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'Expert' UK footy tips

2010-03-19 07:04

Cape Town - Each round of the 2009/10 English Premiership season, a panel of self-proclaimed Sport24 soothsayers have a crack at predicting the week’s results.

Compiled by Chief Writer Rob Houwing (2008/09 runner-up), with regular predictions also from Managing Editor Garrin Lambley (the defending champion), Content Producer Raymond Kilfoil, Commercial Manager David Brooke and former Bafana Bafana and AmaZulu striker George Dearnaley, you’ll seldom find us singing from the same song-sheet.

Occasionally we invite a celebrity guest tipster to have a crack at a round of matches; watch this space …

This week’s fixtures:

ARSENAL v WEST HAM
Saturday, 19:30


With Arsenal having such renewed interest in the title chase, it is really, really hard to see cross-London rivals the Hammers getting in their way here – despite their own desperate battle to avoid the drop. Gianfranco Zola’s boys were thumped in another derby last weekend (4-1 at Chelsea) and ought to be comfortably beaten again. Dave goes big …

Rob: Arsenal 2 West Ham 0
Garrin: 2-0
Raymond: 3-1
David: 4-0
George: 3-0
Last season: 0-0

ASTON VILLA v WOLVES
Saturday, 14:45


Villa remain right in the hunt for a Champions League place and, usefully toward that end, beat Wigan away in midweek. So smart money suggests that back in their Birmingham stronghold they will see off struggling Wolves. A full house says “aye” to that theory, although the black-and-golds earned a key away win at Burnley last Saturday.

Rob: Aston Villa 2 Wolves 0
Garrin: 2-1
Raymond: 2-0
David: 2-0
George: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable

EVERTON v BOLTON
Saturday, 17:00


Everton’s home form in recent weeks – including some notable scalps in Manchester United and Chelsea – is such that the Trotters should pose few problems. Still, even devout Toffee Garrin sees it as potentially close, and I’ve clung to his shirt-tails. Bolton are hard to gauge: they come off a 0-4 debacle at Sunderland but then 4-0 hit-back against Wigan!

Rob: Everton 1 Bolton 0
Garrin: 2-1
Raymond: 2-0
David: 3-1
George: 3-1
Last season: 3-0

PORTSMOUTH v HULL
Saturday, 17:00


Poor, poor Pompey. As if their various problems weren’t enough, they’ve been docked nine points for going into administration! (That leaves them with a pitiful tally of 10, by the way.) So “going down” is now a fait accompli. But I just fancy that there’s going to be a brave little show of defiance – and minor reward for their loyal but glum fans – when nearly-as-weak Hull come to town. George agrees.

Rob: Portsmouth 1 Hull 0
Garrin: 1-2
Raymond: 0-1
David: 0-1
George: 2-0
Last season: 2-2

STOKE v TOTTENHAM
Saturday, 17:00


The Potters are top of the bottom half, and notoriously difficult to break down at home – Villa learned that last week in a goalless stalemate. Spurs, of course, are of a fairly similar calibre and I fancy they, too, will hit a brick wall. A point apiece is the majority thought, although Stoke actually nicked this one in 2008/09.

Rob: Stoke 0 Tottenham 0
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 1-2 
David: 1-3
George: 1-1
Last season: 2-1

SUNDERLAND v BIRMINGHAM
Saturday, 17:00


You know me: as a fervent supporter of resurgent (OK, albeit a division down) Newcastle, I don’t hand out favours to the Black Cats too easily. But they’ve shown a stiffer spine of late, trouncing Bolton and coming within a couple of heart-breaking minutes of taking full points against the blue part of Manchester. So most of us have Sunderland edging it against the Brummies, who are tapering off just a tad.

Rob: Sunderland 2 Birmingham 1
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 2-2
David: 1-0
George: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable

WIGAN v BURNLEY
Saturday, 17:00


Another important showdown in terms of the relegation ding-dong, with Burnley slightly deeper in the mire and deflated by a terrible outcome last weekend: 1-2 at home to Wolves, effectively a “six-point swing” surrendered. And given Burnley’s dreadful away record, I feel Wigan will prevail in this one, although Dave is a lone customer going the other way …

Rob: Wigan 1 Burnley 0
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 2-0
David: 0-1
George: 2-0
Last season: Not applicable

BLACKBURN v CHELSEA
Sunday, 18:00


There are two possibilities for Chelsea’s mental state going into this one: lingering depression after their Champions League KO at the hands of Inter, or a gritty resolve to atone by upping their Premiership silverware quest. We might see signs of both, but the Blues nevertheless should be too good for Blackburn – four of us reckon so. The Red Devil in George comes out as he conspiratorially backs Blackburn to steal a point!

