Draws pre­dicted, but not for Gun­ners

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

SO FAR, 16 games have been played in the FA Premier League and amaz­ingly not one has ended in a draw.

Here are the ver­dicts and our pre­dic­tions :

To­day ARSE­NAL v PORTSMOUTH

The Gun­ners have started the sea­son ex­tremely well, ham­mer­ing Ever­ton and de­feat­ing Celtic in the Cham­pi­ons League without stretch­ing them­selves. Heaven help Pom­pey if Arsene Wenger’s men hit top gear to­mor­row. Robin van Per­sie hasn’t scored yet, so ex­pect him to hit the tar­get. He may not be the only one. (Pre­dic­tion: 3-1 to Arse­nal)

BIRM­ING­HAM v STOKE

If Birm­ing­ham are to stay up, their home form will be cru­cial – a bit like Stoke last sea­son. It would help if a few more fans came out to sup­port Alex McLeish’s side. Less than 20,000 were at St An­drews for the mid­week win over Portsmouth. (1-1 draw)

HULL v BOLTON

Hull made a fab­u­lous start last sea­son. This time they have lost their open­ing two games. Not good for Phil Brown. He might have to set­tle for a point against his old club. One is bet­ter than noth­ing, Phil. (An­other draw, 2-2)

MAN CITY v WOLVES

Good to see Wolves winning away in mid­week. Good for them be­cause they won’t ex­pe­ri­ence it too of­ten this sea­son, and cer­tainly not at City this week­end. Mark Hughes and his merry men were out en­joy­ing the de­lights of Barcelona on Wed­nes­day. It’ll be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent fac­ing Wolves as City fans get the chance to see their new team on home turf for the first time. It should be a happy oc­ca­sion for Em­manuel Ade­bayor, Car­los Tevez, Kolo Toure and Gareth Barry, to name a few. (3-1 to Man City)

SUN­DER­LAND v BLACK­BURN

Af­ter be­ing out­classed by Chelsea in the sec­ond half on Tues­day night, things should be a lit­tle eas­ier for Sun­der­land to­mor­row, though Rovers might just have enough to earn a point. (1-1 draw)

WI­GAN v MAN UNITED

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s side just weren’t at the races at Turf Moor on Wed­nes­day night. They lacked con­vic­tion and a bit of class. They’ll still win most of their games at Old Traf­ford, but without Cris­tiano Ron­aldo away matches may be a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. Even so, United won’t lose two games in a row, will they? (3-1 to Man United)

To­mor­row BURN­LEY v EVER­TON

Fresh from that out­stand­ing victory over United, Burn­ley will en­ter this game with real con­fi­dence. But you get the feel­ing that this one could be like af­ter the Lord Mayor’s show. (21 to Ever­ton)

WEST HAM v SPURS

Spurs are in sear­ing form with Jer­main De­foe on fire. He scored a top qual­ity hat-trick against Hull in mid­week and will fancy a few more at his old club. (Spurs to win 3-2)

FUL­HAM v CHELSEA

Al­ready Chelsea are looking a bit tasty. They have come from be­hind twice to beat Hull and Sun­der­land re­spec­tively which shows there is noth­ing wrong with the char­ac­ter in the camp. Di­dier Drogba is in form again which means a big test for Aaron Hughes and co at the Cot­tage. Ful­ham do en­joy tak­ing Chelsea on, but one can’t see them get­ting much joy out of this one. (3-1 to Chelsea)

Mon­day LIVER­POOL v AS­TON VILLA

Last sea­son Liver­pool beat Villa 5-0 at An­field. Martin O’Neill will make sure the same doesn’t hap­pen this time. Villa are chas­ing their first points af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing open­ing day de­feat at home to Wi­gan. It could be a tight old af­fair and the de­cid­ing fac­tors will be Steven Ger­rard and Fer­nando Tor­res. (Liver­pool to win 2-1) – Belfast Tele­graph

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