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Monday, October 5, 2009

Premiere League - Match Day 8 Predictions

Bolton vs. Tottenham 2-2
This will be an easy one for Spurs, who currently show great attacking prowness. Bolton should focus on getting points from their relegation battle rivals.
Verdict 0-2
Tottenham slumped back to their normal mid-table way of play, losing points on the road in front of weaker, but stubborn, opposition.

Burnley vs. Birmingham 2-1
These two met last year in the Championship, but this year is different. The winer gets three points that may prove to be vital, in May, next year.
Verdict 1-0 
I got this one right, missing only on the numbers of goals scored. Whatever I said before the game stays!

Hull vs. Wigan 2-1
Wigan will find it hard to replicate the display they produced last week, against Chelsea, while on the other side, Hull must bounce back from their horrendous performance at Anfield.
Verdict 2-1 Perfect Score
No, I never get tired of being right!

Wolverhampton vs. Portsmouth 0-1
What can be worst than seven defeats in a row ? The answers is eight. Altough great escapes were seen before, Pompey does not look to be able to pull one this season.
Verdict 3-1
What the hell happened?! After losing games left and right Portsmouth decided to start their climbing by snatching three points away at Molineux. Nick McCarthy still has to prove that he is top tier manager.

Man. United vs. Sunderland 2-2
Another predictable and lacklustre victory for Fergie's man, who know better than anyone else how to crunch a result, especially when they are not in top form.
Verdict 2-0
What I have in common with Ferguson? We both miss this one, big time. Ferdinand scored in extra time to spare United's blushes. Not that Ferdinand. The other one. Mr. Incompetent.

Arsenal vs. Blackburn 6-2
The gunners will not have any problems as long as Arshavin and Van Persie are playing their usual fast paced, joyful game.
Verdict 4-1
The gunners walked over a sorry Blackburn side in the second half, but the latter were denied a stone cold penalty while trailing only one goal behind (2-3).

Everton vs. Stoke 1-1
These two teams are lacking flair and ingenuity but compensate in tactical discipline. The home ground advantage will be decisive for the Toffees.
Verdict 2-1
A modest game, not worth commenting on.

West Ham vs. Fulham 2-2
Zola will need to produce results rather quicky, otherwise he may win the undesireble sack race. Unfortunatelly for the hammers Fulham is not a push around team.
Verdict 1-1
Average teams produce average results but this game was interesting. Zola needs to make big changes with little (read NO) money. The Cottagers are a solid middle of the table team.

Chelsea vs. Liverpool 2-0
A draw will not satisfy anybody but at the end of the day both gaffers will be happy to take something from a game than will not show anything but half chances and frustrated managers.
Verdict 1-1
Despite Rafa's  title challenge claims the Reds are bleeding bad in the middle, right through the gap left by Alonso's exit. A Champions League spot is the most that they can hope for this year. Chelsea are clear favorites for the title, following the latest displays of United and Liverpool.

Aston Villa vs. Man. City 1-1
A tough one for the new Prem sensation - Manchester City. They score goals with a relative ease but they are capable of receiving them in the same way. Despite a mix start Villa will manage to hang on to the 6th place this season.
Verdict 2-2
The real tests for the City are ahead. I will not be very surprised if Villa will finish above the