Prediction Panel 2007/8: Premier League 8 March - previews and predictions

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Antony Melvin


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08/03/2008 09:00:00.
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Three games on Saturday with the FA Cup taking away some of the attention, but Liverpool will look to extend their good recent form against an increasingly queezy looking Newcastle. Blackburn has quietly slipped into seventh place and is in good shape for another UEFA Cup jaunt; and will expect a win against poor travellers from Fulham. Finally Manchester City travel to Reading in poor form - and that might suit their former manager, Steve Coppell.

Saturday, 08 March 2008; Barclays Premier League

Blackburn Rovers (7) vs Fulham (19), KO 15:00


Fulham aren't yet down, but the hangman's noose is being tightened as we speak; a dreadful away record needs to be reversed if Fulham are to survive because their aren't enough home games to save Fulham - even if they won them all. Fulham need to win 5 or 6 of the last ten games, but this is a tough one. Blackburn are improving again and look set to fight it out with Villa and Everton for the UEFA Cup places. Both teams desperately want the win, but it is debateable if Fulham have the personnel to achieve it.

Predictions
Paul Grech: Home
Hugh Larkin; Home
Antony Melvin: Home

Liverpool (4) vs Newcastle United (13), KO 15:00


With two big wins as they catch-up their games in hand, Liverpool will look to increase their goal difference in beating a Newcastle side that is looking increasingly like a marathon runner passing the 20 mile mark; just desperate to reach the finish. Torres continues to look great value for money - however you sdd up his transfer fee - although it is possible that Rafa Benitez will rest him ahead of the trip to Milan on Tuesday. But given the respective form of the two sides, Benitez may be tempted to rotate with relish and still expect to beat the returning Michael Owen's team. Does Benitez regret selling Owen?

Predictions
Paul Grech: Draw
Hugh Larkin; Home
Antony Melvin: Home

Reading (18) vs Manchester City (8), KO 15:00


Steve Coppell was once the Manchester City manager for three or four mad weeks in a season when City went through more managers than some clubs employ in a generation. But since taking over from West Ham bound Alan Pardew, Steve Coppell has, in this incarnation, been calmness personified. But recent results have dumped Reading in the drop zone and even an away win at Middlesbrough has failed to lift them clear. City are probably one of the more appealing opponents for the desperate as they are picking up few wins and starting to drift out of the reckoning for a top six place; Reading desperately need to put some results together and will be looking hungrily at this fixture.

Predictions
Paul Grech: Draw
Hugh Larkin; Draw
Antony Melvin: Home


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