English Premiership Correct Score Predictions: Week Three
Tottenham retain their place at the top of the league, with their 100% winning record intact after three games. Four teams are still looking for their first point of the Premiership season, including last season’s fifth placed Everton.
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Saturday, 29 August 2009
Blackburn v West Ham – Blackburn remain at the wrong end of the table, without a point after two matches. Two goals from Kenwyne Jones were enough to take the points in the last match at Sunderland, in a game which saw Blackburn throw away a one goal lead. West Ham suffered their first defeat of the season at home to league leaders and local rivals Spurs, and will be eager to get back to winning ways. Verdict 1-1.
Bolton v Liverpool – Bolton have yet to score a point – or a goal – after a second successive 1-0 defeat. A goal from substitute Jozy Altidore earned Hull all three points in the Trotters last game, and they will be aware that defeat at the Reebok could leave them at the bottom of the table. A win for Benitez’s men is essential if they are to remain contenders, after an opening day defeat away at Spurs, and shocking 3-1 home defeat at the hands of lowly Aston Villa. Verdict 0-2.
Chelsea v Burnley – Burnley capped a fine week with a home win against Everton, just five days after beating Manchester United at Turf Moor. A single goal from Wade Elliott was enough to make it six points in a week for the Clarets. Chelsea sit below Spurs by virtue of goal difference, with their 2-0 win at Fulham making it three wins out of three for new boss Carlo Ancelotti. Verdict 2-0.
Man Utd v Arsenal – Manchester United bounced back from their humiliation at the hands of Burnley, by putting five second half goals past Wigan at the JJB. Michael Owen got off the mark for his new employers, in a match which saw Wayne Rooney notch up his 100th and 101st United goals. Arsenal kept their 100% winning record intact courtesy of a 4-1 home win against Portsmouth. Just two matches into the season and the Gunners, minus Adebayor, have scored ten goals. Verdict 1-2.
Stoke v Sunderland – Stoke followed up their 4-0 defeat away at Liverpool with a 0-0 draw at home to Birmingham, in a game which could be the last in a while for striker James Beattie. The Potters have taken four points from their opening three matches, a tally which has satisfied manager Tony Pulis. Sunderland made it two wins out of three with a home win against Blackburn, coming from a goal down to beat Rovers 2-1. Verdict 1-1.
Tottenham v Birmingham – Tottenham sit top of the league on a maximum nine points, after their third successive win away at West Ham. Harry Redknapp’s men are looking in good form, scoring nine goals already this term. Birmingham have made steady work of their return to the Premiership, but whilst their defence has been impressive, their attacking play has been lacking, with just one goal to their name. Verdict 2-0.
Wolverhampton v Hull - Wolves and Hull have three points a piece after disappointing starts to the 09/10 season. Newly promoted Wolves will be the happier with their one win, and will take heart from the fact that they ran big spending Manchester City close at Maine Road. Tigers fans too will hope for better from their team after a home win to Bolton, but they will hope to avoid any more defeats like the 5-1 humiliation they endured at the hands of Spurs. Verdict 1-2.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Aston Villa v Fulham -Aston Villa came away with a flattering 3-1 win against Liverpool in their last game; a result which owed more to dodgy refereeing and a home side short on attacking options than any improvement in their lacklustre form. Still, they will take some confidence from that surprise away win, and attempt to build on it in this home encounter. Fulham are looking like a solid side under Roy Hodgson, winning their opening fixture before losing to Chelsea. They will believe that they can come away from Villa Park with at least a point. Verdict 1-1.
Everton v Wigan -Everton’s nightmare start to the season continued with defeat at Turf Moor, a week after their mauling at the hands of Arsenal. They prop up the table without a point, and a minus six goal difference, whilst facing the prospect of losing Joleon Lescott to Manchester City. Wigan themselves have stuttered after an opening day win, leaking five against Manchester United in their last game. Verdict 1-1.
Portsmouth v Man City -Portsmouth begin the match without a point after three games, already looking like a side in trouble. After defeats to Arsenal, Birmingham and Fulham, they will not relish a home fixture against a Manchester City side with six points out of six, and desperate to prove their critics wrong. Verdict 0-2.