The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook, gives his verdict on this weekend’s televised matches in the Premier League.
West Ham v Man United, Sat 2nd Apr, 12.45, Skysports 2
There are not many games which effect the whole of the Premier League, but West Ham United against Manchester united is one of them.
By the time the 3pm kick-offs take place or Arsenal take on Blackburn a lot more will be known about the position of certain clubs. Most people would not give the Hammers any chance of upsetting the Champions, especially at 7/2 (Betfred), but the fact the game is at Upton Park helps balance things up.
The Hammers form has been erratic in recent weeks so it is really tough to predict which type of result they are going to get, while the champions themselves have not exactly blown teams away and in fact have struggled away from Old Trafford.
They will be desperate for a win, something Boylesports price up at 5/6, but with the home crowd roaring Avram Grant’s side on then a 1-1 draw looks on the cards, 7.5 (13/2) with Betdaq, goals coming from Carlton Cole (3/1 anytime, Skybet) and Nani (5/2 anytime, Stan James).
Arsenal v Blackburn, Sat 2nd Apr, 17.30, ESPN
If that is the result at Upton Park, then that would leave Arsenal with a chink of light at the end of the tunnel and they will want to make sure they take advantage by taking all three points against Blackburn, just a 2/7 chance with Boylesports.
But for me I don’t think that will be any problem. At times the Gunners have struggled to score at home and have dropped some crazy points, but they will not need to worry this weekend.
Blackburn are in trouble, they travel to Arsenal as 14/1 outsiders () and this could make things worse because I feel that Arsene Wenger’s side will win either 3-0 (7/1, Totesport) or 4-0 (12/1, Skybet) which will boost their confidence at an important time of the season.
Fulham v Blackpool, Sun 3rd Apr, 13.30, Skysports 1
First on Sunday is Fulham against Blackpool. Ian Holloway feels his team need two wins and a draw to avoid relegation, but I don’t think he will get either at Craven Cottage where Bobby Zamora should be back in the team for a fulham home win at 4/7 (Paddy Power).
Man City v Sunderland, Sun 3rd Apr, 16.00, Skysports 1
Later in the day the big game is Manchester City against Sunderland with Roberto Mancini’s side looking to maintain their top four challenge with a home win, 8/15 at Stan James.
The title may have faded but a Champions League spot is vital. Mario Balotelli has been left at home brooding after he was dumped by the national team after his red card. So lump on him to score anytime at 6/4 with Paddy Power and also a 2-0 home win for City (6/1, Ladbrokes) as Sunderland’s season fades away at the most important moment.
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