English Premiership Correct Score Predictions: Week Seven – 03/10/09
The top four return to Premiership action after the midweek Champions League fixtures. The match of the week is at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea take on title rivals Liverpool.
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Saturday, 3 October 2009
Bolton v Tottenham – A late strike from Bolton substitute Chung-Yong Lee gave the Trotters all three points in a hard fought match away at Birmingham. The win saw Gary Megson’s side move up to thirteenth, easing some of the pressure that the manager had recently been subjected to. Bolton now have seven points from six matches in a tightly congested table, being as close on points to eighth place as they are to eighteenth. Tottenham returned to winning ways with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley, four of the goals coming from Robbie Keane. That win, after two straight defeats, was enough to lift Spurs into fourth place, below Liverpool on goal difference. Verdict 0-2.
Burnley v Birmingham – Burnley sit mid-table after a topsy-turvy start to the season. Wins against Champions Manchester United, Sunderland and Everton contrast with heavy defeats to Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea. The 5-0 defeat at White Hart Lane means that Burnley remain without a goal or a point away from home, although their home form has fared substantially better. Birmingham remain on seven points after defeat to struggling Bolton. The Blues looked to have earned a point in a tight game, until the Trotter’s late winner. Verdict 2-2.
Hull v Wigan – Hull go into this match with the worst goal difference in the Premiership, courtesy of a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. Tigers fans will be disappointed that their team showed less competence against the Reds, than their midweek Carling Cup opponents, second division Leeds. Hull need to start picking up points fast, and would have fancied their chances at home to Wigan…until the Latics beat Chelsea 3-1. That suprise scoreline perhaps toppled Burnley’s defeat of Manchester United as shock result of the season, and will have given Roberto Martinez’s side some much needed confidence. Verdict 1-2.
Man Utd v Sunderland – Current Champions Manchester United returned to the top of the Premiership with a 2-0 victory over Stoke. The Reds left it until late again to ensure all three points, after a goalless first half at the Potteries. Sunderland have no problems in front of goal this season, scoring seven in their last two games. A 5-2 win against Wolves last time out saw striker Darren Bent move up to second in the goalscoring charts. Verdict 2-0.
Wolverhampton v Portsmouth – Both Wolves and Portsmouth are in dire need of points if they are to turn around their early season woes. Portsmouth in particular will be looking to get their first points of the season, to avoid becoming separated from the pack. Wolves conceded five in their last outing, but will take heart from the fact that they are collecting points from their relegation rivals. Portsmouth certainly fall into this category, after a home defeat against Everton consigned them to a seventh straight defeat. Verdict 1-2.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Arsenal v Blackburn – Arsenal continued their solid start to the Premiership season with a 1-0 victory away at Fulham. The Gunners sit on twelve points from six matches played, just outside of the top four spots, but Arsene Wenger will be without key player Denilson for the foreseeable future, after the Brazilian suffered a fracture in his back. Blackburn remain at the wrong end of the table, despite a surprise win over Aston Villa. David Dunn’s late penalty gave Blackburn their second win of the season, despite Rovers having been reduced to ten men midway through the second half. Verdict 2-0.
Chelsea v Liverpool -The match of the weekend takes place at Stamford Bridge, between two of the Premierships title favourites. Chelsea will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season – a 3-1 reverse at the hands of lowly Wigan. That match saw keeper Cech sent off, meaning that he will miss the clash with the Reds, who hit six past Hull at the weekend. Rafa Benitez will look for more of the same, in a bid to overtake Chelsea in the league. Verdict 1-2.
Everton v Stoke -Three successive wins have seen Everton climb the league to ninth place. A single goal from Louis Saha was enough to inflict Portsmouth’s seventh defeat of the season. Stoke sit three places below them on eight points, after a home defeat to Manchester United. Verdict 1-1.
West Ham v Fulham – West Ham fell into the relegation zone with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, including two goals from former hero Carlos Tevez. The Hammers have now lost their last four games, conceding three goals in each of the last three games. Fulham sit just one place above them after a home defeat to London rivals Arsenal; a third successive defeat for the Cottagers. Verdict 2-1.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Aston Villa v Man City – Villa’s excellent run of four straight wins was brought to a shock end at the hands of struggling Blackburn. The 2-1 defeat sees Martin O’Neills men remain sixth in the table, but with a game in hand on the top four. Man City remain in contention after a 3-1 win over West Ham, and are just three points behind leaders and local rivals Manchester United, having also played a game less. Verdict 2-2.