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'Expert' UK footy tips

2012-11-09 10:07

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 (Chelsea).

Three points are awarded for an entirely correct scoreline, and one for right result.

THE PRIME ATTRACTION

MANCHESTER CITY v TOTTENHAM
Sunday, 15:30


City’s well-documented European woes – hanging to Champions League group health by a thread – could be said to be spilling over into their Premiership campaign to a wee extent. They’re not exactly free-scoring at the moment, considering the narrow 1-0 last home win against limited Swansea and then goalless draw last weekend at West Ham. Mind you, their London-based visitors this week, in what ought to be a pretty free-flowing affair, aren’t exactly flying after that shock 1-0 reverse to Wigan at White Hart Lane. So City are strongly fancied by our pundits to bag all three points. Last season’s corresponding match was a 3-2 thriller, all the goals coming in a frantic second half and firebrand Mario Balotelli finally clinching it from the spot in add-on time.

Rob: Manchester City 2 Tottenham 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 3-2  
 
THE GRUDGE MATCH

CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL
Sunday, 18:00


It’s very much “get even” time for the Blues, up against their real bogey team in the Premiership last season. The Stamford Bridge game was pilfered 2-1 by the Reds, with the additional agony of Chelsea old boy Glen Johnson thumping home a brilliant late winner. And their trip to Anfield went even more pear-shaped right at the end of the campaign, when ‘Pool turned it on to win 4-1 and condemn the expensively-assembled Londoners to a rare finish outside the top four. So will Chelsea prevail here? Our full house says they will, especially given the renewed urgency of their task as they have been elbowed out of top spot on the table by Manchester United. It is also not as though the Merseysiders are on a roll ... they come off an embarrassing Europa League midweek defeat to unfashionable Anzhi and are generally struggling for victories at present. Only consolation for them is that we tip it to be close.

Rob: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 1-2

THE DESPERATE DUEL

SOUTHAMPTON v SWANSEA
Saturday, 17:00

Things look bleaker and bleaker for the Saints, even if the season obviously has plenty of opportunity yet for twists and turns. A measly four points is all the south-coasters sport at the foot of the table, and Monday night’s 2-0 loss at West Brom has only piled more pressure on bespectacled boss Nigel Adkins; his future looks foggy. Still, the visit of mid-table Swansea does possibly represent an opportunity to at least snaffle a home point, you would think. We’re all singing from a harmonious 1-1 song-sheet! The Welsh outfit will, of course, try to be more ambitious and press for all three points – especially as they are fuelled by a decent home stalemate with giants Chelsea.

Rob: Southampton 1 Swansea 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable   

THE OTHERS

ARSENAL v FULHAM
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Arsenal 3 Fulham 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 3-1
Last season: 1-1

EVERTON v SUNDERLAND
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Everton 2 Sunderland 1
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 4-0   
  
READING v NORWICH
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Reading 1 Norwich 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable

STOKE v QPR
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Stoke 0 QPR 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 1-0
Last season: 2-3    

WIGAN v WEST BROM
Saturday, 17:00


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

ASTON VILLA v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 19:30


Rob: Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 2
Garrin: 0-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Last season: 0-1

NEWCASTLE v WEST HAM
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Newcastle 2 West Ham 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable

*LEADERBOARD

82 Garrin (5 points in last round)
81 Dominic (5)
73 Herman (7)
71 Rob (9)

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