English Premiership

'Expert' UK footy tips

2014-05-09 11:47
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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

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM
Sunday, 16:00

Sorry, Liverpool fans, but if our forecasters are to be believed it is Manchester City who will joyously hold the Premiership title aloft on Sunday evening. Not only will they not lose (and that is almost certainly going to be enough anyway) but they will win the game comfortably – only Earl sees the slightest chance of the Hammers netting at the Etihad Stadium. It is not even as though recent history suggests the possibility of a shock, party-spoiling away win: City thumped these opponents 3-1 in the London clash earlier in the campaign, whilst last season the meeting in the north-west of England saw the Blues register a 2-1 victory. West Ham cannot improve their current position of 12th, although if there is to be deemed some incentive for them, it is that a couple of clubs below could yet leapfrog them.

Rob: Manchester City 3 West Ham 0  
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-0
Earl: 4-1
Last season: 2-1                        
THE GRUDGE MATCH

LIVERPOOL v NEWCASTLE
Sunday, 16:00

The fact that they’re playing Newcastle – whose end to the season has been pretty wretched – is largely incidental, but Liverpool get the grudge billing because whoever they were going to play at Anfield on the last day, it may simply be a chance to vent their frustration at failing to land the silverware. Of course the mood and urgency in this fixture could change dramatically if news comes in from Manchester that City are inexplicably trailing West Ham at a fairly advanced stage: that would have ‘Pool most genuinely on red alert to make sure they down the mid-table Magpies. For their part, the long-suffering Toon Army perhaps hope City are firmly in the driving seat up the road, so they can try to cash in on an increasingly “demoralised” home side. Whatever the scenario, all of us have the Reds winning ...   

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

NORWICH v ARSENAL
Sunday, 16:00

There’s not a whole lot of desperation left, when you consider that Fulham and Cardiff are confirmed goners and Norwich are clinging to an outrageously mathematical hope of staying up. But technically they’re still in with a faint sniff, even if they must stuff Arsenal out of sight (highly unlikely) and see Stoke do a very similar job on West Brom at the Hawthorns (also highly unlikely). As things stand, you see, with three points separating the 17th-placed Baggies from Norwich in 18th, the goal difference between them is a massive 17! Really, this is just an opportunity for the Canaries to sing – perhaps not too lustily, mind -- their thanks to the fans for their loyal support and remind them to pitch up in the Championship next season. Majority sentiment, by the way, favours a Gunners triumph ...  

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

THE OTHERS

CARDIFF v CHELSEA
Sunday, 16:00

Rob: Cardiff 1 Chelsea 2
Garrin: 0-2
Dominic: 0-2
Herman: 0-1
Earl: 1-3
Last season: Not applicable                  

FULHAM v CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday, 16:00

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

HULL v EVERTON
Sunday, 16:00

Rob: Hull 1 Everton 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: Not applicable                  

SOUTHAMPTON v MANCHESTER UNITED
Sunday, 16:00

Rob: Southampton 1 Manchester United 0
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 3-2
Last season: 2-3           

SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA
Sunday, 16:00

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

TOTTENHAM v ASTON VILLA
Sunday, 16:00

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

WEST BROM v STOKE
Sunday, 16:00

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

*LEADERBOARD

289 - Dominic (5 points in last round)
283 - Garrin (5)
272 - Rob (6)
260 - Herman (5)
248 - Earl (8)

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