<strong>My fault</strong>: Andre Villas-Boas says he deserves the blame for the way Chelsea played against Napoli on Tuesday. <em>*AFP photo</em>
My fault: Andre Villas-Boas says he deserves the blame for the way Chelsea played against Napoli on Tuesday. *AFP photo

FRIDAY, FEB. 24: Football owners have been more patient this season and have not sacked under-performing managers at lightening speed.

Mick McCarthy was given his walking papers and the pools have odds up on who will be next.

Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas is high on many pundits list.


Chelsea v Bolton
Andre Villas-Boas “manned up” and said it was his fault rather than the players for Chelsea’s recent loss of form. Its hard to blame Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard or Michael Essien for the 3-1 loss to Napoli when they didn’t even play.
Chelsea have only won four of their last 14 matches but should take that total to five after their game against Bolton.
BDA Sun prediction: 2-0

Newcastle v Wolves
Can Newcastle finish fourth? Sitting in sixth, just one point behind Arsenal and equal with Chelsea, there is hope at St James Park. They play both those sides plus seventh place Liverpool, so their fate is in their own hands.
Wolves slipped into the drop zone with their last Premier League loss and manager Mick McCarthy was given the pink slip. The club has had trouble attracting a new boss as former rangers head man Walter Smith, Reading’s brian McDermott, Brighton’s Gus Poyet and ex West Ham boss Alan Curbishley have all said “tahnks, but not thanks” to handling the coaches regns.
Wolves should be easy pickings for Tottenham.
BDA Sun prediction: 3-0

QPR v Fulham
There’s a lot of hype surrounding striker Bobby Zamora returning to Fulham after his January transfer. Although QPR boss Mark Hughes could also be extra motivated against his former club.
Current Fulham boss Martin Jol provided some locker-room fodder when he called Zamora “a very good servant” for his days playing for him.
BDA Sun prediction: 2-1

West Brom v Sunderland
Only four points in the table marks the difference between these two clubs and both are coming off big victories. West Brom sent Wolves’ Mick McCarthy into the unemployment line with a 5-1 triumph while Sunderland upset Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup.
West Brom is one of those rare teams that don’t play well at home, having snared just eight points compared to 21 on the road.
BDA Sun prediction: 1-0

Wigan v Aston Villa
Only a man with red-coloured glasses could put a positive spin on a loss of £7.2m. Wigan CEO Jonathan Jackson said those were “encouraging results” after posting a £4.0m loss the previous year. Why? Because the club had a nearly a £5.0m profit in earnings before other costs were taken into a count.
Don’t be surprised if Aston Villa ends up on top 2-1, that Jackson calls it a “moral victory”.
BDA Sun prediction: 1-2

Man City v Blackburn
I wonder if Carlos Tevez dreams of lifting the league cup? After a three month stretch of not playing any football for City, Tevez apologized for all the heartache and sorrow he caused.
With City proving then could win without the mercurial striker, Tevez change of heart may have had more to do with him rotting away on the sidelines and not sharing in any of the glory rather than sincerely being sorry.
Steve Kean is beaming. After suffering all the slings and arrows, he finally has Blackburn Rovers out of the relegation zone. There’s still plenty of work to be done as it’s a five-team scrum for three spots, but Kean has people believing again.
BDA Sun prediction: 4-1


Arsenal v Tottenham
Arsenal is not in seventh heaven. They can’t win any domestic trophies and are unlikely to in the Champions League, which would mark a seventh straight year the janitor won’t have to worry about polishing any silverware.
For Tottenham fans, the North London Derby is a rare delight. Only four times in the previous derbies against Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have Tottenham had the better record.  Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe is correct when he says this is a bigger match for Arsenal than his club. Arsenal needs a win here to stay in fourth while Tottenham has some points to spare.
BDA Sun prediction: 1-2

Norwich v Man United
Second half strikes by Ashley young and Javier Hernandez handed United a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Europa League play Thursday night. United are now unbeaten in its last four matches and haven’t lost in the Premier League since January 4 when Newcastle downed them 3-0.
Norwich still have slim hope of moving into fourth but they will need to win matches like this to make it happen.
BDA Sun prediction: 1-2

Stoke v Swansea
Two clubs that aren’t going anywhere. They both sit on 30 points with little hope of Euro dreams or relegation nightmares. Swansea has played significantly better than Stoke at this point, but haven’t reaped the reward from their hard work.
BDA Sun prediction: 2-1