I'm not saying that the top four places have been decided yet, because they haven't, but I think what's going on at the bottom (always was an ass man) is more intriguing. Cue the theme tune and opening scenes from Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected (remember that?)...
Man City v West Ham
Sullivan reckons the Hammers have a 25% chance of avoiding relegation. I'd say that's about right, but you'd expect something a bit more encouraging from the West Ham co-chairman. Poor old Avram - in charge of relegated Pompey last season - must be wondering what he's done to be staring it in the face again. Away to City on Sunday (last time City played on a Saturday in the league... March, 5th) who are on a decent run of form of late, so I don't see things getting any better for Hammers' fans. 2-0
Last 3 games: Blackburn (H); Wigan (A); Sunderland (H)
Birmingham v Wolves
Thought Wolves were going to be safe a few weeks ago, but one point out of the last possible 12 sees them in all sorts of strife. They've got a local derby tomorrow, away to Birmingham, and they'll have to lift themselves after that performance against Stoke, midweek. If they could even pick up a point on Sunday, they could yet have a chance when you look at their last three games: WBA (H); Sunderland (A); Blackburn (H). 1-1
Wigan v Everton
Wigan could have gone down a couple of times since they were promoted in '05, but they've somehow managed to avoid it. In truth, results haven't been that bad for them in their last 6 matches (considering two of those were away to City and Chelsea), picking up 7 points. The Toffees, finishing off yet another season strongly, will be tough opposition for the Latics at home tomorrow. 2-2
Last three games: Villa (A); W Ham (H); Stoke (A)
Blackpool v Stoke
Holloway's boys have had a right mare in the last couple of months - last win... 3-1 against Spurs on Feb, 22nd - and have picked up just two points out of a possible 18 in their last 6 bouts. They're at home tomorrow, but it'll be no easy task against a Stoke side who are in a confident mood right now. Looking at the Seasiders' last three games - Spurs (A), Bolton (H), Man U (A) - you gotta say that anything less than 3 points tomorrow could spell disaster. Don't know why, but I fancy them to win this by the odd goal.
Haven't forgotten that Blackburn are in the mixer as well. It's just that I've lost complete interest in them since they sacked Big Sam and appointed some bloke with no personality to take over. Their last victory was on the 23rd of January, 2-0 at home to WBA.
Blackburn 1 1 Bolton
Blackpool 2 1 Stoke
Sunderland 1 1 Fulham
WBA 2 1 Villa
Wigan 2 2 Everton
Chelsea 2 0 Spurs
Birmingham 1 1 Wolves
Liverpool 3 1 Newcastle
Arsenal 1 2 Man U
City 2 0 W Ham
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