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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Prediction of matches to be played on 25/26 Aug

Sunderland vs Liverpool: I fear Sunderland will get another lesson in Premiership football tonight. Liverpool were unlucky to get a draw against Chelsea. They played brilliantly. It was definitely not a penalty that provided Chelsea with the equaliser. Torres looks comfortable playing in the Premiership. His goal for Liverpool was very well executed. But I'm not too sure if he is the 20 goals a season man Liverpool has been craving for. Sunderland were awful in their defeat last weekend. Roy Keane wasn't too happy with some of his players and it will be interesting to see how his team react tonight.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 0-2
The Football Pundit says: 0-2

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Man City are flying high right now thanks to their miracle win against rivals Man United. I thought they were lucky to get away with 3 points. United controlled 90% of the game and they had chances to really win it. But well you have to hand it Man City. Under Sven, it is now a different team from the ones that struggle all too easily in the past. Arsenal had a bruising encounter with Blackburn last weekend. They got a 1-1 draw and had defender Gallas injured. Jens Lehmann surely must be dropped. His costly error, his second already this season, gifted Blackburn's equaliser. He will not be playing tonight because of an achilles injury.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-0
The Football Pundit says: 2-1

Aston Villa vs Fulham: I thought Fulham should have at least a point against Middlesbrough. Keeper Warner who had a brilliant start to the season so far, will probably want to forget his performance during that match. He gifted Fulham's Mido with a goal. The injury to striker McBride will affect Fulham upfront. Villa looked pretty good away to Newcastle. I think if they can work on their strikers, they will do well this season.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-1
The Football Pundit says: 1-0

Bolton vs Reading: Bolton, favourite for the relegation? It could be still early in the season but results so far have not been too good for them. They were ripped apart easily by Portsmouth over the weekend. I think Sammy Lee has to reorganise his team starting from his back four. They need to be tighter especially playing away. They will be playing home tonight so they expect and need this win. Another lost and I'm sure they will have a major problem. Reading have looked good so far. They do have a 100% Premier League record against Bolton and I think they might just stretch that record to 3 games.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 1-1
The Football Pundit says: 1-2

Chelsea vs Portsmouth: Lucky draw for Chelsea at Anfield. New signing Juliano Belletti should make his debut for this game. Essien will then move from right back to his best position in the centre of midfield. Portsmouth had it easy with Bolton but will find Chelsea a much much harder team to score against. Remember, Chelsea is almost impossible to beat at home. I think Kanu will start for Portsmouth. Nugent doesn't look like he is of Premiership quality yet.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-0
The Football Pundit says: 2-1

Derby vs Birmingham: Two potential relegation contenders fighting it out. Derby was awful against Spurs. To concede 3 goals before half time is not a good sign. Birmingham must be gutted to lose their last game to a penalty. They have a poor record : without a win in 13 away Premier League games!

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-1
The Football Pundit says: 1-1

West Ham vs Wigan: It hasn't click yet for West Ham but the win over the weekend is a welcome boost for them. West Ham should have too much firepower for Wigan who had quite a surprisingly easy win against Sunderland. 6 points for Wigan has got to be a good start for them and if they win, they may just top the Premiership!

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-0
The Football Pundit says: 2-1

Everton vs Blackburn: It will be tough game for both teams this one. Definitely not for the faint hearted. Both teams are very physical. Everton should have the edge because it is playing at home. They lost their previous game so I'm sure they want to win this one. Blackburn will be withouth defender Ryan Nelsen, who is serves a one-match ban, so Andre Ooijer will deputise. I'm not really too sure about Ooijer. He does look shaky at times last season.


BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-1
The Football Pundit says: 1-0

Middlesbrough vs Newcastle: A derby game! Boro got a much needed (lucky) win last weekend. They will look to new striker Mido to continue firing in the goals for them. I think Mido does look overweight and he needs to lose some kilos if he is to be really effective for Boro. He scored on his debut but it was a fluke goal. Newcastle has all their forwards fit for this game. It will be interesting to see who Big Sam picks up front. He has Viduka, Martins, Ameobi, Owen to choose from. Newcastle should be disappointed not to get the home win last weekend. I think they look good so far and they will not be beaten too many times this season.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 1-2
The Football Pundit says: 1-1

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: What an interesting game! There's so much happening at Spurs now - news of a new manager replacing Jol, their keeper Robinson fumbling during the England game, striker Berbatov joining Man U. Spurs got a great result at home last weekend but I am not too sure if it was because they were really that good or because Derby was so poor. Jol has a tough time because he knows he will be dismissed if he doesn't get Spurs to the Champions League. I think he will be sacked, just a matter of time, because Spurs will definitely not get that coveted 4th place this season. Man Utd, haven't won any game this season, will want to win this one. Ferguson looks untouchable at United, even without a win so far this season! I don't think they are in crisis. They played so well in all their matches so far. They were unlucky at City. I don't think their bad luck will continue on Sunday. Saha looks set to start on the bench and his return will be good news for Man Utd who desperately needs an out an out striker to play with Tevez. Gareth Bale should make his debut for Spurs and I think he will play on the left flank infront of YP Lee.

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson's prediction: 2-0
The Football Pundit says: 1-0

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