English Premiership Correct Score Predictions: Week Two 22/08/09
The second week of Premiership football gets under way, with Tottenham currently sitting at the top of the league on goal difference. Six teams at the wrong end of the table have yet to score a point.
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Saturday, 22 August 2009
Arsenal vs. Portsmouth
Arsene Wenger confounded his critics with a resounding opening day win at Goodison Park, his Arsenal side putting six past Everton. They continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 away win at Celtic in the Champions League Qualifiers. On Saturday, they entertain a Portsmouth side who begin the game without a point after two successive defeats, at home to Fulham and away at Birmingham. Verdict 2-0.
Birmingham vs. Stoke
Birmingham scored an injury time penalty to take all three points in their first home game of the season against Portsmouth. Their fans will have rising optimism for the season after that win, and their display away at Old Trafford. Stoke are level on three points after a heavy defeat away to Liverpool in their last game. Tony Pullis’ men were over run by the Reds, falling to a heavy 4-0 loss. Verdict 2-2.
Hull vs. Bolton
Both Hull and Bolton start the game without a point, Hull having lost their opening two games, including a heavy 1-5 defeat at home to Tottenham. Phil Brown will need to inspire his troops to a better performance against the Trotters, if they are to avoid another brush with relegation. Verdict 1-1.
Man City vs. Wolverhampton
Big spending Manchester City started the season with a 2-0 away win at Blackburn, with their big money buys already looking to gel as a team. Wolves left the JJB with all three points in the week courtesy of an Andy Keogh header, but they will face a sterner test at Eastlands. Verdict 2-0.
Sunderland vs. Blackburn
Sunderland followed up an opening day win against Bolton with a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. They welcome a Blackburn side to the Stadium of Light who have played just one game, suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City. Both sides will want to add to their points tally, in what will no doubt be a tight encounter. Verdict 1-1.
Wigan vs. Man Utd
Manchester United’s last game resulted in perhaps the most shocking scoreline of recent Premiership history, the Red Devils losing 1-0 away at Burnley. They spurned a number of chances, most notably a 43rd minute penalty, in what amounts to a humiliating defeat. Alex Ferguson will no doubt be rueing the loss of Christiano Ronaldo as he takes his depleted squad to the JJB. Wigan too lost their last match 1-0, and will need to be on top of their game if they are to build on their tally of three points. Verdict 0-2.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Burnley vs. Everton
Burnley marked the return of top flight football to Turf Moor with a fantastic 1-0 win over reigning Champions Manchester United. A Robbie Blake goal was enough to take all three points in a memorable match for Clarets fans. They will be looking to take another scalp in the form of Merseysiders Everton, whose only game ended in a heavy 6-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Verdict 1-1.
Fulham vs. Chelsea
Chelsea made it two wins out of two with victory away at Sunderland, maintaining their winning streak under new boss Carlo Ancelotti. Fulham themselves are defending a 100% record, albeit after just one Premier League fixture. This all London derby will end one, if not both of those runs. Verdict 0-1.
West Ham vs. Tottenham
Tottenham have come out of the blocks all guns blazing, their two impressive victories taking them to the top of the league. This match pitches Harry Redknapps men against another London side with a 100% Premiership record in Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham. Both sides have made massive strides in recent months, and will be keen to continue their impressive runs of form. Verdict 1-2.
Monday, 24 August 2009
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a resounding 4-0 victory at home to Stoke. The Reds dominated the match from the outset, converting chances that may have been missed in the previous game at Tottenham. They welcome an Aston Villa side to Anfield who have yet to notch up a point, after a suprising opening day defeat at home to Wigan. Verdict 2-1.
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