English Premiership

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2013-09-13 13:06
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Cape Town - Each round of the 2013/14 English Premiership season, a panel of Sport24 staff and occasional guest tipsters have a crack at predicting the results - do the exercise yourself, if you like, and see how you compare afterwards.

Compiled by Rob Houwing (Newcastle-partial), the others are Garrin Lambley (Everton), Dominic Valentine (Liverpool, and the defending champion), Herman Mostert (Chelsea) and newcomer Earl Haupt (another ‘Pool fan).

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

THE PRIME ATTRACTION

EVERTON v CHELSEA
Saturday, 18:30


If you’d mentioned to Toffees fans ahead of the season that they’d be among only three unbeaten sides after three rounds, you could be pretty sure they’d have banked it. The only wee drawback is that Everton haven’t actually won yet, which explains why they are limited to 15th on the table! Still, second-placed visitors Chelsea also haven’t tasted defeat yet, so that is enough to qualify this fixture for some sort of glamour status this weekend. Three of us believe the hosts will do enough to scrap out another stalemate, though Dominic and Herman prefer the London-based Blues edging it ... as occurred last season.

Rob: Everton 1 Chelsea 1  
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-1
Last season: 1-2 

THE GRUDGE MATCH

SWANSEA v LIVERPOOL
Monday, 21:00

Again, in this category, no special red-blooded clash automatically springs to mind ... there’s not even a derby fixture of any sort to install as a solution! But I’ve gone for this one, given that it sees Brendan Rodgers take his log-leading Reds to Swansea, the club he did so much to help revitalise: he took them to the Premiership before being signed up at Anfield on June 1 last year. The Irishman will doubtless be keen to see his charges make it four wins from four, though the Welsh venue is not an easy place to bank three points. Nevertheless, the majority of our panellists envisage Liverpool winning, despite Swansea coming off a heartening away win (at West Brom) last time out. Me? I’m taking the conservative 1-1 route.

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

SUNDERLAND v ARSENAL
Saturday, 16:00


There’s no reason for the Gunners to feel a sense of desperation, of course ... especially now that they’ve snapped up a high-profile star at last in the form of Mesut Ozil from Real, who may make his debut in this trip to the north-east. It is Sunderland who have some worrying to do, given that they lie 19th with one point to show from nine. Life may be crazy at my beloved Newcastle, but there’s always the consolation of knowing that under eccentric Paolo di Canio’s tenure, Sunderland may well be an implosion waiting to happen, too! A full house of tipsters sees Arsenal going away satisfied.

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

THE OTHERS

MANCHESTER UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday, 13:45


Rob: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-0
Earl: 2-0
Last season: Not applicable

ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 16:00


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

FULHAM v WEST BROM
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Fulham 0 West Brom 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 2-0
Earl: 1-0
Last season: 3-0 

HULL v CARDIFF
Saturday, 16:00


Rob: Hull 0 Cardiff 0 
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable 

STOKE v MANCHESTER CITY
Saturday, 16:00


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

TOTTENHAM v NORWICH
Saturday, 16:00


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

SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Southampton 2 West Ham 1
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Last season: 1-1

*LEADERBOARD

30 - Herman (7 points in last round)
24 - Dominic (3)
23 - Rob (9) & Garrin (4)
21 - Earl (8)

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