This weekend’s Premier League preview

by Ed Diggins

With one week and two groups of games down already, Ed Diggins previews this weekend’s action which includes impressive Arsenal against struggling Portsmouth, league leaders Tottenham against fellow Londoners West Ham and champions Man United away to Wigan.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Arsenal v Portsmouth, 15:00

Arsenal are my team in the Last Man Standing competition this week. The only thing that can count against them is the mid week trip up north to Glasgow, but I fully expect them to continue from where they left off last Saturday evening. I’m going for a home win on this one, but not as comfy as it was for them against Everton. Pompey are a team that most people tip for relegation, and so far they have played like this. A 2-0 win for the Gunners will do the trick here.

Prediction: Home Win.

Birmingham v Stoke, 15:00
Stoke had a super win last Saturday but at Anfield on Wednesday they got a roasting. Brum had a dogged display go unrewarded at Old Trafford, but were only a Ben Foster save away from a precious point. A late penalty gave them a victory in a poor game against Portsmouth midweek. This is St Andrews’ second game in four days and with the place still rocking after Wednesday’s late drama, I think it’s going to be more of the same here. Stoke weren’t great on the road last year so my head says 1-0 to Brum.

Prediction: Home win.

Hull v Bolton, 15:00
This has the makings of a truly awful game. Hull were magnificent last Saturday at The Bridge in the season’s opener but were terrible against Spurs. A hard game to call, and I don’t expect more than 1 goal, so I’m predicting a 1-0 win for Bolton. A scoreless draw is not beyond the bounds of possibility either!

Prediction: Away Win.

Man City v Wolverhampton, 15:00
City will be favorites here no doubt and I expect another win for the team from Eastlands. Wolves were facing the prospect of two defeats in four days after a disappointing opening fixture, but they somehow pulled out a magnificent result in Wigan on Tuesday night. However, this City team looks focused and down for business and I expect them to eventually close the deal on this one, but not withstanding a dogged fight from Wolves. I’m going to go for 2-0 here to City.

Prediction: Home Win

Sunderland v Blackburn, 15:00
Another hard one to call. Sunderland have home advantage and will be favourites, but Blackburn I feel could sneak a point. This is the type of game that Rovers can flourish in. Sunderland had an impressive opening day victory but then succumbed to Chelsea, not that there is any shame in that. If Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones can continue their form, the Cats may win it. I expect goals here, but Rovers to get a 2-2 draw.

Prediction: Score Draw.

Wigan v Man Utd, 15:00
No doubt about it, this is a tough tough game for the Red Devils. While they have a fantastic record at the JJB, the games are never easy and this local(ish) derby will be no different. Sir Alex will, given Uniteds injury crisis, take an away draw here. Some of the top sides were under the cosh last season from Wigan and I expect the same on Saturday.

Prediction: Score Draw.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Burnley v Everton, 15:00
Turf Moor hosts its second Premier League game inside a week since it’s return to the top flight. They faced Manchester United on Wednesday and put in a dogged display that earned them a famous win. Everton will have had eight days to get over their mauling at home to Arsenal. Everton to play  much better in this one and come away with the three points, 2-1.

Prediction: Away win.

Fulham v Chelsea, 16:00
This is hard to call. Roy Hodgson was many people’s manager of the year last season and Chelsea have found the Cottagers a bogey team in the past. Given the fact that this is at the Cottage, it can honestly go either way. A tricky tie that I feel will go down to a kick of a ball. My money is on a 1-1 here.

Prediction: Score Draw

West Ham v Tottenham, 13:30
Sunday’s early kick off sees the enigmatic Tottenham make the short trip to Upton Park. They have been top class so far, but I expect a good showing from West Ham here and they will take at least a point off the high flying Spurs. Hammers to halt them and take a 1-1 draw.

Prediction: Score Draw.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Liverpool v Aston Villa, 20:00
Things aren’t favouring Villa as they go into a fixture they got drubbed 5-0 in last season. After opening their campaign with a 2-0 loss against Wigan, they were beaten in the Europa League on Thursday night. Meanwhile Liverpool got their first win of the season during the week, hammering Stoke 4-0. Villa are without a win so far this season, and the home side will be looking to replicate last season’s game.

Prediction: Home win.

3 Responses

  1. Would have to disagree that the 2 favorites for the title will only collect 2 points this week against average (Fulham) and weak (Wigan) opposition, even taking into account their both away from home

  2. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    Craven Cottage is a tough place to go to, as Man Utd found out last season.

    Wigan were fantastic against Man Utd at home last season, albeit for an amazing Carlos Tevez goal they could’ve robbed a point.

  3. Wigan last season and this season are very different teams ….still didn’t see it being 5 nil though!

    Wrote a quick (one sentence each!) review of todays games here

    http://www.lazysportsfan.com/2009/08/premier-league-review-saturday-games.html

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