Premier League Weekend: Squeaky Bum Predictions

Man United – Bolton
What I’d like:

a comfortable 2-0 or 3-0 victory, with an early goal from Nani / Rooney/ Berbatov, comfortable through the game. Smalling nullifying the physical threat of Kevin Davis, and defensive midfielders working hard to track down Sturridge and Elmander.
What’s likely to happen:

Kevin Davis to pull out right and look to physically dominate Evra or Brown. Bolton’s midfield to be competitive and try to outrun United’s potentially soft midfield. Man United to have enough firepower to score a couple of goals at home, but a 2-1 result to be likely with a nervy finish. Could as easily turn into a 3-1 as a 2-2.

 

West Brom – Arsenal
What I’d like:

Arsenal lose their shape and discipline, with an early goal from West Brom’s Odemwingie unnerving their defence. Woy Stodge-son’s rigid structure to frustrate Van Persie and Arshavin all afternoon. Lots of Arsenal posession but little by way of finishing. Possible late breakaway goal by Brom making it 2, despite a later goal from RVP (my Fantasy pick!). A boring 0-0 would be fine as well!

What is likely:
Arsenal score once in each half, no real tension, West Brom unable to handle Nasri/ RVP. Comfortable victory, and lots of comments from Arsenal and Wenger about being ready to go undefeated for the rest of the season. Arsenal to go all out for a 3rd goal which will see them equal Man United’s goal diff.

Chelsea – Man City

What I’d like:

as a fan, a high scoring draw – 3-3 would be good. Dzeko to get a couple and a Silva freekick. With Chelsea scoring from an own goal, a Luiz header and a Lampard goal (note, no forwards).

What is likely:

Tight game with few chances. Tevez to nick one for City in the first half. Chelsea to once or twice in the second. Anelka to score for Chelsea.

 

Sunderland v Liverpool
What I’d like:
Sunderland batter Liverpool, like they did Chelsea. Liverpool suffer from Euro hangover – tiredness and demotivated, like Man City and Arsenal, only needing to play for 6th place, which would look safer with Bolton having lost. I’d even be okay if it was a 0-0 (Reina in my fantasy team!)
What is likely:
Actually, Sunderland should probably do well. They’ve had some tough games against Spurs and Chelsea but will probably relish having Zenden / Wellbeck back and should nick a win. Liverpool will probably finish above Bolton anyway.
Spurs v W-Ham
What I’d like:

A VDV goal, or two. (Fantasy)

What’s likely to happen:

a facile spurs victory, with a consolation goal from Demba Ba – who can’t stop scoring even if he tries, apparently.

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