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Monday, December 28, 2009

After a nice few days of relaxation, its time to get back to business. Firstly, a quite interesting weekend of football. St. Stephens day (Boxing day) saw Roberto Mancini in his first game in charge of Man City. It proved to be a successful start for the Italian, with City coming out on top with a 2-0 victory over Stoke.

League leaders Chelsea were also held to a 0-0 draw against in-form Birmingham. Chelsea are in a bad run of form at the moment, only one win in seven, and with the likes of Kalou, Essien and Drogba all leaving for the African Cup of Nation, Ancelotti's side better get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Their nearest rivals Manchester United were able to field a back line of defenders for the first time in several weeks. Rafael, Vidic, Brown and Evra were enough to limit Hull to one goal, with Wayne Rooney and CO scoring three, with Ronney scoring one and heavily involved in the rest. Meanwhile, Liverpool were back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Wolves, with Alberto Aquilani making his first Premier League start.

Arsenal sent out a message to their rivals with a fantastic 3-0 victory over in-form Aston Villa. The victory was inspired by a 27 minute cameo by Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder came off the bench to devastating effect, scoring a free-kick and a second goal, injuring himself in the process.

The other results were wins for West Ham, actually West Ham were the only other team to win, every other team drawing. There is plenty more football to come over the next few days, here are the fixtures and my predictions.
Fixtures and my predictions
Monday
Tottenham v West Ham (12.45) - Tottenham are currently winning, so I'll go for them.
Blackburn v Sunderland (3.00) - Sunderland win
Chelsea Fulham (3.00) - Chelsea win
Everton v Burnley (3.00) - Everton win
Stoke v Birminham (3.00) - Draw
Wolves v Man City (7.45) - Man City win

Tuesday
Aston Villa v Liverpool (7.45) - Liverpool win
Bolton v Hull (8.00) - Draw

Wednesday
Portsmouth v Arsenal (7.45) - Arsenal win
Manchester United v Wigan (8.00) - Manchester United win

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