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Friday, 15 April 2011

Premier League (Wk 33) & FA Cup

Man U have two games - one in the cup and one in the league - over the next few days. In the FA Cup semi tomorrow, they'll be hoping to make it 5 straight wins over local rivals City in the competition. Tevez is going to miss the next few weeks with injury and I think that's going to be the end of the road for them - 4th spot will be as good as it gets in the league. United, on the other hand, are doing everything just about right at the moment - excellent game, excellent result against Chelsea midweek. Fancy them to take out City tomorrow by a couple of goals.

The Gunners are at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and it should be a belter. Arsenal finally converted their chances against Blackpool last week but the performance once again highlighted their nerviness when protecting a lead. Dalglish's men had max points wrapped up before half-time against City last Monday, Andy Carroll proving why the 35m was a bargain compared to the 50m spent on Torres. There'll be goals with the points being shared.

2010/2011 will be a season quickly swept under the rug at Stamford Bridge. They came out of the blocks like an Olympic sprinter but are finishing like an OAP combo in a 3-legged race. They have a tough task ahead of them tomorrow away to WBA. The Baggies haven't lost in Hodgon's 6 games so far and they're finding the net into the bargain. The bookies have them at 4/1... gotta be worth a punt.

The other FA Cup semi is between Stoke and Bolton on Sunday - should be a decent encounter, this one. Stoke have been beaten three times in the semis, two of these were back to back defeats by the Gunners in '71 and '72. Bolton last won the cup in '58 when they beat Man U 2-0, Nat Lofthouse scoring both. However, outdated stats and league performances won't come into it on Sunday, both teams having one eye on a huge prize. It'll go down to the wire, Bolton edging it by the odd goal.

PREDOS (bit healthier last week)

Man U 3 1 City
Stoke 1 2 Bolton

Birmingham 1 2 Sunderland
Blackpool 3 1 Wigan
Everton 2 1 Blackburn
WBA 2 1 Chelsea
W Ham 1 1 Villa
Arsenal 2 2 Liverpool

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