Prediction Panel 2007/8: Premier League 16 March - preview and predictions

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Antony Melvin


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16/03/2008 11:30:00.
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Fifth placed Everton will be hunting a win a relegation threatened Fulham as they hunt for a win to put the pressure on fourth placed Liverpool. In mid-table Manchester City take on league cup winners Tottenham Hotspur, with little left in either sides season; and a relegation derby at Wigan with Bolton the visitors.

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Sunday, 16 March 2008; Barclays Premier League

Fulham (19) vs Everton (5), KO 13:30


None of Fulham's relegation rivals picked up anything on Saturday so if Fulham win here they will move to within 3 points of safety - which is a strong motivation despite Fulham's rotten goal difference. Everton are six points clear, with a game-in-hand, of sixth place Portsmouth - so are fairly confident of European football, the only question being the flavour. Only wins seem to be enough to rein in Liverpool and given the very tough games ahead for Liverpool Everton have a chance of taking advantage if they can stay in touch today. Fulham will be hoping that Everton are a little tired and unhappy after the penalty shoot-out defeat in the week, and the west London team are hitting form now that Bullard and McBride are match fit. Should be a close match.

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Manchester City (9) vs Tottenham Hotspur (11), KO 16:00


City have been in rotten form since Christmas when they were a serious candidate to finish third or fourth; they have now drifted into mid-table although a UEFA Cup place is distinctly possible through the Fair Play route (City are the best placed English side who may not qualify directly for Europe, and England lead the Fair Play table - the winners get an automatic spot, with two more places drawn from all qualifying countries). Tottenham have been on a poor run themselves since winning the League Cup - although the PSV game was a return to form. Both sides are inconsistent, but City have home advantage against a tired team - City should start as strong favourites.

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Antony Melvin: Draw

Wigan Athletic (13) vs Bolton Wanderers (18), KO 15:00


The results on Saturday went well for the teams fighting the drop. Reading, Derby and Sunderland lost and only Middlesbrough (who are pretty safe) picked up a point. So a Bolton win will pull them clear of the relegation zone and push them above Wigan into thirteenth place, motivation enough for Gary Megson to field a weakened side in Portugal. For Wigan, Steve Bruce has carefully gathered the points to pull them out of the relegation zone and towards the safety of mid table - the odd win plus a number of hard fought draws sees them three points clear of Bolton in the relegation zone. It would be no surprise if Bruce gets another draw here; as it would be a far better result that it may at first glance appear.

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Predictions
Paul Grech: Home
Colin Illingworth: Home
Antony Melvin: Draw


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bias:

You appear to be desperate for a City win [Ed: If you want to look at the results of the teams who play in Europe and then three days later in the league then you will spot a trend - not bias! How did Everton, Bolton and Spurs get on?]

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