English Premier League: Predicting Week 5 Results

Chris PotterCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2011

English Premier League: Predicting Week 5 Results

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    Two hat-trick heroes and two more comprehensive wins for Manchester City and Manchester United last weekend meant that the two clubs continue to occupy the top two places in the Premier League, with unbeaten records and goal differences which make them daunting prospects for any opponent.

    However, both teams only mustered lacklustre draws in the UEFA Champions League this week, and all eyes will be on whether or not they can bounce back to their devastating best.

    City travel to 18th-placed Fulham while United have an appetising clash with previous champions Chelsea, for whom £50-million striker Fernando Torres (pictured) has begun to show improving form.

    Elsewhere, Blackburn will look to put pressure on a shaky Arsenal team and relieve the burden bearing down on the shoulders of manager Steve Kean, who some are tipping to be the first manager dismissed this season after leading his side to a solitary point in four matches.

    Last weekend, I suffered my first predictions defeat at the hands of Neri Stein, who scored a credible seven points to my four. Congratulations to Neri!

    This week, it is the turn of David Hendrick, a lifelong Liverpool F.C. fan and admirer of American sports, to try his hand against me.

    Keep reading for a guide to all all 10 matches being played in the greatest league in the world in the coming days!

Blackburn Rovers V Arsenal

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 12:45 BST

    Last season: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

    Key Players: Chris Samba (Blackburn), Emanuel Frimpong (Arsenal)

    Form: Rovers won their first goal at Fulham, with Ruben Rochina the scorer. Arsenal edged out no-hopers Swansea 1-0 at home.

    Odds: Blackburn 18/5, Draw 13/5, Arsenal 10/11

    Prediction: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

    David Hendrick says: Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

Aston Villa V Newcastle United

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle

    Key Players: Darren Bent (Aston Villa, pictured), Cheik Tiote (Newcastle)

    Form: Gabriel Agbonlahor secured a point with a late goal for Villa in a 2-2 draw at hapless Everton and Newcastle lacked sparkle during a 0-0 draw at QPR.

    Odds: Aston Villa Evens, Draw 5/2, Newcastle 7/2

    Prediction: Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle

    David Hendrick says: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle

     

Bolton Wanderers V Norwich City

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: N/A

    Key Players: Kevin Davies (Bolton), Kyle Naughton (Norwich)

    Form: Bolton's performance was not reflected in the 0-5 scoreline in their match against champions Manchester United, but they will need to be more clinical and diligent this Saturday. Norwich will be disappointed at losing to West Brom, a team they should have fancied playing at home.

    Odds: Bolton 5/6, Draw 13/5, Norwich 7/4

    Prediction: Bolton 2-1 Norwich

    David Hendrick says: Bolton 1-1 Norwich

Everton V Wigan Athletic

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Everton 0-0 Wigan

    Key Players: Tim Cahill (Everton), Victor Moses (Wigan, pictured)

    Form: The home team sit in mid-table after a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, but Wigan were no match for Man City, who should have beaten them by many more than three goals.

    Odds: Everton 4/7, Draw 3/1, Wigan 13/2

    Prediction: Everton 2-0 Wigan

    David Hendrick says: Everton 2-0 Wigan

Swansea V West Brom

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: N/A

    Key Players: Steven Caulker (Swansea, pictured), Graham Dorrans (West Brom)

    Form: Swansea played decently in their 1-0 away loss to Arsenal but have yet to score a goal this season. West Brom came out of the blocks quickly to secure a 1-0 win at Norwich with a fourth-minute strike form forward Peter Odemwingie.

    Odds: Swansea 19/11, Draw 23/10, West Brom 2/1

    Prediction: Swansea 2-1 West Brom

    David Hendrick says: Swansea 1-1 West Brom

Wolverhampton Wanderers V Queens Park Rangers

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    Date: Saturday 17 September, 15:00 BST 

    Last season: N/A

    Key Players: Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR, pictured)

    Form: Wolves missed a cutting edge and the final pass against Spurs and suffered a 2-0 loss, but QPR looked revitalised by their transfer window arrivals and were unlucky not to win for the second time this season.

    Odds: Wolves Evens, Draw 13/5, QPR 10/3

    Prediction: Wolves 1-1 QPR

    David Hendrick says: Wolves 3-2 QPR

Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool

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    Date: Sunday 18 September, 13:30 BST

    Last season: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

    Key Players: Ledley King (Tottenham, pictured), Stewart Downing (Liverpool)

    Form: Spurs registered their first points of the season thanks to goals from former Arsenal player Emmanuel Adebayor and forward Jermain Defoe against Wolves. Liverpool heaped pressure on previous opponents Stoke but were undone by a penalty awarded for a dubious foul.

    Odds: Tottenham 12/7, Draw 12/5, Liverpool 9/5

    Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

    David Hendrick says: Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool

Fulham V Manchester City

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    Date: Sunday 18 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Fulham 1-4 Man City

    Key Players: Danny Murphy (Fulham), Sergio Aguero (Man City, pictured)

    Form: Fulham are showing tiredness during the latter stages of matches, and drew 1-1 against Blackburn at home, while Man City were majestic in their 3-0 defeat of Swansea.

    Odds: Fulham 6/1, Draw 3/1, Man City 8/13

    Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Man City

    David Hendrick says: Fulham 1-4 Man City

Sunderland V Stoke City

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    Date: Sunday 18 September, 15:00 BST

    Last season: Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

    Key Players: Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland, pictured), Matthew Etherington (Stoke)

    Form: Sunderland succumbed 2-1 to Chelsea, but Ji Dong-Won scored his first goal for the club. Stoke, who have just battled to a superb 1-1 draw at Dynamo Kiev, held on for a uplifting 1-0 win at home to Liverpool.

    Odds: Sunderland 6/4, Draw 12/5, Stoke 23/10

    Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Stoke

    David Hendrick says: Sunderland 1-1 Stoke

Manchester United V Chelsea

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    Date: Sunday 18 September, 16:00 BST

    Last season: Man Utd 2-1 Chelsea

    Key Players: Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, pictured), John Terry (Chelsea)

    Form: Man Utd are in stunning 100 percent form, and beat Bolton 5-0 away from home last weekend. Chelsea have not hit the same gear yet, but are still in a good position under their new manager

    Odds: Manchester United 13/15, Draw 11/4, Chelsea 4/1

    Prediction: Man Utd 1-1 Chelsea

    David Hendrick says: Man Utd 1-2 Chelsea