>Premier League predictions 20-21 November

>Birmingham v Chelsea
Birmingham can approach this game in one of two ways. They can view Chelsea as vulnerable due to their two defeats in three games, or they could go into the game fearing a backlash from Drogba et al as they look to put their recent poor form behind them. Birmingham were impressive defensively in their 0-0 draw against Man City last weekend, but Jerome looked isolated up front while Zigic does not do much else other than offer an aerial threat. This could be the day Chelsea return to winning ways, and should win comfortably.
Prediction: Birmingham 0 – Chelsea 3

Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
Until getting beat 4-2 by Tottenham last weekend, Blackburn had put consecutive wins together to move away from the drop zone. Villa meanwhile have been slowly finding their feet under Houllier, and were so close to beating Manchester United for the first time in many years. Allardyce has made Blackburn hard to beat at home, although they do struggle to score goals to clinch victories. Villa meanwhile can score due to the electric pace their side possess, but it would not be surprising if the game ended all square.
Prediction: Blackburn Rovers: 1 – Aston Villa: 1

Blackpool v Wolves
The goal specialists were surprisingly lacklustre in front of goal last weekend in a goalless draw against West Ham, while Wolves fought hard until the end against a classy Bolton side. [Bolton? Classy? – Oxymoron Ed] Unlike last weekend, Blackpool will have no problem scoring, but Wolves are no mugs in front of goal themselves. Wolves have put together some impressive performances recently and not necessarily got the results they deserve. Fortunes could change this weekend and there could be a bit of a goal fest.
Prediction: Blackpool 2 – Wolves 2

Bolton v Newcastle
Bolton currently lie fifth in the league and deservedly so. Owen Coyle has got them playing some impressive stuff this year and, unlike in previous seasons, they look clinical in front of goal. Newcastle have also been brilliant and always look a threat. Kevin Nolan returns to face his former club and surely will fancy returning with a bang. Both sides will be well organised but Bolton could easily continue their good form.
Prediction: Bolton 1- Newcastle 0

Liverpool v West Ham
If Liverpool are going to turn around their form, now is the perfect opportunity. West Ham are rooted to the bottom the league and are struggling all over the pitch. Liverpool still have class in places. and should be far too much for the strugglers. If Liverpool play as well as they did against Chelsea The Hammers could be on the end of a hammering. However, should the Anfield club do anything less than take all three points, the writing could be on the walls for the manager Roy Hodgson.
Prediction: Liverpool 3 – West Ham 0

Manchester United v Wigan
United left it late to secure a point against a classy Villa side, while Wigan emerged victorious over West Brom last time out. With Rooney expected to return tomorrow, this game could come as a perfect come back for the out of form striker, and he could find himself in the goals with Wigan’s defence not being the best.
Prediction: Manchester United 4- Wigan 0

West Brom v Stoke
Stoke will go into this game buoyed by their impressive win against Liverpool last weekend. West Brom, although impressive at the start of the season, find themselves slipping down the league as well as developing a poor disciplinary record. Stoke have taken their time to establish themselves this season, but could now make it two consecutive wins.
Prediction: West Brom 1 – Stoke 2

Fulham v Man City
Mark Hughes sees his former club travel to Craven Cottage, with the man who replaced him under enormous pressure to turn around the negative performances of recent times. Hughes has Fulham playing good football, but they have drawn a lot of games this season. City meanwhile find themselves fourth, but could struggle to get anything more than a draw this weekend as there is no question Hughes will want to get one over the club that controversially sacked him.
Prediction: Fulham 1 – Man City 1

By Oliver Holmes


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