English Premiership

‘Expert’ UK footy tips

2014-01-28 14:57
Footy picks
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

LIVERPOOL v EVERTON
Tuesday, 22:00

OK, so this is not an immediately title-consequential game, but the Merseyside derby remains a very appealing, passionate part of the Premiership landscape. Let’s not forget that fourth-place ‘Pool haven’t given up on grabbing the silverware quite yet, whilst the Toffees are only two spots and a solitary point adrift of them – plus Champions League berths are becoming more and more of a pertinent issue to both protagonists. Both sides were held to draws last time out in the league (the Reds by Aston Villa at home and Blues by West Brom away), and Garrin and I see a stalemate between them, too. But all the other forecasters have Liverpool nicking it at Anfield. A repeat of the 3-3 Goodison outcome earlier in the season would be a treat, wouldn’t it?  

Rob: Liverpool 1 Everton 1  
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 2-1
Last season: 0-0    
     
THE GRUDGE MATCH

TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER CITY
Wednesday, 21:45

Pretty easy one to choose for the category this week: Spurs were a hapless lot in the first-round fixture in Manchester, being stuffed 6-0 by the prolific-scoring Blues. Messrs Navas and Aguero both got on the scoresheet twice. But the Londoners are looking a steelier force of late, and enter this fixture off four Premiership wins on the trot so they will have at least the belief that they can avenge the massacre. Another pre-match fillip for them is that they did win 3-1 at White Hart Lane last season. But our panel aren’t swayed by that stat: a full house sees City raiding London for all three points.

Rob: Tottenham 0 Manchester City 2
Garrin: 1-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 3-1      
   
THE DESPERATE DUEL

MANCHESTER UNITED v CARDIFF
Tuesday, 21:45

Sorry, Red Devils fans, it was too hard to resist installing your embattled favourites in this slot again! It is at least partially justified by the fact that visitors Cardiff lie rock-bottom (though they are level on points with both West Ham and Sunderland). But David Moyes’s woes at Old Trafford are increasingly well documented, and United are now as many as 14 points off the title pace - so rare a situation for them. I fancy that the hosts will take advantage of the Welsh club’s even greater mediocrity and possibly even win well. Herman and Earl see victory being hard-earned, however ...  

Rob: Manchester United 3 Cardiff 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable   
    
THE OTHERS

NORWICH v NEWCASTLE
Tuesday, 21:45

Rob: Norwich 1 Newcastle 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 0-0   
 
SOUTHAMPTON v ARSENAL
Tuesday, 21:45

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

SWANSEA v FULHAM
Tuesday, 21:45

Rob: Swansea 1 Fulham 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-0
Last season: 0-3      
 
CRYSTAL PALACE v HULL
Tuesday, 22:00

Rob: Crystal Palace 1 Hull 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable    
 
ASTON VILLA v WEST BROM
Wednesday, 21:45

Rob: Aston Villa 1West Brom 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 2-2
Last season: 1-1     
 
CHELSEA v WEST HAM
Wednesday, 21:45

Rob: Chelsea 2 West Ham 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 3-0
Herman: 2-0
Earl: 3-0
Last season: 2-0   
 
SUNDERLAND v STOKE
Wednesday, 21:45

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

*LEADERBOARD

192 - Garrin (6 points in last round)
191 - Dominic (8)
176 - Herman (3)
170 - Rob (8)
153 - Earl (9)

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