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Sunderland Can Make It Another Loss For Wigan

Published on 25/11/2011 15:51

Many predicted Wigan would be strong relegation candidates this season but not so many had Sunderland down as major strugglers but so far they have failed to string good results together and as a result find themselves in fifteenth place currently, just two points above the relegation zone. Sunderland are the only team in the bottom half of the table with a positive goal difference and if they start turning some of their draws into wins they will soon be a midtable side at…

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Norwich Can Edge Out QPR In Close Encounter

Published on 25/11/2011 15:51

These two sides were fixtures of the Premiership in the early days of the league but after time spent in the Championship (and lower) they are now back in the big time. Both teams have made a bright start back in the Premiership, QPR are doing the best of all three promoted sides in ninth whilst Norwich are just two points and two places behind in eleventh. Whichever side can win this on Saturday will be sitting very pretty after thirteen games this season. Norwich have…

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Spurs Superiority At West Brom Depends On Shane Long

Published on 25/11/2011 15:50

West Brom host the very much in form Spurs on Saturday afternoon hoping to put together back to back wins for the second time this season, having beaten Bolton 2-1 last week. Spurs will certainly provide a different kind of test than Bolton, Spurs have still only dropped two points since the transfer window closed but their performances away from home haven't quite matched those at White Hart Lane and Harry Redknapp will be hoping for a good performance as well as three…

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Man Utd Set For Narrow Victory Over Newcastle

Published on 24/11/2011 17:23

Man Utd's recovery from their 6-1 deafeat against Man City hit a slight bump on Wednesday night when Benfica came to Old Trafford and gained a draw in the Champions League, that was the first match in which United had conceded since the Man City result but performances haven't exactly been brilliant since then and United still look well off their very early season form. Newcastle have been the surprise package of this season, going unbeaten until last week's loss…

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Chelsea Might Win But Clean Sheet Against Wolves In Unlikely

Published on 24/11/2011 15:40

Chelsea's midweek loss has increased the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas with many fans now calling for the young manager's head claiming he is too inexperienced for the job. Many other fans are still on AVB's side, suggesting he needs to be given time to get things right, and the results in the next few games could decide his future as there is only so much losing that Roman Abramovich is willing to take. Villas-Boas is not the only manager under pressure in…

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Not Much To Separate Bolton And Everton At The Reebok Stadium

Published on 24/11/2011 14:42

Two of the most surprising strugglers at this stage in the season meet on Saturday with Bolton set to host Everton at the Reebok Stadium. The bottom half of the Premiership is so tight at the moment, Everton's win against Wolves last week saw them move up five places and Bolton will be aiming for a similar jump up the table if they can gain a win here, Owen Coyle's men sit in the bottom three at the moment and will be looking to sort their home form out in the second…

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Stoke Can Finally Return To Winning Ways At Expense Of Blackburn

Published on 24/11/2011 14:19

After two or three games this season pundits were talking about Stoke as outsiders for the top four, now they are beginning to talk about Stoke as outsiders for relegation with the Potters currently going through their most testing spell since being promoted to Premiership. If they don't win at home to Blackburn then serious questions will be asked about how they can beat in their current form. Blackburn failed to beat relegation rivals Wigan last week and are still second…

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Arsenal's Chance Of Beating Dortmund Revolves Around Van Persie

Published on 23/11/2011 10:32

Arsenal can book their place in the next round of the Champions League with a win at the Emirates on Wednesday night but top spot in the group cannot be guaranteed until the final match. Last season Arsenal finished runners up of their group and drew Barcelona in the second round, Barcelona have knocked Arsenal out of the competition for the last two years and Arsenal will be keen to avoid Barcelona and other likely group winners when the draw is made for the second round, a win …

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Bayer Leverkusen Likely To Be Very Tough Opponents For Under Pressure Chelsea

Published on 23/11/2011 10:00

Chelsea have managed to win just once in their last six 90 minute matches and three our of four league games lost means the pressure is well and truely on their new manager Andre Villas-Boas. Chelsea currently top their Champions League group though and can secure top spot if they beat Bayer Leverkusen, who sit two points behind Chelsea in second. Should Chelsea lose this match then doubts will not only creep in about Chelsea's ability to qualify from the group but there…

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Napoli Not To Be Underestimated Against Full Strength Man City

Published on 22/11/2011 09:59

Man City may be cruising in the Premiership but qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League is still far from guaranteed in their maiden season in the competition. City's remaining matches in the group are away to Napoli and home to Bayern Munich, a loss here would leave City needing to beat Bayern Munich to be able to qualify. A draw would still leave City with problems but a win guarantees City a place in the next round with a game to spare so we should…

