Saturday/Saturday: Weekly Premiership League Predictions!

Arsene Wenger (photo above, see also: "the forces of good") leads his side this Saturday into an epic North/South derby against Sir Alex's Man Utd

Birmingham V Tottenham

Tottenham will aim to be the first side to win at St Andrews since September and the shrewd new Redknapp signing, Eidur Gudjohnson, could help them do just that (if he plays that is). Birmingham have be strong at home throughout the season so far, but I think Spurs are finding their feet and form once again. It will be a struggle but Tottenham will edge it.

Prediction: Birmingham 1 – 2 Tottenham

Fulham V Aston Villa

I have always had a soft spot for Fulham; I used to go to Craven Cottage when I lived in London, mainly for two reasons; the history and nostalgia surrounding the club and specifically the ground and the fact that it was far cheaper than going to Highbury, The Bridge or White Hart Lane: yeah I know tight northerner! Anyway, Fulham were on song for a time, beating the likes of Man U, but since losing Bobby Zamora to injury they have faltered. Villa on the other hand have been ascending and I can see them winning this. Their fast paced, counter attack football equals goals galore.

Prediction: Fulham 1 – 3 Aston Villa

Liverpool V Bolton

The Reds are certainly having trouble in the scoring department with Torres out, but their Anfield home is a difficult environment to carve out a win; with that in mind, Bolton haven’t won a league game there in 56 years. They have, however, got a new manager, Coyle, and have just signed the young whippersnapper Jack Wilshere from Arsenal on loan until the end of the season. I think they will cancel each other out and it will be a draw, but if Bolton manage to sneak a victory watch out for the continued cries for a swift Benitez exit in the sports pages on Sunday and Monday.

Prediction: Liverpool 1 – 1 Bolton

Wigan V Everton

David Moyles’ acquisition of Landon Donovan has paid off in a short time and Everton are unbeaten in 8 games in the league. Wigan on the other hand have been on a slide of late, although playing at home with help them this week. The Toffees will be too strong, three points in the bag!

Prediction: Wigan 1 – 2 Everton

Burnley V Chelsea

Chelsea just have too much strength in depth in this tie, even at the sacred Turf Moor, where Burnley have only lost one in the last ten. Lampard’s finding his touch in front of goal again and Anelka looks strong. Even without their African Nations stars, Chelsea still have oodles of delicious weapons. Burnley may try to smother and frustrate, but it will all be in vain.

Prediction: Burnley 1 – 3 Chelsea

Arsenal V Manchester United

This looks to be a sumptuous match-up: Wayne Rooney has taken on the mantle of chief goalscorer without hesitation, scoring seven goals in the last five games. Arsenal at the Emirates could prove tricky, but these two giants could also just cancel each other out and both be happy with a lack lustre draw. Either 1-1 or it will be a goal fest; why air on the side of caution? Live a little folks.

Prediction: Arsenal 3 – 2 Man Utd.

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