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Our reporters envisage the league top-two matching each others' exploits with a home win, while the Gunners are set for more disappointment as Owen Coyle's side look to bounce back

Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly series, where we introduce you to the Goal.com UK reporters who will be travelling the length and breadth of the country to bring you all the action from the grounds.

This weekend kicks off with Manchester United looking over their shoulders at Chelsea, with Carlo Ancelotti's side having leapfroged over Arsenal into second spot in the table.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be back in the dugout having completed his five-match ban, will be demanding three points against Everton before the Stamford Bridge side take on strugglers West Ham in the evening kick-off.

So with nine matches on offer, here are the predictions of the Goal.com UK team...

 Manchester United
 3-1
   Everton


Greg Stobart says...


The key to this game could be how Sir Alex Ferguson tinkers with his Manchester United side ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final against Schalke.

United have a crucial run of games ahead and Ferguson will be eager to make sure his players are fresh after the hard fought goalless draw against Newcastle in midweek.

I expect United to make as many as five changes to that side and the likes of Antonio Valencia and Dimitar Berbatov will have to be right at the pace of the game from the first whistle.

Everton are in good form but, like many others, have a psychological barrier to overcome at Old Trafford – and it's unlikely to happen this weekend with the paucity of their striking options.

United will know that Everton will make them work hard, but an early goal should settle the nerves and set them on their way for a comfortable three points.


 Aston Villa
1-1
    Stoke City
Mark Fordham says...

Oh how football can change in a matter of days. Three weeks ago, Aston Villa fans were heckling fron the stands while Stoke City were heading serenely for their highest ever Premier League finish. Now Villa are looking upwards in the league table with a confidence that comes from winning your two previous games.

Stoke, however, have teams scrapping for survival breathing right down their necks and at present they need a win to settle any nerves.

A confident Villa can only be a good thing for the game, as when at their fluent best the boys from Brum play some fantastic football and with Ashley Young and his supporting cast they can cause Tony Pulis’s men all sorts of trouble.

Stoke should have all the confidence in the world though, their annihilation of Bolton Wanderers at Wembley goes to serve how far the club have come under Pulis’s stewardship. Difficult to pick a winner, a score draw seems most likely.


 Blackpool
 1-2
     Newcastle


Jon Birchall says...


With only two wins since the start of the year, Blackpool’s campaign has gone the way of the Big Dipper in the second half of the season, leaving opposition fans relishing a trip to the seaside for more than a stroll down the pier and a stick of rock.
 
In contrast, Newcastle look to have all but secured their place in the Premier League for another season, having reached the magic 40-point mark with a goalless draw with Manchester United on Tuesday.
 
With Joey Barton transformed on the right and Jonas electric on the left, if the Magpies deliver a performance of that quality against Ian Holloway’s side, I and the portly Geordie gentlemen that will undoubtedly shed their black and white stripes in the Lancashire sunshine, are in for a treat.
 
With Kevin Nolan returning from suspension to offer a much-needed goal threat, I’m predicting a tight win for Alan Pardew’s men to leave their hosts deeper in the relegation mire.


 Liverpool
 1-0
   Birmingham
Matt Monaghan says...

Liverpool's form has been nothing less than a rollercoaster since Kenny Daliglish took over as interim manager. The Reds have soared against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, but sunk against West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.

The Scot has transformed the mood at Anfield since he was brought back as saviour. No matter his undoubted effect, however, his squad has only seemed to rise for the glamorous dates in the calendar.

With the distant dream of Europa League qualification still alive, this trend must be reversed on Saturday against Birmingham City. They will probably have to do this without Andy Carroll after the giant striker finally discovered his scoring boots in the red of Liverpool.

Much will rest on Raul Meireles and Luis Suarez to spark back to life after a muted attacking performance in the dramatic 1-1 draw against Arsenal last weekend. With six goals in last five Premier League games, Dirk Kuyt has the form to finish any chance that comes his way.

 Sunderland
 1-2
   Wigan Athletic


Simon Sinclair says...

Sunderland are getting themselves in real bother after what was a great start to the season. They really need to scrap a win out of anywhere to stop their slide towards the relegation zone. This week they need to stand up and be counted, especially record signing Asamoah Gyan, who needs a goal.

Wigan are battling like mad and need to show more of the team that battered Blackpool last week. They also need their big players to come through for them like they did in that game, in particular Charles N'Zogbia, who was great at Bloomfield Road.

I am looking forward to seeing how Sunderland cope with the pressure, the fans will be really edgy so it will be very interesting to see if they sink or swim.

