English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2014-01-31 13:38
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

MANCHESTER CITY v CHELSEA
Monday, 22:00

City will enter this spicy meeting of log-leaders versus third-placed challengers in a rich vein of Premiership scoring form (nine goals in their last two matches) and great nick generally (eight wins on the trot in the competition). Chelsea, meanwhile, lost some ground in an unexpected 0-0 home draw with shaky London rivals West Ham last time out. Jose Mourinho, who ironically had a pop at Sam Allardyce over “boring” football, is pretty good at parking a bus on big-game travels ... but can his charges keep the rampant City strike force at bay? I don’t believe so, myself, and join Earl in opting for a reasonably clear-cut scoreline in favour of the Mancunians. Garrin sticks to his customary “1-1 for big games” template ... 

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

NEWCASTLE v SUNDERLAND
Saturday, 14:45

I have slightly painted myself into a corner for the bitter Tyne-Wear derby by boasting to my Sunderland-raised father-in-law several days ago that Newcastle would earn a reasonably comfortable triumph. The Black Cats, bless their cotton socks (not), then beat Stoke to not only confirm a sprightly run across competitions, but also move clear of the drop spots, while the Magpies were held 0-0 at Norwich and had key striker Loic Remy red-carded – thus missing the early Saturday crunch. Still, don’t they say “never change a bet”? So I haven’t. Garrin and Earl do the unthinkable and see Sunderland banking a point at St James’s Park ... perhaps fuelled by last season corresponding 0-3 score-line that gave me sleepless nights. Wasn’t that also the game where a frustrated (clearly) Toon fan punched a police horse afterwards?  

Rob: Newcastle 2 Sunderland 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-1
Last season: 0-3           

THE DESPERATE DUEL

CARDIFF v NORWICH
Saturday, 17:00

It’s been four Premiership reverses on the trot for the Welsh outfit (from most recent: Man Utd, Man City, West Ham and Arsenal) so not too surprisingly they find themselves in among the smelly stuff on the table – now rock bottom by a point from anyone else. They will probably try to believe that they have played some juggernaut clubs and are ready to stabilise ... starting with the visit of the humdrum Canaries who aren’t exactly lashing in the goals. A hard-fought draw is the majority view here, though I’ve gone against the grain. Because I am just such an exciting fellow, of course ...

Rob: Cardiff 1 Norwich 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable        

THE OTHERS

WEST HAM v SWANSEA
Saturday, 14:45

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

EVERTON v ASTON VILLA
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Everton 2 Aston Villa 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-1
Last season: 3-3  

FULHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Fulham 1 Southampton 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 1-1       
 
HULL v TOTTENHAM
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Hull 1 Tottenham 1
Garrin: 1-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 0-2
Last season: Not applicable    
 
STOKE v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 17:00

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

WEST BROM v LIVERPOOL
Sunday, 15:30

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

ARSENAL v CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday, 18:00

Rob: Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 3-0
Earl: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable 

*LEADERBOARD

199 - Dominic (8 points in last round)
198 - Garrin (6)
181 - Herman (5)
175 - Rob (5)
160 - Earl (7)

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