Berbatov looks to lead United past Sunderland without the help of Rooney
Wigan vs. Wolves
Two bottom of the table teams face off in an early season fight to stay above the relegation zone. Wolves head into Robin Park having dropped their last three league games, while Wigan have managed five points in their last four. Wolves have not been performing well away from home, earning just one away point this season. Neither team will look overly impressive, but Wigan may squeak one out behind the support of their home fans.
Prediction: Wigan 0 – Wolves 0
Birmingham City vs. Everton
Everton have yet to earn a victory this season and they don’t look prime to end Birmingham’s club record home unbeaten streak. Birmingham will be without their leading scorer Craig Gardner who is serving a three match ban, but they should continue their impressive form at home against a struggling Everton side.
Prediction: Birmingham 1 – Everton 0
Stoke City vs. Blackburn Rovers
Stoke comes in on great form after most recently taking three points away to Newcastle. Blackburn also won their away fixture last week against struggling Blackpool. Striker Kenwyne Jones has scored in the last three games for Stoke, and look for him to continue that trend. Jones and Stoke will build on their form and will prove to be too much for visiting Blackburn to handle
Prediction: Stoke 2 – Blackburn 0
Sunderland vs. Manchester United
United are looking to win their first away fixture of the season. They have been impressive at home, but have yet to get the job done on the road. Sunderland were looking strong at home, having beat Manchester City and tying Arsenal, before dropping one to bottom of the table West Ham. Rooney will be given a rest this game, but scoring will come from Berbatov and the rest of the United strike force. Manchester United builds on their Champions League win and takes this fixture easily.
Prediction: Sunderland 0 – Manchester U. 3
Tottenahm vs. Aston Villa
The question of the day is which Tottenham side will show up? The one that handled Twente easily or the one that dropped three points to West Ham? Aston Villa is sitting pretty in 5th place in the table and playing on decent form. Tottenham will be monitoring ailing Ledley King’s fitness while Aston Villa have some worries of their own in Emile Heskey. This is a very intriguing fixture between two strong teams, but look for Tottenham to prevail.
Prediction: Tottenham 2 – Aston Villa 1
West Brom. Vs. Bolton Wanderers
West Brom is coming off of a very impressive win at Arsenal last week while Bolton has been busy only losing one game so far this season. West Brom will be flying high at home, looking to prove to their home fans that the Arsenal game was not a fluke. They should come away with three points at the end of the day.
Prediction: West Brom. 3 – Bolton 1
West Ham vs. Fulham
West Ham is looking to build on its momentum following last weeks impressive win against Tottenham. Fulham has other ideas, and will be committed to maintaining their league unbeaten streak. Both clubs have some injury issues, but Fulham’s are more influential. The Fulham attack has been slightly depleted, so look for them to pack it in and earn a gritty tie at West Ham.
Prediction: West Ham 0 – Fulham 0