Wigan have a good record at the Stadium of Light so I'm going to back them to make former boss Steve Bruce's life even worse by winning on Wearside.

 Tottenham
 3-1
   West Brom


Josh Clarke says...

I’m looking forward to a real gung-ho game of attacking intent and verve, with a reckless disregard for anything defensive. With both teams building a reputation this season on a desire to play open and expansive football, while being somewhat haphazard, to say the least, at the back, I’m crossing my fingers for a few goals.
 
With both teams desperately in need of a win, I can’t see them abandoning their principles either. Despite Spurs’ midweek heroics against Arsenal, they’re still off the pace in the race for fourth, while Roy Hodgson will have the Baggies well drilled that they’re not safe until it’s a mathematical certainty.
 
The home factor will be massive for Spurs and I see them having a little too much firepower for a West Brom side that has not kept a clean sheet in an astounding 35 games.


 Wolves
 2-0
   Fulham


Richard Parry says...

The first team to beat Manchester United in the league this season, a victory at Anfield, and sending Manchester City packing without a point – it’s hard to understand quite how Wolves are bottom of the table. That is until you glance at their away results.

Having recorded just the eight points on their travels this season, Mick McCarthy’s side must make their home matches count, and will be hunting all three at Molineux on Saturday.

Under new management following their Europa League exploits this season, Mark Hughes’ Fulham once again languish in mid-table but safe in the knowledge that, realistically, their top-flight status is secured for another year.

Nonetheless, such sides are the ones teams hope to face come this stage of the campaign, and I feel the passion from home crowd – mounted with the Cottagers’ traditional poor away form – should be enough for the hosts to seal a vital win.

 Chelsea
 3-1
   West Ham


Oliver Yew says...

Carlo Ancelotti's side have crept up on the rails in this title race and although they are still six points behind Manchester United they are back in the hunt for the trophy.

It will be interesting to see how they cope with the pressure of playing a West Ham side fighting for their Premier League life and how they handle being back in the title spotlight after slipping under the radar in recent weeks.

West Ham, on the other hand, have their own battle on their hands at the other end of the table and after some very disappointing results in the last few weeks they will be looking to bounce back with a bang against the reigning champions.

Robbie Keane got back on the scoresheet last time out and it will be interesting to see how he plays up against England captain John Terry at Stamford Bridge. How he performs in the remaining few games could be vital to the Hammers hopes of survival.


 Bolton
 2-2
   Arsenal


Greg Stobart says...

Only one club will be able to say they have 'bounced back' from recent disappointments when the full-time whistle blows at the Reebok Stadium.

Arsenal's mental strength has quite rightly been called into question after they let leads slip in the last two games but they are still in the title race. A win is the only option if they are to keep that dream alive.

Bolton's day out at Wembley last week turned into a nightmare as they were crushed 5-0 by Stoke, and pride will be on the players' agenda as they look to respond in front of their own fans.

If Stoke can rip Bolton apart, so can Arsenal, especially if they play with the same flair and imagination as they did in the first-half of their 3-3 draw at Tottenham.

I have no doubt that Arsenal will score, but as always the question will be whether they defend against the physicality of their hosts, who will be fired up to prove a point of their own.

LAST TIME 
3 CORRECT            1 PERFECT            4 WRONG

Three right, one perfect, and four wrong - not a bad weekend all in all for our reporters. Star of the show was Andrew Kennedy, who correctly predicted a 2-1 victory for Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Matt Monaghan, Greg Stobart and Jonathan Birchall each receive a pat on the back.

