06 March 2008

Predictions 3/8 - 3/9

Four Premiership teams (Chelsea, United, Pompey and Boro) are involved in the FA Cup this weekend, and I still don’t do Liverpool predictions, so only five games below.

US Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on Sunday, which is why the times are odd that day. Europe goes into DST on March 30th, so if I mess up kickoff times in the next three weeks, forgive me. Math was never my strong suit.

Blackburn v Fulham, 10am, FSC: Poor Fulham. It’s going to be a lot harder for FSC to showcase all those Americans when they’re in the Championship, and with Fulham now six points behind 18th, relegation is getting closer and closer. Blackburn 2-0
Reading v Man City, 10am, Setanta Xtra: Reading picked up their first win in 11 last Saturday, while City’s only won one of their last 6 (albeit against United). Given City’s better at home than on the road (despite their last three home matches) and the fact Reading crucially needs points to get out of the drop zone, I think this will end with honors even. 1-1

Tottenham v West Ham, 11am, Setanta: Even though it’s a London derby, which are frequently close and contentious, I can’t see Hammers getting anything when they’ve lost their last two by an 8-0 margin. Spurs 2-1
Sunderland v Everton, 11am, Setanta Xtra: Sunderland’s reliant on their home form for points, but with Everton’s recent run, the home side’s going to be in for a fight. Everton 2-1
Wigan v Arsenal, 12pm on FSC: There’s something familiar about a team that’s recently underwhelmed in the league, but puts on a performance in Europe like Arsenal did against Milan. For Arsenal’s sake (and as someone who would rather avoid seeing United lift the Premiership trophy again), I hope that European performance can turn around that league form. Arsenal 2-0

For the first time this season, I’ve fallen below .500 (currently 125-126, with 29 spot on). Time to make up ground.

Liverpool v Newcastle is on Setanta at 10am Saturday.

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