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'Expert' UK footy tips

2012-04-05 12:05

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.

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

ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY
Sunday, 17:00


To say that their challenge is sinking without trace would be a touch dramatic at this stage, but it is true that City’s once-blistering form has unravelled rather violently in recent weeks. Truth be told, they’ve become a pretty long shot now to eclipse arch-rivals Manchester United to the title, with the Red Devils having opened a five-point lead with only seven games to go. Even a draw at the Emirates is not much good for City now – they must push for the victory, which they did manage 1-0 in the home fixture. But the Gunners are generally going well, despite that hiccup at QPR last Saturday, and two of us see them heaping further misery on the Blues. It could be a cracking, attack-minded game, whatever happens.

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

THE GRUDGE MATCH

WIGAN v MANCHESTER UNITED
Wednesday, 20:45

Wigan are desperate for points – of course they’d be chuffed with just one here – in their fight to avoid the drop, whilst smart money suggests United will prevail as they turn the screws on their title-retention bid. Why the grudge label? Well, when these teams met earlier in the season, the Red Devils went on a turkey-shoot at Old Trafford, thrashing the Latics 5-0 including a Dimitar Berbatov hat-trick. So Wigan will want to avoid disgrace this time, at the very least. They’re in good nick, boasting recent wins over Stoke at home and the all-at-sea Liverpool away.  But a full house of our tipsters predictably goes the “United win” route ...

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

BLACKBURN v LIVERPOOL
Tuesday, 21:00


Liverpool’s league form since the turn of the year has been little short of atrocious, with that King Kenny grimace only getting grimmer every week. So this Lancashire derby at Blackburn is an important date for both teams, what with the hosts embroiled in the relegations scrap – they dipped back into 18th position after their home loss to Manchester United on Monday, despite hanging on really bravely for three-quarters of the contest. I have a feeling the Reds may be ripe for another fall! But Garrin and Dave take a safer 1-1 option for the Tuesday-nighter. How Blackburn would love a repeat of last season’s 3-1 win in the equivalent game ...

Rob: Blackburn 2 Liverpool 1
Garrin: 1-1
David: 1-1
Last season: 3-1 

THE OTHERS

SWANSEA v NEWCASTLE
Friday, 17:30


Rob: Swansea 0 Newcastle 2
Garrin: 1-1
David: 1-2
Last season: Not applicable

SUNDERLAND v TOTTENHAM
Saturday, 13:45


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

BOLTON v FULHAM
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Bolton 2 Fulham 1
Garrin: 1-1
David: 0-1
Last season: 0-0  

CHELSEA v WIGAN
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Chelsea 3 Wigan 0
Garrin: 2-0
David: 4-0
Last season: 1-0 

LIVERPOOL v ASTON VILLA
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 1
Garrin: 2-0
David: 1-0
Last season: 3-0   

NORWICH v EVERTON
Saturday, 16:00


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

WEST BROM v BLACKBURN 
Saturday, 16:00


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

STOKE v WOLVES
Saturday, 18:30

Rob: Stoke 2 Wolves 0
Garrin: 2-1
David: 3-1
Last season: 3-0

MANCHESTER UNITED v QPR
Sunday, 14:30


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

EVERTON v SUNDERLAND
Monday, 16:00


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

NEWCASTLE v BOLTON
Monday, 16:00


Rob: Newcastle 2 Bolton 0
Garrin: 2-1
David: 2-1
Last season: 1-1 

TOTTENHAM v NORWICH
Monday, 16:00


Rob: Tottenham 2 Norwich 0
Garrin: 2-0
David: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable   

ASTON VILLA v STOKE
Monday, 18:30


Rob: Aston Villa 1 Stoke 0
Garrin: 1-1
David: 0-0
Last season: 1-1

FULHAM v CHELSEA 
Monday, 21:00


Rob: Fulham 0 Chelsea 2
Garrin: 1-2
David: 1-2
Last season: 0-0

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST BROM
Wednesday, 20:45


Rob: Manchester City 1 West Brom 0
Garrin: 2-0
David: 2-0
Last season: 3-0  

WOLVES v ARSENAL
Wednesday, 20:45


Rob: Wolves 1 Arsenal 2
Garrin: 0-2
David: 0-3
Last season: 0-2 

QPR v SWANSEA
Wednesday, 21:00


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

LEADERBOARD

There’s an enthralling two-way tussle for the title, with Dave and Garrin locked on 221 points each as we head for the final straight in this season’s Premiership. The former earning a 12-point haul last weekend brought him back for a share of the lead. Sadly my own bid for a unique treble in Footy Tips silverware is just beginning to dim now -- I’m 14 points adrift. Whether I run up a white flag clearly depends on this make-or-break Easter double round ...

221 David (12 points in last round) and Garrin (9)
207 Rob (7)

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