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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd October 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Wigan v Wolverhampton|
|Goal difference separates these two with Wigan third from bottom and Wolves just above the relegation places. They might be at the wrong end of the table but these sides are showing plenty of character and are capable of getting a result on their day; no one is lying down in the Premier League. Wolves are on a run of three successive Premier League defeats with two of them coming away at Fulham and Spurs. In each of those three games, Wolves have conceded goals in the last four minutes to ultimately cost them all three points. McCarthy will be aiming to focus on the concentration ahead of the trip to the DW Stadium where the Latics are yet to secure a Premier League win in four attempts. However, Wigan did manage a win at Spurs and held out for a point apiece at home to Sunderland and away at Birmingham. The problem with Martinez's side is that they lack any consistency and their previous results appear to have no bearing on any likely prediction. A draw looks the order of the day and there must be better things to do on a Saturday lunchtime than watching this on the box.|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Everton|
|A couple of months ago, you'd have got great odds for Everton being bottom after six games. They're still waiting for their first Premier League victory this season but drew against Fulham and Wolves whilst two very late goals earned them a point at home to United. The Toffees aren't the most prolific and face a side with a similar reputation at St Andrews. Birmingham remain undefeated at home but it is their dogged attitude that has yielded a share of the spoils on so many occasions; it's four draws from six Premier League matches to date this season. McLeish has added some flair with the signing of Hleb, who's expected to move centrally since Gardner is suspended after last weekend's red card in the draw at home to Wigan. I don't expect this game to be any prettier than the lunchtime kick-off and goals are likely to be at a premium.|
|Stoke v Blackburn|
|Another uninspiring fixture takes centre-stage at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke have improved after a dodgy start to their campaign whilst Blackburn are proving themselves very much in the mould of their manager and give it their all until the final whistle. Rovers have taken four points from their last two Premier League away fixtures, a great point earned at Eastlands whilst victory at Bloomfield Road was sort of handed to them on a plate. The Potters lost their first three fixtures but have since taken seven points from the last three with the signings of Pennant and Jones beginning to have an influence; Jones has now scored in each of Stoke's last four games including the Carling Cup victory over Fulham. Another difficult one to predict but Stoke shouldn't lose this one and might even win it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Man Utd|
|Sunderland have shown that they can mix it with the best this season and striker, Darren Bent, has been instrumental in proving that the Mackems can compete. His late late goals at the Stadium of Light secured a win over Man City and salvaged a draw against Arsenal. Also a brace at Anfield gave them a share of the points in a bizarre game that really should've gone in Sunderland's favour. They're yet to be beaten on home soil in the Premier League but they face another tough challenge when United visit. United haven't been as dominant so far this season and were unable to take advantage of a slip-up by Chelsea when Bolton held Ferguson's men to a draw at the Reebok. United remain three points behind the league leaders in second place but the late win in Valencia will have done much for confidence. Key to the win was the return of Ferdinand in the centre of defence and they look more solid at the back as a result. Injuries have forced changes on Ferguson but the balance looks better. Both parties will view this as a tough fixture and might even be happy with a point apiece.|
|Tottenham v Aston Villa|
|Key to Spurs' Premier League campaign is how they handle the weekend fixtures after the excitement of the midweek Champions League games. They've begun well playing the cream of Europe but their domestic form is thought to have suffered already as evidenced by the defeat at home to Wigan and the extent of their injury problems. The centre of defence has been especially hard hit but they can call on a wealth of experience in midfield with Van der Vaart proving to be the bargain of the summer. They host a Villa side up to fifth in the table and now under the shrewd guidance of Gerrard Houllier. Villa lost their first two away fixtures at Newcastle and Stoke but won at local rivals, Wolves, in Houllier's first league game at the helm. Emile Heskey has proved the manager's trust in him by responding with two goals in as many games. Agbonlahor is a doubt but both Carew and Dunne should return. Spurs' back line may be fragile at times but they certainly have the personnel to take the game by the scruff of the neck and they should be dominant at the Lane.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Bolton|
|The Baggies are up to sixth in the table on the back of some great home form and a sensational win over Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend. No one would've predicted their win over the Gunners let alone expect them to go three goals ahead, especially after they lost by six clear goals on the opening day at Stamford Bridge. Peter Odemwingie has been a great find for Di Matteo after notching three times in five Premier League starts. They host a Bolton side that've drawn four of six Premier League matches this season although their away form has been mixed. The Trotters won on the opening day at West Ham but have only drawn or lost since and were even knocked out of the Carling Cup at Turf Moor, a result that no doubt pleased the Clarets. West Brom remain undefeated at home including dumping City out of the Carling Cup and they look good value for all three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Fulham|
|The Hammers moved off the foot of the table courtesy of a much needed victory over Spurs at Upton Park. That was their first Premier League win of the current campaign but comes after a win at Sunderland in the Carling Cup and a draw at Stoke so maybe the Hammers have turned the corner and are on their way back up the table. Piquionne and Obinna appear to have eased the pressure on Parker to score the goals after notching three between them in the last two victories. Another London derby beckons, this time against an undefeated Fulham side, one of only two still undefeated in the Premier League. However, the Cottagers have been hard hit with injuries to strikers and looked toothless against Everton at Craven Cottage last weekend with the game finishing goalless. Although Fulham look more solid on the road under Hughes, their away record has always been a problem and given their lack of strength up front, they could struggle to respond if they go a goal down.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Man City v Newcastle|
|Newcastle have become something of an enigma after a string of bizarre results. No doubt fans will be happy with the win at Everton and the dramatic victory at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup but the manner of the defeats at home to Blackpool and Stoke will also have them worried. However, they face a much stiffer challenge at Eastlands against a City side that are undefeated at home and sent Chelsea packing with their tails between their legs last weekend. Mancini's conservative strategy appears to be paying off after conceding just two Premier League goals so far this season and time and familiarity are only likely to improve them offensively. This looks like one-way traffic and anything other than a City victory would be yet another shock.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Liverpool v Blackpool|
|Holloway has vowed to continue with his all or nothing strategy after it backfired at home to Blackburn. An embarassing own goal set Rovers on their way and though Blackpool got back into the game, it was their desire to take all three points that inevitably left them open to the counter; not that Sam Allardyce was at all smug after Blackburn's victory. The Tangerines are slipping down the table after an audacious start to the season and have lost two and won two on the road. The face a tough trip to Anfield where Liverpool are not enjoying the best of starts and have a point less than their opponents. The Reds still haven't lost at home this season although they were knocked out of the Carling Cup on penalties by little Northampton and were mighty fortunate not to be beaten by Sunderland. Gerrard has been rested for their trip to Utrecht; it's amazing that these highly paid footballers need to be rested so early in the season. Nothing would surprise me at Liverpool but they should register a much needed victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|This fixture would undoubtedly have had a bit more spice had Arsenal taken advantage of Chelsea's slip-up at Eastlands last Saturday lunchtime; however, the Gunners were woeful at the back and were deservedly beaten at home by West Brom. Had both clubs also had their best players fit, then the outcome might not be such a foregone conclusion. Not to be too hasty as these games are invariably tight but Arsenal without Walcott, Van Persie and maybe Vermaelen and Fabregas are worse off than Chelsea without Lampard, Kalou and Benayoun. Some may also think that the Gunners could be further hampered if Fabianski retains his place in goal although the Polish keeper rubbished the doubters with a good performance in Belgrade. Chelsea have a 100% record at home whilst Arsenal are yet to lose on the road but it's likely to be the Gunners' defence that could cost them the game.|
|Home Win 2-1|