Predict the Premier League Experts: Top marks for West Ham
It's been a great week for fans of West Ham United. The Hammers moved into the top seven with victory over QPR at Loftus Road on Monday and Andy Carroll made his return from injury. But the celebrations did not stop there, as West Ham fan Nigel Telfer recorded the highest score of our prediction competition so far this season to climb into the top four.
Mr Telfer's tally is even more remarkable for the fact that all 15 points came from correct results. He predicted Everton would beat Southampton 3-1, Manchester City would defeat Fulham 2-1, Sunderland would edge out Wigan 1-0, Villa would draw with the Baggies 1-1 and that Spurs would beat Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time in 23 years, 3-2! I wonder what the odds on those results coming in would have been at the bookies!
The Hammer was four points clear of his nearest rivals, Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin and Squarefootball's TV critic Chris Pettitt with 11.
At the other end, Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener props up the table with three points, but it is I, Colin Illingworth, who now occupies last place in the overall table. I must stop letting my heart rule my head . . .
Arsenal v Chelsea
Both sides went into this game with unbeaten records, but it was Chelsea who kept their in tact thanks to some poor defending by Arsenal. Torres and Mata scored in the 2-1 win, but despite being leaders and Champions League holders only Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia thought they would leave the Emirates with all three points.
Everton v Southampton
The Toffees put their Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds behind them as they sent the Saints back to the south coast emptyhanded. They went one down but fought back thanks to goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic (2). Unsurprisingly, 12 of our 14 experts went for a home win and five - Colin Illingworth, Chris Pettitt, Dan Taylor, Nigel Telfer and Antony Melvin - got the 3-1 scoreline bang on.
Fulham v Manchester City
The champions have a decent record at Craven Cottage but their cause was aided by the absence of Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham's line-up. Mancini's men failed to keep a clean sheet yet again, but left with all three points thanks to goals from
Aguero and Dzeko. Eleven experts predicted an away win, six of them - Steve Coulter, Mitch Waddon, Terry Kennedy, Dan Taylor, Nigel Telfer and Antony Melvin - getting the final score spot on.
Norwich City v Liverpool
Both clubs went into this game looking for their first win of the season but it was Liverpool who emerged victorious thanks to a five-star display by Luis Suarez. The controversial striker hit his second hat-track at Carrow Road in 2012 to give the Reds a 5-2 win. Surprisingly no-one's predictions came close to that scoreline, although half of us did pick up a point for the away win.
Reading v Newcastle United
This was one of the hardest games of the weekend to predict but it was hard luck on the Royals as Demba Ba rescued a point with his hand. There was no doubting his first goal though - that was special. The game ended 2-2, but no-one here expected that. However, Hugh Larkin, Chris Pettitt, Terry Kennedy and Antony Melvin all picked up points for the draw.
Stoke City v Swansea City
What has happened to the Swans? They started the season on fire. Now they can't score for toffee. Stoke City ran out 2-0 winners at the Britannia. Six pundits expected that outcome, two of them - Blackburn's Terry Kennedy and Bolton's Dave Blackburn - got the result bang on.
Sunderland v Wigan
This was another tricky game to predict but with Steven Fletcher in fine form the result was never in doubt. The Scot scored his fifth of the season as the Black Cats ran out 1-0 winners. A total of 12 experts predicted a home win, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor and Hammer Nigel Telfer picked up top marks for the final score.
Manchester United v Spurs
Tottenham hadn't won at Old Trafford since 1989 but that awful run came to a crashing end on Saturday evening as AVB's men tore United apart. Only West Ham's Nigel Telfer expected United to lose. Amazingly he also got the 3-2 scoreline spot on.
Aston Villa v West Brom
Paul Lambert and Steve Clarke clashed at Villa Park but the honours were shared in the battle of the Scots. Darren Bent rescued a point for the Villa late on and that gave five experts maximum points - Hugh Larkin, Chris Pettitt, Nigel Telfer, Chris Cox and Antony Melvin. A further three picked up a point.
QPR v West Ham United
Sam Allardyce's men edged this capital clash thanks to Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Ve Taz. Four pundits got the outcome right with Steve Coulter picking up maximum points.
Here is a rundown of the weekly table.
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