More misery will be heaped on Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United this weekend, while Manchester United should win at Ewood Park for this first time since 1998 writes David Walker.


Saturday 11 November


Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Two teams battling against relegation will slug it out in this lunch time horror show. Things have got so bad at City, they have even started losing against Charlton, enduring a 1-0 reverse last weekend. Things are not much better in Newcastle either, bottom but one in the table and a home defeat against goal shy Sheffield United on Saturday. City have won three of their last four home encounters against the Magpies following their return to the Premiership in 2002 so a welcome home win is the call.

Walker’s Word

1×2: City @ 11/10 (Paddy Power)

AH: City – ¼ @ 37/40 (Bet365)

OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 (VCBet)


Chelsea vs Watford

Chelsea to ‘get back to winning ways’ in what is likely to be a dour, low scoring, affair at Stamford Bridge. Yawn.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Chelsea @ 1/6 (Betfred)

AH: Chelsea – 1 ¾ @ 4/5 (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 6/5 (VCBet)


Everton vs Aston Villa

Everton are without a win in their last three, including a midweek home defeat against a youthful Arsenal side in the Carling Cup while Villa have lost their last two on the road, including Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea in the much maligned knockout competition. The Toffees have a good record against Villa, winning four out of the last five Premiership encounters at Goodison Park and could push themselves up the table at Martin O’Neill’s expense.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Everton @ 6/5 (Ladbrokes)

AH: Everton – ¼ (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)


Middlesbrough vs West Ham United

Middlesbrough are hovering just above the relegation zone after losing their last two matches and four of their last six. However, they have won their last two matches at the Riverside Stadium and have an exceptional record against the Toto Sgp Hammers, winning seven out …