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Home Record Makes Stoke The Bet To Beat Wigan

Published on 30/12/2011 17:28

It looks as though it is going to be yet another very successful season for Stoke, despite a blip that coincided with the busy Europa League campaign Stoke are doing extremely well once again and could gain their best ever Premiership finish which would be a fine achievement in a season where they have had far more games than usual. Wigan started the season extremely poorly but they have largely been in good form in recent matches and shouldn't be judged on their 5-0 defeat…

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Spurs To Let Football Do The Talking Against Swansea

Published on 30/12/2011 17:27

Swansea continue to look strong at home on Tuesday but perhaps it is a dropped two points at home to QPR that Swansea might look back on as their defining moment this season. Swansea haven't looked likely to gain many points on the road all season so every point counts at home, luckily so far Swansea's home record has kept them out of the danger zone. Tottenham continue to go from strength to strength, their win over Norwich on Tuesday was mightily impressive and they…

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Norwich To Return To Winning Ways At Fulham's Expense

Published on 30/12/2011 15:42

Norwich were soundly beaten by Spurs on Tuesday but better teams will be beaten by Spurs this season and Norwich shouldn't be too disheartened about that defeat, eleventh place is a great achievement at this stage in the season, especially as Norwich are closer to eighth than the bottom three. Not many would have predicted that Norwich would be above Fulham, big things were expected when Martin Jol took over but it seems all is not right at Craven Cottage and it will be…

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Chelsea Can Keep Rare Clean Sheet Against Villa

Published on 30/12/2011 15:42

Chelsea continue to struggle to string meaningful results together and it looks as though they could be competing for fourth place at best currently but with the January transfer window just around the corner Andre Villas-Boas will have a chance to add to his already expensively assembled squad. There is talk of £150m being available to spend and that sort of figure could even put them back in the title race. Aston Villa would love to have just a fraction of that to spend, …

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Narrow Wolves Win Predicted At Bolton

Published on 30/12/2011 15:41

It looks as though Gary Cahill is on his way out of Bolton after Owen Coyle admitted on Friday that Bolton had accepted an offer from Chelsea for the England defender. Despite being a talented player Cahill has not stopped Bolton from having the worst defensive record in the league so reinvesting that money on two or three players might be exactly what Bolton need to start getting more results. Wolves picked up an unexpected point at the Emirates on Monday and these sorts of…

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Both Teams Likely To Score As QPR Visit Arsenal

Published on 30/12/2011 15:41

News that Thierry Henry could soon be seen once again in an Arsenal shirt will have Arsenal fans extremely excited, especially with their over reliance on Robin Van Persie this season. It often seems that if Van Persie doesn't score then Arsenal don't win and that was certainly the case when Arsenal dropped points at home to Wolves during the week. QPR picked up a valuable point at Swansea on Tuesday but they are still edging towards the bottom three and Neil Warnock…

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Saints can go 6 Points clear at the Top of the Championship

Published on 30/12/2011 10:13

Nigel Adkins, Southampton side scored yet another win at home in their Boxing day game at St Marys against Crystal Palace and can repeat the performance on Saturday as Bristol City visit Hampshire. Southampton’s home record is one of the best in the entire football league. They remain unbeaten in the Championship at home this season, and we have to look back some 24 games to a visit of Brentford in league One to find their last home defeat. In the subsequent 24 games,…

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Liverpool And Newcastle Likely To Play Out Stalemate

Published on 29/12/2011 14:53

This fixture has produced some epic encounters over the years, most notably the two 4-3 wins for Liverpool in 1996 and 1997. What Liverpool would give for the ability to score four goals in a match, figures published this week showed that they have the lowest chance conversion ratio in the Premiership and lack of goals is what is likely to cost them a return to the top four this season. Liverpool go into this match one point in front of opponents Newcastle and that represents an …

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Norwich v Spurs Almost Guaranteed To Produce Goals

Published on 26/12/2011 16:22

Both these teams are outperforming start of the season expectations, Norwich head into this match in ninth place before the Boxing Day fixtures despite being the second favourites for relegation at the start of the season. Norwich have played entertaining football this season and have gained some great results but Paul Lambert will be all too aware of what has happened to other newly promoted teams after a bright start, Blackpool being the most recent example last season. Spurs…

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Swansea Home Record To Continue Versus QPR

Published on 26/12/2011 16:21

This has been a Championship fixture for the past three years but after both teams gained promotion last season it is a Premiership fixture for this first time and it is the playoff winners who go into this match two points ahead of last season's Championship winners. Both sides will be wary of how tough the second half of the season can be for the newly promoted sides, just look at Blackpool last season, and three points for either of these teams could be a huge result and…

