Steven Beacom's Premier League predictions
Another week has passed, Wayne Rooney continues to score goals, Chelsea have maintained their excellent form and everyone is still laughing at Spurs.
So, what will happen this weekend?
Sports Editor Steven Beacom is normally a good judge.
Here’s his Premiership predictions along with the odds for each fixture from Paddy Power if you fancy a flutter.
Just one match kicks-off on Saturday at 3pm so all the start times are stated.
BLACKBURN v MIDDLESBROUGH (Saturday 5.30pm)
Paul Ince and Gareth Southgate have been labelled two of the brightest young English managers around, but I doubt they’ll be giving Ferguson, Wenger, Benitez or Scolari any worries.
Last week, while Chelsea were superb, Boro were dreadful in their embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the Riverside. They need a reaction. Ince could do with a home win. Rovers have won just one out of their four matches at Ewood Park this season.
Beacom Prediction: 1-1.
PADDY POWER ODDS: Blackburn to win 6/5 Boro to win 5/2 Draw 9/4
EVERTON v MAN UNITED (Saturday 12 noon)
David Moyes was at Old Trafford on Tuesday night to see United wipe the floor with Celtic.
Moyes is shrewd enough to know Wayne Rooney and co could do the same to his Everton side, who are dangerously close to the relegation zone.
I’m sure they will move out of trouble, but not until after United visit Goodison Park, where they have a terrific record.
Rooney to score at the venue where he once wore a vest with the words “Once a Blue, always a Blue” on it and United to claim maximum points. Paddy Power have the Toffees at 6/1 though which may tempt a few Evertonians.
Beacom Prediction: 1-3
PADDY POWER ODDS: Everton 6/1 United 4/7 Draw 11/4
SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE (Saturday 12.45pm)
This is going to be tasty and you can thank Joe Kinnear for that. Following Kevin Keegan’s departure and before Joe’s arrival, Newcastle were playing like a team without heart.
They’ve found some in recent weeks that’s for sure.
The Magpies aren’t soaring - far from it - but they look much more of a unit at present.
They’ll need all that togetherness amid the red hot atmosphere at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.
Roy Keane will have his side fired up and no mistake.
It could be tight but I’m going to edge towards Sunderland, in what promises to be an entertaining affair.
Beacom Prediction: 3-2.
PADDY POWER ODDS: Sunderland 13/10 Newcastle 9/4 Draw 9/4
WEST BROM v HULL (Saturday 3pm)
Hull are the team of the season to date. Fellow promoted outfit WBA haven’t been doing too badly either. If the Albion were from London, Hull would probably win, but last time I checked the Hawthorns is miles away from Big Ben.
Beacom Prediction: 2-1.
PADDY POWER ODDS: WBA 11/8 Hull 11/5 Draw 9/4
CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (Sunday 1.30pm)
What a mighty match this one is. First v second with both unbeaten in the league and desperate to take the title away from United.
With Fernando Torres being injured, I'm sure most Liverpool fans would probably settle for a draw now.
Even so Rafael Benitez’s tactics should be positive. The only way to unsettle the current Chelsea team is to have a go as Spurs, yes Spurs, showed earlier in the season.
Steven Gerrard (pictured) will need to be on top form and Liverpool could do with Robbie Keane, who scored a cracker against Chelsea last season, coming to the party.
Last season in the Champions League Chelsea beat Liverpool at the Bridge with Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard outstanding. Once again those two will be crucial, though if Deco plays, I reckon he could be the most influential figure in the game, unless Gerrard is at his breathtaking best.
The title won’t be won and lost on Sunday in west London, but it will have a big bearing on the race. If Liverpool show the character on display so far this season, they might just nick a point.
Beacom Prediction: 1-1
PADDY POWER ODDS: Chelsea Evs Liverpool 10/3 Draw 9/4
MAN CITY v STOKE (Sunday 3pm)
Inconsistent City to win with a little to spare.
Beacom Prediction: 3-1
PADDY POWER ODDS: City 1/2 Stoke 13/2 Draw 3/1
PORTSMOUTH v FULHAM (Sunday 5pm)
On Fulham’s last visit to Fratton Park, Danny Murphy headed home to give the Cottagers a victory and keep them in the Premier League. That memory might spur them on to a surprise point.
Beacom Prediction: 1-1
PADDY POWER ODDS: Portsmouth 5/6 Fulham 7/2 Draw 5/2
SPURS v BOLTON (Sunday 3pm)
WHAT does THFC stand for? Tottenham Heading For the Championship. Alright, enough already. Spurs will finally record their first league win of the season on Sunday.
Beacom Prediction: 2-1
PADDY POWER ODDS: Spurs Evs Bolton 3/1 Draw 12/5
WEST HAM v ARSENAL (Sunday 4pm)
With Gianfranco Zola and Arsene Wenger in charge you would think we would be guaranteed an outstanding game.
And with the way Arsenal were scoring for fun in Turkey in midweek, you would think the Gunners will fancy their chances against a weak looking West Ham defence. You would be right.
Beacom Prediction: 1-3
PADDY POWER ODDS: West Ham 5/1 Arsenal 8/13 Draw 13/5
WIGAN v ASTON VILLA (Sunday 3pm)
Wigan should have taken something at Liverpool last weekend. They will rue that even more when Villa beat them on Sunday.
Beacom Prediction: 1-2
PADDY POWER ODDS: Wigan 7/4 Villa 7/4 Draw 9/4