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Check out the Team of the Year for the 2012/13 English Premier League season.

Cape Town - Each round of the 2012/13 English Premiership season, a panel of Sport24 staff and occasional guest tipsters have a crack at predicting the results – do it yourself, if you like, and see how you compare afterwards.

Compiled by Rob Houwing (Newcastle-partial), the others are Garrin Lambley (Everton, and last season’s winner), Dominic Valentine (Liverpool) and Herman Mostert (Chelsea).

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

THE PRIME ATTRACTION

WEST BROM v MANCHESTER UNITED
Sunday, 17:00


The only reason I have put this game in the slot is the sentimental issue for Red Devils fans of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last Premiership game at the helm of the team – even Baggies enthusiasts have been off-loading home tickets for inflated prices as the symbolic occasion easily outweighs the relevance of the game itself. United have understandably been in a bit of a cruise mode after clinching the title what seems ages ago now, while mid-table West Brom have also lost a great deal of lustre – that 0-4 walloping at Norwich said a lot about their late-season listlessness. I’m going a little against the grain by suggesting the Baggies will steal a point.  

Rob: West Brom 1 Manchester United 1 
Garrin: 0-2
Dominic: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Last season: 1-2

THE GRUDGE MATCH

NEWCASTLE v ARSENAL
Sunday, 17:00


The good news for Newcastle is that they netted three times when they last played the Gunners in the Premiership. Less admirable from a Toon perspective was that they also conceded seven goals, turning the meeting at the Emirates Stadium just before New Year into something of a rugby score! So from that point of view, maybe the now-safe Black and Whites will be out for some measure of revenge. Should they hold or beat Arsene Wenger’s side (imagine how that will go down with the restless Arse faithful?) the visitors could yet be forced into second-tier Europa League competition next season. But the realist in me can’t see Newcastle being good enough on this season’s “form” to get a favourable result ...

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

THE DESPERATE DUEL

TOTTENHAM v SUNDERLAND
Sunday, 17:00


Many Spurs fans will have one ear/eye on a smart-phone or radio at White Hart Lane as they urge their team to see off the labouring Black Cats comfortably. If they get the expected full house and arch-rivals Arsenal fail to beat Newcastle away, Tottenham will crack that often so elusive Champions League status. Certainly the home team should do their own, necessary business ... any hype around the controversial appointment of Paolo di Canio at the Stadium of Light has dimmed a bit in recent weeks as Sunderland flirted ever more dangerously with relegation. Spurs won the equivalent fixture 1-0 last season, Roman Pavlyuchenko making the difference with his strike off the bench.  

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

THE OTHERS

CHELSEA v EVERTON
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Chelsea 1 Everton 1
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Last season: 3-1

LIVERPOOL v QPR
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Liverpool 4 QPR 1
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 2-0
Last season: 1-0  

MANCHESTER CITY v NORWICH
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Manchester City 3 Norwich 0
Garrin: 2-0
Dominic: 2-0
Herman: 3-1
Last season: 5-1

SOUTHAMPTON v STOKE
Sunday, 17:00


Rob:Southampton 1 Stoke 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable

SWANSEA v FULHAM
Sunday, 17:00


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

WEST HAM v READING
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: West Ham 1 Reading 0
Garrin: 2-1
Dominic: 1-0
Herman: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable

WIGAN v ASTON VILLA
Sunday, 17:00


Rob: Wigan 1 Aston Villa 3
Garrin: 1-1
Dominic: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Last season: 0-0

*LEADERBOARD

288 - Dominic (18 points in last round)
287 - Garrin (15)
282 - Herman (16)
265 - Rob (9)

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