English Premiership Correct Score Predictions: Week 8 – 17/10/09
The Premiership’s elite return after the international break to concentrate on domestic matters. Can Chelsea extend their lead at the expense of Aston Villa? Will Portsmouth be able to drag themselves off of the foot of the table?
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Saturday, 17 October 2009
Arsenal v Birmingham- The international break couldn’t have come at a worse time for Arsene Wenger, after seeing his side thrash Blackburn 6-2 in their last outing. That win sent the Gunners fifth, with nine points and eleven goals from their last three games. The fact that Blackburn twice took the lead suggests that there are still defensive frailties for the manager to assess, but up from, the Gunners are firing on all cylinders. Birmingham should have new owners in place by kick-off, although they will have to wait until the transfer window to take advantage of any new spending power. At present, they sit fourteenth in the table, a 2-1 defeat at Burnley making it three games without a point. Verdict 3-1.
Aston Villa v Chelsea – Villa currently sit seventh in the table, their last match being a 1-1 draw against big-spending Manchester City. Had it not been for the surprise loss at Blackburn the week before, Villa could have been level on points with third placed Spurs. Chelsea sit top of the pile, courtesy of a 2-0 defeat of fellow title challengers Liverpool. The Blues will hope to add more points to their tally now, before the African Nations Cup relieves them of their star players. Verdict 1-1.
Everton v Wolverhampton – After a poor start to the season, Everton have started to climb the table, sitting in tenth position. A tight 1-1 draw at home to Stoke in their last match ended a run of three straight wins. The Toffees have the measure of weaker opposition, having beaten Portsmouth, Blackburn and Hull, and will look to dispense with struggling Wolverhampton. Wolves are just one spot above the relegation zone, although, with the bottom half of the table tightly congested, a win would put them level on points with Everton. Defeat to Portsmouth in their last game made it three defeats out of three. Verdict 2-1.
Man Utd v Bolton- Manchester United dropped two home points in their last game, leaving it late to secure a 2-2 draw against Sunderland. It may not have been quite as late as the dramatic derby winner against Manchester City, but was still well into time added on when Anton Ferdinand directed the ball into his own net. Bolton are moving away from the relegation zone, with their eight points having all been collected in the last four games. They too drew 2-2 at home – to Tottenham – although Gary Megson will have been happy with a share of the spoils. Verdict 2-0.