Roma vs AC Milan
Ancelotti has opted to rest captain Paolo Maldini, defender Alessandro Costacurta, midfielders Gennaro Gattuso and Rui Costa and striker Filippo Inzaghi.
Real Sociedad vs Recreativo
Sevilla vs Rayo Vallecano
Arsenal vs Southampton
My prediction scoreline for this game will be either 2-1 or 2-0 for an Arsenal win. I really don't see the Sotons to win this game. There was a time when I went to my cousin and asked, who the hell is playing on the football pitch and they are playing like school children on a football field and my cousin simply replies, Southampton. I will be nuts to throw my money on the Sotons, that's for sure.
We know that Arsenal is facing injury problems and we also know that The Gunners trashed 6-1 against a half reserve Southampton squad but even if is a full Southampton squad, so, I don't see them as agressive as Bolton which eventually drew Arsenal 2-2 back home. Let's be honest, not because Arsenal and their damn defensive problems, I would not have lost money 3 games in a row betting on the gunners but this time round, I am in for them because this is their only silverware left for the season and they will be all out for it and the most important of all, their supporters.
If Arsenal could field this team against Southampton, there is no need to consider further so what if they have Beattie:-
Goal Keeper : Seaman
Defenders : Lauren, Kweon, Ashley, Luzhny
Midfields : Edu, Pires, Lungberg, Parlour
Strikers : Henry, Dennis
Last games played:-
23-Nov-02 Arsenal (A) vs Southampton L 2-3 (1-1) Bergkamp 36; Pires 80
07-May-03 Arsenal (H) vs Southampton W 6-1 (5-1) Pires 9, 23, 47; Pennant 16, 19, 26
Deportivo vs Valencia
Parma vs Piacenza
Juventus vs Real Madrid
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Don't ever ask me why I end up choosing Inter Milan, just my personal thoughts and base on the fact that Inter Milan is playing home advantage with almost 80% supporters behind them though the same stadium.
AC Milan is without their first choice goal keeper, Dida and Inter is without first choice striker, Vieri.
Birmingham vs. West Ham
Sorry guys, I will not be siding West Ham for this game because they are to desperate to win this game and base on their attitude of play, I could see a lot of fouls here and there. West Ham has helped lot of pundits to win good money, I do see a slip this time round and having to say that, West Ham is giving a handicap of -3/4 to Birmingham who has a good reason run of forms and playing at home ground. This is weird if you ask me.
To add on further to the issue of the Hammers, they will have to do without Michael Carrick (stomach) and Lee Bowyer (ankle) are both ruled out by injury. Defender Ian Pearce is suspended against a full Birmingham squad.
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce admits he is looking forward to putting the final nail in West Ham's relegation coffin.
The Hammers travel to the Midlands on Sunday knowing they need to get a better result than Bolton manage at home to Middlesbrough if they are to avoid the drop.
But they will get no favors from Bruce, who was Man Utd skipper in 1995 when a 1-1 draw at Upton Park meant the Premiership title went to Blackburn Rovers. "I remember how delirious they all were, delighted at the way they denied us. I remember the way they were all whooping away.
I don't think I will pick West Ham for this game but the best they may be away is a draw if not Birmingham a win.
Bolton vs. Middlesbrough
I will tip Bolton to win this piece of game because they have performed well at home and a very aggressive side. They do have a full squad to choose from but will miss Laville through suspension. Now, the final call will be whether how influential is Laville in Bolton's defense.
From what we know, Boro will be sending a team of injuries to play against Bolton, having striker Malcolm Christie will attempt to play through the pain barrier before undergoing surgery on his hernia problem. Ugo Ehiogu and Colin Cooper (both knee), Szilard Nemeth (hamstring) and Michael Ricketts (Achilles) have all been having treatment but manager Steve McClaren will hope to have most, if not all, of them fit.
In EPL, is always safer to go for the home team.
Everton vs. Manchester United
Having said, many will be up to tip the Red Devils to win this game but I will not agree to this one. Playing against Eventon at Goodison Park is never easy and to add to that, Everton is fighting for the UEFA spot and they can't just slip through this one.
