'Expert' UK footy tips
English Premiership flutter (File)
Cape Town - Each round of the 2010/11 English Premiership season, a panel of Sport24 tipsters have a crack at predicting the results – do it yourself, if you like, and see how your scoreboard compares with ours in the report-back a week later.
Three precious points are given for an entirely correct score-line, and one for right result.
Compiled by Rob Houwing
(the champion last season but a Newcastle supporter for his sins), the others are colleagues Garrin Lambley
(very Everton-partial), David Brooke
(Manchester United), Raymond Kilfoil
(Tottenham) and Dominic Valentine
We occasionally invite guest tipsters; watch this space.
THE PRIME ATTRACTION
MANCHESTER UNITED v ARSENAL
With champions Chelsea so insecure at present, the ante has been upped for Monday night’s combatants, both of whom are ahead of the Blues right now and can make massive statements in the title chase if either snatches it. United should have reasonably fresh legs after their date at Blackpool was postponed last weekend, although both teams had subsequent midweek Euro activity. I fancy it will be a cagey draw, although you can get all options from our panel. In the corresponding game last season, the Red Devils edged it 2-1 although they were arguably outplayed by the Gunners – it was a game notable for Arsene Wenger being sent to the stands for kicking a bottle after his side had a late “equaliser” disallowed. The poor fellow was engulfed by taunting United fans! He’ll try to avoid that indignity here ...
Rob: Manchester United 1 Arsenal 1
Last season: 2-1THE GRUDGE MATCH
TOTTENHAM v CHELSEA
I have a sneaky feeling Spurs can cash in here on Chelsea’s strangely scratchy form; they have the quality on paper to claim all three points at White Hart Lane from what should be a passionate (and possibly very crowd-pleasing) London derby. Most of my flutter rivals prefer a share of the spoils, although my confidence in the home win is backed up by what happened last season – Tottenham pinched it 2-1 in a fiery affair which saw Blues captain John Terry red-carded. Mind you, Chelsea did bag the home duel 3-0, and I’m certainly not discounting their win chance on the other side of the big city.
Rob: Tottenham 2 Chelsea 1
Last season: 2-1
THE DESPERATE DUEL
WEST HAM v MANCHESTER CITY
West Ham’s seeds of revival were blown off unceremoniously in the wind again last weekend, when they suffered a Sunday defeat in the long trek to Sunderland. So the pressure is right back on this once-proud club, floundering anew in the basement slot. City are unbeaten in six Premiership games, if my calculations are correct, even if they also haven’t yet convinced too many punters they are genuine title-shot material. But they’ll carry too many guns for the Hammers on this occasion, and David even tips a rather severe walloping.
Rob: West Ham 0 Manchester City 2
Last season: 1-1THE OTHERS
ASTON VILLA v WEST BROM
Rob: Aston Villa 0 West Brom 0
Last season: Not applicableEVERTON v WIGAN
Rob: Everton 1 Wigan 0
Last season: 2-1FULHAM v SUNDERLAND
Rob: Fulham 1 Sunderland 1
Last season: 1-0
STOKE v BLACKPOOL
Rob: Stoke 1 Blackpool 0
Last season: Not applicableNEWCASTLE v LIVERPOOL
Rob: Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1
Last season: Not applicable
BOLTON v BLACKBURN
Rob: Bolton 1 Blackburn 0
Last season: 0-2
WOLVES v BIRMINGHAM
Rob: Wolves 1 Birmingham 2
Last season: 0-1LEADERBOARD
No change at all this week to the personnel occupying positions 1-5 respectively, but the concertina is squeezing a little tighter. That is because Garrin and Dave appear to have woken up and belatedly realised there is a football season in progress – they keep the bottom two slots but fairly comprehensively outshone all three lads in the “podium” positions at present, to make up good ground. It was an especially laboured round for Ray and yours truly. Time to catch a fresh wakeup myself, I think ...
119 Dominic (8 points last week)
113 Rob (4)
108 Raymond (3)
106 Garrin (11)
99 David (10)