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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Predict the Premier League: Squarefootball chief leads the way again


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Right we've got three weeks of fixtures to get through here so let's get cracking.

Please cast your mind back to the midweek fixtures of January 29 and 30.

Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 2

This was a huge game at the foot of the table and one that the visitors emerged from as victors. Goals from Cabaye and Cisse gave the Mags all three points and plunged Villa into further trouble. Only five Experts went for an away win, although four of them - Aberdeen's Colin Illingworth, Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin, Leicester fan Chris Pettitt and Portsmouth fan Dan Taylor - got the score spot on.

QPR 0 Man City 0

The champions slipped up at bottom placed QPR, a game that denied all but two Experts - Sunderland's Tony Ratton and Portsmouth's Dan Taylor - points.

Stoke City 2 Wigan 2

The Potters were two up and looked like winning their first game of 2013, but the Latics stormed back to take a point from the Britannia. Just three Experts got the result correct, but full marks go to Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener.

Sunderland 0 Swansea City 0

Danny Graham played his final game for Swansea against the team he was about to join, but the game was pretty uneventful finishing goalless. A total of eight Experts thought this would end in a stalemate, but no-one thought it would end goalless.

Arsenal 2 Liverpool 2

This was arguably the game of the midweek fixtures as Liverpool raced into a two-goal lead only to be clawed back by the Gunners, but either side could have gone on to win this. Five Experts' predictions of a draw came true, with four of them - Mitch Waddon, Chris Pettitt, Sarshar Hossiennia and Antony Melvin - getting the score spot on.

Everton 2 West Brom 1

The Toffees kept up their top four challenge by seeing off West Brom at Goodison Park. Only two Experts failed to pick up a point here, with six Experts getting the score bang on the money.

Norwich City 1 Spurs 1

The Canaries edged closer to safety by holding Spurs to a draw at Carrow Road. Only three Experts expected that though so stand up and take a bow Birmingham's Steve Coulter, Hugh Larkin and Wolves fan Chris Cox, who all got the score spot on.

Fulham 3 West Ham 1

The Hammers hadn't lost to the Cottagers in years but Martin Jol and co finally ended that run with a 3-1 victory. Only three Experts picked up a point for predicting a home win here.

Manchester United 2 Southampton 1

The Saints took an early lead at Old Trafford but the Red Devils came back to keep up their title-winning form. Everyone picked up a point here, although no-one expected the Saints to keep the score so tight.

Reading 2 Chelsea 2

The Blues dropped two more crucial points to another relegation-threatened side here as the Royals snatched a share of the spoils right at the death. But it didn't come as a surprise to four of our Experts, one of who - Dan Taylor - got the score spot on.

February 2 and 3

QPR 0 Norwich City 0

Julio Cesar came to the R's rescue again by saving a penalty but will the point be enough to keep them up in the long haul? Only West Ham's Nigel Telfer thought this would end in a draw.

Arsenal 1 Stoke City 0

The Gunners edged past the Potters thanks to a brilliant goal from Santi Cazorla. That strike ensured 11 Experts picked up a point, but no-one got the score spot on.

Everton 3 Aston Villa 3

Villa had already beaten Liverpool 3-1 on Merseyside and it looked as though they were going to do the same at Goodison as they ran into a 3-1 lead, but the Toffees fought back to grab a point. Only three Experts - Colin Illingworth, Chris Pettitt and Sue Gardener - went for the draw, but, again, no-one came close to getting that score right.

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 2

The Mags built on their crucial win over Villa by beating Chelsea at St James'. Unfortunately, no-one expected Alan Pardew's men to get the better of the Champions of Europe.

Reading 2 Sunderland 1

The Royals picked up another three points as they saw off Sunderland at the Madejski to continue their great 2013 form. Seven Experts went for a home win and four of them got the score spot on.

West Ham 1 Swansea City 0

The Hammers picked up a crucial three points against Michael Laudrup's Swans, with Andy Carroll scoring the only goal of the game. Eight Experts went for a home win, but only Steve Coulter got the score correct.

Wigan 2 Southampton 2

The Latics took the lead but needed a last-gasp goal from Shaun Maloney to earn a draw. Five Experts predicted a draw here, but only Hugh Larkin got the score spot on.

Fulham 0 Manchester United 1

The leaders ground out a result at the Cottage in a game that should have produced many more goals. Ten Experts expected an away win, but no-one thought it would be so close.

West Brom 0 Spurs 1

The visitors had to rely on the sublime Gareth Bale to secure three points at the Hawthorns, but only four Experts benefited from that result.

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2

Liverpool followed up their 2-2 draw at the Emirates with another 2-2 draw at the Etihad, as the champions lost more ground on the leaders United. It could have been a lot worse for Mancini's men if Pepe Reina didn't have that mad rush of blood to the head. Only Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin saw this as a draw and he only went on and got it spot on too. No wonder he is our runaway leader!

February 9 and 10 and 11

Spurs saw off Newcastle thanks to their man of the moment Gareth Bale, who grabbed another brace. Nine Experts went for a home win, with six of them getting the score spot on.

Chelsea 4 Wigan 1

Chelsea put their recent worries behind them with a convincing 4-1 win over the Latics. Every Expert got a point here, although no-one came close to getting the score right.

Norwich City 0 Fulham 0

This game ended goalless, a score that eight Experts expected. Hugh Larkin and Dave Blackburn got the result bang on the money.

Stoke City 2 Reading 1

The Potters recorded their first win of the year against the high-flying Royals. Only six Experts backed Tony Pulis's Potters for the points, although Portsmouth pair of Dan Taylor and Peter Rendle along with Antony Melvin, got the score spot on.

Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1

It was 1-0 to the Arsenal again as they ground out another three points at the Stadium of Light. That win gave eight Experts points, two of whom - Sarshar Hossiennia and Nigel Telfer - got the score bang on.

Swansea City 4 QPR 1

The Swans spanked QPR 5-0 on the opening day of the season and gave them another hiding at the Liverty. Only six Experts benefited from this result though.

Southampton 3 Man City 1

Joe Hart and Gareth Barry did their best to help the Saints in this game but the hosts fully deserved the three points. It was a coupon-buster though as not one single Expert went for a home win.

Aston Villa 2 West Ham 1

The Villans moved out of the bottom three with a priceless win over the Hammers. Only three Experts expected that though, but full marks go to Birmingham's Steve Coulter and Antony Melvin for getting the score correct.

Man United 2 Everton 0

United all but lost the title last season in this fixture but there was never going to be any repeat of that following City's slip-up at Southampton. United ran out 2-0 winners, a result that gave 11 Experts a point.

Liverpool 0 West Brom 2

This was another coupon-buster. The Reds dominated this game but just couldn't find a way past Ben Foster and the Baggies sealed a snatch and grab with two late goals. Not one single Expert saw that coming.

Here is who scored what over the past three sets of fixtures.

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

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