English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2013-04-12 11:03
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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

STOKE v MANCHESTER UNITED
Sunday, 15:05


The earthy Potters may be viewing this clash with some trepidation, given the good possibility that Fergie will have hauled out the hairdryer after United’s slip-up to arch-rivals City and a backlash is thus imminent. All of our pundits predict a restoration of normal Red Devils service, although maybe not with a hatful of goals. Stoke can be pretty resilient at home (they got a 1-1 outcome in this one last season) and, with 34 points, still have some graft to do to avoid relegation issues. For their part, United will take heart from the 4-2 Old Trafford result against these foes earlier this campaign – Wayne Rooney got a brace, plus an own-goal! 

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

THE GRUDGE MATCH

NEWCASTLE v SUNDERLAND
Sunday, 13:00


Nobody needs reminding of the intensity and ferocity of the north-east derby, even in a season like this one where both the Magpies and Black Cats have been trading far lower on the table than either would like. Indeed, extra spice comes from the fact that they are not yet assured of avoiding the drop (particularly in the case of  the visitors). Throw in the fact that there are fears the Toon masses will taunt new Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio with fascist salutes, and all the ingredients for combustibility are there! With just a pinch of regional bias, I reckon Newcastle will edge it – especially with slippery Hatem Ben Arfa fit again – although it isn’t a unanimous view among the tipsters.

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

MANCHESTER CITY v WIGAN
Wednesday, 20:45


Wigan are famous escape artists late every season, and every indication is that they will have to scrap with every muscle they possess once more. They have slipped back into the dreaded bottom three, although in truth there are several sides striving to stay above 18th position and a comfort is that QPR and Reading look more and more likely to occupy the bottom two rungs come the end of the campaign ... they’re a long way adrift. There is a certain amount of desperation to hosts City’s mindset, too, for this one, as the champions are clinging to the very threadbare belief that they can yet defend their title. My suggestion is a carbon copy of last season’s scoreline in the fixture: comfortable 3-0 to the blue Mancunians.

Rob: Manchester City 3 Wigan 0 
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-0
Last season: 3-0

THE OTHERS


ARSENAL v NORWICH
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Arsenal 4 Norwich 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-0
Last season: 3-3

ASTON VILLA v FULHAM
Saturday, 16:00


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

EVERTON v QPR
Saturday, 16:00


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

READING v LIVERPOOL
Saturday, 16:00


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

SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM
Saturday, 16:00


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

ARSENAL v EVERTON
Tuesday, 20:45


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

WEST HAM v MANCHESTER UNITED
Wednesday, 20:45


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

FULHAM v CHELSEA
Wednesday, 21:00


Rob: Fulham 1 Chelsea 1
Garrin: 1-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Last season: 1-1

*LEADERBOARD

243 - Dominic (5 points in last round)
238 - Garrin (12)
230 - Herman (6)
223 - Rob (10)
 

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