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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Predict the Premier League: Stoke beat Spurs again


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Chelsea's crucial win over Manchester City on Monday night has certainly reignited the title race and it has given Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs a real lift - especially Spurs after their controversial defeat at Stoke. Unfortunately it looks like the race to be crowned Squarefootball's Predict the Premier League champion may be over before Christmas.

Stoke City's Phil Eccleston was the top pundit this week with 10 points and he has now extended his lead at the top of the overall chart even further. Will anyone be able to stop him?

Phil's points came courtesy of two correct scores - Sunderland and Stoke's 2-1 wins over Blackburn and Spurs respectively - along with four points from predicting Arsenal would beat Everton, Liverpool would turn over QPR, Manchester United would tame the Wolves and that Swansea would be too strong for Fulham. He now finds himself a whopping 15 points clear of his nearest challenger, Sunderland fan Tony Ratton, who could only manage four points this week.

Joint second in the weekly scores are Liverpool's Mark Williams and Swansea City's Jim White, both with nine. Mark was certainly on the ball this week with one correct score - Arsenal 1 Everton 0 - and six correct results. However, Jim deserves huge respect for tipping Wolves to lose 4-1 at Old Trafford and Swansea to beat Fulham 2-0.

It wasn't a good weekend generally for the London clubs. Arsenal's Don McMahon failed to get his predictions to me in time so failed to pick up any points, leaving him rooted at the foot of the overall table, while Spurs and Fulham could only pick up three points each.

A number of games went with form this weekend. Arsenal beating Everton, Liverpool seeing off QPR and Manchester United returning to winning ways against Wolves were all well backed by the pundits. Unfortunately, there weren't too many pundits who got the scores bang on.

Arsenal's 1-0 win was only tipped by three pundits - Liverpool's Mark Williams, Wigan's Alan Moore and Expert Leeds fan Phil Bundy - and only Man City fan Callum Rothwell and Expert Hammer Mitch Waddon managed to get the Liverpool score bang on.

Norwich City fan Sue Read was also on the ball as she joined Swansea's Jim White in predicting Manchester United would beat Wolves 4-1, but nobody predicted Norwich would beat Newcastle 4-2.

Four pundits got Villa's away win at Bolton bang on - Villa's Frank Pattison, Everton's Chris Goodwin, Hammer Mitch Waddon and Portsmouth Expert Peter Rendle - but again nobody forecast Wigan beating West Brom.

Swansea's 2-0 win was predicted by Swansea fan Jim White and West Ham Expert Nigel Telfer, while Stoke fan Phil Eccleston and Fulham Expert Russell Goldman guessed Stoke would beat Spurs 2-1.

Our biggest returns came from the Stadium of Light and Stamford Bridge as five pundits cleaned up here. Sunderland's 2-1 win over Blackburn was great news for Bolton's Dave Blackburn, Stoke's Phil Eccleston, Blackpool Expert Phil Trow, West Ham Expert Matthew Beeby and editor Antony Melvin. Meanwhile at the Bridge it was joy for those three experts again, Chelsea fan Joe Tyler and QPR supporter Arjun Swaminathan.

Here is the full rundown of who scored what this week in our newlook table:

Predict table weekly

To see how these scores affect the overall table, click here

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Colin Illingworth

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