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Monday, 10 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Blackburn, Leicester and Wolves hit form


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We have three game weeks to run through here so let's not waste any time.

Week 13

Sunderland v West Brom

The Baggies beat Martin O'Neill's men at the Stadium of Light 2-4. At the time it moved them up to third. Eight of our experts expected an away win, but nobody thought it would be such a high scoring game.

Everton v Norwich City

Everton should have made home advantage count against the Canaries but they had to settle for a point. Only one pundit went for a draw, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor, but he thought it would end 2-2, not 1-1.

Man United v QPR

All but one of our Experts - Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia - picked up at least a point here. Squarefootball's TV critic and Leicester City fan Chris Pettitt and Pompey's Mr Taylor got the 3-1 final score spot on.

Stoke City v Fulham

The Potters won this game 1-0 but only four of our 14 Experts went for a home win. Take a bow Bolton's Dave Blackburn who was the only one to get the score right on the button.

Wigan v Reading

Two relegation threatened sides came face-to-face at the DW Stadium but it was the hosts Wigan who edged a five-goal thriller. Eleven Experts fancied a home win, but only Pompey's Mr Taylor managed to predict the score correctly.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Two struggling sides locked horns at Villa Park but the game ended goalless, with neither side able to break the other down. Four Experts predicted a draw, only Squarefootball chief Antony Melvin correctly predicted the final score.

Swansea v Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers left the Liberty Stadium with a share of the spoils in a game that ended goalless. Eight Experts predicted a draw but they also expected to see goals.

Southampton v Newcastle United

Newcastle United went to the south coast looking to record their first away win of the season but left St Mary's with a 2-0 defeat. Five Experts correctly went for a home win, but no-one thought the Saints would also keep a clean sheet.

Chelsea v Manchester City

Rafa Benitez will never forget the warm welcome he received on his debut from the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately the atmosphere affected the game as the champions of Europe and champions of England drew a blank. Five Experts sat on the fence for this game, but - again - no-one got the score right.

Spurs v West Ham United

There's no love loss between the two sides and Spurs made home advantage pay, running out 3-1 winners. Only five pundits went for a home win though.

Week 14

Sunderland v QPR

The midweek fixtures kicked off with a huge six-pointer at the Stadium of Light. Harry Redknapp took charge of his R's for the first time but was unable to get that elusive first win under their belt. The game ended goalless. Three Experts expected that with the Portsmouth pairing of Mr Taylor and Peter Rendle getting the score spot on.

Aston Villa v Reading

Villa Park hosted another relegation battle as Villa entertained Reading. Villa got the three points thanks to a 1-0 win. Seven pundits went with the home side with Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin and Leicester's Mr Pettitt getting the score band on the money.

Chelsea v Fulham

Rafa took charge of his second game as Chelsea boss but the reception was the same. So was the scoreline. Another 0-0. Only two Experts saw that coming, but both Mr Larkin and Mr Hosseinnia thought there would be goals.

Everton v Arsenal

Five people thought this would end all square, Leicester's Mr Pettitt, Wolves' fan Chris Cox and Squarefootball chief Mr Melvin all picked up maximum points.

Southampton v Norwich City

Seven Experts predicted a draw between the Saints and the Canaries at St Mary's, Birmingham's Steve Coulter, Mr Larkin, Blackburn's Terry Kennedy, Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener, West Ham's Nigel Telfer and Wovles' Mr Cox all got the 1-1 score spot on.

Stoke City v Newcastle United

Newcastle tried to break their away duck at the Britannia but left empty-handed again. The Mags were shot down 2-1. Six Experts went for a home win, three of them - Mr Taylor, Mr Cox and Mr Melvin - getting it bang on.

Spurs v Liverpool

Nine Experts went for a home win and AVB's men didn't disappoint. Mr Pettitt, Mr Kennedy, Mr Telfer and Mr Cox all picked up three points for correctly predicting the final 2-1 score.

Man United v West Ham United

This was a home banker all day long. United took the lead within seconds and held on for a slender 1-0 win. Twelve of our Experts picked up a point here. No-one expected it to be so short of goals.

Wigan v Man City

A further 12 pundits benefited from City's win over Wigan at the DW Stadium. Aberdeen's Colin Illingworth, Mr Pettitt and Mr Melvin turned their point into three by getting the score right.

Week 15

West Ham United v Chelsea

The weekend kicked off with a pulsating clash at Upton Park between West Ham and Chelsea. Juan Mata scored the first goal under Rafa's reign, but the Hammers sensationall hit back to win 3-1. Only four pundits backed the Hammers, no-one expected it to be so comfortable in the end for Sam Allardyce's men.

Arsenal v Swansea City

If anyone thought the Hammers had produced the biggest shock of the weekend should have waited a few hours as Swansea turned Arsenal over at the Emirates. Michu scored two late goals to leave boos ringing in Wenger's ears. Only Mr Illingworth and Mr Telfer expected that.

Fulham v Spurs

Spurs continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 win at the Cottage. Only four Experts thought that would be the case, but no-one even came close to getting the score right.

Liverpool v Southampton

The Reds bounced back from their midweek defeat at Spurs to beat the Saints 1-0. Ten Experts got the result right, but only Mr Pettitt and West Ham's Mitch Waddon guessed the score correctly.

Man City v Everton

The Toffees were the last league team to beat City at the Etihad back in December 2010 and they gave the champions another fright here. The game finished 1-1 and only Mr Telfer got the result and score bang on.

QPR v Aston Villa

Harry Redknapp was given a warm welcome by the fans at Loftus Road for his home debut as R's manager but unfortunately they couldn't get their first win of the season. The pair played out a 1-1 draw. Only three Experts went for the draw, Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin got the final score right on the button.

West Brom v Stoke City

The Potters have been the Baggies' bogey team in recent years and they left the Hawthorns with another 1-0 win. Despite the history of this fixture, not one single pundit went for an away win.

Reading v Manchester United

Nobody expected what happened in this game. Seven goals in the first 35 minutes, three for the hosts, nobody saw that coming! United edged it though in the end to give 13 Experts a point.

Norwich City v Sunderland

The Canaries continued their unbeaten record against the Black Cats although the visitors only had themselves to blame for not leaving Norfolk with at least a share of the points. Norwich won 2-1 to give five pundits maximum points and a further two a point.

Newcastle United v Wigan

The Mags finally got back to winning ways against the 10-men of Wigan. They made the most of the numerical advantage to win 3-0 and give 10 of us a point.

Here is who has scored what over the past few weeks.

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