Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Premiership Analysis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Premiership Analysis

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Byline: KEN DYER;BEVERLEY HICKS;PAUL FIELDER

Bradford v West Ham

(3pm, Valley Parade) Away ticket info: West Ham have sold out their allocation Last season: 0-3 (Di Canio, Sinclair, Wanchope) Fact: West Ham are unbeaten in the last eight away matches that Paolo Di Canio has played Recommended pub: Oakleigh Hotel (Oak Avenue) West Ham's cup continueth to runneth over but before their quarterfinal against Spurs, Harry Redknapp's side do need to pick up a few Premiership points.

Tomorrow's match at Bradford is an ideal opportunity because, as Dad's Army's Private Fraser would say if he played for them: "We're doomed - doomed I tell you!" The Hammers have won only one of their last 10 Premiership matches. They haven't played badly, but have been having trouble scoring goals, a little strange given the individual talent in their squad. Just imagine it's a cup tie, Paolo.

VERDICT: HIGHFLYING BUBBLES

Coventry v Charlton

(3pm, Highfield Road) Away ticket info: [pound]22 ([pound]10.50 concs). Tickets should be on sale on the day but check before travelling. Tel. 020 8333 4010 Fact: Coventry have gone six games without a win. Charlton, who are unbeaten in their last seven Premiership games, haven't lost in the league this year Recommended pub: Old Ball (Walsgrave Road) If anyone had said, before the start of the season, that Ipswich and Charlton would have both been in the top seven in the Premiership table, they would have been accused of inhaling too much of that Rastafarian rough-cut. That is the reality, however, and Alan Curbishley should be highly commended for his team's effort so far.

Tomorrow, the Addicks go to Highfield Road, where Gordon Strachan has inflated the Coventry buoyancy tanks as the Sky Blues begin their usual battle to stay afloat in the Premiership.

VERDICT: ADDICKS GOOD FOR A POINT

Man Utd v Arsenal

(1pm Sunday, Old Trafford - live on Sky Sports) Away ticket info: Sold out Last season: 1 (Sheringham) 1 (Ljungberg) Fact: Arsenal are unbeaten at Old Trafford since November 1996. …

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