English Premiership

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2015-04-30 14:58
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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 CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday, 14:30

I suppose you shouldn’t take too much for granted in a London derby, but can you possibly see Palace, at Stamford Bridge, delaying the Blues’ inevitable advance to the Premiership title? Nobody on the panel envisages Alan Pardew’s outfit getting in the way enough to deny Chelsea all three points and clinching of the trophy. After all, the Palace revival has stalled a bit, as they come off successive home defeats to unremarkable Hull and West Brom. Also to consider is that the league leaders have already beaten these foes in their own backyard this season. There’s always the chance Chelsea will be “boring”... but not boring enough to fail to notch a brace of goals, say our forecasters with spooky unanimity!  

Rob: Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-0 
Earl: 2-0
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-0 
Maano: 2-0
Last season: 2-1                                     

THE GRUDGE MATCH

SUNDERLAND v SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday, 16:00

There’s no regional rivalry to justify this choice: in fact, the sides could hardly be further apart geographically in England. But the reason is the remarkable outcome of the first-round meeting down on the south coast in October – Saints absolutely annihilated their shell-shocked foes 8-0, for Sunderland’s heaviest reverse in 32 years. So this is the Black Cats’ very timely opportunity to regain some pride in the home fixture – they simply cannot afford to lose as they have some real stinkers on paper right at the end of the campaign, so need points in the anti-relegation drive NOW! My choice is a fighting share of the spoils this time, though we offer you all outcomes. 

Rob: Sunderland 1 Southampton 1
Garrin: 1-2
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 0-1
Wade: 0-1
Tashreeq: 2-1
Maano: 0-1
Last season: 2-2          

THE DESPERATE DUEL

LEICESTER v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 13:45

The weekend kicks off with this red-letter lunchtime clash of two teams battling to avoid the costly drop. The Foxes should be a little footsore after their plucky exertions on Wednesday against Chelsea – they led 1-0 at the break before losing 3-1 – although perhaps that’s just the desperate, Toon-partial character in me speaking out. Newcastle are still four crucial points better off, but have been dragged into the dogfight by a wretched run of seven defeats. The majority view against that backdrop is Leicester edging this one, but I am amongst the school of thought doggedly believing the Magpies will go home with a drought-breaking point... and thus probable safety on 36!   

Rob: Leicester 1 Newcastle 1
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-0
Wade: 2-1
Tashreeq: 1-1 
Maano: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable                     

THE OTHERS

ASTON VILLA v EVERTON
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Aston Villa 1 Everton 2

Garrin: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 2-2
Wade: 1-1
Tashreeq: 2-1
Maano: 0-1
Last season: 0-2                            

LIVERPOOL v QPR
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Liverpool 2 QPR 1
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 2-1
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 1-1
Maano: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable                     

SWANSEA v STOKE
Saturday, 16:00

Rob: Swansea 2 Stoke 1
Garrin: 1-1
Herman: 1-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 2-1 
Tashreeq: 2-1
Maano: 1-1
Last season: 3-3            

WEST HAM v BURNLEY
Saturday, 16:00                

Rob: West Ham 2 Burnley 0   
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 1-1
Wade: 2-0 
Tashreeq: 1-0
Maano: 2-0
Last season: Not applicable    

MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST BROM
Saturday, 18:30

Rob: Manchester United 1 West Brom 0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 3-1
Earl: 3-0
Wade: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-0
Maano: 2-0
Last season: 1-2                             

TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER CITY
Sunday, 17:00

Rob: Tottenham 1 Manchester City 2
Garrin: 1-2
Herman: 2-1
Earl: 2-2
Wade: 2-2
Tashreeq: 3-2
Maano: 1-1
Last season: 1-5    

HULL v ARSENAL
Monday, 21:00

Rob: Hull 1 Arsenal 2
Garrin: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Earl: 1-3
Wade: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-0
Maano: 0-2
Last season: 0-3

LEADERBOARD:

261 - Garrin (4 points in last round)
260 - Wade (4)
246 - Herman (4)
243 - Rob (7)
238 - Tashreeq (6)
235 - Earl (5)
222 - Maano (7)


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