As usual, Man Utd has clinched the League title and there is nothing much for them to play for other than Ruud to win the golden boots award if he manage to score a few against Everton. Nevertheless, I will be seeing Alex Ferguson to field in not a full strength squad giving a chance for the team B to perform. Quinton Fortune needs one more appearance to earn a championship medal and can expect to be involved, as can Roy Carroll, who is in a similar position. Diego Forlan and Phil Neville may be given their reward for some impressive early-season performances that kept United's challenge alive, while Laurent Blanc can expect a farewell appearance after announcing his intention to retire in the summer.
Man City vs. Southampton
Man City will have lots of farewell and celebrations in this game. An emotional day of goodbyes at Maine Road will see Shaun Goater made skipper for the day on his final Manchester City appearance and Peter Schmeichel play the last game of his illustrious career. Goater will leave the club in the summer as he searches for regular first-team team football, while City's last match at Maine Road before their move to the City of Manchester Stadium will be Schmeichel's last before retiring. I don't think giving the game to Southampton will be an ideal celebration.
Again, Gordon Strachan is again likely to name an under-strength Southampton side, with Northern Ireland Under-21 international Chris Baird is in line to make his first league start at right-back. Nice score they have achieved against the Gunners on Wednesday and damn I am going for a maximum bet against them once again.
Leeds vs. Aston Villa
Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Charlton vs. Fulham
Sunderland vs. Arsenal
West Brom vs. New Castle
Think twice before tipping Newcastle to win this game. They will probably be fielding a team B squad since they are having problems like Craig Bellamy has been suspended while Alan Shearer (ankle), Gary Speed (groin), Clarence Acuna (Achilles) and Carl Cort (hamstring) are all out. Jonathan Woodgate and Laurent Robert (both knee), Andy O'Brien (broken nose) and Olivier Bernard (shin) are all doubts, although Andy Griffin returns from suspension. At the most this game may end up a draw.
Tottenham vs. Blackburn
With the problems the Spurs are facing in the dressing room, I really don't see them winning this one.
Malaga vs Deportivo
Celtic v Hearts
Roma vs Torino
AC Milan vs Inter Milan
AC Milan has a full squad to choose from other than the suspension of Massimo Ambrosini and is likely to start with Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi up front with Rivaldo on the bench but things does not look just as good for Inter Milan.
Inter would have to cope without Christian Vieri and Cristiano Zanetti, who miss out through injury and suspension respectively. Knowing the fact that Vieri is their key to where they stand now in the Champions League winning the important goals for the club and now that he is missing, I could see a little lack of confidence in them and will be a miss for Inter.
Previous games played:-
23-Nov-02 AC Milan (H) vs Internazionale W 1-0 (1-0) scored by Serginho 12
12-Apr-03 AC Mialn (A) vs Internazionale W 1-0 (0-0) scored by F Inzaghi 62
Wisla Krakau v Wisla Plock
Real Madrid vs Juventus
For the way I see things, Lippi has no new injury problems ahead of Tuesday's game, he will be without three suspended players. Central defender Paolo Montero is likely to be replaced by Mark Iuliano but Lippi faces some difficult choices over who should cover for midfielders Edgar Davids and Alessio Tacchinardi. Juventus may be lacking in midfield a little and I don't see them troubling Real that much, knowing that Juventus away games so far in the Champions League seem shaking with losses and draws. I will be hitting on Real Madrid for this game.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
Manchester United vs. Charlton
I guess this game will only go 1 way that is a win for the Red Devils.
I wouldn't want to be playing for Charlton as they are in for a hard game. As good a season as Charlton have had I can't see them getting anything as even on a bad day at Old Trafford Man Utd create lots of chances.
Though I have to agree that Charlton has improved for the past few games but still there is nothing much for them to achieve till next season but for the Red Devils, this can be consider as a decisive game for them be it who will be getting the EPL Championship and as usual, an early kick off for the United. With an impressive home record of 15-2-1, I don't see Charlton doing an upset here with the injuries they are facing like defender Richard Rufus is absent after undergoing knee surgery as is Mark Fish, who is also suffering from knee problems and Tahar El Khale,j who has a damaged calf.
There is only 1 answer to this game.
