16 April 2007

Quick midweek predictions

Arsenal v Manchester City, 2:45pm, FSC: Arsenal played very well against Bolton to get back to winning ways over the weekend, but I don’t know if they’ve actually turned a corner and can keep it up for the rest of the season. Maybe it’s because it was Liverpool they last played well against, but City has looked quite good recently, and surprisingly, their best performances have come on the road, where they’ve won their last three. 1-1
Manchester Utd v Sheffield Utd, 3pm, Setanta: Even if United rest players with future matches in mind, they should have enough to take all three points from Sheffield at Old Trafford. They’ll certainly have enough motivation, as Manchester will continue to look over their shoulders at Chelsea until they meet on May 9th, and could open up a six-point gap before the Blues take on West Ham Wednesday. United 2-0

Blackburn v Watford, 3pm, Setanta Xtra: Blackburn deserved more from their performance against Chelsea on Sunday; it’s an absolute pity that once again Roman’s money popped up with a late winner. Winning here certainly isn’t be the same as making the FA Cup final, but Blackburn should be able to get some satisfaction Wednesday. Despite the usual “Watford plays really hard” canard, they’re already preparing for life in Championship. Blackburn 2-1
West Ham v Chelsea, 3pm, Setanta: Having already taken 3 points off Man United and 6 off Arsenal, you can’t put anything past the Hammers, especially in a London derby. West Ham also needs points and quickly, five points from safety with five games remaining, but this is an awful time to be playing Chelsea. They’ve rounded in form now finally healthy, and are chock-full of confidence having gotten back into the title race and progressed to both the FA Cup final and Champions League semi. Chelsea 2-1

Liverpool v Boro is on FSC Wednesday at 3pm.

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