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'Expert' UK footy tips

2013-02-08 11:02
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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 (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 UNITED v EVERTON
Sunday, 18:00


The Toffees have already beaten the log-leaders this season ... 1-0 at Goodison Park very early in the campaign when Everton’s ever-influential Marouane Fellaini made the vital difference. They will also have assuring memories of last season’s Old Trafford thriller, where they came from two goals down to share the spoils 4-4. Yet the truth remains that David Moyes’ fifth-placed charges haven’t actually won at the ground in more than 20 years and with United eking out wins with admirable consistency, our panellists cannot bring themselves to suggest anything but three further points to the Red Devils. Herman and I see the result as fairly clear-cut, although Toffees devotee Garrin, and Dom (who supports a different Merseyside mob) both predict a particularly close scrap.

Rob: Manchester United 2 Everton 0  
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-0
Last season: 4-4

THE GRUDGE MATCH

TOTTENHAM v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 14:45


This could be a pretty rousing game, given Spurs’ strong challenge for a Champions League spot and Newcastle’s sudden awakening – successive wins, including a fine one against Chelsea, and the rejuvenation provided by a battery of French signings. Yet the cold (if you’re Toon-inclined, anyway) fact remains that Newcastle tend to experience only heartache when they visit London, and it is reflected in the nearly all-Tottenham sentiment expressed by our forecasters. Only Herman fancies the black-and-whites to return to the north-east with a handy point. Why the grudge branding? It’s because even when they punched above their weight in ending fifth last season, Newcastle were thumped 5-0 at White Hart Lane, so there’s some atonement to seek.

Rob: Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1 
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 3-0
Herman: 1-1
Last season: 5-0

THE DESPERATE DUEL

SOUTHAMPTON v MANCHESTER CITY
Saturday, 19:30


I chose this one for the slot because both teams enter the game with a good dose of urgency: home team the Saints are playing with some aplomb and resilience at present, yet do remain only three precarious points clear of the drop zone. Champions City, meanwhile, are an ominous nine points adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Manchester United at the top of the table, and simply must win to keep flickering hopes of title retention alive. It may not be easy: the south-coasters were terrific at times before succumbing 2-1 at Old Trafford recently. I believe they will run Roberto Mancini’s men close, but not quite enough to secure a stalemate.

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

THE OTHERS

CHELSEA v WIGAN
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Chelsea 4 Wigan 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 2-1

NORWICH v FULHAM
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Norwich 1 Fulham 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: 1-1  
 
STOKE v READING
Saturday, 17:00


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

SUNDERLAND v ARSENAL
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 1
Garrin: 1-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Last season: 1-2

SWANSEA v QPR
Saturday, 17:00


Rob: Swansea 0 QPR 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: 1-1

ASTON VILLA v WEST HAM
Sunday, 15:30


Rob: Aston Villa 1 West Ham 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable

LIVERPOOL v WEST BROM
Monday, 22:00


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

*LEADERBOARD

193 - Dominic (5 points in last round)
185 - Herman (4)
184 - Garrin (4)
175 - Rob (4)

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