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Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.
Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 3rd to Sun 4th April 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Chelsea|
|The weekend's action kicks off with what could be a title decider. With six games to go, this is likely to be the toughest fixture that both sides will face in the run-in. Rooney's injury sustained in Munich has attracted much publicity and he looks to be out for three to four weeks, but the other gossip is that Drogba has missed the last two days of training with a knock. Berbatov will be tasked with leading the line in Rooney's absence but looks the man to shoulder the responsibility after good performances recently away at Wolves and Bolton. United remain dominant at home whilst Chelsea have picked up after recent woes by hammering Portsmouth and Villa, scoring a massive twelve goals in those two games. However, form pretty much goes out the window when these two meet and it may be a lesser spectacle without their chief protagonists.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Wolverhampton|
|Whilst Arsenal's comeback against Barcelona was admirable and inspired, it may have come at a cost to their domestic title ambitions. Injuries to Fabregas, Arshavin and Gallas will see them all miss this fixture although the second half introduction of Walcott proved a turning point and he looks sure to start. The Gunners are four points behind United with a game in hand and will be hoping that the top two cancel each other out at lunchtime. The draw at St Andrews last weekend was a bitter blow but Arsenal have won thirteen of their sixteen Premier league home fixtures. They host a Wolves side undefeated in their last four games including victories at Turf Moor and Upton Park plus a draw at Villa Park. That record speaks for itself and proves that Wolves will be no pushover but they're still not safe yet despite the five point margin between themselves and the relegation places. Both have something to play for but Arsenal have the greater incentive and should prosper regardless of recent injuries.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Aston Villa|
|Villa appear to have gone off the boil as the season draws to a conclusion and they look least favourites to take fourth spot after slipping seven points behind Spurs. Draws at home to Wolves and Sunderland culminated in a 7-1 thrashing at Stamford Bridge last weekend. However, injuries to key players have been partly responsible and it looks like O'Neill will be without strikers Agbonlahor, Carew and Heskey, as well as Dunne and Milner. They travel to the Reebok where Bolton lost heavily to United last weekend but the Trotters will be desperate for points given that they've just five points breathing space between themselves and the drop zone. Bolton's home record isn't great but they have won three of their last five Premier league home games and this fixture looks like it's come at the wrong time for Villa.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Portsmouth v Blackburn|
|It looks like Portsmouth have now hit rock bottom; not only are they certain of being relegated after their nine point deduction for entering administration but injuries have hit them very hard. Hreidarrson and Webber were stretchered off at White Hart Lane whilst on-loan Owusu-Abeyie joined Qatar side Al Saad leaving Avram Grant with just nine fit players for this fixture. Pompey have twelve players in the treatment room and it's thought the injuries could also severely impact their semi-final clash with Spurs at Wembley. Meanwhile, a David Dunn inspired Blackburn registered only their second away win of the season last weekend at bitter rivals Burnley. That victory took Rovers past the 40 point mark and in the post-match interview, Dunn pinpointed the visit to Fratton Park as another potential three points. I'm afraid I have to agree with him.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Hull|
|Despite their win over Fulham and Dowie's first as Hull manager, the Tigers remain third from bottom although they're level on points with West Ham immediately above them. That means Hull have plenty to fight for given that their continued Premier league status is more than just a possibility. However, their away form is extremely poor with just four draws to their name on the road this season. Currently, they're on a run of five successive away defeats and that statistic is likely to increase by one at the Britannia. Stoke may have only taken two points from their last four Premier league home fixtures but they've faced Spurs, Villa, Arsenal and City. The Potters are on course to beat last year's points tally of 45; whilst they might not be mathematically safe just yet, I can't see the likes of Hull or West Ham putting a run together to impact Stoke's position. This should be a comfortable win for the Potters.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Tottenham|
|This is a 'must win' game for Spurs if they're to maintain that all-important fourth spot and keep up the pressure on the sides below them. Spurs have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions (the other being a draw at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup) and have been further boosted by the imminent return of Defoe and possibly Dawson and Corluka. However, they travel to the Stadium of Light where an inspired Craig Gordon has been partly responsible for his side taking seven points from the last possible nine. The Mackems may have slipped up at Anfield last weekend and they're not safe yet but the likes of Bent, Campbell, Malbranque and Reid are bound to be fired up against their old side. This remains a tough one to call but Spurs are capable of holding Sunderland.|
|Sat 5:30||Burnley v Man City|
|Burnley had a 'must win' game last weekend at home to Blackburn to ease their relegation worries but they lost by a single goal taking their recent home form to just a single point from the last four fixtures. The Clarets lie three points short of safety (or four if you take goal difference into account) and the outlook doesn't look good. They face a City side, inspired by Carlos Tevez since his return from Argentina, keen to leapfrog Spurs into fourth. They've not lost in their last four away fixtures but looked rusty against Wigan. Adebayor's first touch had gone walkabout whilst Vieira looked a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal but the game turned in City's favour with the sending off of Gary Caldwell. Barry should return to the starting line-up at Turf Moor whilst Ireland and Petrov could feature after recovering from injury. Burnley are battling to avoid the drop but the quality is lacking and the gap in class between themselves and City should be a telling one.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 3:00||Birmingham v Liverpool|
|Birmingham should not be underestimated. Phillips' late equaliser against Arsenal last weekend took the Blues' unbeaten home run in the league to thirteen games. They've made St Andrews something of a fortress with only Villa, of all the teams above them, leaving with three points. They host a Liverpool side that've made no secret of their ambitions for Champions League football next season despite their current position of sixth and the Reds are confident that they can win their remaining six games. Admittedly, Torres is on a hot streak but Liverpool haven't won on the road in the Premier league since they beat Villa just before the turn of the year. Birmingham are certainly capable of wrecking their opponent's dreams and if they do deprive Liverpool of a much-needed win, maybe then Benitez will admit that they'll have to settle for the Europa league.|
|Fulham v Wigan|
|This has obviously been written ahead of Fulham's Europa league encounter with Wolfsburg but the Cottagers have usually responded well this season when playing at home the weekend following midweek European fixtures. Their strength has been playing at Craven Cottage where they've won nine of their fifteen Premier league games played and they'll provide a tough test for a Wigan with seven less points and needing more to ensure they don't get sucked into the drop zone. The Latics started well at Eastlands against a lacklustre City but the dismissal of Caldwell took the game away from them and means the centre-half will be unavailable for the next three games. Wigan have taken just a single point from their last five Premier league encounters on the road and the chances of adding to their tally don't look good.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Everton v West Ham|
|Zola returned from Sardinia adamant that he can keep the Hammers in the Premier league despite them teetering above the drop zone on goal difference. West Ham have suffered six straight defeats and the key to their demise has been their failure to take any points from three of those home fixtures against Bolton, Wolves and Stoke. David Sullivan's alleged interactions and comments have far from boosted team morale and the games don't get any easier starting at Goodison Park. The Toffees are in good form having put together an unbeaten run of five games but they've not been beaten at home in the league since Liverpool beat them in late November. There was bad news for them last weekend when youngster Gosling ruptured his cruciate ligament keeping him out for nine months but in general their injury concerns have eased. Unless Zola can work miracles this should be a comfortable win for the Toffees.|
|Home Win 2-0|