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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Predict the Premier League Experts: Birmingham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Wolves are perfect 10s

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Cast your mind back to last weekend. Arsenal were left frustrated at home by Fulham, Manchester United came back from two down to beat Aston Villa, City beat Spurs, Newcastle United were beaten at home by West Ham United and Chelsea were held by Liverpool. Some of those results proved beneficial to our pundits, others totally left them stumped.

One man who reaped the rewards was Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin. He picked up 12 points to lead the table ahead of Birmingham's Steve Coulter, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor, West Ham's Nigel Telfer and Wolves' Chris Cox both on 10.

Mr Larkin earned his points thanks to three correct scores - Everton 2 Sunderland 1, Stoke City 1 QPR 0 and Man City 2 Spurs 1 - and three right results - draws between Reading and Norwich, Southampton and Swansea and Manchester United's fightback at Villa Park.

It wasn't such a good weekend for Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener, who propped up the table with only three points, or Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia, on four.

Arsenal v Fulham

Fulham have never won at Arsenal and when they went two down most pundits would have been expected the Gunners to run riot. However, Martin Jol's men fought back to go ahead 3-2 only for the hosts to reply before winning a last-gasp penalty. A successful conversion would have given points to the majority of our pundits. Instead Mark Schwarzer's save gave points to Birmingham's Steve Coulter and Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener.

Everton v Sunderland

No-one held out much hope for Sunderland to score let alone beat Everton at Goodison yet a shock was on when Adam Johnson hit first. Everton's pressure eventually paid off though and won the game 2-1 - a result that 12 of our 14 experts expected. Three of them picked up maximum points - Squarefootball's Mr Larkin, West Ham's Nigel Telfer and Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin.

Reading v Norwich City

The Royals and the Canaries locked horns at the Madejski but neither side could find the target. It ended as a goalless draw, a result that six experts predicted.

Southampton v Swansea City

The Saints entertained the Swans and looked like recording a rare league win but a poor clearance by the keeper allowed the visitors back into the game. Six of our expects expected a draw, three of them - Chris Pettitt, Terry Kennedy and Chris Cox - got the 1-1 score spot on.

Stoke City v QPR

Nobody expected to see a goalfest here and that proved to be the case as Charlie Adam scored the only goal of the game. Nine experts predicted a home win, but Steve Coulter, Hugh Larkin, Dan Taylor and Chris Cox all collected three points for their efforts.

Wigan v West Ham

The Latics had beaten West Ham and Spurs but came unstuck against the high-flying West Brom. The Baggies left the DW on the back of a 2-1 win. Five experts tipped the Baggies for victory and three of them - Colin Illingworth, Chris Cox and Antony Melvin - got the score spot on.

Aston Villa v Manchester United

Even when Villa went two up at home against Manchester United most people thought United would stage a dramatic comeback. That's exactly what they did and 13 experts benefited from that. However, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor deserves a round of applause for getting the 2-3 score spot on.

Man City v Spurs

The champions were strong favourites to beat Spurs at the Etihad and they didn't disappoint. Edin Dzeko came off the bench to rescue the Citizens again and helping 12 experts to maximum points. And 2-1 proved to be a popular score with seven of them getting it bang on the money.

Newcastle United v West Ham United

The Hammers hadn't won at St James' Park for 14 years before this game and no-one gave them a chance. The majority of the panel was going for a home win but Kevin Nolan and co had other ideas. The Hammers won 0-1 and only West Ham fan Nigel Telfer picked up a point here.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Despite having an awesome record over Chelsea in recent meetings no-one tipped Liverpool for a win here. In fact, only Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia was brave enough to go for a draw.

Here is a rundown of who scored what in Game Week 11.


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

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