Blues' power to serve up match of day

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 January, 1998, 12:00am

FINANCIAL guru David Harman is hoping to find a bit of value in this week's Tipping Winners competition before taking interim retirement in the Philippines.

Life-long West Ham fan David believes Harry Redknapp's men are now safe from relegation, which is the sort of prediction that has coloured Hong Kong's stock market of late.

Here are David's tips.

BARNSLEY 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 2: Palace seem to be at their best away from home and the inclusion of Tomas Brolin in their squad has given them a lift which should take them past struggling Barnsley.

BLACKBURN 3 ASTON VILLA 1: Rovers were robbed last week against Derby and will want to make sure that the points are safe tomorrow against a hot-and-cold Villa side. Full points are vital for Rovers if they are to maintain a title challenge.

COVENTRY 1 ARSENAL 3: The Gunners should have Tony Adams back for this one after his 'holiday' in France and that should be inspiration enough to quell the resurgent Sky Blues. Gordon Strachan's men will make it difficult but the points should be heading to Highbury.

LEEDS 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1: Yorkshire derby matches rarely produce great skill and with Wednesday looking to get back on the rails and Leeds tending to grind out results a draw seems on the cards.

LEICESTER 0 LIVERPOOL 3: Roy Evans will be pleased with this performance from his stuttering side and may just cave in to Robbie Fowler's demands for ?50,000-a-week . . . if he scores a hat-trick.

NEWCASTLE 4 BOLTON 1: The Magpies badly need this result ? and badly need a goalscorer. If Alan Shearer could come off the bench for them it would make all the difference but as it is, Kenny Dalglish's men should have enough in reserve to take care of these relegation candidates.

TOTTENHAM 1 WEST HAM 3: The Hammers will take great delight in winning this London derby even though Spurs are woefully short of manpower. Harry Redknapp has put together a team that can challenge the best ? if only they were consistent.

WIMBLEDON 1 DERBY 1: High-flying Derby will be brought back down to earth at Selhurst Park by a side that is far better than its league placing suggests. Joe Kinnear will be happy to take a point from his encounter with the Bald Eagle.

EVERTON 2 CHELSEA 3: Chelsea will be pushed all the way in this one as Everton captain Duncan Ferguson tries to motivate his troops. The Blues should just edge it. For me this is the Match of the Day.

SOUTHAMPTON 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 4: Not quite a repeat of last season's high-scoring encounter but again a very entertaining affair with Alex Ferguson a lot happier with his team's performance than he has been in recent weeks ? even when they've been winning.