Rob's Prediction: Wigan V Bolton
Wigan have hit a solid patch of late and fingers crossed, hopefully that run will continue against a good Bolton side, it has to be said. Under Owen Coyle, they've done well. Drawing against Manchester United was a terrific result for them and they seem to be going back to the Bolton of old.
Interestingly, Bolton are not prone to losing very often - they've only lost once in a handful of games and Coyle will want to see such a record continue at the DW Stadium where Bolton will hope to overturn their poor form at the ground. One win in five visits, when Bolton beat Wigan 3-1. Since then, Wigan hold the bragging rights, though a couple of 0-0 draws and two wins would suggest a distinctly middling performance against the Trotters.
Nevertheless, Wigan cannot afford to lose the game today really as they probe to continue their good recent run. A win over Spurs, a draw against Sunderland and Birmingham, a win against Wolves and a draw against Newcastle have finally awoken Wigan from their slumbers and that's down to Roberto Martinez.
Wigan should have beaten Newcastle but they came back to get a point (saw that coming) and it seems the problem is that Wigan can't play out victories as they fail to hang on at the best of times. They've proven it can be done, though.
Bolton boast an impressive recent run of form as do Wigan and all the signs point to a draw for Wigan and Bolton, though this time, I think there will be some goals to match.
Wigan 1 Bolton 1
ROB'S OTHER PREDICTIONS
Tottenham V Everton - Everton have finally hit form and Tottenham are a good side. I think that this could result in a draw because despite Tottenham's prowess in attack, Everton remain resilient. 1-1
Birmingham V Blackpool - Blackpool were so unlucky against Man City - dodgy refereeing decisions is nothing new but Birmingham are on a poor run of form - what's happened to them? This is truly a relegation battle, I'm afraid. Birmingham must simply win. A draw is not good enough for Birmingham. I think that this could be the game that sets the alarm bells ringing. Loudly. 0-1
Chelsea V Wolves - When will Wolverhampton get a break? They've been on a poor run of form of late. Their draw against West Ham wasn't good enough. For the Hammers, it was great. However, Chelsea are on fire and I think this will be a bad day for Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton. 4-0
Sunderland V Aston Villa - Sunderland are on a good run under Steve Bruce and they might be a surprise European candidate - but they host a Villa side which have caused Sunderland problems in the past. I think Villa will claim the win here. 0-1
West Brom V Fulham - If West Brom win today, you'd have to fancy their early chances of remaining in this league. Fulham are resilient though and they are draw specialists and rarely win away from home. I see a draw here. 1-1
West Ham V Newcastle - How MASSIVE is this game for both sides? I think both sides will survive this season and the caginess of the encounter will see this through to a draw. 0-0
Stoke City V Man Utd - Stoke will push Man Utd all the way in this game. Stoke's home record against Man Utd of late has not been good but they give their all and there's so much to admire about Tony Pulis and Stoke. Man Utd have been distracted by the Wayne Rooney saga, but I See them narrowly beating Stoke. Make no mistake, though. This won't be easy for Man Utd and in all honesty, wouldn't be surprised to see Stoke get something, but I think this day will belong to United. 0-1
Liverpool V Blackburn - Never have I seen Liverpool play as poorly as they did against Everton. Blackburn will see this as an opportunity, but Liverpool know there is masses at stake and I don't think it will be easy for Liverpool but I think that if they can really focus and perform, they'll get the three points. 1-0
Man City V Arsenal - Mouthwatering doesn't do this game justice. City are a great side and Adebayor will be rubbing his hands with anticipation. However, Arsenal are no mugs and know they must improve on their recent record over City. That said, this is such a difficult game to predict, but I'm going to go for Man City to win this emphatically. 3-0
ROB'S FINAL THOUGHT
Lets hope that Huddersfield get a result at Plymouth and Wigan beat Bolton. That'd be a perfect weekend.
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