'Expert' UK footy tips
English Premiership flutter (File)
Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol broke his arm in his team's Champions League match against Benfica.
Cape Town - Each round of the 2012/13 English Premiership season, a panel of Sport24 staff and occasional 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
(eternally Newcastle-partial), the others are Garrin Lambley
(Everton, and last season’s winner), Dominic Valentine
(Liverpool) and Herman Mostert
Three points are awarded for an entirely correct scoreline, and one for right result.
THE PRIME ATTRACTION
NEWCASTLE v MANCHESTER UNITED
Last season this was one of the games that best illustrated Newcastle’s resurrection under Alan Pardew’s management – they stunned the Red Devils, then the defending champions, 3-0. But in the latest campaign the Magpies have struggled to find their mojo and find themselves lurking in mid-table. They have also been beaten by these foes already, in the League Cup, although on that occasion it was virtually “second team” stuff mutually. The Red Devils, mind you, were rocked by a home loss to Spurs last weekend. Toon partiality aside, I fancy that Newcastle are capable of grinding out a point – but can’t find any support for that theory as all the others envisage a successful away raid.
Rob: Newcastle 1 Manchester United 1
Last season: 3-0 THE GRUDGE MATCH
MANCHESTER CITY v SUNDERLAND
This fixture finds itself in this slot because City, the 2011/12 champions, found Sunderland a strangely hard nut to crack en route to that drought-breaking title success. The Eastlands match-up ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, whilst City’s trip to Wearside saw the Black Cats nick the spoils 1-0. But lightning won’t strike twice ... everyone in the panel believes City (lucky to salvage a late Champions League draw at home to Dortmund in midweek, mind you) will find the going easier against these foes this time.
Rob: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 1
Last season: 3-3 THE DESPERATE DUEL
WEST BROM v QPR
The Baggies find themselves a top-six side at present, so no complaints from their faithful! But they are not the desperate ones here: it’s Rangers who have slumped to bottom slot on the ladder, after Southampton occupied it for a few weeks. QPR lost at home to West Ham in a London derby last weekend, which seems a bit ominous for them. A full house says that West Brom will pile on the current misery.
Rob: West Brom 2 QPR 0
Last season: 1-0 THE OTHERS
CHELSEA v NORWICH
Rob: Chelsea 3 Norwich 0
Last season: 3-1 SWANSEA v READING
Rob: Swansea 1 Reading 1
Last season: Not applicable WIGAN v EVERTON
Rob: Wigan 1 Everton 1
Last season: 1-1 WEST HAM v ARSENAL
Rob: West Ham 1 Arsenal 1
Last season: Not applicable SOUTHAMPTON v FULHAM
Rob: Southampton 0 Fulham 0
Last season: Not applicableLIVERPOOL v STOKE
Rob: Liverpool 1 Stoke 0
Last season: 0-0TOTTENHAM v ASTON VILLA
Rob: Tottenham 2 Aston Villa 1
Last season: 2-0*LEADERBOARD
50 Dominic (13 points in last round)
46 Garrin (11)
40 Herman (9)
38 Rob (12)