There are three Barclays Premier League fixtures scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, 4th January 2011.
Blackpool v Birmingham – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00
Blackpool entertain Birmingham this evening with the two clubs enjoying opposite fortunes. Blackpool sit 11th in the league with a game or two in hand over those around them in the table, while Birmingham are in the bottom three, in 19th place.
Both teams will be looking for a win tonight, though Blackpool’s fine form – which saw them come close to getting a point against Man City last week – will put them in good heart. Birmingham got a 1-1 draw with the league leaders, Man Utd, too, last week, but their 3-0 humbling by Arsenal which followed may still live in the memory.
A score draw seems perhaps the most likely result.
Fulham v West Brom – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00
While it would have seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, following West Brom’s fantastic start to the season, this match now appears to be a relegation six-pointer. Fulham are in the drop zone, in 18th, but a win today would put them level on points with West Brom, who are currently 14th in the league.
West Brom will be desperate to win today and keep well clear of the scramble at the foot of the table, but, as Fulham showed against Spurs last time, the London club are not so easy to break down.
This could go either way, but West Bromwich having been playing well enough in recent defeats to suggest that they can pick up a win tonight – though much depends on the form of their top scorer, Peter Odemwingie.
Man Utd v Stoke – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00
Manchester United have a chance to go clear at the top of the table with this fixture at home to Stoke and, as United keep winning games without playing to their top level, Stoke certainly have their work cut out.
United are missing a number of key players, including Park (international), Scholes (groin) and potentially, Rooney, who has a late fitness test after receiving a blow to his ankle on Saturday. Evra and Darren Gibson are also doubtful from the West Brom match.
Stoke have only long term injury Sidibe out and an otherwise full choice to select from, though Man Utd still have plenty of talent in their squad to take this game, if playing anything like their best football.
Barclays Premier League Fixtures – Tuesday 4th January 2011
- Blackpool v Birmingham – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00
- Fulham v West Brom – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00
- Man Utd v Stoke – Kick-Off (GMT) 20:00