Every week me and my mate Kit, pick 5 teams we expect to win. From Non league to Champions League, From Spain to Slovenia. Here are this weeks 5.
11/12 May 2013
Aston Villa-Chelsea=HW Villa will be desperate to get something out of this game and try and pull themselves way from the drop zone. They’ve been excellent of late stringing together back to back wins, but haven’t won three in a row since January 2011. This is a stat they’ll be desperate to put to bed. Chelsea have also been incredibly strong of late also though, so it definitely won’t be easy for The Villains. The Blues last lost six games ago to a certain South Coast club, but have showed there class with wins against Man United, FC Basel and Rubin Kazan. It’s going to be close but Kit assures me Villa will fight to the end and clinch the three points here.
Everton-West Ham=HW Poor old Everton. After 11 years of hard work, determination and pure stubbornness, David Moyes has finally moved on from The Toffee’s. You can’t help but feel for them, there best ever manager has left them. However I think they’ll be desperate too get back on the turf at Goodison, show there worth, and let there Football do the talking. There opponents are West Ham who have only won one of there last six away games. It’s going to be close but I think Everon will be victorious.
Norwich-West Brom=AW Norwich really have struggled to hit the back of the net this season. In the goals scored table they sit a lowly 18th place with there opponents sitting in 8th. With Grant Holt scoring just over a third of what he scored last season. It just hasn’t worked for the Canaries this term and the league table reflects. If they lose this weekend and Wigan win, then they’re in huge trouble, and I just can’t see it happening for them.
Fulham-Liverpool=AW Fulham have just ran out of fuel this last few weeks. If there campaign began 6 games ago then Fulham would be sitting rock bottom of The Premiership, and are starting to be pull into a relegation battle. They sit on a nervous 40 points which might not be enough this year. Liverpool drew to Everton in a 0-0 draw, which might well have been the most boring game I’ve ever seen, although Liverpool have nothing to play for they’ll be keen to finish Brendan Rodgers’s season on a high.
Manchester City-Wigan Athletic=AW Manchester City had a very disappointing middle third of the season but they have got big players who always perform in big games, which is ominous for Wigan.The Latics are clearly in big trouble at the bottom of the Premier League but, in terms of just this game, they have got a lot of injury problems to key players like Maynor Figueroa and Ronnie Stam, who are out, and Jean Beausejour and Antolin Alcaraz, who are doubtful. However I have a sneaky feeling Wigan will get a late goal and win the cup in a fairytale story. Come on you Lactics!
This week I’m going to change the format of my predictions, not predicting the scores but results.
HW= Home Win, AW= Away Win and D= Draw.
Bolton-Blackpool=HW Bolton have been on stunning form at home of late, winning all of there last eight at the Reebok, and there league position reflects that. At the turn of the year The Trotters were in 16th, and now they occupy the final play of place.
Liverpool-Everton=HW Liverpool literally took The Toon to pieces, last weekend and Everton narrowly beat Fulham in a exciting encounter. Sadly for Everton though I think David Moyes will fail to get a result yet a Merseyside derby due to there poor away form in recent weeks. They’ve failed to win in all of there last six away games, and if it was down to goals scored away from home The Toffee’s would be sitting in a nervous 15th.
Sunderland-Stoke=D I’m expecting both teams to cancel each other out in a real stalemate here.
Brighton-Wolves=HW If the season had began six games ago Brighton would be 2nd, and there opposition this weekend would be sitting in 20th. Wolves really have had a torrid season, and in my opinion it all started with the sacking of poor old Mick Mccarthy, (Who’s Ipswitch sit in a comfortable mid-table position) Assistant manager Terry Connor was brought in and lets just say didn’t have a great time, So Wolves got rid of him and brought In former club legend Dean Saunders. Dean didn’t win any of his first ten but Wolves sticked with him and now they sit in 23rd depending on a string of results to stay up, and as optimistic as I am, I don’t see the getting out of it. Sorry Wolves fans.
Manchester United-Chelsea=AW One of the classic fixtures in English football. These old rivals go in to this star studded clash both very confident of a win, but with United having nothing to play for and Chelsea still chasing there top four dream, I think Chelsea will come out all guns blazing and win it narrowly with a late goal.
27/28 April 2013
Southampton 2-0 West Brom This weekend the Saints come up against a tired Baggies side and I expect them to win comfortably.
Blackburn 1-2 Crystal Palace Palace have been on weak form of late not winning in six games, but with there Premier League dream dying, they will be deperate to secure maximum points.
Tranmere Rovers 0-3 Bournemouth Fresh from securing promotion to the the Championship, Bournemouth will be desperate to win league one. Tranmere on the other hand have lost five in a row. I expect a real footballing masterclass in this one.
Rotherham 2-0 Aldershot Rotherham will be desperate to secure automatic promotion. sitting a nervous two points off fourth, they will do anything to win in front of a packed Millers crowd.
Brentford 3-2 Doncaster These two meet in my opinion the biggest game of the weekend. People will argue “What about Man United VS Arsenal” but These two established teams are fighting for the same spot (Automatic Promotion to the Championship) and only one can get it. I think it will be great game with both teams catching the eye not just locally but nationally this season, However I think The Bees will just be that little more hungary to get out of league one after being there for 15 years. Has there Time finally come? What do you think?Post your views on any of the five games in the comment box below.