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Thursday 23 October 2014

Steven Beacom's Premier League predictions

What about that match at the Emirates on Wednesday night? It was astonishing. Tottenham are certainly on the up and up thanks to Harry Redknapp.

They don’t fear anyone now, not even the league leaders who will be at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Liverpool’s visit to Spurs is just one of many intriguing fixtures over the weekend in the FA Premier League.

As always on a Friday, Sports Editor Steven Beacom gives his verdict on all the top flight fixtures and Paddy Power supplies the odds.

All games kick-off at 3pm on Saturday unless stated.

CHELSEA v SUNDERLAND

In Wednesday’s paper I predicted that Chelsea would bounce back in style against Hull after their defeat to Liverpool and big Phil’s boys did not let me down.

Roy Keane enjoyed a few tasty battles with the Blues down the years and he would love to be taking on Frank Lampard tomorrow rather than watching from the sidelines.

Sunderland could do with him. This will be tighter than you may think, but be ready for Chelsea to start another unbeaten run at the Bridge.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Chelsea 2/9 Sunderland 14/1 Draw 9/2

EVERTON v FULHAM (Saturday 12.45pm)

When David Moyes finally signed the extension to his contract, a great weight of worry was lifted at Goodison Park.

Suddenly Everton are playing the way they can, with plenty of steel and an ability to grab points.

Should be another three against Fulham, despite a fired up Andrew Johnson returning to Merseyside.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Everton 8/11 Fulham 4/1 Draw 5/2

MIDDLESBROUGH v WEST HAM

Gianfranco Zola could do with a win after a string of West Ham defeats. He’d probably settle for a draw to stop the rot.

Beacom Prediction: 2-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Boro 11/10 West Ham 11/4 Draw 9/4

PORTSMOUTH v WIGAN

Tony Adams will fancy getting his first win as Pompey boss. He might find himself being a little disappointed. Wigan will bounce back from a few defeats to earn a point.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Portsmouth 10/11 Wigan 3/1 Draw 12/5

STOKE CITY v ARSENAL

There they were 4-2 up and cruising. What should Arsenal have been doing? Running down the clock, taking the ball into the corners and fouling Spurs players before they got within 30 yards of the goal.

Instead they continued to play fancy football in a bid to make it five. Result? Tottenham bounce back to make it 4-4!

Arsene Wenger needs a holding midfielder in January. Before then he needs his players to use some common sense when ahead.

Can’t see them making the same mistakes at Stoke, even if the men from the Potteries fancy roughing up their opponents.

Beacom Prediction: 1-3

PADDY POWER ODDS: Stoke 7/1 Arsenal 4/9 Draw 3/1

MAN UNITED v HULL CITY

Only one result here folks and I reckon you know what it will be. I hope Hull don’t drop like a stone after their fantastic start, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured), is just coming to the boil and Wayne Rooney will be keen to get back on the scoresheet after being subbed at Everton and then being on the bench for the midweek win over West Ham. It could be a long day for the Tigers.

Beacom Prediction: 4-0

PADDY POWER ODDS: Man United 2/9 Hull 14/1 Draw 9/2

SPURS v LIVERPOOL (Saturday 5.30pm)

What a game this should be. Spurs are on a massive high after that Arsenal draw and the win against Bolton a few days before.

Liverpool are unbeaten and top of the table. I believe this will be Liverpool’s toughest game of the season, especially early on with Harry’s boys going at it hammer and tongs right from kick off.

David Bentley, and Luka Modric will be key figures for Spurs while Robbie Keane’s return adds extra spice. Will he score for Liverpool on his old stomping ground?

Unlikely given his form, but hey with Tottenham matches these days, I guess anything is possible.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Spurs 11/4 Liverpool 11/10 Draw 9/4

WEST BROM v BLACKBURN

Tough one to call. Rovers might just edge it.

Beacom Prediction: 2-3

PADDY POWER ODDS: West Brom 6/4 Blackburn 9/5 Draw 9/4

BOLTON v MAN CITY (Sunday 4pm)

City seemingly win one, then lose one, win one, lose one and so on. You would think after losing to Middlesbrough, this should be a pretty easy prediction then especially as Bolton don’t win any these days.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Bolton 2/1 City 11/8 Draw 9/4

NEWCASTLE v ASTON VILLA (Monday 8pm)

Now that Joe Kinnear has got his first win as Newcastle boss, he’ll be hoping to make it two against Villa.

Joe may find that Martin O’Neill’s men are a little different to West Brom in that Villa have players who finish chances.

Expect another decent atmosphere created by the Toon Army, but even with Joey Barton roaming about the place like a man with much to prove, the best the Geordies can hope for is a point.

Beacom Prediction: 2-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Newcastle 9/5 Villa 6/4 Draw 9/4

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