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Friday, 22 March 2013

Predict the Premier League: Liverpool are on top of the pile

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It's been almost a month since the scores for Squarefootball's Predict the Premier League were last updated, so without further ado lets get cracking.

Liverpool 5 Swansea City 0

The Reds were braced for a tough game against the Capital One Cup finalists, but Michael Laudrup's mind was already focused on Wembley with a string of key players rested. The visitors paid the price though as Liverpool romped to a 5-0 win. Only five pundits predicted a home win. Remarkably no-one expected such a scoreline.

Fulham 1 Stoke City 0

Dimitar Berbatov scored the only goal of the game at the Cottage and what a strike it was too. Given Stoke's dreadful form recently a total of 14 pundits tipped the Cottagers for a home win, five of them getting the scoreline 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. A total of 15 tipsters went for a home win with six of them 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. Only Norwich City fan Sue Read and Stoke City's Peter Holland expected the Canaries to be singing on the back of 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. Fourteen pundits tipped Sir Alex Ferguson's men for victory but only QPR's John Jaycock got the scoreline correct.

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 three pundits went for the visitors to win, but none of them came close to the final score.

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 (13) and they didn't disappoint with Lukaku scoring twice. Liverpool's Dave Disciascio, QPR's John Jaycock and Stoke's Peter Holland 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 Liverpool's Dave Disciascio 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 11 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. A dozen pundits predicted an away win. Norwich City's Sue Read and Southampton's Andy Saunders got the score spot on.

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. Given their patchy form of late, only six pundits went 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 13 pundits to points, with Manchester United's Peter Johnstone and Swansea City's Jim Barry picking up all three by getting the score spot on.

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 two pundits saw that result coming, with Liverpool's Dave Disciascio and Stoke's Peter Holland 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, two of whom - Reading's Jon Keen and Swansea's Jim Barry - picked 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 four pundits had predicted, two of whom - Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe and Liverpool's Dave Disciascio - got it spot on.

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.

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.

Spurs 2 Arsenal 1

Two shocking pieces of defending by Arsenal were punished by their fierce rivals at White Hart Lane. Nine more pundits tipped the points to stay at the Lane with Villa's Frank Pattison, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio and Wigan's Jimmy Shine 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. Fourteen pundits 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. Seven pundits thought this would end all square with Reading's Jon Keen cheering Boruc's save the most as he was the only pundit that went for a goalless draw.

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 pundits 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 five pundits thought Paul Lambert's men had it in them, with four of them - Villa's Mr Pattison, Liverpool's Mr Disciascio, Sunderland's Mr Ratton and Wigan's Mr Shine - 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. Again only five pundits thought the Baggies would get the better of the Welsh side, but Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe, Man City's Callum Rothwell and Sunderland's Mr Ratton 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. Eleven tipsters went for a home win, five of them 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 five pundits tipped the hosts for victory.

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. Only five pundits backed the home side. Full marks to Swansea's Jim Barry though. He was the only pundit to get the score spot on.

Aston Villa 3 QPR 2

Villa showed their fighting spirit to record back-to-back wins and derail QPR's survival hopes. Nine pundits went with the home side, Norwich City's Sue Read and Swansea's Mr Barry got the final score spot on.

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 three pundits went for a home win.

Stoke City 0 West Brom 0

A goalless, drab affair that offered nothing but points to eight pundits, including top marks to West Ham's Matthew Beeby.

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 2

The Gunners kept their top four dreams alive with victory at the Liberty. Only eight pundits thought the Gunners would leave Wales with the points. Liverpool's Mr Disciascio was the only one to get the score correct.

Manchester United 1 Reading 0

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game as managerless Reading lost again. Only two pundits failed to go for a home win, but Reading's defensive work denied our tipsters from maximum points.

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 1

This had draw written all over it and that proved to be the case. Eleven pundits tipped the draw with six of them getting the final score spot on.

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. Only Stoke City's Peter Holland was brave enough to go for an away win.

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. Seventeen pundits expected the Hammers to fold at the Bridge, four 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. Five pundits predicted a home win and all five got the 2-1 scoreline bang on the money.

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