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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Good times for Portsmouth

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First let me apologise for the lateness of this update - it's been over a month - but there's only so many hours in a day and this guy has only just discovered the wonders of Homeland and Claire Danes!

So without further ado, lets get cracking.

Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0

Liverpool gave Swansea City a proper wake-up call ahead of their Capital One Cup win by smashing five past them without reply at Anfield. Only nine pundits went for a home win. No-one, quite rightly, expected such a scoreline.

Fulham 1 Stoke City 0

Berbatov scored the only goal of the game at the Cottage and what a goal it was too. Given Stoke's dreadful form recently a total of nine pundits tipped the Cottagers for a home win, with only West Ham's Nigel Telfer getting the final score spot on.

Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 1

The Gunners bounced back from their FA Cup exit and Champions League defeat at home to Bayern Munich to see off struggling Villa. Santi Cazorla delivered some much needed joy to the home fans with a brace. Only one of our 14 experts went against the Gunners winning, with Blackburn's Terry Kennedy, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor and Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin getting the score bang on the money.

Norwich City 2 Everton 1

The Toffees' dip in form continued as they lost 2-1 away at Norwich City. Two late goals from Kamara and Grant Holt denied the visitors points in another poor day for David Moyes. However, it was a great three points for the Hammers' Mr Telfer, who was the only man to tip the Canaries for a 2-1 win.

QPR 0 Manchester United 2

Rangers were gunned down 2-0 by the league leaders at Loftus Road, with Rafael scoring one of the goals of the season and Robin van Persie having an unfortunate accident with a television camera hole. All of our pundits got this outcome right.

Reading 0 Wigan 3

The Latics came away with all three points in a huge game at the foot of the table. Roberto Martinez's men stunned Brian McDermott's troops with a stunning performance. Only Sunderland's Sarshar Hossiennia tipped the visitors for victory.

West Brom 2 Sunderland 1

The Baggies kept up their fine season with a double over the Black Cats. Steve Clarke's men were well backed for victory (10) and they didn't disappoint with Lukaku scoring twice. Leicester City's Chris Pettitt, Portsmouth pair Dan Taylor an Peter Rendle, Wolves fan Chris Cox and Mr Melvin all got maximum points for predicting a 2-1 home win.

Man City 2 Chelsea 0

Rafa Benitez drew on his Chelsea debut against the champions but he fell to yet another defeat at Eastlands. City were too good for the Blues, something that half of our pundits predicted. However, only Leicester City's Mr Pettitt and Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener got the final score spot on.

Newcastle United 4 Southampton 2

With both teams fighting for their Premier League survival this was tipped as being a tight game. Six goals later and it was the Toon Army who were singing down the Quayside. The result cheered 10 pundits, but nobody came close to getting the final score correct.

West Ham United 2 Spurs 3

Gareth Bale stole the show in this game with a brace, including a stunning last-gasp winner to keep Tottenham's Champions League dreams on track. Half a dozen pundits predicted an away win, but no-one correctly predicted the final score. 

Chelsea 1 West Brom 0

West Brom wins over Chelsea had previously seen AVB and Roberto Di Matteo axed. Many Chelsea fans were hoping for the hat-trick but it wasn't to be as the Blues held on for a 1-0 win. Despite Chelsea's patchy form of late, only one of our experts decided against going for a home win.

Everton 3 Reading 1

David Moyes was expecting a response following their last-gasp defeat at Norwich and they got it at home to Reading. Fellaini, Mirallas and Pienaar were on target in their comfortable win. Their return to winning ways helped 11 pundits to points, with Birmingham City's Steve Coulter and Pompey's Mr Taylor picking up all three by getting the score spot on.

Manchester United 4 Norwich City 0

The leaders made light work of the Canaries with Kagawa bagging a hat-trick in a 4-0 win. Everyone benefited from this result, although Birmingham's Mr Coulter and Boro's Sue Gardener were fully rewarded for their bravery in going for a 4-0 win.

Southampton 1 QPR 2

Harry Redknapp returned to the south coast and picked up all three points in a crucial win for the R's. Only three pundits saw that result coming, with Leciester City's Chris Pettitt getting the score bang on the nose.

Sunderland 2 Fulham 2

Nobody expected such a high-scoring game, especially after the visitors had raced into a two-goal lead. However, the Black Cats' fightback ensured five pundits picked up points, with Portsmouth's Mr Rendle picking up all three points. 

Stoke City 0 West Ham United 1

Jack Collison came off the bench to score the only goal of the game at a bleak Britannia. It was a result that only Aberdeen's Colin Illingworth predicted.

