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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Predict the Premier League: Good news for Villa

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Aston Villa have been dumped out of both cup competitions this past week by lower league opposition and face a huge six-pointer with Newcastle on Tuesday, but there is some good news for those in claret and blue.

Villa fan Frank Pattison was one half of our top pundits this past fortnight, along with Man City's Callum Rothwell, with 17 points.

It hasn't been such a good period for Man United's Alex Richert, who failed to get her scores in on time, or Tottenham's Adam Crawford, three points, or QPR's John Jaycock, four.

But let's quickly run through the results of the past fortnight.

January 12/13/14

QPR 0 Spurs 0

Harry Redknapp locked horns with his former side for the first time since being sacked in the summer and cost them two precious points. Only four pundits expected a draw here. No-one thought it would end goalless though.

Aston Villa 0 Southampton 1

Villa entertained the Saints in a huge six-pointer and it was a controversial penalty award that decided the game in the visitor's favour. Five pundits went with the Saints, but no-one came close to getting the score spot on.

Everton 0 Swansea City 0

The Swans have never beaten Everton in a competitive match and that match stood firm as they played out a goalless draw at Goodison. Eight of our pundits expected the honours to be even, but, again, no-one thought this would end goalless.

Fulham 1 Wigan 1

The points were shared at the Cottage as great strikes by Karagounis and Di Santo cancelled each other out. The result ensured points for five pundits though, with Norwich City's Sue Read and Reading's Jon Keen getting the score spot on.

Norwich City 0 Newcastle United 0

In another goalless draw, Newcastle United held on for a point at Carrow Road. Six pundits went for the draw, but Reading's Jon Keen was the only one bang on the money.

Reading 3 West Brom 2

Steve Clarke was left scratching his head as how West Brom lost this game. Just four pundits went for a home win but two of them - Fulham's Neil Springate and Swansea's Jim Barry - got the score right.

Stoke 0 Chelsea 4

This was Jonathan Walter's horror show. The striker bagged two own goals and missed a penalty as Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners at the Britannia. Twelve pundits expected a Chelsea win, but no-one managed to guess the final score correctly.

Sunderland 3 West Ham 0

Only five pundits tipped the Black Cats for victory over the Hammers, but Martin O'Neill's men did it in such a convincing manner that you wonder why we ever doubted them. No-one came close to the guessing the final score.

Man United 2 Liverpool 1

The leaders collected all three points in this encounter and only five pundits expected anything other than a United win. It was extra special for Fulham's Neil Springate and Swansea's Jim Barry though as they got the final score spot on.

Arsenal 0 Man City 2

The game was decided early on as Laurent Koscielny saw red for a rugby tackle on Edin Dzeko. The Gunners pushed for a goal but just couldn't find a way past Joe Hart. Just seven pundits went for a City win and only one, City's Callum Rothwell, got the final score bang on the money.

Chelsea 2 Southampton 2

The Saints produced one of the results of the season by coming back from two down at the home of the champions of Europe to leave with a share of the spoils. However, it wasn't enough to keep Nigel Adkins in a job. As you would expect, no-one expected anything other than a Chelsea win.

Jan 19/20/21/23

Liverpool 5 Norwich City 0

The Reds just can't stop scoring against the Canaries and kept up their great record against them by banging in five. A total of 14 pundits went for a home win but no-one came close to the final score.

Man City 2 Fulham 0

The champions don't lose too many at home while Fulham don't win too many on the road. This had home win stamped all over it and David Silva came to the fore to secure all three points. Like the Liverpool game, this was another profitable game for our pundits, with Villa's Frank Pattison, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio and Wigan's Jimmy Shine all getting the score correct.

Newcastle 1 Reading 2

The Royals came from behind again to leave St James' with all three points. Only one pundit predicted an away win and Stoke's Peter Holland got the 1-2 scoreline spot on to boot.

Swansea City 3 Stoke City 1

The Swans eased to victory against Stoke City, beating Tony Pulis's side 3-1. Nine pundits went for a home win, but no-one guessed the final score correctly.

West Ham 1 QPR 1

The Hammers were denied a win by the heroics of Julio Cesar in the QPR goal, who produced a number of top class saves. Loic Remy scored on his debut for the R's but Joe Cole equalised to ensure a share of the points. Five pundits got that result right, with Villa's Mr Pattison, Chelsea's Apoorva Ankur, West Ham's Matthew Beeby and Wigan's Mr Shine getting the score bang on the money.

Wigan 2 Sunderland 3

The Black Cats scored three for the second successive game as they left the DW Stadium with another three points. Only two pundits expected an away win, Everton's Chris Goodwin and West Brom's Andy Wakeman.

West Brom 2 Aston Villa 2

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead but they were forced to hang on as the Baggies pulled themselves level in a see-saw affair at the Hawthorns. Only Man City's Mr Rothwell predicted the draw.

Chelsea 2 Arseanl 1

Chelsea blew Arsenal away in the first half and although the Gunners improved in the second they just couldn't find an equaliser. Half of our pundits expected a home win for the Blues with five of them - Villa's Mr Pattison, Chelsea's Mr Ankur, Fulham's Mr Springate, Man City's Mr Rothwell and Sunderland's Tony Ratton - getting the score spot on.

Spurs 1 Man United 1

AVB's men scored late on to deny the leaders all three points. Clint Dempsey's equaliser ensured six players picked up points, three of whom - Mr Rothwell, Mr Wakeman and Mr Shine - pocketed all three.

Southampton 0 Everton 0

Southampton started life without Nigel Adkins against Everton and the new boss Pochettino clinched his first point in English football with a goalless draw. Only two pundits thought that would happen, but no-one expected it to end goalless.

Arsenal 5 West Ham 1

After back-to-back defeats against Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal needed a win, but it didn't look likely when Jack Collison put the Hammers ahead. But then the Gunners turned on the style and ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. Although no-one came close to the final score, 16 pundits benefited from that result.

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