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Toffees aim to become unstuck

Toffees aim to become unstuck

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West Ham’s homegrown hero Mark Noble will need to bring his A-game tomorrow if they have a hope of taking points off reigning champions Chelsea at Upton Park. AFP
Everton boss David Moyes faces a tough test against Man United tomorrow to claim their first points this season. AFP

Everton v Manchester United
Saturday September 11 - 6:45pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Louis Saha &
Edwin van der Sar

Everton host the mighty Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick off on the back of their worst ever start to the Premiership.
Sir Alex will know his side are in for an Everton onslaught, and he won’t let Wayne Rooney’s off-the-field shenanigans derail their decent start to the season. Nemanja Vidic is going to have to be on top form as Everton will bombard Van Der Sar’s goal.
It’s strikingly obvious that David Moyes’ team are desperately short in front of goal. Louis Saha’s fitness will always be in question, but he’ll surely be brought back into the side to add a cutting edge. I can’t see many goals in this match but it should be played out at an incredible tempo and offer Everton their first point of the campaign.

West Ham United v Chelsea
Saturday September 12 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-2
Key players: Mark Noble &
Didier Drogba

West Ham host the champions knowing defeat will leave them pointless at the bottom.
The Hammers don’t have the talent to outplay Chelsea, so Avram Grant will have to fire up his troops and demand a war of attrition. Local hero Mark Noble will lead their charge against a team full of confidence.
John Terry and Frank Lampard should be fit after injury as Ancelotti won’t want to change a winning side. The Blues are unlikely to win at a canter, but they have so much ammunition in the likes of Drogba and Anelka that they should claim yet another three points.

Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday September 12 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 3-0
Key players: Cesc Fabregas &
Kevin Davis

Arsenal are in top gear at present and they’ll be eager to continue their fine form at home to Bolton. Wenger has an embarrassment of riches to choose from and his side should comfortably come through.
Chamakh has had a fine start to his Gunners career, and he’d expect to find the back of the net with the likes of Fabregas and Arshavin providing him will plenty of opportunities.
It’s hard to see Bolton getting enough of the ball, so setplays launched onto the head of Kevin Davies will be their best bet, but it’s unlikely to be enough against a rampant Arsenal.

Manchester City v Blackburn
Saturday September 12 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-0
Key players: Carlos Tevez &
David Dunn

Moneybags Man City will look to recover from a wobble last time out as they host Blackburn.
Blackburn must keep things tight and hope to snatch a goal on the counter attack. David Dunn is Allardyce’s most gifted player and, given the opportunity, he is certainly the Rovers danger man.
Tevez will lead the line and aim to vanquish the memories of his horror miss at Sunderland. Mancini is always cautious and, despite a bounty of strikers, he’ll remain with only one striker up top.
England stars Milner and Johnson should provide the class from midfield, but City must be patient as they’re odds on to take another three home points.

West Brom v Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday September 12 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Peter Odwemwingie & Jermain Defoe

Tottenham travel to West Brom still stunned by their embarrassing defeat against Wigan.
Harry Redknapp knows his side have the capacity to win away from home and he should remain positive and play his favoured 4-4-2. Peter Crouch should have recovered from injury to partner Jermain Defoe upfront after his goals for England against Bulgaria.
West Brom can’t match Spurs man-for-man, so Di Matteo will demand 110 percent from his players and the ever feisty Hawthorns crowd. Odemwingie has been a revelation for the Baggies, and his tenacity should give West Brom another point towards safety.

Newcastle United v Blackpool
Saturday September 12 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-0
Key players: Jonas Gutierrez &
Charlie Adam

Blackpool travel north to Newcastle hoping for brighter fortunes on the road.
Charlie Adam and Marlon Harewood aren’t everyone’s choice for a dynamic duo but they’re Blackpool’s best hope of scoring their way to survival. The Tangerines defence is flimsy, and they’ll have to go full steam ahead and hope they can catch Newcastle on a bad day.
The Toon Army know this is a game they should win and with the likes of Nolan and Gutierrez linking up with Andy Carroll, they’ll have plenty of chances to find the back of the net and bank a precious win.

Fulham v Wolves
Saturday September 11 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 2-1
Key players: Danny Murphy &
Kevin Doyle

Wolves travel south to London to take on Fulham in the hope of continuing their unbeaten start to the season.
Mancienne and Doyle were both outstanding on international duty midweek, and their fine form represents Wolves’ new found confidence. Mick McCarthy has no reason to be negative and I expect his team to come out and play at Craven Cottage.
Fulham seem likely to be without their two main keepers, and Mark Hughes could decide to go on the offensive and finally throw off his players shackles. With Danny Murphy pulling the strings from midfield and Bobby Zamora needing to prove himself to Fabio Capello, Fulham should finally pick up a welcome victory.

Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
Saturday September 11 – 9pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-2
Key players: Hugo Rodallega &
Darren Bent

Wigan’s incredible win over Spurs proved anything is possible in the Premier League, and a home tie against Sunderland could prove it was no fluke.
It’s difficult to envisage a resurgent Wigan, but if they show the same attitude that defeated Tottenham then they have a fighting chance. N’Zogbia might not want to be a Latics player but, along wilth Rodallega, they offer their only genuine class.
Steve Bruce has grand ambitions for Sunderland and new US$18 million signing Asamoah Gyan should get the nod to partner the prolific Darren Bent. The Black Cats’ loyal army of fans will outnumber Wigan’s poor following and this show of strength is likely to be repeated on the pitch.

Birmingham v Liverpool
Sunday September 12 – 10pm
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Sebastian Larsson &
Steven Gerrard

Liverpool head to Birmingham on Sunday, hoping to get back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
Birmingham City have the incredible knack of digging out results without ever seeming to play well. Ben Foster has been in great form in goal, and along with Gardner and Larsson, their drive and commitment is the reason know one likes to play them.
With Joe Cole suspended and Kuyt out injured, Liverpool look very mechanical. Unless Gerrard or Torres produce a piece of magic, they might struggle to score.
The likes of Babel and Lucas don’t seem to have the ability to step up, and this game could end up being a low scoring draw.

Stoke v Aston Villa
Tuesday September 14 – 2am
Dring’s prediction: 1-1
Key players: Jermaine Pennant &
David Dunn

Stoke City welcome Aston Villa to the Britannia Stadium and will attempt to prevent a fourth straight league defeat.
Three new signings arrived just before the transfer deadline to give Stoke the extra imagination they’ve been lacking. Gudjohnsen and Jermaine Pennant have bags of Premiership experience and should prove useful acquisitions.
Gerard Houllier’s appointment isn’t the most popular decision amongst Villa fans, despite his considerable achievements with Liverpool and Lyon.
The Frenchman won’t be daft enough to make any radical changes. He knows Stoke will launch long balls into Brad Friedel’s box and he’ll rely heavily on captain marvel, Richard Dunn. The giant centre back should be able to marshal the defence to give Houllier his first point as manager.

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