Swansea City 1 Newcastle United 0

The Capital One Cup winners celebrated their success in style by seeing off Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium. Luke Moore scored the only goal of the game to give seven pundits a point, including top marks for Pompey's Mr Taylor.

Wigan 0 Liverpool 4

The Reds built on their 5-0 drubbing of Swansea with a 4-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic. The Latics were unlucky not to have breached the Liverpool goal, but they just couldn't stop hat-trick hero Luis Suarez. Only nine pundits expected Liverpool to emerge victorious and Dandy Don Colin Illingworth took full points for his brave prediction.

Spurs 2 Arsenal 1

Two shocking pieces of defending by Arsenal were punished by their fierce rivals at White Hart Lane. Only four experts tipped the points to stay at the Lane with Leciester City's Mr Pettitt and Bolton Wanderers fan Dave Blackburn getting the final score spot on.

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1

The champions went to Villa Park and emerged with all three points thanks to a solitary goal from Carlos Tevez. All but one of our experts expected an away win, but nobody expected Paul Lambert's men to keep the score so low.

Norwich City 0 Southampton 0

The Saints battered Norwich's goal but just couldn't find a way past and Mauricio Pochettino thought his chance had gone went the hosts were awarded a late penalty. Fortunately, Artur Boruc pulled off a fine save to stop Grant Holt and save a point. Six experts thought this would end all square but no-one expected it to be goalless.

QPR 3 Sunderland 1

The R's recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in about 18 months when they brushed aside Sunderland at Loftus Road. A total of 11 experts backed the home side following last weekend's result against Southampton, but no-one thought they'd win 3-1.

Reading 1 Aston Villa 2

The Villans eased their relegation woes with a huge win over one of their main rivals down at the bottom. Only Birmingham City fan Steve Coulter thought Paul Lambert's men had it in them, getting the final score correct.

West Brom 2 Swansea City 1 

Swansea were denied a clear equaliser at the Hawthorns to give the hosts all three points. Only five experts thought the Baggies would get the better of the Welsh side, but Pompey's Mr Rendle and Mr Melvin got the score bang on.

Newcastle United 2 Stoke City 1

The Mags got revenge for Stoke's late win over them at the Britannia with a late winner this time from Papiss Cisse. All but one of our tipsters went for a home win, with three of them - Blackburn's Mr Kennedy, Boro's Sue Gardener and Mr Melvin - going for 2-1.

Liverpool 3 Spurs 2

Liverpool continued their fine run of form with a thrilling win over Spurs. Brendan Rodgers' men kept Gareth Bale quiet to inflict AVB to his first defeat in months. However, only three pundits tipped the hosts for victory, with Sunderland's Sarhar Hossiennia getting the final score spot on.

Everton 2 Man City 0

The Toffees bounced back from their FA Cup exit to dent the champions Premier League hopes, even though they were reduced to 10 men. Leon Osman's fizzer gave Joe Hart no chance and Jelavic sealed the points with a late strike. But only West Ham's Mr Telfer backed the hosts.

Aston Villa 3 QPR 2

Villa showed their fighting spirit to record back-to-back wins and derail QPR's survival hopes. Only three experts backed the home side for the win.

Southampton 3 Liverpool 1

Liverpool's run of wins came to an end at Southampton. The Saints were magnificent as they crushed the Reds. Only Birmingham City went for a home win.

Stoke City 0 West Brom 0

A goalless, drab affair that offered nothing but points to five pundits, including top marks to Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin.

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 2

The Gunners kept their top four dreams alive with victory at the Liberty. Only seven experts thought the Gunners would leave Wales with the points. Pompey's Mr Rendle and Wolves fan Chris Cox were the only experts to get the score correct.

Manchester United 1 Reading 0

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game as managerless Reading lost again. Everyone bar Sunderland's Sarshar Hossiennia - who failed to get his scores in on time this week - picked up a point here.

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 1

This had draw written all over it and that proved to be the case. Four pundits tipped the draw with Blackburn's Mr Kennedy and Pompey's Mr Rendle plumping for a 1-1.

Spurs 0 Fulham 1

Well not even Mystic Meg saw this one coming. Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal of the game to consign his former side to their third defeat on the bounce.

Chelsea 2 West Ham 0

Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for the Blues and some kind-hearted Hammers fans offered him cash towards his impending retirement fund. Ten experts tipped the Hammers to fold at the Bridge, five of them getting the score spot on.

Wigan 2 Newcastle 1

A game that will be forever remembered for that tackle by McManaman, Wigan gave their survival hopes a lift with a crucial win over Newcastle. Six pundits predicted a home win and half of them - Sue Gardener, Mr Telfer and Mr Melvin, got the 2-1 scoreline bang on the money.

Here is a chart of who scored what over the past month.



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