Predict the Premier League: Newcastle pip West Ham to top table, Arsenal in bottom three
Newcastle United started the season with a home win over Tottenham Hotspur before going down 2-1 to Chelsea at the Bridge, but Newcastle United fan Greg Hall is still smiling as he is the man to beat in our Predict the Premier League competition.
Greg, who replaces last season's Mag Michael Stout, pulled in 17 points over the past fortnight thanks to three correct scores and nine correct results - the majority of them coming from the opening weekend.
Newcastle are currently one point ahead of West Ham United fan Matthew Beeby, who correctly predicted two scores bang on and 10 outcomes. The Hammer is traditionally a slow starter in this competition but could this be the year he gets his hands on the coveted trophy?
Last season's winner, Stoke City fan Phil Eccleston, has pulled out of this year's contest and has been replaced by Jack Heaney, meaning we could have a new name on the trophy - although former winner, Manchester City's Callum Rothwell, would love to regain the title.
Jack Heaney isn't the only new face this season. Liverpool are represented by Dave Disciascio this season, Manchester United are being led by Alex Richert, Swansea are under the control of Jim Barry, QPR have been taken over by John Jaycock and Wigan are under the careful hands of Jimmy Shine. We also welcome Reading's Jon Keen and Southampton's Andy Saunders to the party. Relegated Bolton, Blackburn and Wolves now find themselves competing for the Experts trophy.
But let's get straight on to business.
The opening weekend kicked off with a number of coupon busters. Arsenal played out a goalless draw with Sunderland, while Fulham and Swansea put five past Norwich and QPR respectively. Unsurprisingly, not one single pundit predicted these scores correctly.
Only one pundit tipped Arsenal and Sunderland would draw - Everton fan Chris Goodwin.
A total of 13 expected Fulham to beat Norwich but only Greg Hall tipped Swansea to beat QPR.
Reading made their Premier League return against Stoke and a late penalty secured a point for the Royals. Nine pundits went for a draw, five of them went for 1-1 to gain maximum points.
West Brom shocked Liverpool in Brendan Rodgers' debut, beating the Reds 3-0. Only two pundits predicted a home win for the Baggies, they were Albion fan Andy Wakeman and Reading's Jon Keen.
West Ham hosted Aston Villa on the opening day and Kevin Nolan scored a controversial goal to earn the three points for the Hammers. Six pundits went for a home win, but nobody expected it to finish 1-0.
Newcastle hosted Champions League rivals Spurs at St James' Park and the Mags ran out 2-1 winners. Eight pundits thought the Mags would run out triumphant, half of them - Chelsea's Joe Tyler, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio, West Brom's Andy Wakeman and Newcastle's Greg Hall - predicted it would finish 2-1.
Chelsea entered their game at Wigan as strong favourites. Only two pundits failed to pick up a point from this clash - Reading's Jon Keen and Stoke City's Jack Heaney, as he failed to submit his predictions in time. Six pundits picked up maximum points for Chelsea's 2-0 win - Chelsea's Joe Tyler, Everton's Chris Goodwin, Norwich City's Sue Read, Wigan's Jimmy Shine and Newcastle's Mr Hall.
Manchester City were also expected to make light work of Southampton but although they got the three points the Saints made sure they had to earn them. Everyone picked up points here, but Swansea's Jim Barry was the only one to predict the Saints would go down 3-2.
Everton opened their account with a 1-0 win over Manchester United, but only Southampton fan Andy Saunders had the courage to go for a home win for the Toffees.
Chelsea then took on Reading and, again, everyone picked up a point, but Reading's battling qualities ensured that no-one left with maximum points.
Now on to last week.
Arsenal's Shub Chaterjee was the only pundit not to submit his predictions in time. The weekend kicked off with West Ham travelling to Swansea and everyone bar Sunderland's Tony Ratton tipped a home win. Swansea duly obliged, putting three past the Hammers. No-one expected that.
Aston Villa hosted Everton and half of the panel expected an away win, but no-one thought Everton would win 3-1.
The same could be said about Fulham at Manchester United. Only two pundits thought United would drop a point and they almost did, but held on to win 3-2 - a scoreline no-one saw coming.
Norwich City and QPR got back to action after their disappointing starts and a draw was expected by 11 pundits, six of them - Villa's Frank Pattison, Everton's Chris Goodwin, United's Alex Richert, Sunderland's Tony Ratton, Baggies' Andy Wakeman and West Ham's Matthew Beeby - got it bang on.
Wigan lost their opening fixture to Chelsea and everyone expected they would go down away at Southampton, however, Roberto Martinez's men defied expectations to win 2-0.
Sunderland and Reading was called off due to the weather while West Brom stole a late point at White Hart Lane. Only one person predicted that - Norwich City's Sue Read. She got the score spot on.
Chelsea then held Newcastle United and 12 pundits tipped the hosts for victory, but only Swansea's Jim Barry thought the Blues would win 2-0.
Eight pundits thought Stoke and Arsenal would end as a draw, but only Manchester City's Callum Rothwell thought it would end goalless.
And finally the champions Manchester City travelled to Anfield looking to make it two wins out of two, but Liverpool held them to a two-all draw. Manchester United's Alex Richert was the only pundit to go for a draw.
So there you have it. Two weeks down, 36 left to play.
Here is how the table looks after the first two weekends.
To see how the Experts fared, click here