English Premiership

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2015-03-20 11:43
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Cape Town – Each round of the 2014/15 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), Herman Mostert (Chelsea), Earl Haupt (Liverpool) and a pesky new trio of Manchester United devotees in Tashreeq Vardien, Wade Pretorius and Maano Nekhavhambe.

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

THE PRIME ATTRACTION

LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER UNITED

Sunday, 15:30

This north-west fixture in England is invariably a bitter one, regardless of the status of either side in any particular season. The fact that this one is a “four plays fifth” game – with all the associated Euro qualification pressure – only adds to the marketer’s dream factor for Sunday. Certainly in league terms, it is also a meeting of sides in consistent winning form: hosts ‘Pool have a five-game hot streak and the Red Devils aren’t doing too badly either with all nine points from a possible nine recently. Just a little strangely, considering that United cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first-round encounter (Messrs Rooney, Van Persie and Mata on the sheet) our experts lean toward the Scousers being in full cry after the 90 minutes ...

Rob: Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0  

Garrin: 2-1

Herman: 2-1

Earl: 2-0

Wade: 2-2

Tashreeq: 1-1

Maano: 0-1

Last season: 1-0                                

THE GRUDGE MATCH

NEWCASTLE v ARSENAL

Saturday, 17:00

These are, I admit, testing times to be Toon-partial. In short, Newcastle are pretty rubbish and lethargic this year, and the current absence of some key personnel in a thin squad hardly helps their quest to get something out of this date with the infinitely more high-riding Gunners. None of our panel can bring themselves to see the black-and-whites winning, although Tashreeq departs from the powerful away-win sentiment by backing a draw. Why the grudge branding? Well, from a home point of view they will not have forgotten their 4-1 thumping (Giroud 2, Cazorla 2) in London earlier in the campaign, whilst if Arsenal want to get especially fired up they would do well to recall that incredible result in the north-east a few years ago when Toon came back from 0-4 for a jaw-dropping share of the spoils. Sadly I don’t expect such fireworks here.  

Rob: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 2

Garrin: 1-2

Herman: 1-2

Earl: 1-2

Wade: 1-2

Tashreeq: 1-1

Maano: 0-1

Last season: 0-1                               

THE DESPERATE DUEL

TOTTENHAM v LEICESTER

Saturday, 17:00

If Leicester are going to lug themselves off long-time occupancy of the bottom spot and also somehow avoid the drop, the big push needs to come seriously soon! They are a formidable seven points off “safety” with only 10 games to go and just four wins to show from their 28 games. But Spurs away is perhaps not the ideal passport to immediate revival, especially as the Londoners are under some pressure for a good result themselves: they have lost ground in the chase for Champions League spots and were thumped 3-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday. All of us see the favourites for this one doing the biz ...

Rob: Tottenham 2 Leicester 0

Garrin: 2-0

Herman: 2-1

Earl: 3-1

Wade: 2-0

Tashreeq: 2-0

Maano: 2-1

Last season: Not applicable                     

THE OTHERS

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST BROM

Saturday, 14:45

Rob: Manchester City 2 West Brom 0

Garrin: 2-0

Herman: 2-0

Earl: 3-0

Wade: 2-0

Tashreeq: 2-1

Maano: 2-0

Last season: 3-1                         

ASTON VILLA v SWANSEA

Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Aston Villa 1 Swansea 1

Garrin: 2-1

Herman: 2-0

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 1-1

Tashreeq: 2-1

Maano: 1-1

Last season: 1-1                

SOUTHAMPTON v BURNLEY

Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Southampton 2 Burnley 0

Garrin: 2-0

Herman: 2-1

Earl: 1-0

Wade: 2-0

Tashreeq: 1-0

Maano: 1-0

Last season: Not applicable                     

STOKE v CRYSTAL PALACE

Saturday, 17:00

Rob: Stoke 2 Crystal Palace 0

Garrin: 1-1

Herman: 1-1

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 1-0

Tashreeq: 1-2

Maano: 1-2

Last season: 2-1                  

WEST HAM v SUNDERLAND

Saturday, 19:30

Rob: West Ham 2 Sunderland 0

Garrin: 2-1

Herman: 2-1

Earl: 2-0

Wade: 2-1

Tashreeq: 1-0

Maano: 0-0

Last season: 0-0                         

HULL v CHELSEA

Sunday, 18:00

Rob: Hull 0 Chelsea 3

Garrin: 0-2

Herman: 0-2

Earl: 0-2

Wade: 1-2

Tashreeq: 1-2

Maano: 1-2

Last season: 18:00    

QPR v EVERTON

Sunday, 18:00

Rob: QPR 1 Everton 1

Garrin: 1-2

Herman: 1-1

Earl: 1-1

Wade: 1-2

Tashreeq: 1-2

Maano: 0-0

Last season: Not applicable              

*LEADERBOARD

226 Wade (6 points in last round)

224 Garrin (4)

218 Herman (7)

209 Earl (5)

204 Rob (4)

200 Tashreeq (3)

189 Maano (12)

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