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Welcome to the sixth edition of our weekly series, where we introduce you to the <strong>Goal.com UK</strong> reporters who will be travelling the length and breadth of the country  to bring you all the action from the grounds, giving you an insight into  the upcoming matches.<br /><br />This weekend sees the focus return to the Premier League after the FA Cup antics last week, as the league's top sides look to put European heartache or celebrations behind them as we approach the business end of the season.<br /><br />Manchester City, having been eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday by Dynamo Kiev, travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to lock horns with Chelsea in what is the game of the weekend.<br /><br />Avram Grant's resurgent West Ham look to put their FA Cup defeat by Stoke City behind them as they face familiar faces in Harry Redknapp's Tottenham, while Arsenal travel to West Brom in an attempt to avenge the 3-2 at the Emirates from back in September.<br /><br />So with 10 matches on offer, here are the predictions of the <strong>Goal.com UK</strong> team...<br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Tottenham<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>2-2</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">West Ham<br /></span></td>
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<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><br /></strong></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/117500/117568_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Oliver Yew says...</span></strong></strong><br /><br />After the battle over who would be the next tenants of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, there will be no love lost between Tottenham and West Ham when they meet at White Hart Lane.<br /><br />Spurs will be on a high after their progress into the Champions League quarter-finals and West Ham will be hoping there will be some sort of European hangover amongst Harry Redknapp&rsquo;s men. <br /><br />Tottenham will have to be fully focussed though, because despite the Hammers FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Stoke they have looked rejuvenated in recent weeks. They have scored 15 goals in their past five games so it will be interesting to see how Spurs, who have injury doubts over William Gallas, cope with West Ham&rsquo;s improved forward line.<br /><br />While West Ham were the victors in the Olympic Stadium battle, this contest will be much closer and with both sides better suited to attacking football I predict a entertaining scoring draw.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Aston Villa<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">3-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Wolves</span></td>
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<strong></strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/119600/119616_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Ian Murphy says...</span></strong></strong><br /><br />It has been a fortnight that Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will be glad to see the back of. Whether being used to describe the flare-up at the club&rsquo;s team-bonding session last week or to illustrate the lack of defensive options available to the Frenchman, crisis has certainly been the key word at Villa Park in recent weeks.<br />&nbsp;<br />Whereas Villa have the attacking flair to trouble their Midlands rivals Wolves, at the back they have problems. Carlos Cuellar, Kyle Walker and Nathan Baker are the only three fully fit defenders available to Houllier &ndash; who will be praying that Luke Young recovers in time.<br />&nbsp;<br />A brief mention for Michael Kightly &ndash; who is expected to be named on the Wolves&rsquo; bench this Saturday. The former non-league winger has not featured for the first team since November 2009 and after two outings in the reserves the 25-year-old has declared himself ready to make an impact this weekend. Kightly is a fans' favourite at Molineux and will be hoping that his electrifying wing-play can aid Wolves in their battle for survival.<br /><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong>
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><span style="font-size: medium;">Blackburn<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">1-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong> </strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Blackpool<br /></span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/115400/115455_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Mark Fordham says...</span><br /></strong></strong><br />A certain degree of ring rustiness will be expected as neither team has played for over a week, a far cry from three games a week during the hectic Christmas period. Neither team can boast a record to be proud of since the turn of year and both have been dragged into the relegation shake up after looking like reaching mid-table security just a few weeks ago.<br /><br />A win for Rovers seems imperative for Steve Kean with the impatient Venkys breathing down his neck. They are without a win since January 8, a run which stretches to eight games, and the vultures are circling over Ewood Park.<br /><br />A win for either team would give welcome breathing space in a league which is becoming increasingly tight as the weeks go by. Once again Charlie Adam holds the key for Blackpool&rsquo;s hopes as the supporters' second favourite aim to keep their Premier League status intact for another season.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Manchester United<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">3-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="10%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><img src="http://u.goal.com/109100/109191.jpg" alt="" width="25" height="25" /></td>
<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Bolton</span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/126300/126354_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Greg Stobart says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>Sir Alex Ferguson will get to taste the view from higher up in the stands than he is used to at Old Trafford but he will be far more relaxed than he was a week ago, despite having to serve a five-match touchline ban.<br /><br />Victories over Arsenal and Marseille have got Manchester United back on track following a blip that saw them lose twice in a row and prompted questions over their ability to challenge this season.<br /><br />But United remain in the hunt for a memorable treble and Wayne Rooney finally seems to be close to his best in tandem with goal machine Javier Hernandez.<br /><br />There was once a time that Bolton used to come to Old Trafford and take all three points. They have a chance, with the Red Devils missing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but Fergie's side have too much to play for and a job to do.<br /><br /><br />
