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2015-04-17 11:17
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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

CHELSEA v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 18:30

Some notable absentees from the weekend programme because of FA Cup semis distractions, but there are still some appetising Premiership battles – and it doesn’t get much better than Blues against resurgent Red Devils at Stamford Bridge, does it? The visitors arrive in great fettle, on a six-game winning roll that has powered them to third and above their fierce local rivals City. Certainly it would be great for neutrals if they upset the leaders in their own backyard to keep the title race that bit more alive than it appears right now... but also don’t expect too much charity from Jose Mourinho’s charges. I’m taking the sober 1-1 approach, especially as it was also the outcome in the first-round meeting up in the north-west. But you get all options on the result... Maano insists United will win and says “trust me on this”. As he’s not exactly impartial, I’m not sure I do!

Rob: Chelsea 1 Manchester United 1   
Garrin: 1-1
Herman: 2-1 
Earl: 2-1
Wade: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-1 
Maano: 0-1
Last season: 3-1     
                              
THE GRUDGE MATCH

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM
Sunday, 14:30

Lethargic defending champions City, on a two-game losing streak and also three from four, need to shape up in a hurry, just to ensure that they remain in the Champions League terrain for next season. While they should get back on course at home to a Hammers outfit that has lost some sting in recent weeks, they also have some revenge issues to take care of: the Londoners won the home tussle 2-1 in October and were considered good value for it. Nevertheless, most of us have City getting back into a three-point pickup habit. 

Rob: Manchester City 1 West Ham 0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 3-1
Tashreeq: 1-1
Maano: 2-1
Last season: 2-0    
                             
THE DESPERATE DUEL

LEICESTER CITY v SWANSEA
Saturday, 16:00

The Foxes stay bottom of the table at an advanced stage of the season, which is obviously ominous for the Midlanders. But they are also scrapping like hell, and have won each of their last two matches (West Brom away, West Ham at home). As a result of this decent burst, they are really only three points off Hull in “safe” 17th so avoiding relegation stays a realistic possibility. Leicester have a game in hand, into the bargain. But they will badly want something from the Swansea fixture, and the majority of our panel envisage a hard-earned point.

Rob: Leicester 1 Swansea 1
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 1-1
Tashreeq: 1-2 
Maano: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable    
                  
THE OTHERS

CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST BROM
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Crystal Palace 1 West Brom 0
Garrin: 2-1 
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-0
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 3-1
Maano: 1-0
Last season: 3-1    
                        
EVERTON v BURNLEY
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Everton 1 Burnley 0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 2-1
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-0
Maano: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable   
                
STOKE v SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Stoke 0 Southampton 0
Garrin: 1-2
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 0-1
Wade: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-1
Maano: 0-1
Last season: 1-1     
                  
NEWCASTLE v TOTTENHAM
Sunday, 17:00

Rob: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 2 
Garrin: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 0-1
Tashreeq: 1-3
Maano: 1-1
Last season: 0-4 
                    
LEADERBOARD: 

253 - Wade (10 points in last round)
252 - Garrin (11)
239 - Herman (10)
231 - Rob (14)
=228 - Tashreeq (8)
=228 - Earl (4)
211 - Maano (7)

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