English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2011-12-09 12:30
English Premiership flutter (File)
Cape Town - Each round of the 2011/12 English Premiership season, a panel of Sport24 staff or guest tipsters have a crack at predicting the results - do it yourself, if you like, and see how you compare afterwards.

Our forecasts also offer assistance (if that is the right word!) to those who take part in the SuperBru megapool (Pool code: cropriot) created by Sport24.

Compiled by Rob Houwing (the champion for the last two seasons but a Newcastle supporter for his sins), the others are Garrin Lambley (very Everton-partial), and David Brooke (Manchester United).

THE PRIME ATTRACTION

CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY
Monday, 22:00


The Blues – er, the Stamford Bridge ones, I mean – are in a pretty good space at present, with thumping wins over each of Wolves, Newcastle and then Valencia in the Champions League (including two Didier Drogba strikes which should make the veteran predator dangerous on Monday night). Visitors and log-leaders City are out of the elite Euro company, of course, but at least exited in victory over Bayern Munich. I fancy it will only redouble their resolve to win the Premiership! Chelsea won the corresponding game 2-0 last season (Luiz, Ramires) but majority sentiment below is a feisty draw ... a strange hunch tells me it could even be goalless.

Rob: Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0
Garrin: 1-1
David: 0-1
Last season: 2-0

THE GRUDGE MATCH

ARSENAL v EVERTON
Saturday, 17:00


Spaniard Mikel Arteta was a popular presence at Goodison Park for several years, but now he wears a Gunners shirt and how the midfielder is treated by the travelling support will be very interesting to gauge. This is his first encounter with the club he once represented so honourably. The Toffees, still smarting after an unexpected home reverse to Stoke which brought to an abrupt end a budding mini-spell of form, will do everything they can to mar Arsenal’s 125th birthday celebrations, but even staunch Evertonian Garrin concedes that the Londoners ought to prove too strong at the Emirates Stadium – they’re unbeaten in seven league appearances and have moved stealthily up to fifth on the table. Last season’s meeting was a stormy one, with Arse recovering from a disputed Everton opener to bounce back for a 2-1 win, and visiting boss David Moyes grumpy afterwards over some rugged challenges on his players.

Rob: Arsenal 2 Everton 0
Garrin: 2-1
David: 2-0
Last season: 2-1

THE DESPERATE DUEL

SUNDERLAND v BLACKBURN
Sunday, 15:30


Martin O’Neill finally takes charge of the ailing Black Cats ... and probably in the nick of time. Sunderland have slipped to 17th on the table, fractionally above the dreaded drop zone, and come off losses to fellow battlers Wigan and Wolves. Last weekend’s defeat at Molineux was particularly gut-wrenching: they should have gone 2-0 up in the second half but fluffed a penalty and then saw Wolves nip in and steal all three points themselves! It happens when you’re battling, eh? Still, I reckon the “new gaffer” factor will just about lift Sunderland to a narrow win over 18th-placed Rovers – they took this game comfortably last season. All three tipsters fancy the red-and-whites to pull it off.

Rob: Sunderland 1 Blackburn 0
Garrin: 2-1
David: 2-0
Last season: 3-0

THE OTHERS

BOLTON v ASTON VILLA
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Bolton 1 Aston Villa 2
Garrin: 1-1
David: 1-1
Last season: 3-2

LIVERPOOL v QPR
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Liverpool 2 QPR 1
Garrin: 2-0
David: 3-0
Last season: Not applicable

MANCHESTER UNITED v WOLVES
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Manchester United 4 Wolves 0
Garrin: 2-0
David: 3-0
Last season: 2-1

NORWICH v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Norwich 0 Newcastle 1
Garrin: 1-1
David: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable

SWANSEA v FULHAM
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Swansea 0 Fulham 0
Garrin: 1-1
David: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable

WEST BROM v WIGAN
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: West Brom 2 Wigan 0
Garrin: 2-1
David: 1-0
Last season: 2-2

STOKE v TOTTENHAM
Sunday, 18:00


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

LEADERBOARD

It’s all square at the top under the Sport24 scoring system (three points for a wholly correct scoreline, one for correct result) as Garrin’s highly productive last round of 13 points sees him haul in Dave and draw level as both shoot past the century mark as well. Moderate last weekend for yours truly, but 90 points, and 11 adrift, isn’t exactly the distance between Earth and Mars, is it?

101 Garrin (13 points in last round)
101 David (6)
90 Rob (7)

*In the broad, open-to-all-comers Sport24.co.za pool on SuperBru, which presently sports 1 304 players, “Geoff” still retains the lead having moved to 130.80 points, but “BBJamie” has leapfrogged “Serb” into second place on 125.75. The yellow cap for best performance in the last round belongs to “Whackhead”, who may or may not be involved in radio ...

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
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS7:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
  • SS5:
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 August 2014
Manchester United v Swansea City, Old Trafford 13:45
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium 16:00
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City, Loftus Road Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland, The Hawthorns 16:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 18:30
17 August 2014
Liverpool v Southampton, Anfield 14:30
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 17:00
18 August 2014
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 21:00
Vote

How will Manchester United fare in next season's English Premiership under Louis van Gaal?

 
 
Featured Blog

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

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

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

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

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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