Saturday/Saturday English Premier League & FA Cup Match Predictions: MagsBarmyArmy Reports!

Arsenal V Burnley
Arsene Wenger has dedicated the rest of the season and the quest for the title to young Aaron Ramsey, who suffered the stomach churning leg break injury last weekend against Stoke. He is apparently doing much better, but will be out for up to six months. Not that the Gunners need an excuse to baton down the hatches and focus on the league. They still have tremendous talent and the other big guns have helped in recent weeks, suffering losses that only help Arsenal’s cause. Arsenal have only lost one home game in their last eleven and need to rally and show their worth. Burnley have taken a turn for the worse; only winning one of their last sixteen matches, with the worst goal conceding record in the league to boot! 55! Arshavin is back in contention as well, so that will increase The Gunners fire power (wow, a pun). Arsenal at the Emirates, on their current form, job done.
Prediction: Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley

Wolverhampton Wanders V Manchester United
There is a small, stout, scouse bloke who plays upfront from Man U, who has the golden touch right now; especially, it seems, with his head. You may have heard of him; he is called Wayne Rooney. Our Wayne, has never looked so good and Manchester are one point off the top spot, coupled with having just won the Carling Cup, I see Man U romping to victory with ease. Mick McCarthy’s Wolves will play a full strength side as relegation is looming ominously around the corner, but their fullest is not enough to trouble United. Can’t see any surprises here, even a draw will see Manchester go top of the league (Chelsea are disatracted with FA Cup obligations this weekend), but they won’t draw.
Prediction: Wolves 0 – 3 Man Utd

Portsmouth V Birmingham (FA Cup)
Birmingham have become a solid and steadfast team under the guidance of McLeish. He has made his team grow in talent and discipline as the season has progressed and although they are away from home, they will be able to carve out at least a draw here. For Portsmouth it has been a nightmare, and in some respects they have nothing to lose, this is for another bite at the FA Cup cherry, which in turn leads to cash; which they are in need of! I think this will be a draw and Birmingham will take it back to St Andrews and be victorious.
Prediction: Portsmouth 1- 1 Birmingham

Chelsea V Stoke (FA Cup)
Although last week saw Chelsea concede their first defeat at Stamford Bridge in 37 games and 15 months, they can still turn on the football charm when needed. Ballack and Belletti are both serving suspensions and Bosingwa is out for the rest of the season, but never fear; Chelsea still have a long list of A-list players to choose from. Tony Pullis will be using the usual Stoke tactic of out-muscling the opposition, to at least try and secure a draw and send it back to the Britannia Stadium. He will obviously be without Shawcross, as he starts his three match ban for ‘the tackle’. It is going to be a uphill struggle for the Potters, but as they showed in the previous round against Arsenal, they can, on their day, run with the big boys and even out do them at times. Just to keep it interesting I’ll go with a draw.
Prediction: Chelsea 2 – 2 Stoke City

Fulham V Tottenham (FA Cup)
Yet another delicious London derby, North versus West, and one of three all Premiership quarter finals this weekend. Craven Cottage has been good to Fulham this season and they are currently unbeaten in eight right now and this is the first time Spurs have faced Premier League opposition in the FA Cup this season. On a personal note I want Fulham to batter them, mainly due to the fact that Spurs dispatched of my beloved Leeds in an earlier round. Tottenham have injury issues to take into consideration; Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone and Lennon are all out. The one positive for them is the Russian striker, Pavlyuchenko, has finally woken up and realized a) who he is playing for and b) where the goal is; too little too late perhaps. I still don’t quite understand why Zamora has be overlooked by England, he has played superbly when fit and I think he will score tomorrow. Fulham will edge it.
Prediction: Fulham 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Everton V Hull
The double barreled strike threat of Bullard and Geovanni are both available again for Hull this week and they will need it if they have any intention of winning this one; they haven’t won away in 12 months. It is a dire state of affairs, with them teetering on verge of relegation, every single point counts at this stage. This rings true for Everton too. They have done brilliantly against the crème de la crème of the Premiership, but then dismally crash out of the Europa Cup the following week. David Moyes needs to stop the rot if they are going to grab a place in Europe next year. The Toffees are just too strong, home wim.
Prediction: Everton 3 -1 Hull City

Wigan V Liverpool (Monday)
Liverpool decamp and wander just down the road for this one, their will be string support and it will make it feel like a home game. Gerrard is finding his feet again, as is Torres and they are back to a string of good recent results. They need to keep this at the forefront of their minds to keep the pressure on the likes of Man City and Tottenham. Wigan have lost the plot a little and aren’t playing as a team, they haven’t won in the last seven league games. Historically, Liverpool have never lost to Wigan and I don’t think Monday will be the day this changes.
Prediction: Wigan 0 – 2 Liverpool

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