Friday, April 06, 2007

Sanford's Premiership Predictions

Manchester City vs. Charlton

A rare Friday match sees two teams in trouble meet at the City of Manchester Stadium. I’m confident that City are safe but their form has been poor and they’ve plenty to prove, especially in front of the home support. Meanwhile, the Addicks are third from bottom and trying to claw their way to safety. This has draw written all over it.


Everton vs. Fulham

The other Friday fixture sees Fulham travel to Liverpool to face Everton. We all know how poor Fulham are on the road and I can’t see that changing much here. Everton are still smarting from a match they felt they should have won last week and they’ll make amends with this one.


Chelsea vs. Tottenham

I simply cannot bet against the Blues at the moment, especially at Stamford Bridge. When was the last time they lost an EPL match there? When Zola was strutting his stuff? Spurs often flop in these situations and that’s what’ll happen in West London on Saturday. Although Chelsea had a tough match at the Bridge with Valencia, Spurs have had one less day to recover from their controversial evening in Sevilla.


Arsenal vs. West Ham

Is a first loss at the Emirates on offer here? For some odd reason I think not. Tevez has West Ham enjoying a bit of a rebirth but I think the Gunners will pull it off somehow. I’m not saying Baptista will score (what am I, nuts?) but I think someway, somehow, they’ll win this derby.


Blackburn vs. Aston Villa

You’d have to pay me to head into Ewood Park for this one. I don’t think it’ll be pretty. And with Carew out, Villa will suffer. Drab draw, as they say…


Middlesbrough vs. Watford

I expect an elusive away win for Watford at the Riverside tomorrow. Not sure why, but Watford deserve it, that’s all. And Boro don’t.


Reading vs. Liverpool

The ease with which Liverpool disposed of PSV midweek was a tad astonishing. They’re in fine form and gunning for a second Champions League title in three years. Reading have also surprised this campaign and always give Steve Coppell 110%. I think we could see a draw here. Liverpool might be a bit too pleased after their Dutch adventure and Reading at home are always tough.


Sheffield United vs. Newcastle

Who’ll stop the rot? Is it a rot? Or is it a crisis? Those are the questions on Geordie lips at the moment and the answer is quite difficult to deliver. United are battling to keep above the relegation fray and their home fixtures have so far allowed them to be successful. Newcastle is one of those teams that just when you least expect it can pull something off. Their backs are somewhat against the wall at the moment, and I like them to snare all three here, resulting in a more muddled scene at the foot of the table.


Wigan vs. Bolton

Bolton will miss influential skipper Kevin Nolan at the JJB. Wigan haved continued to battle to keep out of trouble and I fancy them to take all three from this encounter. Bolton’s push for fourth will have to wait.


Portsmouth vs. Manchester United

Is this the match that the Reds finally don’t win? A travel to the south coast after a rough and tumble trip to the Eternal City is hardly a holiday scenario. But Portsmouth have failed to convince of late, so it’s difficult to say. In the end, I think it will be the first time United have dropped points in quite a spell. The toll of their travels will tell.



Alec said...

TSB says:

Man City 1 Charlton 1
Everton 2 Fulham 0
Chelsea 2 Tottenham 1
Arsenal 2 West Ham 0
Blackburn 2 Aston Villa 0
Middlesbrough 2 Watford 0
Reading 0 Liverpool 3
Sheffield United 1 Newcastle 1
Wigan 1 Bolton 1
Portsmouth 1 Manchester United 2

Bobbie BS said...

Bobbie's Picks:

Man City/Charlton: too late!
Everton/Fulham: 2-1 @ the half. I'm a fucking genius.
Chelski 2 Tottenham 2
Arsenal 0 West Ham 1
Blackburn 1 Villa 1
Boro 2 Watford 0
Reading 0 Liverpool 2
Sheffield 0 Newcastle 1
Wigan 0 Bolton 2
Pompey 1 ManYoo 3