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Byline: Steve Davies

ARSENAL v EVERTON

David Moyes would dearly love to be heading for Highbury just to buy back new target Francis Jeffers. However, there is a game to be played first and it's one Everton will probably lose.

History points to plenty of goals (mostly scored by the Gunners) and with Arsenal's thinish squad at

full-strength and the Toffees short of strikers, the hosts can dot up.

Arsenal -1.25 4pts 1.98 (Premierbet)

BIRMINGHAM v TOTTENHAM

The White Hart Lane faithful have long campaigned for Glenn Hoddle to throw in the kids and today it

happens. A string of injuries has left the Spurs chief with no choice, and they look vulnerable. St Andrews is an upbeat place at the moment and David Dunn and Christophe Dugarry should get plenty of joy out of a

reshaped and youthful rearguard.

Birmingham 2pts 11-8 (Bet365, S Soccer)

BLACKBURN v WOLVES

Odds of 4-6 Rovers could seem huge if Wolves start the season as they went through the summer, stumbling from one cock-up to another. The hosts have rid themselves of players with the initials DD but they remain strong enough to repel a Wolves side led by a striker in Steffen Iversen who needs to demonstrate his hunger to a lot of doubters.

Blackburn 4pts 4-6 (general)

CHARLTON v MAN CITY

Kev's gone from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 but the mentality is the same. The

Addicks' engine room is quality and Di Canio is waiting in the wings. A close, high-scoring cracker is on the cards.

Over two goals 4pts 9-10 (Bet365)

FULHAM v MIDDLESBROUGH

The fate of Sean Davis has added

extra spice to this fixture - and boy does it need it. Boro are on a survival mission with so many players out, and their awful away record - only Sunderland scored fewer road goals last season - curtails their ambition further. Under McClaren the Smoggies are at least solid and can keep frail Fulham at bay for a while.

First goal after 28mins 2pts 10-11 (Bet365)

LEICESTER v SOUTHAMPTON

The 7-4 Soton might appeal a bit more now Kevin Phillips has signed to give James Beattie some welcome help. A summer of sulking, though, means Kev isn't match ready and only set for the bench. With that in mind, don't expect a goal-feast. Both sides are well-drilled and strong through the middle and not losing may be the chief priority.

Draw 1pt 23-10 (Bet Direct)

MAN UTD v BOLTON

The Trotters have won this fixture in each of the last two seasons and if you fancy the hat-trick, Bolton were trading at 13.5 on Betfair last night. The truth is that United's midfield shield should stop Okocha from

having too big an influence and we know they don't score goals. United can set the record straight in style.

Man U/Man U 4pts 8-11 (Bet365)
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Date:Aug 16, 2003
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