English Premiership

‘Expert’ UK footy tips

2014-03-14 11:39
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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 UNITED v LIVERPOOL
Sunday, 15:30

Not too long ago you’d have branded this a fiery (as ever) North West clash between a giant of the present (United) and one of the past in ‘Pool. Only the Red Devils are, well, not quite so juggernaut-like this season and appear to have some regrouping to do if they are to return to metronomic Fergie-era standards. A pure gut feel tells me that the Old Trafford faithful will have reason for some welcome cheer this Sunday, with the home team building further on the encouraging 3-0 result at West Brom last weekend. Ambitious Liverpool have been off-duty in the Premiership for a while and may be a tad rusty, though my prediction is not made with special confidence and there isn’t an avalanche of agreement on it ...  

Rob: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1  
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 2-1     
           
THE GRUDGE MATCH

TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL
Sunday, 18:00

This a good old needle game regardless of form or league positions: north London bragging rights is a huge matter in those parts of the great city. The Gunners lie third and could really do with all three points at White Hart Lane to keep their title prospects on course. It’s been a wretched few days for Spurs, who were thumped 4-0 at Chelsea, to the very public chagrin of boss Tim Sherwood, last Sunday and then also beaten 3-1 by Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday. So confidence will be fairly low going into the derby, but I just fancy it’ll make the hosts dangerous on the day – I believe they are good for a point and I see that I am not alone.

Rob: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 2-1        
        
THE DESPERATE DUEL

FULHAM v NEWCASTLE

Saturday, 17:00

If Fulham are to start a charge that takes them out of the relegation dwang it had better come soon, hadn’t it? The Londoners are rock bottom, and three points adrift of 19th-placed Sunderland – but the situation is aggravated by the Black Cats having as many as three games in hand. The immediate portents don’t look great for the Craven Cottage faithful as they crashed 3-1 at fellow battlers Cardiff last time out, putting them on the costly wrong end of a “six-pointer”. What’s more, the Toon Army will arrive in quite good fettle, with successive victories beneath the belt. Majority sentiment, unsurprisingly, suggests a tight win for the away side.  

Rob: Fulham 1 Newcastle 2
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-2
Last season: 2-1      
      
THE OTHERS

HULL v MANCHESTER CITY
Saturday, 14:45

Rob: Hull 0 Manchester City 1
Garrin: 0-2
Dominic: 0-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 0-2
Last season: Not applicable    

EVERTON v CARDIFF
Saturday, 17:00

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

SOUTHAMPTON v NORWICH
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Southampton 1 Norwich 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-0
Last season: 1-1      
      
STOKE v WEST HAM
Saturday, 17:00

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

SUNDERLAND v CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 1
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-0
Earl: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable     
SWANSEA v WEST BROM
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Swansea 2 West Brom 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 2-2
Last season: 3-1   
ASTON VILLA v CHELSEA
Saturday, 19:30

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

*LEADERBOARD

229 - Garrin (5 points in last, reduced round) and Dominic (3)
212 - Rob (2)
207 - Herman (6)
190 - Earl (6)

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