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Monday, 10 December 2012

Predict the Premier League: Good times for QPR and West Brom

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It's been a while since I had the chance to update our Predict the Premier League table but here it is - and we've got an awful lot to get through. So without further to do, let's get straight to business.

Week 13

Sunderland v West Brom

The Baggies piled the misery on Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light with a 2-4 victory. At the time it moved them up to third. Nine pundits correctly predicted an away win, but no-one expected such a scoreline.

Everton v Norwich City

On paper this looked like a home banker all day long. However, Chris Hughton has stamped his authority on the Canaries and made them impossible to beat. The visitors left Goodison with a point as the game ended 1-1. Only four pundits went for a draw, two of them - Reading's Jon Keen and West Brom's Andy Wakeman - got the score spot on.

Man United v QPR

This was another home banker and although QPR took the lead United showed their class by winning 3-1. A total of 17 pundits predicted a home win, but only Norwich City's Sue Read got the score bang on.

Stoke City v Fulham

The Potters took on the Cottagers and Tony Pulis's men took all three points in a narrow 1-0 win. Only four pundits thought the Potters would come out on top, with QPR's John Jaycock getting the full-time score right on the button.

Wigan v Reading

Two teams in the relegation mix clashed at the DW Stadium and the Latics came out on top, even after Ali Al-Habsi gifted the Royals a goal. Martinez's men ran out 3-2 winners. No-one expected such a high-scoring game although nine pundits did pick up a point for backing the home side.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

The Gunners have a decent record at Villa Park but they weren't at the races on this occasion. Both sides failed to score costing every pundit bar one points. The only one to predict a draw was Fulham's Neil Springate.

Swansea v Liverpool

This was the second televised game of the weekend to end goalless although more pundits expected honours to be even here. Eight of them predicted a draw, but they all expected to see goals.

Southampton v Newcastle United

Newcastle have failed to replicate last season's form and Alan Pardew's men failed to shine at St Mary's. The Saints ran out 2-0 winners. Seven pundits picked up points for that. Aston Villa's Frank Pattison got three for the correct score.

Chelsea v Manchester City

This top of the table clash was marred by Rafa's less than warm welcome by the Chelsea fans. The game was forgettable as they cancelled each other out. Again eight pundits set on the fence but no-one expected to see this end goalless.

Spurs v West Ham United

Eleven pundits tipped Spurs for glory at the Lane against their capital rivals West Ham. AVB's men duly obiliged winning 3-1. Eleven pundits backed the home team for victory, two of them - Fulham's Neil Springate and Reading's Jon Keen - got the score spot on.

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. No-one expected that, although six people did fancy the draw.

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. Nine pundits thought Villa would come out on top, but only Everton's Chris Goodwin got the score spot on.

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 three pundits - Fulham's Neil Springate, Norwich City's Sue Read and West Ham's Matthew Beeby - picked up points here.

Everton v Arsenal

After Saturday's  appalling performance at Villa Park Arsenal opened the scoring almost instantly against the Toffees. However, the Toffees came back to salvage a point. Nine pundits predicted a draw, three of whom - QPR's John Jaycock, Spurs' Adam Crawford and West Ham's Matthew Beeby - got the score spot on.

Southampton v Norwich City

Southampton should have won this but for a howler by the keeper. It ended all square, 1-1. Eight pundits predicted a draw, but five of them got the score bang on.

Stoke City v Newcastle United

Alan Pardew failed to win on the road again as Stoke came from behind to beat the Mags 2-1. Only five pundits backed the home side, but two of them - Swansea's Jim Barry and West Brom's Andy Wakeman - got the score right on the money.

Spurs v Liverpool

Ten pundits backed Spurs for victory here and they did the job yet again. They won the game 2-1. Four pundits got the score spot on.

Man United v West Ham United

Sir Alex Ferguson's men scored within seconds thanks to Robin van Persie and held on for a 1-0 win. Seven pundits expected a home win, no-one thought it would be so close.

Wigan v Man City

Sixteen  pundits predicted an away win for the champions but Wigan didn't roll over and have their bellies tickled. They made it hard for Mancini's men. The champions ran out 0-2 winners in the end, a scoreline correctly predicted by Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio and QPR's John Jaycock.

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 five pundits went for a home win, 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. Not a single pundit expected that.

Fulham v Spurs

Spurs continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 win at the Cottage. Nine pundits went for an away win, but no-one correctly predicted the final score.

Liverpool v Southampton

The Reds bounced back from their midweek defeat at Spurs to beat the Saints 1-0. A total of 14 pundits went for a home win, only Chelsea's Joe Tyler got the score spot on.

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 gave four pundits points, two of whom - Liverpool Dave Disciascio and Wigan's Jimmy Shine - got the score bang on the money.

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. Seven pundits set on the fence for this one, but four of them - Sunderland's Tony Ratton, Spurs' Adam Crawford, West Brom's Andy Wakeman and Wigan's Jimmy Shine - got the score spot on.

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, only one pundit - Tottenham's Adam Crawford - 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 18 pundits a point.

Norwich City v Sunderland

The Canaries countinues 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 six pundits maximum points and a further seven 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 eight of us a point.

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