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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Everton and West Ham top the table

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QPR may be going down, Everton may have blown their chance of finishing in the top four but West Ham have guaranteed their place in the top flight next season. And despite the gloomy expressions at Loftus Road and Goodison, John Jaycock and Chris Goodwin have tried their best to raise the spirits by riding high with Hammer Matt Beeby in our Predict the Premier League competition.

Mr Jaycock was the man to beat, pulling in 21 points, but was closely followed by Mr Goodwin and Mr Beeby on 20 points each.

It wasn't such a good fortnight for Stoke City's Peter Holland, Tottenham's Adam Crawford or Wigan's Jimmy Shine as they occupied the bottom three, but let's see who scored over the past two matchdays.

Arsenal 3 Norwich City 1

The Gunners needed three late goals to overcome the Canaries at the Emirates and keep their Champions League hopes alive. It was tough on Chris Hughton's men but it enabled 18 of our 20 punits to pick up points - Everton's Chris Goodwin, Reading's Jon Keen, Sunderland's Tony Ratton and West Ham's Matt Beeby all got the score spot on.

Aston Villa 1 Fulham 1

Villa earned a share of the spoils against Fulham but was it a point gained or two lost? Whatever way you look at it five pundits benefited from it, including QPR's John Jaycock, Southampton's Andy Saunders, West Brom's Andy Wakeman and Matt Beeby who all picked up maximum points for their foresight.

Everton 2 QPR 0

The R's left Goodison Park last season with all three points but there was no chance of the Premier League strugglers making it a double this year. Gibson and Anichebe ensured the points stayed on Merseyside. That result gave 17 pundits at least a point, with Aston Villa's Frank Pattison, Reading's Mr Keen and Southampton's Mr Saunders all collecting three points.

Reading 0 Liverpool 0

Easily the biggest coupon buster of the weekend, Reading keeper McCarthy produced heroics to keep Suarez and Gerrard at bay. Only Swansea City's Jim Barry expected this to end as a draw, but he never thought it would end goalless.

Southampton 1 West Ham 1

The Saints had beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City in recent weeks and were widely expected to do the same to Big Sam's Hammers, but the boys from the East End left St Mary's with a point thanks to Andy Carroll. Only five pundits predicted this would end a draw, so full marks to Everton's Mr Goodwin, Man City's Callum Rothwell and Hammer Mr Beeby who got the final score bang on the money.

Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 3

Newcastle United were left stunned by Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats in his first Tyne-Wear derby. Sessegnon, Johnson and Vaughan wrote their names in Sunderland with three unanswered goals at the home of their fiercest rivals. Only four pundits tipped an away win so respect to Chelsea's Mr Apoorva Ankur, Fulham's Neil Springate, Liverpool's Dave Disciascio and West Brom's Mr Wakeman.

Stoke City 0 Manchester United 2

The dark clouds were gathering over the Britannia before the champions elect turned up. A 2-0 home defeat later and Tony Pulis was facing a nightmare run-in. Only four pundits failed to predict an away win with Mr Pattison, Mr Springate, Mr Disciascio and Mr Jaycock  all predicting the game would end 0-2.

Arsenal 0 Everton 0

The result did nothing to help either side's top four hopes, but six pundits saw it coming. Those to benefit from the stalemate were Mr Goodwin, Mr Springate, Man United's Peter Johnstone, Norwich City's Sue Reed, Mr Ratton and Wigan's Jimmy Shine.

Man City 1 Wigan 0

Carlos Tevez came to the champions rescue as they squeezed past their FA Cup Final opponents at the Etihad. Only two pundits failed to predict a home win, but no-one expected the cup rehearsal to be so close.

West Ham 2 Manchester United 2

Big Sam was left fuming by Robin van Persie's equaliser but it helped Mr Jaycock and Mr Shine pick up a point.

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3

The Blues had just been knocked out of the FA Cup by Man City and there were fears that Fulham could use their their home form to their advantage, but a stunner from David Luis helped put paid to that suggestion. Just eight pundits fancied an away win for the Champions of Europe, but full marks to Liverpool's Dave Disciascio for being the only pundit to get the final score spot on.

Fulham 0 Arsenal 1

Fulham played most of the game with 10 men but Arsenal looked sluggish at the Cottage. Per Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game to keep the Gunners in the picture for a top four place. A total of 14 pundits went with the visitors but only Southampton's Mr Saunders and Swansea's Mr Barry got the scoreline spot on.

Norwich City 2 Reading 1

The Canaries were furious over the manner of their defeat at Arsenal but bounced back to see off relegation-threatened Reading. A home win was a popular result for 11 pundits, four of whom - Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe, Chelsea's Mr Ankur, Liverpool's Mr Disciascio and Sunderland's Mr Ratton - got the final score correct.

QPR 0 Stoke City 2

If the R's were to have any hope of beating the drop they had to beat troubled Stoke City. Unfortunately for Harry Redknapp's men, the Potters ran out 2-0 winners. Full marks go to Reading's Jon Keen who was the only pundit to tip the Potters for victory.

Sunderland 1 Everton 0

The Black Cats hadn't beaten Everton in 13 years but after thrashing Newcastle six days earlier confidence was running high. Paolo Di Canio's men shaded this game thanks to Stephane Sessegnon's only goal of the game giving six pundits a point.

Swansea City 0 Southampton 0

A game that promised so much delivered very little in a goalless affair at the Liberty. Nine pundits expected a draw but only Tottenham's Adam Crawford got the goalless draw spot on.

West Brom 1 Newcastle United 1

Billy Jones became the first Englishman to score for the Baggies this season when he equalised against the Mags. Only three pundits thought this would end a draw and only Norwich City's Mrs Reed got the score correct.

West Ham 2 Wigan 0

The Hammers ensured they will be playing top flight football next season with a timely win against relegation-threatened Wigan. Surprisingly 14 pundits went for a home win, with four of them - Mr Ankur, Mr Disciascio, Mr Keen and Mr Holland - picking up maximum points.

Spurs 3 Man City 1

When City took the lead I think most viewers were expecting another cricket score from the champions. However, Spurs left it late to hit Mancini's men with three goals of their own. Only five pundits thought the hosts would come out on top.

Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2

Luis Suarez got his teeth into Chelsea and scored a late equaliser to cost the Blues two crucial points. Eleven punits benefited from Suarez's late strike, including Mr Pattison, Mr Johnstone, Mr Keen, Mr Ratton, Mr Beeby and Mr Shine who all predicted the game would end 2-2.

Manchester United 3 Aston Villa 0

Following City's defeat at Spurs Manchester United had the chance of winning the title in front of their own fans and there was no way Fergie's men were going to pass up this opportunity. Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick to secure title number 20 and 18 pundits shared in their celebrations, none-more-so than Mr Goodwin, Mr Disciacio and Mr Hall who picked up three points each.

Here is who scored what this past week.

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

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