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">1-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Newcastle United<br /></span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/118700/118729_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Nick Price says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>The home side's blistering and controversial 2-1 FA Cup victory over West Ham last weekend was arguably their best display of the calendar year. Full of intent and purpose, the Potters were a different team to the side that has squandered points in the league over the last month.<br /><br />Their opponents on Saturday have enjoyed a two-week break since their home defeat to Everton, but despite their relatively lighter load they will come up against a Stoke side that are determined to make the most of home advantage and get points on the board to stave off the very real threat of relegation. <br /><br />Alan Pardew has, however, kept the unity that his predecessor Chris Hughton fostered within the Newcastle camp and they will be no pushovers, and they should have enough to travel back north with a point.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">West Brom<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">2-3</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Arsenal</span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/124400/124433_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Matt Monaghan says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>After dropping out of three competitions Arsenal are wobbling, but will West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson have the nerve to push them over the edge?<br /><br />Hodgson has earned a reputation at his two most recent posts - Fulham and Liverpool - as being a cautious manager. With his remit to keep the Baggies in the Premier League, he could be forgiven for playing tight &amp; hope to prey on Arsenal's brittle confidence on Saturday.<br /><br />Hodgson took the fight to Birmingham City last time out, however, &amp; took advantage of their League Cup hangover. A similar sense of adventure could help leave the Gunners' final hope of silverware in ruins.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Wigan Atheltic<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">2-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Birmingham City<br /></span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/115400/115468_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Alex Fisher says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>The term six-pointer is one often used in the footballing world, sometimes needlessly. However this weekend I am going to be at a definite six-pointer as Wigan take on Birmingham at the DW Stadium.<br />&nbsp;<br />Two teams who are struggling to find form, two teams who cannot stop goals going in and two teams at the wrong end of the table&hellip; surely if the term six-pointer was in the dictionary the definition wouldn&rsquo;t be far from this.<br />&nbsp;<br />I&rsquo;m particularly looking forward to seeing some of the talented youngsters both teams have, names like James McCarthy, Victor Moses and Jordan Mutch (to name a few) spring to mind.<br />&nbsp;<br />It&rsquo;s hard to predict this game, anything could happen, many may go for a 0-0 but I&rsquo;m going to stick my neck on the line and predict a much-needed home win for bottom of the table Wigan.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Everton<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">2-1</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Fulham</span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/52100/52126_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Jon Birchall says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>Predicting the result of a game between two teams plagued by inconsistency this season is never going to be easy. David Moyes&rsquo; side have swung from the sublime to the ridiculous with alarming regularity this term and much will depend on which Everton team shows up on the day.<br /><br />In contrast, the visitors haven&rsquo;t lost a league game since January and Mark Hughes looks to have finally built an outfit with the solidity required to stave off relegation for this season.<br /><br />Fulham have an appalling record at Goodison Park and with Phil Neville returning from injury to give some much-needed drive to the Toffees, I can see them scraping a win.<br /><br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: right;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Sunderland<br /></span></td>
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<div style="text-align: center;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">3-2</span></div>
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<td style="text-align: left;" width="35%"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Liverpool</span></td>
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/125000/125013_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Owen Watson says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>Sunday&rsquo;s early kick off sees Liverpool travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland side who haven&rsquo;t won at home in 11 weeks and have only collected one point from their last five games.<br /><br />One thing Sunderland have in their favour is freshness as this will be only their second game in March and I&rsquo;m looking forward to seeing some big attacking performances from the strikers on show. With the likes of Gyan, Welbeck, Suarez and Carroll all expected to start in front of a sell-out crowd this could well be a cracker.<br /><br />That said, Sunderland have only managed to score 18 goals in 14 home games so far this season and Liverpool&rsquo;s away record is pretty dire &ndash; so we can probably mark this prediction down in the optimistic category &ndash; but I fancy Sunderland to just shade a thrilling contest. Famous last words.<br /><br />
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<strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><img style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; margin: 5px;" src="http://u.goal.com/125200/125279_thumb.jpg" alt="" width="100" height="80" /></strong></span><strong><strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Wayne Veysey says...</span><br /><br /></strong></strong>He has been at Chelsea for just shy of seven weeks but his status as a bona fide hero of the Bridge has already been secured. No, I'm not talking about Fernando Torres - his time will come - but the outrageously gifted David Luiz, who is perhaps the most eye-catching centre-half in Europe since Ronald Koeman. <br /><br />It's not just the Sideshow Bob hair, though that helps make him stand out from the crowd. Luiz has shown such a thirst for adventure from his defensive station in his four Premier League games (sadly, he is ineligible in Europe) that his presence on the pitch makes even hardened hacks sit up in their seats. <br /><br />To endear him to the Shed End even more, it was Luiz's unpunished recklessness against Manchester United that was indirectly responsible for Sir Alex Ferguson's five-match ban. Manchester City will surely park the bus on Sunday. Luiz could be the man to put his foot on the accelerator and smash ever-so-elegantly straight through it.<br /><br />
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<td style="text-align: center;" width="20%" bgcolor="#001111"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">LAST WEEK&nbsp; </span></strong><span style="color: #ffffff;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;"><br /></span></strong></span></td>
<td style="text-align: center;" width="80%" bgcolor="#ff3322"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="color: #ffffff;">2 CORRECT &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0 PERFECT &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 WRONG</span></strong></span><strong><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span></strong></td>
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