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Every week we are selecting six fixtures from the premier league and offering a competition which has a jackpot for predicting the correct outcome of all six results (home win, away win or draw). To keep things interesting we are posting our predictions on our blog to spark some thought for our visitors, admittedly we are only doing ok at the moment. We have correctly predicted 50% of the fixtures we are running so we need a little improvement but we feel as its still early in the season and no teams have put together any convincing form that we are getting there.
Here are our predictions for the coming weekends games: Liverpool v Man United The two North West giants meet Saturday morning, with Sir Alex’s boys hunting down Liverpool’s 18 title record this season. A solitary goal from Tevez was the only highlight of a drab affair in this fixture last term and don’t expect much more this time as these early morning kick offs often tend to disappoint. No Gerrard and possibly no Torres would seem to make this an uphill task for the Anfield outfit, but United have hardly come out all guns blazing so we expect this to be tight. With Berbatov making his debut, we take the champions just to nick this one by a single goal and seal an Away Win.
Blackburn v Arsenal Paul Ince has had an up and down start to his Blackburn career, but will relish the limelight of welcoming one of the Big Boys to Ewood Park. Arsene Wenger has a bit of history with Blackburn as he believes they bully his young boys and don’t let them pass the ball around in the way he would like them too. We expect Ince to wind them up and similar to Fulham a couple of weeks ago, come away with 3 points as a result. We predict a Home Win.
Portsmouth v Middlesbrough Portsmouth got their season up and running last time out at Everton, with Defoe and Crouch wreaking havoc on the Toffees defensive holes. Boro are made of sterner stuff nowadays though and have enjoyed a solid start with Alves hinting there is a lot more to come up front. These 2 clubs should be tightly matched and whilst we don’t like to sit on the fence here, we can’t separate them and will plump for the draw.
Man City v Chelsea The Battle of the Big Spenders! Who would have thought that pre-season, as City struggled to hold on to a number of key squad members. Chelski will arrive at Middle Eastlands with a bee in their bonnet as City hi-jacked their bid for Robinho at the last minute, and left Peter Kenyon red-faced. Wright-Phillips too will have a point to prove and made a blistering return last time out. This promises to be a feisty affair, with Hughes wanting to show its not all talk and Chelsea wanting to get their title bid back on track. And with Manchester Citys previous good results in Manchester against Chelsea we are predicting a Home win.
Stoke v Everton New boys Stoke have had an up and down start to the season losing twice on the road but picking up 3 points at home from a good Aston Villa side. Home form will be key to Stoke securing survival and the visit of teams like Everton will be games Stoke will be wanting to try to get points from. Evertons early form has been completely the opposite with them losing twice at home and picking up their three points on the road. We don’t like siding with a team simply because they have more experience in the league but we do feel that Everton have the know how to win these games and we predict they will pick up another Away Win.
Tottenham v Aston Villa Currently occupying second from bottom Spurs have had another poor start to a premier league campaign. They have spent money again adding to their squad but have lost their top strikers. Losing the match winning talents of Keane and Berbatov is clearly hampering them. Villa have experienced all possible outcomes of a football match in three games, won one, lost one, drew one. They are strong and their draw was a respectable one at Anfield so the form doesn’t tell the whole story. We fancy Aston Villa to beat Tottenham. It’s a bit of a gut feeling but we are predicting an Away Win in this one.
So there we have it. Please feel free to drop by our site at http://www.ycpfa.co.uk and read our blog. We arent trying to hassle people into signing up and playing our game but if you feel like you have a good chance of winning why not give it a shot?