Prediction Panel 2007/8; Premier League 9 March - previews and predictions


Antony Melvin

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08/03/2008 11:00:00.
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Three more games on Sunday with Arsenal travelling to Wigan looking to open up a four point lead at the top of the division. Everton may well be playing catch-up now with Liverpool and will be wary of Sunderland's strong home form. Finally a derby game between two teams chastened in recent games - Spurs and West Ham.

Sunday, 09 March 2008; Barclays Premier League

Sunderland (15/16) vs Everton (5), KO 15:00

Sunderland will survive of their home form, if they are to survive at all and meet an Everton outfit smarting from mid-week defeat in the UEFA Cup and having seen their neighbours recover some form and pass them in the league. Whether this will galvanise or depress Everton remains to be seen; but with Reading, Birmingham and Wigan showing good form Sunderland will be looking for at least at least a point here, especially if Liverpool dispatch Newcastle because then a point would put Sunderland above their stalled rivals. And once into thirteenth or fourteenth Sunderland should be safe.

Paul Grech: Away
Hugh Larkin; Away
Antony Melvin: Draw

Tottenham Hotspur (11) vs West Ham United (10), KO 15:00

The hangover from the League Cup final is threatening to undo a lot of the good work that Juande Ramos has been achieving - but interestingly it may subdue some of the outlandish short-term ambitions of Spurs fans. Spurs are clearly not yet ready for a title tilt. No, really. This mid-table clash with West Ham could save Alan Curbishley who is increasingly coming under pressure from a section of West Ham fans; a good local derby can unite fans against a common enemy - in this case Chelsea. And possibly disguise recent bad results.

Paul Grech: Home
Huh larkin; Home
Antony Melvin: Home

Wigan Athletic (14/15) vs Arsenal (1), KO 16:00

Wigan have been in good form recently and on their cabbage-patch pitch could disrupt the smooth passing of the league leaders. This will be significantly more difficult for Arsenal than it looks and an away win cannot be taken for granted. Steve Bruce will be determined to help his present club, and if he can do his old mentor a favour then perhaps a couple of bottles of red would be sent north from Manchester. Arsenal on form should win this, but the hangover from Europe and a dreadful pitch could make this tight.

Paul Grech: Away
Hugh Larkin; Away
Antony Melvin: Away

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