Previous games played: -
11-05-2002 Man U 0-0 Charlton
10-04-2001 Man U 2-1 Charlton
09-09-1998 Man U 4-1 Charlton
28-09-2002 Charlton 1-3 Man U
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland
Villa's results haven't been great of late even though they haven't actually played that badly. Aston Villa is without right-back Rob Edwards (ankle ligaments) and midfielder Gareth Barry (suspended). Striker Marcus Allback is also doubtful with a thigh problem. Dion Dublin is available again and will hold his partnership with Darius Vassell so I would go with Villa for a narrow win by a single goal.
Sunderland is just in a mess, loosing 14 out of their last 15 games and with an away record of 1-5-12, I don't see how anyone can tip them to win another game at the moment until they have the big sort out in the summer. They do have some good news, having Kevin Phillips (groin), Gavin McCann (hip), Kevin Kyle (rib) return for Sunderland. Jason McAteer (groin), Paul Thirlwell (groin) and Stephen Wright (hamstring) are out, but Julio Arca (thigh) faces a late fitness check. Youngsters Richie Ryan and Ben Clark could feature.
Blackburn vs. West Brom
Blackburn has won 6-7 games from their last and they are looking into another win against West Brom to fight for their chances for an European spot.
Having to see the West Brom away record as 3-2-13, I don't see why anyone will be tipping West Brom to win this one. West Brom seems to have gone. For the first time this season they seemed to give up in the 6-0 defeat by Liverpool. On top of these matters, Sean Gregan (hamstring) and Lee Hughes (back) are doubtful, while Jordao (ankle) is also struggling and Darren Moore and Phil Gilchrist remain long-term casualties with knee problems.
Blackburn a win for me but please bear in mind that Blackburn don't normally score too many goals so better to be safe on a 1 - 2 goals in Blackburn scoring chart.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
In Liverpool's current run I expect them to win and comfortably as well and Owen has started scoring again.
Former Anfield strikers Robbie Fowler and Nicolas Anelka will want to do well but I don't see City having much of the ball. Nicolas will probably feel he has a point to prove but not so Robbie because he hasn't and the latest news stats that Robbie hopes to be back for Liverpool next season.
To further add on, the Reds need to win their last 2 games in order to confirm their European spot. With Owen now scoring almost in all the games he played and a frightening one against West Brom, damn, I don't see why Manchester City will have the capabilities to cause an upset at Anfield.
Manchester City is basically just looking to end their season soon so that Keegan will be able to sort out his team and bring in the players he need to fill up the rotten holds within the team. To add to their problems, City don't seem to be able to bit the bigger clubs as to how they have lost to Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea.
Newcastle vs. Birmingham City
Birmingham is playing with a great freedom because they have had some fantastic results. They made wise buys in the transfer window in January and they deserve their status of staying in the Premiership. Though, they will be facing a little injury issue been without defender Kenny Cunningham, who has a groin problem. He has failed to recover in time to tackle. His absence means Darren Purse will make his first start of the year. Robbie Savage will need a fitness test for an ankle injury.
Newcastle got a top result last week in beating Sunderland.
However, Newcastle finds themselves 3rd in the league table with 1 point above Chelsea and Liverpool. They will need to win this game at home against Birmingham. They have got no Alan Shearer but they may still stand a chance to win at home. If they win their final two games they will be in the Champions League and that is imperative for them.
West Ham vs. Chelsea
I don't see West Ham winning here with these problems they are facing. Skipper Joe Cole (knee), Les Ferdinand (leg), Steve Lomas (ankle), Gary Breen (groin), Christian Dailly (back) and Don Hutchison (calf) all face late fitness tests. Ian Pearce is suspended and both Michael Carrick (stomach) and Lee Bowyer (ankle) are ruled out. Paolo Di Canio is set for a place on the bench. Chelsea is a better bet, eventhough this game may turn up a draw but sad to say that West Ham is favourites to be relegated.
Whereas Chelsea has a complete team to choose from. All the best to West Ham fans.
Middlesbrough vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Fulham vs. Everton
Southampton vs. Bolton
Arsenal vs. Leeds
This game is a tough call. Arsenal may slip up in this game if not, they may just win by a margin of a goal? Patrick Vieira (knee), Fredrik Ljungberg (leg) and Sol Campbell (suspension) are all out, while Lauren, Pascal Cygan, Edu and Francis Jeffers are also likely to be sidelined through injury. Gilberto Silva is a further doubt after only just returning from Brazil's midweek friendly in Mexico, which means Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Oleg Luzhny and Kolo Toure could come into the side.