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Coventry City can Push Cardiff at the Richoh

Published on 22/11/2011 08:21

Coventry City sit only second bottom of the championship thanks to Doncaster having a worse goal difference. Otherwise, the Sky Blues are having a torrid season as many expected they might. Their visitors tonight have had well documented close calls of promotion through the play offs, including last season, and Dave Jones ultimately paid the price of failure (arguably) Malkay Mackay has come into the Cardiff managers office and after a little time got his side into the shape…

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Birmingham MUST get back to winning ways against Burnley

Published on 22/11/2011 08:03

Chris Houghtons side have been noted for some time as being able to get into an elevated position in the Npower Championship should they win their three games in hand. As it is, they have now gone three games without victory although, if the nine points from the three games were realised at this stage they could still climb from 13th to third place in the division. Burnley sit on the fringe of the relegation places at the other end of the table. Of the current top 8 sides they …

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Rooney Not 100% To Line Up For Man Utd Against Benfica

Published on 21/11/2011 16:28

Man Utd currently top Champions League Group C despite having won only half their games in the competition so far, only one goal keeps them ahead of Tuesday's opponents Benfica which makes this game a crucial decider for who wins the group and avoids the big guns in the next round. The first game between the sides was 1-1 and whichever side wins this game will be three points above the other with a better head to head record so the loser cannot qualify as group winners. …

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Redknapp Back To Lead Spurs To Victory Over Aston Villa

Published on 21/11/2011 09:57

After Chelsea lost at home to Liverpool Spurs can now go third with a win in this match with a game in hand still to play over their rivals for a Champions League spot. With eight wins and a draw from ten games Spurs now look contenders for third place but they are still light of options up front and they will need to keep Adebayor fit for the whle season unless they dip into the transfer market in January. Aston Villa are proving tough to beat under Alex McLeish but they…

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Palace to shut out Leicester at the King Power Stadium

Published on 20/11/2011 11:20

Crystal Palace travel to the East Midlands today looking to regain the place in the play offs they lost out on yesterday as Hull City and Leeds United leapfrogged them with wins, whilst Blackpool's point at Middlesbrough was enough to edge ahead. The tendency is to think this game will have an outcome one way or another. Whilst Leicester have not seen a game drawn at home, the same can be said for Crystal Palaces away record this season. In this regard it would seem chancy …

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Cardiff face tricky visit to Reading

Published on 19/11/2011 10:16

Cardiff follow in the footstep most recently of Southampton, Birmingham, Derby County and Middlesbrough in going to the Madejski Stadium and attempting to come away unscathed. None of the mentioned four clubs could do so and the Bluebirds will have it all to do to gain points to secure their place in the play off positions. Reading have successfully gained a win against Birmingham whilst holding the other three to draws in their past four home matches. McDermott extracting the …

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Tough game for Boro as Blackpool come to the Riverside

Published on 19/11/2011 10:07

Middlesbrough sit third in the Npower Championship whilst visitors Blackpool are hot on their heels in fifth place. There was obvious disappointment still lingering in Blackpool at the start of this season after their relegation from the Premiership last term, but Ian Holloway has once again done a great job with his squad and they are again flying in pursuit of a quick return. A 5-0 win at Leeds United was followed by a steady and professional 1-0 win over Millwall before the …

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Hammers Go a Hunting in the Richoh – Coventry v West Ham United

Published on 19/11/2011 09:58

Valuecheckers tip for relegation from the Championship this season, have done their best to retain our reputation as the best value seekers around and are on the same 12 points that sees Doncaster on the bottom of the table on goal difference. Coventry have won only two games this season, both coming at home but fell to Southampton here at the Richoh before the International break and will not be too keen on the visit of West Ham United today. They may have preferred a quieter …

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Saints and Seagulls go Head to Head – Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion

Published on 19/11/2011 09:32

12 Months ago this was a League One fixture, today it's just another game in Southampton's Quest in emulating Norwich's feat from 2009/10 when scoring successive promotions to the Premier League. Who would bet against Southampton doing it now as Nigel Adkins has adapted his team to the rigours of Championship football and are brushing all and sundry aside. At home they are scything teams in two as they average nearly three goals a game, whilst limiting the…

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Norwich Have Good Chance Of Getting Something From Arsenal Match

Published on 18/11/2011 16:33

The early kick off on Saturday sees in form Arsenal travel to Carrow Road to take on one of the Premiership surprise packages this season Norwich. Not many would have predicted that at this stage in the season Norwich would be just two places behind the Gunners and Arsenal will certainly not be underestimating their opponents in this match, a win for Norwich would take them within three points of Arsenal who still have high hopes of finishing in the top four this season. …

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