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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Predict the Premier League: City and Sunderland share top spot


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Manchester City and Sunderland could only manage draws at the weekend and City fan Callum Rothwell and Black Cat Tony Ratton are going to have to share the spoils again here as they both scored 10 points to top the weekly chart.

Both players correctly predicted two scores bang on and four outcomes. Mr Rothwell's points came a draw between Norwich and West Ham, Arsenal's convincing win over Southampton, Manchester United's victory over Wigan and Tottenham's away win at Reading, combined with maximum points for predicting a 1-1 draw at Sunderland and a 2-2 draw at Everton.

Mr Ratton picked up his haul thanks to Norwich, Arsenal, Fulham and Manchester United, alongside top marks at Reading (1-3) and Everton (2-2).

Norwich City's Sue Read also had a good week, hitting the dizzy heights of third with nine points. She is also third in the overall table.

It wasn't so good for last week's joint leader West Brom's Andy Wakeman. He props up the table after only picking up two points and has slipped down the leader board.

Here is a rundown of where the points were picked up.

Norwich v West Ham

The game at Carrow Road ended in a stalemate and seven of our pundits predicted a draw. Unfortunately, no-one expected the two to record clean sheets.

Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal, who hadn't conceded a goal all season, took on bottom of the table Southampton at the Emirates on Saturday and all but one pundit tipped the Gunners for victory. Step forward Liverpool's Dave Disciascio. Still, nobody thought the Saints would ship six.

Aston Villa v Swansea

Only two pundits thought Villa would net their first win of the season against the high-flying Swans so full credit has to go to Villa's Frank Pattison and Swansea's Jim Barry. Although again, neither of them expected Villa to keep a clean sheet.

Fulham v West Brom

The Baggies' record at the Cottage is terrible, but that didn't stop a number of our pundits going with Steve Clarke's side. Eight out of the 20 though were spot on with their prediction of a home win. Only one pundit got the 3-0 scoreline bang on though . . . Southampton fan Andy Saunders.

Manchester United v Wigan

This was the home banker of the weekend and Fergie's men didn't disappoint. The Red Devils ran out 4-0 winners and everyone picked up at least a point. Stoke City's Jack Heaney and West Ham's Matt Beeby though collected maximum points for getting the score spot on.

QPR v Chelsea

This was always going to be a tough game for the Champions of Europe and that proved to be the case as they had to settle for a goalless draw. Only three people thought it would end as a draw though, QPR's John Jaycock, Tottenham's Mike Richards and Wigan's Jimmy Shine, but again no-one thought it would end goalless.

Stoke City v Manchester City

The champions have never beaten Stoke at the Britannia in the Premier League and that remained the case as they drew 1-1. Despite their less than convincing start to the season, most fans expected Mancini's men to leave victorious. Peter Crouch's hand made sure they didn't. However, that ensured Swansea's Jim Barry picked up one point while Chelsea's Joe Tyler went away with all three after tipping a 1-1 score.

Sunderland v Liverpool

The Reds were in action for the first time since their fans were cleared of any blame connected to the Hillsborough tragedy and Brendan Rodgers was desperate to give them their first win of the season. Unfortunately it didn't end up that way, but Luis Suarez rescued a point. Eight pundits expected a draw, half of them - Fulham's Neil Springate, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio, Man City's Callum Rothwell and Norwich City's Sue Read - got it bang on.

Reading v Spurs

The Royals hadn't played for more than three weeks while Spurs were still looking for their first win under AVB. Thanks to Jermain Defoe, the pressure on AVB's shoulders have eased following a 3-1 win. Given their worrying start, only nine pundits went for an away win, but Reading's Jon Keen and Sunderland's Tony Ratton picked up top marks thanks to Robson-Kanu's late strike.

Everton v Newcastle United

It turned out to be a classic at Goodison Park, but it was the officials who took all the headlines after failing to give the Toffees a goal even though the ball had clearly crossed the line. Demba Ba came off the bench to rescue the Mags and the 2-2 draw was a popular result with the pundits. Arsenal's new boy Josh Ben Moshe, Man City's Callum Rothwell, Norwich's Sue Read, QPR's John Jaycock and Sunderland's Tony Ratton all predicting a four-goal thriller. A further four pundits got the outcome right.

Here is a rundown of who scored what this past week.

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To see how these scores have affected the overall table, click here

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