English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2011-01-14 12:26
'Expert' UK footy tips (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 (Liverpool).

We occasionally invite guest tipsters; this week Durban-born former Liverpool and Stuttgart striker SEAN DUNDEE, also no stranger to SuperSport studios and a confessed Arsenal fan, has a stab.

THE PRIME ATTRACTION


TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
Sunday, 18:10


Yes, while everyone else takes the sober, sensible 1-1 option, I’ve stuck my neck out: I reckon this finally is the game where the Red Devils – let’s face it, solid but seldom genuinely convincing – lose their unbeaten record. Spurs are just the kind of fickle outfit capable of doing it, given some of the mercurial players they possess. I am even prepared to overlook last season’s Premiership fortunes between the two – United won 3-1 on each occasion. In the equivalent fixture at White Hart Lane, Tottenham were ahead after only 38 seconds (Defoe) but the visitors struck back with goals via Messrs Giggs, Anderson and Rooney. But this hunch I have is surprisingly strong, I tell you!

Rob: Tottenham 2 Manchester United 1
Garrin: 1-1
Ray: 2-1
David: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Guest Sean Dundee: 1-1
Last season: 1-3

THE GRUDGE MATCH

SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE
Sunday, 14:00


This is as fierce a derby rivalry as any on our planet (as well as Pluto, I suspect) -- regardless of how the Mackems and Magpies are faring in any particular season. But the stakes are especially high for this red-hot meeting at the Stadium of Light, because Sunderland presently lie a buoyant sixth and Newcastle a similarly decent eighth. And then there is the first-round meeting to consider: Toon, then still under the luckless Chris Hughton, emerged 5-1 victors to my eternal glee. Kevin Nolan got to do his funky chicken dance three times! You can imagine this hasn’t sat well among Black Cats fans ... revenge is uppermost on their minds. Heart over head for this one, of course, I can’t bring myself to suggest the Sunderland win, though. Sean and Dominic can’t concur, and deep down I do understand their choice ...

Rob: Sunderland 2 Newcastle 2
Garrin: 1-1
Ray: 1-1
David: 2-2
Dominic: 1-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable

THE DESPERATE DUEL

LIVERPOOL v EVERTON
Sunday, 16:05


Sorry, all you Scousers: I just could not resist cheekily putting the Merseyside derby in this slot, even if 12th and 13th on the table respectively (Everton a whisker in front on goal difference) doesn’t automatically suggest a truly dire state of affairs for either club. That said, both are only four points clear of the drop zone, so if there’s to be a loser on Sunday afternoon that team could be flirting with proper peril again. My tip is a fractious stalemate, alongside Toffees devotee Garrin, although former Anfielder Sean leads a posse of tipsters venturing a heartening win for King Kenny’s under-the-cosh troops.

Rob: Liverpool 0 Everton 0
Garrin: 1-1
Ray: 2-0
David: 2-0
Dominic: 1-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 2-0
Last season: 1-0

THE OTHERS

CHELSEA v BLACKBURN
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Chelsea 4 Blackburn 0
Garrin: 2-0
Ray: 3-1
David: 3-0
Dominic: 2-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 3-0
Last season: 5-0

MANCHESTER CITY v WOLVES
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Manchester City 4 Wolves 0
Garrin: 2-1
Ray: 3-0
David: 3-0
Dominic: 2-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 3-1
Last season: 1-0

STOKE v BOLTON
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Stoke 1 Bolton 1
Garrin: 1-1
Ray: 1-1
David: 0-1
Dominic: 1-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 1-1
Last season: 1-2

WEST BROM v BLACKPOOL
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: West Brom 1 Blackpool 0
Garrin: 1-2
Ray: 0-0
David: 2-0
Dominic: 1-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable

WIGAN v FULHAM
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Wigan 1 Fulham 0
Garrin: 1-2
Ray: 0-1
David: 1-0
Dominic: 1-1
Guest Sean Dundee: 1-2
Last season: 1-1

WEST HAM v ARSENAL
Saturday, 19:30


Rob: West Ham 0 Arsenal 1
Garrin: 0-2
Ray: 0-3
David: 1-2
Dominic: 1-2
Guest Sean Dundee: 1-3
Last season: 2-2

BIRMINGHAM v ASTON VILLA
Sunday, 14:00


Rob: Birmingham 1 Aston Villa 1
Garrin: 1-2
Ray: 1-1
David: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Guest Sean Dundee: 2-0
Last season: 0-1

LEADERBOARD

We’ve moved comfortably past the midway point of the season after another batch of ridiculously busy festive-season activity in the Premiership ... and Dominic, I’m afraid, seems to have a fairly solid foothold at the top of the pile. He stands nine points clear of yours truly after a double round of games, although my comfort at present is a 15-point gap over third-placed David. He, in turn, is full of fresh life and bluster after hauling himself off the basement slot at last. It’s Garrin among the dead men, though admittedly not by much ...

148 Dominic (13 points from last two rounds)
139 Rob (8)
124 David (10)
123 Garrin (7)

Read more on:    epl
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
27 September 2014
Liverpool v Everton, Anfield 13:45
Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford 16:00
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Queens Park Rangers, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Swansea City, Stadium of Light 16:00
Chelsea v Aston Villa, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Hull City v Manchester City, The KC Stadium 16:00
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Emirates Stadium 18:30
28 September 2014
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley, The Hawthorns 17:00
29 September 2014
Stoke City v Newcastle United, Britannia Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.