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City welcome Gunners in top clash

City welcome Gunners in top clash

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Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Saturday October 23 - 6:45pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-1
Key players: Rafael van der Vaart & Tim Howard

Everton visit Tottenham in the early Saturday kick off.
Toffees fans are likely to be still partying after last week’s derby victory over Liverpool. David Moyes knows his side are in for a tough match tomorrow, and if they’re going to get something out of this game American goalkeeper Tim Howard is going to have to be on top form.
Spurs have countless attacking options and they are favourites, but they must avoid the customary Champions League hangover. Van der Vaart was suspended for their trip to Milan, so the enigmatic playmaker should have bags of energy to run the show from start to finish.

Wigan v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday October 23 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-2
Key players: Charles N’Zogbia & Lee Chung-Yong

Wigan host Bolton Wanderers keen to continue their impressive recent form.
Wigan, despite being heavily tipped for relegation, have been picking up points nicely. Charles N’Zogbia’s return to the side has been a revelation and he’ll be the key man for the Latics.
Bolton have transformed into a passing side under Owen Coyle, and their ability on the ball should give them the edge in this tie. Martin Petrov and Lee Chung-Yong epitomise a new-look Wanderers, and they should run riot at the DW Stadium.

Birmingham City v Blackpool
Saturday October 23 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-1
Key players: Alexander Hleb & Charlie Adam

Birmingham entertain the Premiership’s overachieving underdogs Blackpool.
Blackpool’s away record is in stark contrast to their home form, and Ian Holloway will set up his side to attack as he knows they’ll struggle to keep a clean sheet. Charlie Adam will be pivotal, as he is the focal point for everything that is good about the Tangerines’ game.
Alex McLeish’s Birmingham are stuck in the doldrums, and they’re finding it hard to find the back of the net. The Blues will play at a high tempo and look to wear down Blackpool. The gifted Alexander Hleb has yet to take off at St Andrews, but Saturday could be the day when he rediscovers his form.

West Brom v Fulham
Saturday October 23 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Chris Brunt & Clint Dempsey

Fulham head to West Brom looking to bounce back after their first defeat of the season.
Fulham are a tough side to beat, but they need to offer more in the final third if they want to climb up the table. With Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson still out injured, there will be added pressure on the likes of Clint Dempsey to find the back of the net.
The Baggies are presently playing out of their skin and many bigger clubs are paying close attention to some of their stars, such as Northern Irish winger Chris Brunt, who continues to impress for club and country. West Brom should spend most of the game on the front foot, but they might just fall short of picking up another three points.

Sunderland v Aston Villa
Saturday October 23 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Darren Bent & John Carew

Aston Villa head north to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.
Gerard Houllier has had a decent start to his Villa career, and he’ll know his side need to start taking some of the chances that they’re creating. However, they are struggling for fit strikers so big John Carew must find his shooting boots quickly.
Steve Bruce would have been disappointed not to have beaten a 10-man Blackburn on Monday night, but he’ll take comfort from his side’s unbeaten home record. This game is incredibly tight to call and if there is going to be a winner then it’s odds on to be courtesy of Mr Reliable, Darren Bent.

Chelsea v Wolves
Saturday October 23 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-0
Key players: Nicolas Anelka & Matthew Jarvis

Chelsea welcome Wolves to Stamford Bridge in full expectation of another three points.
Wolves need to start picking up points fast, but they’ll require a small miracle just to get a draw. Their only hope is to break in numbers on the counter attack, utilising the pace of Matthew Jarvis and Kevin Doyle.
Chelsea are in cruise control in the Champions League and they’re red hot favourites for the title. Anelka has happily stepped into the injured Didier Drogba’s boots and he’ll lead the line in what should prove a one-sided affair.

West Ham v Newcastle United
Saturday October 23 - 11:30pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-1
Key players: Frederic Piquionne
& Jonas Gutierrez

West Ham v Newcastle puts two sides together who are looking to move away from the danger zone.
The Toon Army’s late equaliser at home to Wigan last time out painted over some worrying cracks. They lack the invention and creativity that wins you football matches. Jonas Gutierrez can be hit and miss, but the Argentinean midfielder will need to apply himself if Newcastle are going to get something from this match. West Ham have turned the corner and they’re gradually improving. Noble and Parker should boss the midfield and Frederic Piquionne should be the finishing touch in a Hammers victory spurned on by a rowdy Upton Park.

Stoke City v Manchester United
Sunday October 24 - 7:30pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Matthew Etherington & Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United’s trip to Stoke is over shadowed by the Wayne Rooney debacle.
Sir Alex will demand concentration from his players as they look for their first win on the road. Rooney’s fitness and form is in doubt, so Dimitar Berbatov will take centre stage. The Bulgarian striker is going to need to score as United look unusually shaky at the back.
Stoke make no apologies for the way they play and they’ll fancy their chances against the Red Devils. Matthew Etherington has great delivery from the left and he’ll be looking for the menacing Kenwyne Jones. Stoke will be the underdogs, but there is no reason why their fearsome application can’t provide them with a point.

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers
Sunday October 24 - 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-0
Key players: Fernando Torres & Phil Jones

Liverpool’s nightmare season must surely ease off as Blackburn go to Anfield.
Blackburn are well organised under Sam Allardyce, but they lack genuine quality. Young defender Phil Jones has caught the eye of plenty of scouts, and he’ll need to keep up his rapid progression if they are to pile more misery onto Hodgson.
Liverpool must win this fixture to restore faith and passion at the club. Fernando Torres might be in the worst form of his career, but one goal could kick start his and Liverpool’s season. As long as the crowd don’t get too edgy, Liverpool’s quality should finally come through.

Manchester City v Arsenal
Sunday October 24 - 10pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Carlos Tevez & Marouane Chamakh

Manchester City expectantly wait the arrival of Arsenal in this weekend’s glamour clash.
City are starting to prove that money can buy you results and if they want to be taken seriously as title challengers, then this is the kind of game they should be winning. Captain Marvel Carlos Tevez can’t stop scoring and he’ll pose the biggest threat to a less than solid Gunners defence.
Arsenal only know one way to play and their scintillating passing could be boosted by the return of Fabregas. They’ll need to be more clinical, but with Sami Nasri in midfield and Marouane Chamakh up front, they should have enough for a draw.

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