The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook, gives his verdict on the four televised Premier League fixtures this weekend.Newcastle v Chelsea, Sat 3 December 12.45, Skysports 2
All the top 5 teams play on Saturday this weekend with an amazing crunch game between Newcastle and Chelsea.
The Toon army (14/5 Paddy Power) will be buoyed by the draw they got against Manchester United last week which was a huge deserved boost. But also there will be a massive wave of emotion at St James’ Park given the sad death of one of their son’s Gary Speed.
Taking that all into account though and Alan Pardew’s team are just playing better football than Chelsea (6/5 Ladbrokes) and on that premise alone I’m betting on a 2-1 home win at 14/1 with Betfred and totesport to leave Andre Villas-Boas in greater trouble.
Aston Villa v Man United, Sat 3 December 17.30,ESPN
Villa (19/4 Stan James) then take on Manchester United (3/4 Ladbrokes), but Alex McLeish’s team just can’t find any sort of real form at moment.
Following last weekend’s draw with Newcastle and then the loss to Palace in the League Cup, United will surely bounce back and I think the Champions will win 2-0; Coral.co.uk 7/1
Wolves v Sunderland, Sun 4 December 16:00, Skysports 1
Wolves (6/4 ) against Sunderland (21/10 Betfred) is such a difficult call with all of the changes at the Stadium of Light.
Fulham v Liverpool, Mon 5 December 20.00, Skysports 1
Monday night football sees Fulham (13/5 Boylesports) V Liverpool (5/4 Paddy Power).
Martin Jol’s team got a 0-0 draw against Arsenal last week and have habit of playing well against big teams. But Liverpool are in good form so another 1-1 draw could be on the cards at the Cottage. Bet365 price a share of the spoils at 12/5 whilst William Hill will give you a stand out 6/1 for it to end one apiece.
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