Rob: Blackburn 1 Chelsea 2
Garrin: 0-2
Raymond: 0-3
David: 0-3
George: 1-1
Last season: 0-2

FULHAM v MANCHESTER CITY
Sunday, 17:00


Same old, same old City? Just when you think they are going to finally “click” into a truly steely outfit (like when they humbled Chelsea 4-2 away) they do something to douse enthusiasm – like require a late, late leveller to earn a point at Sunderland! Although alone in my view, I tip Fulham to cash in further on this uncertainty. But the draw is most popular choice.

Rob: Fulham 1 Manchester City 0
Garrin: 2-2
Raymond: 1-1
David: 1-1
George: 1-2
Last season: 1-1

MANCHESTER UNITED v LIVERPOOL
Sunday, 15:30


Liverpool are developing a strange little habit of appeasing their supporters for another barren Premiership season by proving more than an irritation to arch-enemies Manchester United: last season they did the double over the champions – 2-1 and Anfield and an especially galling 4-1 at Old Trafford. You would think United will be more than “up” for this one as a result. But Garrin and I still anticipate a throw-the-kitchen-sink effort from ‘Pool, so take the tried and trusted 1-1 option …

Rob: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 3-1
David: 2-0
George: 2-0
Last season: 1-4

*ABBREVIATED FORECASTS FOR EXTRA MATCHES:

ASTON VILLA v SUNDERLAND
Wednesday, 21:45


Rob: Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 0
Garrin: 2-1
Raymond: 1-0
David: 1-0
George: 2-0
Last season: 2-1

BLACKBURN v BIRMINGHAM
Wednesday, 22:00


Rob: Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 1-1
David: 2-2
George: 0-0
Last season: Not applicable

MANCHESTER CITY v EVERTON
Wednesday, 21:45


Rob: Manchester City 2 Everton 1
Garrin: 1-1
Raymond: 1-2
David: 2-1
George: 2-2
Last season: 0-1

PORTSMOUTH v CHELSEA
Wednesday, 21:45


Rob: Portsmouth 1 Chelsea 3
Garrin: 0-3
Raymond: 0-5
David: 0-5
George: 1-2
Last season: 0-1

*LEADERBOARD (three points for wholly correct score-line, one for right result):

232 Rob (11 points in last round)
225 Ray (13)
223 Dave (8)
219 George (9)
206 Garrin (10)

Verdict: A bit of change to the pecking order after a stable spell, with Ray suddenly leapfrogging the sluggish George and Dave into second - and standing just seven shots off the leader now as well. He was top marksman last weekend with his 13 points, and his situation was helped by the Footy Tips adjudicators opting to belatedly tally up – at last! - a round of tips from the New Year period, when the programme was ravaged by bad-weather postponements and matches were re-arranged for various, widespread slots on the calendar. I can tell you that former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, invited to join the round from the press box at Newlands, slightly showed the rest of us football “experts” up; he was top man with 10 points. I’d rather not talk about my measly two, but at least my more current form is OK and keeps my nose in front. I’m off on overseas leave for three weeks, but in my absence colleague Garrin Lambley will keep an abbreviated version of Footy Tips going – after all, he wouldn’t want the campaign to end now, would he?

Sport24

Comments
  • Soccer fan - 2010-03-19 08:00

    Predict Liverpool should win this 2-1, They need this victory more than manure....It will show on the day.

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-03-19 09:37

    Lucas 2 - 1 Rooney

  • Dr Phil - 2010-03-19 10:24

    Predict West Ham should win this 2-1, They need this victory more than Arse Whiner....It will show on the day. Sounds stoopid doesn't it!!

  • Soccer fan - 2010-03-19 11:49

    @Phil Evertime you comment on these forums , you make a bigger a*** of yourself....What I'm suggesting is that there is more pressure on pool to get a result than man, BUT thick headed supporters like yourself only believe that their team will win everything... we will see how stupid it sounds after the game on Sunday. Arsenal's game against West Ham will be tough....not sure about the predictions with regards to such huge winning margins. Enjoy guys/gals!!!

  • AL @ Soccer fan - 2010-03-19 13:16

    Look in the mirror dumb@***. Not only do you always predict Arse-anal will win everything but that ManU will always loose everything meaning you have been consistently wrong for about 4 years now. It must suck to be you!!

  • @AL - 2010-03-19 15:49

    WELL LIVERPOOL HAS BEATEN MANURE IN THEIR LAST 3 GAMES SO YOU MUST HATE THE SIGHT OF TORRES AND GERARD

  • Dr Phil - 2010-03-23 17:34

    @ Soccerfan, nah - that honour squarely rests on your shoulder. YOU are the undisputed idiot on this forum. My point being that at this stage of the tournament, bottom teams need wins just as much as the top teams and very often than not the "surprise results" are against the bottom teams fighting to stave of relegation. Before you make comments - count to ten, write, read, think and send - remember after all it is only a game and win or lose, life still goes on. PEACE!

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