English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2012-11-30 12:18
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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 EVERTON
Saturday, 17:00


Just one point behind arch-rivals the Red Devils, the champions aren’t at all badly placed. They will also take heart from a workmanlike triumph at Wigan on Wednesday. Stiffer opposition could come from the Toffees, riding a commendable sixth on the table, though City’s home advantage ought nevertheless to be decisive. Everton didn’t make the most of their recent “double-header” at Goodison, being held to 1-1 draws by both Norwich and Arsenal, so that may further tilt the scales the Manchester club’s way. Last season’s result was 2-0, with strikes from Mario Balotelli and James Milner ... I’ve gone for a carbon-copy scoreline.

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

WEST HAM v CHELSEA
Saturday, 14:45


There’s a fair bit of unrest in the air at Stamford Bridge right now ... so maybe it’s no bad thing that they’re away this weekend! Mind you, they don’t go too far as it’s a spicy London derby between two clubs with proud histories. Promoted Hammers have been surprise packages in the first third of the campaign, though they haven’t won now in three games. Still, losing 1-0 at Old Trafford last time out, and to a very early strike, confirmed their decency in many respects. The Blues are also in decidedly scratchy form and urgently need a win here to keep in touch with the two Manchester clubs, don’t they? Our panel has a healthy suspicion that they will do enough to pick up the three points ... whether that earns caretaker manager Rafa Benitez a sudden wave of affection at the club is doubtful, however.

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

NEWCASTLE v WIGAN
Monday, 22:00


Of course the game between deeply-rooted bottom club QPR and similarly shaky Aston Villa shaped as an obvious candidate here, but a bit of personal interest (or read: deep concern) persuaded me to install the once reasonably mighty Toon in the slot. Both they and Monday night’s opponents Wigan are perilously close to the drop zone. Newcastle are on an especially barren run – defeats in four Premiership matches on the trot, and not even against the most luminary sides around. Since boss Alan Pardew, so successful last season, signed a rare, eight-year new deal earlier this campaign, the Magpies have won one of nine games in the league! I’ve tipped victory on Monday, on the very dangerous grounds that they are so “due” ... 

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

THE OTHERS

ARSENAL v SWANSEA
Saturday, 17:00


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

FULHAM v TOTTENHAM
Saturday, 17:00


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

LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Liverpool 1 Southampton 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable

QPR v ASTON VILLA
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: QPR 0 Aston Villa 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: 1-1    

WEST BROM v STOKE
Saturday, 17:00


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

READING v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 19:30


Rob: Reading 0 Manchester United 2
Garrin: 0-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Last season: Not applicable

NORWICH v SUNDERLAND
Sunday, 18:00


Rob: Norwich 1 Sunderland 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 2-1

*LEADERBOARD

113 - Dominic (17 points in last round)
110 - Garrin (15)
108 - Herman (18)
94 - Rob (12)

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