The Gunners will come face to face a almost full strenght Leeds with only Smith been suspended.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Valencia vs Alaves
Mallorca vs Deportivo
Birmingham City vs. Middlesbough
Birmingham has had six out of eight wins, which is fantastic at this stage of the season, and Christophe Dugarry has started scoring. He is a proper player. Birmingham, though have to check on the fitness of midfielder Robbie Savage and defender Kenny Cunningham. Good news to Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is to be rewarded with a new contract after his achievements with the club over the past 18 months this Saturday. What do you think because personally he will not want to loose this match against Middlesbough but at least he hopes for a draw if not beat the ass out of Boro.
I don't know what happens to Middlesbrough when they leave the Riverside. It is a Bermuda Triangle effect when they play away - they are not the same team. These players at home have swept most of the better teams before them but away from home they pale into insignificance with a record of 3-3-11. To add to their problems, Juninho is a doubt for Middlesbrough after damaging a hamstring at West Ham.
Just take note that this game can turn either way. Small bets are advice.
Chelsea vs. Fulham
It was a big result for Chelsea against Everton, especially two days after getting well beaten by Aston Villa. There is only 1 fact that Chelsea will be all out for maintain their European Champions League seating. Ranieri's side will to slip up here.
Fulham are safe and the game is another chance for Chris Coleman to stake his claim for a job, and good luck to him, but the whole thing is an absolute mess there. Fulham actually went into their last game without their French players and this only prove that they are really in serious problems with the players or the temp manager do not trust them in the field, playing half heartedly. They need to get a grip. I was seriously worried they wouldn't win a game for the rest of the season and with an away record of 1-5-11. I don't think I will want to risk my money on Fulham.
Bolton vs. Arsenal
This is a tricky one for Arsenal because Bolton is going extremely well. I think West Ham are down and doomed - meaning Bolton should be fine. Bolton has been in clean sheets with improved goal keeping and better defense, holding a record of 5 clean sheets out of their last 6 games. This will be a great test for them against one of the better clubs in the world, The Gunners, fighting for their championship in the premier league.
However, Arsenal's result at Middlesbrough was probably a turning point for them because that for me looked like it was going to be their hardest game in the title run-in. In the end they dominated and out-played Boro that I believe they will end Bolton's good run in. The gunners will most likely field in their first team (other than Vieira) with David Seaman and Martin Keown have been passed fit for Arsenal. It will be the last after the injuries and suspension starts to kick in.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle
I'm tempted to say Sunderland might beat Newcastle. They have suffered 12 or 13 straight defeats and if you were going to alter that sequence you would think it has to be against your neighbors. With all that has gone at Sunderland if they could win it would send them into the end of the season with a little bit of hope and heart. Sunderland may bring back Tore Andre Flo in place of Marcus Stewart, who starts a three-match ban that will keep him out for the rest of the season. Both Kevin Phillips (groin strain) and Gavin McCann (badly bruised hip) are rated doubtful but goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen returns in place of Mart Poom.
Then again, both teams have not been performing well and this might just be the turning point for Newcastle too. They have just one point from the last four games, they have had one or two injuries and they have had a couple of tough games. But I feel they have too much midfield strength and running power as well as too much creativity up front for Sunderland. It'll be a scrap. I will still be tipping Newcastle a narrow win here in the heart of the Stadium of Light and they just have the class to do the job.
West Brom vs. Liverpool
Liverpool has just started to win and winning important matches. They have gained confidence from that and the midfield is key at the moment. Danny Murphy, Steven Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann have been outstanding and Michael Owen is looking sharp. I would expect them to win at West Brom.
There is no pressure on West Brom any more, which will help them in a little way. They have worked their socks off this year but they haven't been good enough in terms of quality. There is nothing they could have done about that apart from spending £30m and bankrupt the club. They are facing injury doubts which will earn them without defender Larus Sigurdsson, who is attending the funeral of his grandmother in and will be unable to return in time. Striker Lee Hughes is still struggling to overcome a back problem and Danny Dichio is again likely to partner Jason Roberts in attack.