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Saturday’s Games Previewed: 18/08/07


Todays Fixtures:

  • Portsmouth V Bolton (12.45): Portsmouth will be looking to follow up their point earned against Man Utd on Wednesday with their first victory of the season. Sulley Muntari is suspended following his red card in midweek while Sol Cambell continues to recover from injury. For the visitors, Helguson will continue to deputise for Kevin Davies after his debut goal in midweek as Bolton look to claim their first point of the season. Prediction: Draw
  • Reading Vs Everton: Reading face a third tough test in three games following a draw with Utd and a midweek defeat to Chelsea. High flying Everton arrive in confident form with two impressive wins under their belt but will face a Reading team notoriously difficult to break down at home. Everton will stick with Johnson and Anichebe up front and will hope they can deliver the goods against a stingy Reading defence. Steve Coppell will know the importance of getting the hosts first win under their belt but they might find the going tough against the likes of Arteta and Osman in Everton’s midfield who have started the season in top form. Kevin Doyle will play a big part in Leroy Lita’s continued absence and he may prove the difference as Reading bid to halt Everton’s excellent start to the season. Prediction: draw
  • Birmingham Vs West Ham: Steve Bruce’s side were cruelly denied a win over Sunderland in midweek by Stern John’s injury time equaliser, however, Birmingham will still go into the game in confident form having scored four goals in their opening two games. West Ham lost their only game so far at home to Man City, and Alan Curbishley’s expensively assembled squad need to start proving their worth on the football pitch. Lucas Neill, the Hammers captain, has declared himself fit but may not be risked. Dean Ashton and Scott Parker are unlikely to start though as West Ham look to get their first points of the season. New signing Kieron Dyer goes straight into the squad and may line up alongside Lee Bowyer though Curbishley claims he has no qualms about pitting the two together after their infamous on-pitch brawl in the colours of Newcastle two years ago. Prediction: away win
  • Tottenham Vs Derby: Martin Jol reportedly faces the sack if Spurs fail to beat Derby County today. While the media tend to blow these things out of proportion, there is no doubt Jol needs a sequence of good scores to put the matter to bed. Two defeats in two games have left Spurs bottom and chairman Daniel Levy may be wary of letting Spurs suffer the same start to the season as last year which ultimately cost them a Champions League place. Jol is missing Berbatov and Gareth Bale continues to recover from injury so the question remains which strikers will Jol choose? Possibly all three, though he may favour giving Defoe a runout in the hope that he can prove himself and spare Jol’s blushes. Derby are just above Spurs on one point and manager Billy Davies will be aware that now may be the best time to play Spurs as confidence is low and the nerves will be out in force at White Hart Lane. Tyrone Mears may recover from a slight knock and Derby should keep much the same side that lost 1-0 to Man City on Wednesday. Prediction: home win
  • Fulham Vs Middlesbrough: With Mido set to make his debut after a £6million switch from Tottenham, Gareth Southgate can expect to field plenty of questions about Yakubu’s future as the Nigerian has been left out of the squad for the long trip down to Fulham. With David Healy in red-hot form, Fulham will be confident of victory over a Middlesbrough team yet to register a point this term so far. Southgate’s future may come into question with another defeat although Mido’s signing suggests he will be given time to turn around the Teesider’s fortunes. Fulham registered their first win of the season at home to Bolton midweek, and we can’t see Middlesbrough securing victory against a well-organised Fulham side today. Expect Mido to be in the thick of the action with a red card or a hat-trick!! Prediction: home win
  • Wigan Vs Sunderland: Wigan got their first win of the season in midweek while Sunderland got out of jail against Birmingham and remain unbeaten so far this season. Carlos Edwards is ruled out for the visitors with an injury which could keep him out for a month. Both sides are expected to be fighting relegation come the end of the season so this game takes on extra significance. Wigan manager Chris Hutchings has experienced nothing like the attention Roy Keane has been given in the media so it will be an interesting clash between two relative rookies to management. Sibierski has two goals in two games for Wigan while Stern John is pushing for a start after his goalscoring cameo on Wednesday. Prediction: home win
  • Newcastle Vs Aston Villa: Emre and Michael Owen both come back into contention for Newcastle as they host Aston Villa with both sides having rested midweek. Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka are expected to continue up front for Newcastle as Sam Allardyce manages his first game in front of the volatile crowd at St James’Park. Villa will be keen to get their first points of the season as Martin O’Neill looks to new signings Marlon Harewood and Nigel Reo-Coker to kick-start the visitors campaign.  Prediction: home win

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  1. August 19, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    nice article.

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