Friday, December 21, 2007

Premier League - Weekend Fixtures Preview

Its another interesting old weekend in the Premier League fixtures. As usual there's minimal games at the traditional time of 3.00pm with only 5 out of 10 at this time. Oh well you take Sky's money and thats the way it goes.

I see Premier League leaders Arsenal of the top clubs have arguably the hardest fixtures over the busy Christmas period. They have the game against Tottenham, followed by trips to Portsmouth and Everton (ouch!). They round the period off with an easier home game against West Ham. Manchester United appear to have the easiest run having three games at home with an away trip at West Ham in between. Chelsea don't have a bad run, with this weekends game away to Blackburn looking the hardest they've got. Outsiders Liverpool have a relatively easy run and will surely be looking to make up ground from their fixtures over this period. They've got Portsmouth at home followed by Derby away and Wigan home, with Manchester away in-between looking the hardest game by far.

So to this weekend's fixtures; I think Tottenham might just raise eyebrows and get something at the Emirates, Manchester United should narrowly triumph over Everton, while Blackburn I suspect will be good for a point against Chelsea. Of the chasing pack, I expect Liverpool to prove too much for Portsmouth, and I can see Manchester City struggling to get more than a point from their game at Villa.

Newcastle should continue their confidence building revival with a home win against dead and buried Derby. For the Premier League strugglers the fixtures of Fulham versus Wigan, and Reading versus Sunderland are relegation six-pointers. Can't see Sunderland winning at Reading but think Wigan will get the win against Fulham.

I'd better get my bets on!!


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