Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Steven Beacom's Premier League predictions

This weekend in the FA Premier League thanks to three appetising derbies we have a true Super Sunday, not the manufactured garbage you get from the TV companies on occasions.

Sports Editor Steven Beacom gives his verdict on all the top flight games with Paddy Power supplying the odds.

All matches start at 3pm on Saturday unless stated.

ASTON VILLA v SPURS |(Saturday 5.30pm)

Well, I’ll guarantee you, it won’t end 9-1 to Spurs. And people say there are no easy games in football any more. In the second half against Wigan last weekend Tottenham were walking the ball into the net. Wigan’s surrender was embarrassing. Martin O’Neill wouldn’t stand for waving white flags so Jermain Defoe can expect a tougher game than Titus Bramble gave him. Villa can go level on points with fourth placed Spurs with a home win though I have a feeling both would settle for a draw.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Villa to win 7/5 Draw 23/10 Spurs to win 19/10

BLACKBURN v STOKE

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is going to have a heart operation. Never knew he had one! Just joking big Sam. Good luck with it. Talking about heart, Stoke will show plenty at Ewood Park, but a home win looks a decent bet.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Blackburn 10/11 Draw 23/10 Stoke 16/5

FULHAM v BOLTON

Big game for Gary Megson. After losing at home to Blackburn last weekend, he needs a result at the Cottage. Not sure he will get it.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Fulham 10/11 Bolton 23/10 Bolton 16/5

MAN CITY v HULL

Just like Tottenham won’t win 9-1 I confidently predict Hull boss Phil Brown won’t keep his players out on the Eastlands pitch at half-time like he did last season and have a real go at them in front of the watching world. Even if they are losing 9-1. Mark Hughes might be advised doing something equally as dramatic though to halt his side’s run of draws. Maybe playing Carlos Tevez from the start would help.

Beacom Prediction: 3-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: City 2/7 Draw 9/2 Hull 9/1

PORTSMOUTH v MAN UNITED

I felt for Paul Hart when he was sacked as boss of Portsmouth earlier this week. He had effectively been operating with one hand behind his back, unlike predecessor Harry Redknapp who was given the keys to the kingdom. As fate would have it Pompey, linked with making Darren Ferguson their new boss this week, play Sir Alex Ferguson’s side tomorrow. If United played the team that were deservedly beaten by Besiktas in midweek, Portsmouth would have a chance. Sadly for the Fratton Park outfit the big boys will be back in town for the Red Devils.

Beacom Prediction: 1-3

PADDY POWER ODDS: Pompey 17/2 Draw 7/2 United 4/11

WEST HAM v BURNLEY

There’ll be claret and blue all over the place at Upton Park. Oh, and a home win.

Beacom Prediction: 3-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: West Ham 4/5 Draw 5/2 Burnley 7/2

WIGAN v SUNDERLAND

Steve Bruce is doing a fantastic job at Sunderland. I thought he did pretty well at Wigan too but he won't get the warmest of receptions when he returns to the JJB Stadium. Chairman Dave Whelan has had a pop at Bruce about the players he signed when he was in charge of Wigan. I admire the straight talker in Whelan but would he not be better served telling his underperforming players that they will never ever do what they did at Spurs last weekend — and give up. Wigan won't lose 9-1 to Sunderland, but they'll still be left disappointed.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Wigan 6/4 Draw 23/10 Sunderland 7/4

WOLVES v BIRMINGHAM |(Sunday noon)

This will be the first tasty derby on Sunday. Birmingham have had a few good results recently but because Wolves need the points that little bit more, I’ll go for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Wolves 7/5 Draw 11/5 Birmingham 2/1

EVERTON v LIVERPOOL (Sunday 1.30pm)

After the month Liverpool have endured where better to go than your nearest and not so dearest desperate for a result. Everton have severe injury problems, but they will fancy this derby and then some believing on home turf they can pile on the agony for Rafa Benitez. For his part, the Spaniard must surely start £20 million signing Alberto Aquilani soon, though I'd be surprised if it is in this match afte giving the Italian just 30 seconds in midweek against Debrecen. How embarrassing was that? Out of the Champions League this season, Liverpool's priority is to get back in the competition for next. That means they must start winning.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Everton 21/10 Draw 9/4 Liverpool 13/10

ARSENAL v CHELSEA |(Sunday 4pm)

If Chelsea win this they can effectively rule Arsenal out of the title race. If Arsenal win it they can say they are very much in it. This is an intriguing fixture. Poise v power. The Gunners remain fantastic to watch and have the ability to cut any side to pieces with their wonderful brand of pass and move football. Chelsea seem to have that never say die look about them last seen under Jose Mourinho. Carlo Ancelotti is doing a fine job. Irresistable force v immovable object. Likely to end in a draw.

Beacom Prediction: 2-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Arsenal 13/8 Draw 9/4 Chelsea 17/10

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