Eyes down for a full house.
Newcastle United vs Manchester City and Toon fans must be asking themselves is it entirely coincidental that their side’s for has gone down the toilet from the day that Alan ‘Pards’ Pardew secured a new contract fatter than Mike Ashley’s neck. I’ve said it before, I think the problem at Newcastle is the same one they’ve had at QPR. Too many players believing their own hype, too many agents incessantly circling. Prediction? A toss up between a narrow away win and an emphatic away win. 0-3, maybe 1-4.
Liverpool ‘entertain’ Aston Villa and perhaps a clue here is in the injury list. Barren Dent is out and Luis Suarez is back in. Mind you, there are other clues. In fact lots of them. Villa are goal difference off the relegation zone and if you have been hearing voices in your head again, bookmakers will be falling over themselves to oblige and you can still get 9’s in lots of places. I’d love to see this be a draw but am struggling to see why that would happen. Prediction? 2-0.
Yanited take on Sunderland and I really wouldn’t want to be Martin O’Neil today. In fact I wouldn’t particularly want to be him on any day. He’s got chemistry teacher hair and pound shop glasses. Slur Alex will want to use the win against City as the jolt they needed to start going through the gears. Sunderland have the look of a side that will draw themselves out of trouble and it’s ambitious to believe they’ll get one today. Prediction? It could get messy, but say 3-0.
Norwich play Wigan and while everyone was sleeping, few noticed the Canaries creep up the table and sit level on points with both ‘on fire’ West Ham and the mighty Liverpool. I think Norwich will win and I think they could do so comfortably. So a no nonsense 3-0 from me.
Everton travel to Stoke and while Chelsea are fannying about in Japan, us, the Toffees and the Baggies are all sat on 26 points, hovering. Everton won’t find Stoke as obliging as we were; after a mixed start Pulis has put together a decent vein of form and we should hope that they can help us out with a a win or a draw. Prediction? A 2-2 draw. I hope.