Sports - Football - Premier League - Picks of the Week
Champs: It is a very confusing season! One week you think they are on top, the next week they flop - with they I mean any of the "top-four" teams plus candidates, i.e. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Aston Villa. I will not dare to guess the next results, not even mentioning how things will stand at the end of the season.
Hero: Louis Saha could have had a hat-trick or more against Chelsea as the Toffees came back from a goal behind at Goodison Park. His curl-winner that made it two for him and Everton against the Premier League leaders made up for his missed penalty. See how they will fare against Manchester United at the weekend, if they will serve another surprise.
You Beauty! Saha's was a beauty, the looping header and equalizer by Carlos Cuellar against Manchester United at Villa Park was unstoppable, too. But Alessandro Diamanti's cracking free kick against Birmingham wins my vote, giving West Ham the all important breakthrough, over the wall and into the top right-hand corner, easy does it.
Has-Beens: Just when you thought they were in form, they crumble. Liverpool and Chelsea that is. Both disappointed when it mattered most and were fairly beaten by their opposition. Well deserved and crucial three points for Arsenal and Everton respectively - what a contrast to last weekend! What will happen next, I wonder...
Zero: The referee at Pompey - called Friend ironically - nearly sent off the wrong man until eventually, after the linesman helped out, Ricardo Rocha left the field. He seemed not to be able to get enough after that: He sent the manager Avram Grant to the stands, gave Sunderland's Lee Cattermole a second yellow and sent sub David Meyler off having lasted only two minutes on the pitch... He must have put superglue on his red card...
Ouch! As brilliant as goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has been for Hull City, the first goal he conceded against Blackburn at Ewood Park must have hurt, from the tightest of angles and through the legs, to Martin Olsson's delight. A cruel but cool one.
My Predictions - Actual Results
Fulham 2:0 Burnley - 3:0
Man City 2:0 Bolton - 2:0
Portsmouth 1:0 Sunderland - 1:1
Wigan 0:0 Stoke City - 1:1
Arsenal 1:1 Liverpool - 1:0
Aston Villa 1:3 Man United - 1:1
Blackburn 2:0 Hull City - 1:0
Everton 1:2 Chelsea - 2:1
West Ham 0:0 Birmingham - 2:0
Wolves 0:3 Tottenham - 1:0