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Van Persie Can Edge Closer To Shearer's Record Against Wolves

Published on 26/12/2011 16:21

After the start that Arsenal made to this season not many would have predicted that at Christmas they would be very much in contention for a top four place but Arsene Wenger has turned his side around and will be hoping to continue the improvement in the second half of the season. Wolves have been hovering above the relegation zone for the entire season and it looks as though it will be another tough battle in the second half of the season for Mick McCarthy's men, he still…

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Stoke Home Record To Receive Further Boost At Villa's Expense

Published on 26/12/2011 12:31

Stoke may have been beaten by Man City last time out but four wins from their last five league games is a great record to take into the festive fixtures. Stoke have proved this season that they can handle a blip and Tony Pulis will be hoping to push on up the table in the second half of the season. Aston Villa are still struggling for results under Alex McLeish with their only three points in six games coming agaisnt strugglers Bolton. Villa have a tough run of fixtures at the…

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Expect Goals From Both Teams As West Brom Host Man City

Published on 26/12/2011 11:36

West Brom now seem to be getting the best out of Peter Odemwingie after a slow start to the season and they could be a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season with Shane Long also proving a good acquisition for the club in the summer. West Brom will need to be able to score plenty of goals if they are to get a result against Man City who look on course for their first Premiership title this season. This will be a tough test for Roy Hodgson against a fellow ex…

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Everton And Sunderland Could Struggle For Goals Again

Published on 26/12/2011 09:57

Martin O' Neill has already started to produce the goods at Sunderland since his arrival, two wins from three games has seen Sunderland begin to move up the table but both wins came against out of form teams (Blackburn and QPR) and both came courtesy of late goals so there is still plenty of improvement for Martin O'Neill to find in his team. Traditionally this is the time of year that Everton improve after a slow start and they will have been boosted after a 1-0 win…

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Nani And Rooney To Inspire Man Utd To Win Over Wigan

Published on 23/12/2011 16:48

Man Utd look as though they are finally getting their swagger back, there was talk of a crisis at Old Trafford but Man Utd are not only the form team in the division but they are also looking more of an attacking threat in every game. Wigan have also seen an improvement in form recently and having been written off just a few weeks ago, they have now given themselves a realistic chance of survival having moved within one point of safety. This is a tougher test than they have…

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Chelsea To Take Advantage Of Fulham's Poor Derby Record

Published on 23/12/2011 16:21

Chelsea will have been pleased to have avoided defeat at White Hart Lane last week but at the same time they will have probably been a bit disappointed they didn't go on to win the game in the second half. After two draws in a row Andre Villas-Boas will be looking to return to winning ways in this match in his first game against local rivals Fulham. The away side come into this game off the back of a thrashing at the hands of Man Utd and losing that game by such a wide…

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Stick With Demba Ba To Continue Streak Against Bolton

Published on 23/12/2011 16:21

The two most out of form teams in the Premiership meet on Boxing Day but their league positions are very different. Bolton gained a great win against Blackburn last week and those three points ensured that Bolton would not be bottom of the Premiership at Christmas but they are still two places and three points from safety. Newcastle are seventh in the table but are the only team in the league who haven't won in their last six games and their great start to the season is in…

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Liverpool Worth Taking On Against Blackburn On Boxing Day

Published on 23/12/2011 16:21

Being bottom of the Premiership at Christmas is usually a relegation sentence, only West Brom have escaped relegation after being bottom at Christmas since the Premiership began and things don't look good for Steve Kean's side at the moment. Things don't get much tougher than a trip to Anfield and Blackburn, who are without an away win this season, are predicted to struggle against a team that is unbeaten at home this season. Liverpool have been hitting the headlines …

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Reading looking to get into the play offs over Christmas. Brighton visit on Boxing Day

Published on 22/12/2011 22:05

Reading are in great form coming into the festive program and will be looking to maintain their form to exit 2011 in the top six places in the Npower Championship. With a recent 3-0 victory over second placed West Ham still fresh in the memory and a great 1-0 win at Elland Road versus Leeds last weekend, any continuation of that form could see them leapfrog the latter and replace them in the play off positions before the year is out. Arguably they could be meeting Brighton…

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Birmingham City host the Hammers on Boxing Day in the Npower Championship

Published on 22/12/2011 21:49

Just a few weeks ago, Birmingham City were in good form under Chris Houghton and with the games they had in hand, if winning all could have reached the heady heights of third place in the Npower Championship. With a gain of just eight points in the last eight games, that potential can no longer be realized. Having said that, with the two games they still have in hand over the teams above them, 6 points added to their current tally of 29 would see them in 6th place, making this…

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