunes, and a hard fought 1-1 draw at Manchester City helped move them to fifteenth place, four points clear of the relegation zone. Verdict 2-1.
Blackburn v Liverpool – Blackburn were forced to settle for a point after a goalless encounter with Stoke. The hosts missed a succession of chances and remain in the bottom half of the table, five points above the drop-zone. Liverpool eased some of the disappointment over their early Champions League exit with a 2-0 win over local rivals Everton. The three points helped the Reds into fifth, just three points behind third placed Spurs. Verdict 1-3.
Man City v Chelsea – Manchester City were involved in a seventh successive draw, succumbing to a late Jimmy Bullard penalty at home to Hull. The sequence of results has severely dented their title ambitions, leaving them fourteen points behind opponents Chelsea. The Blues strengthened their own position at the top of the table with a 3-0 victory at Arsenal, leaving them five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United. Verdict 1-2.