Palace under hammer in capital clash

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 October, 1997, 12:00am

ASTON VILLA 1 CHELSEA 2: Chelsea will be eager to get back on the winning track after their 1-0 defeat last week. The below-par Villa strike force are lacking confidence at the moment with Stan Collymore still to show his true worth in Brian Little's side.

BARNSLEY 0 BLACKBURN 4: The Rovers should coast through this one against a second-rate Barnsley defence. Danny Wilson needs answers quickly if he is to stop the rot at Oakwell.

BOLTON 0 LIVERPOOL 3: The Reds will be too powerful for Bolton, despite the Lancashire side's improving form. Michael Owen will cause them a lot of headaches at the back while helping to ease the strain on under-pressure Roy Evans.

DERBY 1 ARSENAL 2: Should be a close contest with the Gunners just over-powering the Rams, even without the suspended Dennis Bergkamp. Look for Marc Overmars to take over Bergkamp's mantle and lead the Gunners to victory.

MAN UNITED 3 SHEFF WEDS 0: Andy Cole is in great form again and there isn't much Wednesday can do to stop this confident United side. The Hillsborough outfit are on the ropes, even with their Italian imports Benito Carbone and Paolo Di Canio.

NEWCASTLE 1 LEICESTER 1: The quality of Newcastle should lift them out of their recent run of poor form. Leicester's confidence will be that bit higher after their win over West Ham last week and they should be able to clinch a point here.

SPURS 2 LEEDS 0: David Ginola will provide a stronger attacking side to Spurs and Sol Campbell will be too solid at the back for Leeds, despite some recent good results and form by the Elland Road outfit.

WIMBLEDON 0 COVENTRY 0: The defensive Dons may just find inconsistent Coventry too difficult to crack. A dull score line to a dull match with not much in the way of thrills for either club's fans although both managers will have something to say at the end of it.

EVERTON 3 SOUTHAMPTON 0: Everton will be hungry for more at the expense of the Saints as both languish at the wrong end of the table for comfort. Howard Kendall will be looking for a result to prove his Merseyside derby win was not a flash in the pan WEST HAM 3 PALACE 2: The London derby will provide the Match of the Day. The home side should have the edge over the visitors but goals are a certainty.