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Steven Beacom's Premier League predictions

Arsenal scored five, Manchester United hit four so I guess that means Chelsea will smash home three against Inter Milan next week in the Champions League. Before Jose Mourinho returns to the Bridge, though, there are plenty of important Premier League clashes to get excited about.

Sports Editor Steven Beacom gives his predictions and Paddy Power provides all the odds.

All games kick-off at 3pm tomorrow unless stated.

BIRMINGHAM v EVERTON

These two are fighting it out for eighth spot. Maybe even seventh if Liverpool keep losing. David Moyes to beat fellow Scot Alex McLeish.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Birmingham 7/4 Draw 23/10 Everton 6/4

BOLTON v WIGAN

Liverpool may have been absolutely awful on Monday night, but fair play to Wigan, they played really well. And they showed desire, hunger and character which was more than their opponents. They’ll need more of the same at Bolton in one of those basement struggles.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Bolton evens Draw 23/10 Wigan 14/5

BURNLEY v WOLVES

Don’t you just love these relegation battles? Sam Vokes has a lot of making up to do to Wolves fans after that glaring miss against Manchester United last week, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him scoring. Burnley probably will to.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Burnley 5/4 Draw 9/4 Wolves 11/5

CHELSEA v WEST HAM

After Stoke City fans had given John Terry a hard time last weekend, Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins said he would like the abuse to stop. Not a chance tomorrow with West Ham visiting the Bridge. They’ll give him loads. In contrast Gianfranco Zola will receive a wonderful Beckham-like welcome from the Chelsea supporters. That’s about all he’ll get.

Beacom Prediction: 3-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Chelsea 1/5 Draw 5/1 West Ham 14/1

HULL v ARSENAL (Saturday 5.30pm)

There has been no love lost between these two since Hull made it to the Premiership. This is up there with Benitez and Allardyce. Cesc Fabregas has been at the middle of things, though unless he makes a miracle recovery from injury it’s unlikely he will play. Arsenal are obviously heavy favourites, more so since their 5-0 hammering of Porto. Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick in midweek finally coming good on his cocky comments. He’s still not the worldbeater he thinks he is though. My belief is that every player is entitled to one great game. Heck, even a stopped clock is right TWICE a day. Hull will push the Gunners and if you are looking for a decent bet, go for the draw here.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Hull 7/1 Draw 7/2 Arsenal 2/5

STOKE v ASTON VILLA

Villa are now the only team in the top flight with a chance to play in every single domestic game possible this season. If they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final they will achieve that feat. Just as tough will be overcoming Stoke at the Britannia.

Beacom Prediction: 1-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Stoke 11/5 Draw 9/4 Villa 5/4

SPURS v BLACKBURN (Saturday 12.45pm)

When Spurs surrendered at Anfield a while back, it looked like the same old story for the boys from White Hart Lane. Lots of talk, but not too much action. They’ve hit a bit of form recently, though, and are a good bet to win the FA Cup. They have a chance of a Champions League spot next season too, though Cup glory is more likely.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Spurs 4/9 Draw 16/5 Blackburn 13/2

MAN UNITED v FULHAM (Sunday 1.30pm)

I put it down to little Kai myself. It must be him teaching his daddy Wayne how to head a ball. Since Rooney’s baby was born he has become the best header of a ball since John Toshack. It’s incredible really. Once his head was filled with anger on a football pitch, now he uses it to score loads of goals. Expect the United striker to net again on Sunday. Fulham may have beaten United in back to back league games but both were at the Cottage. This is at Old Trafford and there will only be one outcome. A comfortable home victory.

Beacom Prediction: 3-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: United 1/4 Draw 9/2 Fulham 11/1

SUNDERLAND v MAN CITY |(Sunday 4pm)

If you think it is ages since Wayne Bridge didn’t shake hands with John Terry, Carlos Tevez made a fool of Terry and Craig Bellamy slagged off Terry, you would be right. Well, two weeks at any rate. City’s superb 4-2 win over Chelsea at the Bridge showed just how dangerous Tevez and Bellamy (pictured) are as a pair. It also illustrated that Bridge can be a pretty solid defender when he puts his mind to it. If Roberto Mancini’s side display the same mentality on show at Chelsea, they should have little bother at Sunderland, but then with City you never can tell.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

PADDY POWER ODDS: Sunderland 12/5 Draw 12/5 City 11/10

LIVERPOOL v PORTSMOUTH (Monday 8pm)

For those of you who read last week’s predictions, you will have been made aware about Liverpool’s appalling record on Monday nights. For those of you, who didn’t, where were you? Had you backed all four of my FA Cup tips, you would now be flying off to Barbados for a magical holiday. Alright alright, maybe not, but hey, it was a good week. Pitiful Liverpool could not say the same. Regardless of how they did last night in the Europa League the 1-0 defeat to Wigan on Monday was the straw that broke the liver bird’s beak for fans in this dismal season. Unless Spurs, City and Villa all bottle it in the last few weeks of the campaign, Liverpool’s hopes of a top four place have gone. The only achievement they can expect is to finally win a match on a Monday. I know they lost at Fratton Park earlier in the season, but surely Liverpool will beat Pompey at Anfield. Won’t they?

Beacom Prediction: 3-1

PADDY POWER ODDS: Liverpool 1/4 Draw 4/1 Pompey 14/1

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