Saturday 7:45 am ET
Aston Villa v Chelsea (Live Setanta Sports). Guus Hiddink has had a week with Chelsea, and he gets thrown right into the fire with an away trip to third place Aston Villa. Villa at home have only lost twice…but have five draws in the process while Chelsea have shown they can win away from Stamford Bridge. Emile Heskey and James Milner are major fitness doubts for Villa. Villa pulled off the win last year at Villa Park, it’ll be tough pulling it off two seasons in the row. Guus will be an instant boost for Chelsea, but I wonder how much they will save for Juve mid week. Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 1
Saturday 10:00 am ET
Arsenal v Sunderland (Live Setanta Sports). So Saturday looks to be the day Andrei Arshavin will make his first Arsenal start. After four straight draws, Arsenal flew high with a 4-0 victory over Cardiff City this past Monday. Sunderland haven’t lost their last three in the league, and even had Arsenal on the brink earlier this season. But Arsenal are riding the high of Eduardo’s return (though he won’t feature here) and should ride out comfortable winners. Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0
Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United (Live Fox Soccer Channel). Any time a team from London heads to the Reebok, it ends up a trickier game than they will admit. West Ham though tend to be able to scrap a result on the road. However West Ham will be without on form Carlton Cole for this one and I’m not sure where the goals will come from. Bolton will come out fighting for all three, and I expect them to get it. Bolton Wanderers 1 West Ham United 0
Middlesbrough v Wigan Athletic (Live Setanta Xtra. On Setanta Sports Saturday 5:00 pm). So is this the weekend Middlesbrough finally gets a win? Wigan are a good team, but their away form isn’t exactly the greatest in the world. Then again, Boro’s form as a whole hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. Don’t expect much from this one. Middlesbrough 0 Wigan Athletic 0
Stoke City v Portsmouth (On delay Fox Soccer Channel 6:30 pm). Could this end up being a try-out for Paul Hart and Brian Kidd to get the job on a permanent basis? Getting a win at the Britannia Stadium could end up being the push it takes for Portsmouth to remove the caretaker tag. Stoke are a tricky side at home to get points from, but I expect the new manager boost to continue for Pompey. Stoke City 0 Portsmouth 1
Saturday 12:30 pm ET
Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers (Live Fox Soccer Channel). Nothing much for me to say in this one except I expect the streak to continue, and I expect Manchester United to be preparing for Inter by halftime. Manchester United 4 Blackburn Rovers 0
Sunday 8:30 am ET
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion (Live Setanta Sports). James Morrison coming back should be a boost for West Brom. Roy Hodgson doesn’t have much time to get past his side not bothering to show up against Manchester United. Fulham are ripe for West Brom to get their second away win of the season. Yes I’m calling for the shock. Fulham 1 West Bromwich Albion 2
Sunday 10:00 am ET
Liverpool v Manchester City (Live Fox Soccer Channel). Liverpool players are signaling their intent about still being in the title race. That’s about the time they end up laying the golden goose nil draw. However Manchester City away from Eastlands is just that bad. I don’t expect a rout, but I don’t expect it to be that close. Liverpool 2 Manchester City 0.
Sunday 11:00 am ET
Newcastle United v Everton (On delay Fox Soccer Channel Sunday 3:00 pm ET). Newcastle are getting fit again, sans Michael Owen. Everton are looking to use their 3-1 victory as a spring board into whatever the hell UEFA wants to name their secondary competition next year (Europa League). This game sets up for Arteta and Cahill to run Newcastle right out of St. James Park. Newcastle United 1 Everton 3.
Monday 3:00 pm ET
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur (Live Setanta Sports). Boy the tides have turned since these two met last. Hull were flying, Tottenham couldn’t buy a win even if Juande Ramos paid for it. Hull keep sliding down the table and their home form is a major part of it. Spurs away form isn’t exactly hot either, dull draw on the cards? Hull City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0
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