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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Great week for Leicester City

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Leicester City were top dogs in the Experts section of our Predict the Premier League competition in Game Week 16. Chris Pettitt, our hilarious TV critic, was the only pundit to pick up double figures to top our weekly chart. His haul included two correct scores and four correct outcomes.

Mr Pettitt was closely followed by Bolton's Dave Blackburn on nine points and Sunderland's Sarshar Hossiennia, West Ham's Nigel Telfer and Squarefootball chief Antony Melvin, all on eight points.

It wasn't such a good week for Aberdeen's Colin Illingworth. He could only manage to register two points and has slipped back to the bottom. Nobody want to be in that position come Christmas.

Arsenal v West Brom

The Gunners returned to action following their shock 0-2 reverse at the hands of Swansea seven days earlier but made no mistake this time as they were spot on to beat the Baggies 2-0. Only four pundits expected the Gunners to get back to winning ways and only Bolton's Dave Blackburn got the score spot on.

Aston Villa v Stoke City

This had all the makings of a classic and it didn't disappoint! The game ended goalless, which Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin and Sunderland's Sarshar Hossiennia predicted, and a further five pundits picked up a point for getting the outcome correct.

Southampton v Reading

Plenty of us expected goals from this game but they were only ever going to come from Southampton as the Saints dominated the game. They could only manage one goal, but the three points pushed them out of the drop zone. Eight pundits expected a home win, only Mr Pettitt managed to get the score spot on.

Sunderland v Chelsea

The Blues had been struggling for form before this game but they have a marvellous record agains the Black Cats. Fernando Torres scored twice and Juan Mata got on the scoresheet too as the Blues ran out 3-1 winners. Only seven pundits had faith in the Champions League winners. Only Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener got the score bang on.

Wigan v QPR

It was a great game at the DW Stadium as the two relegation battlers locked horns and in the end the honours were shared. The game ended 2-2, a result which baffled 12 out of our 14 experts. Only Mr Hossiennia and Wovles fan Chris Cox expected a draw.

Man City v Man United

The champions entertained the leaders and the leaders opened up a six-point gap with a late win at the Etihad. Surprisingly though, only Birmingham City's Steve Coulter predicted an away win. We should never write off United, never!

Everton v Spurs

Talking of never writing off teams, the same should be applied to Everton. 1-0 down with only injury time to play the Toffees came back to beat Spurs 2-1. Seven pundits picked up points thanks to Jelavic's late winner, four of whom - Portsmouth's Dan Taylor, West Ham's Nigel Telfer, Wolves' Chris Cox and Squarefootball's Antony Melvin - got the score spot on.

West Ham v Liverpool

The Hammers were unfortunate that three old boys came back to haunt them in this game. Big Sam's men should have got something out of the game but were beaten at home 2-3. That result only pleased Mr Hossiennia, Boro's Sue Gardener and Portsmouth's Peter Rendle.

Fulham v Newcastle United

Alan Pardew's men headed to the capital looking for their first away win of the season but were beaten yet again. Fulham ran out 2-1 winners to give 10 pundits points, five of them - Mr Coulter, Mr Waddon, Mr Pettitt, Mr Telfer and Mr Melvin - gaining all three.

Sunderland v Reading

There was a bonus fixture this week following the postponement of this fixture in August. It couldn't have come at a better time for Sunderland as their 3-0 win pushed them out of the drop zone. Twelve out of 14 experts expected home form to count for the Black Cats, but nobody expected them to score three.

Here is a rundown of who scored what.


* Blackburn's Terry Kennedy should have been given three points last week for a correct score. The scores are now up to date.

Click here to see how these points have affected the overall table


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