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Sunday, 21 September 2008

Manchester City vs Portsmouth: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - previews and predictions

The excitement over the Robinho transfer can quieten down now, and with Jo starting to chip in with some goals Manchester City are starting to look like a very threatening outfit.  Whether this can be converted consistently into results will probably dictate the length of Mark Hughes tenure!  This is the tenth game of the season for City, who may tire later in the season but for now look likely to win most of their fixtures.  City won this game last season 3-1.

Portsmouth were also in action in the UEFA Cup this week and have strung together thre good wins, 3-0 (Everton), 2-1 (Middlesbrough) and 2-0 (Guimaraes).  Which have put their two early season defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea into some perspective; Portsmouth have a very good team.   

Two good teams that will be fighting for places in the top six come the business end of the season - should be very close.

Manchester City vs Portsmouth; Kick Off 3:00pm, 21 Sep 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 1 - 1
Dave Blackburn : 2 - 0
Sue Gardener : 2 - 1
Chris Goodwin : 0 - 0
Paul Grech (sqf) : 3 - 1
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 3 - 2
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : TBC
Peter Lee : 2 - 1
Don McMahon : 1 - 0
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 2 - 1
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 1 - 1
Tony Ratton : 1 - 2
Peter Rendle : TBC
Dan Taylor : 2 - 1
Andy Wakeman : 2 - 1
Isaac Williams : 2 - 1
Mark Williams : 2 - 0

Panel Verdict
The panel are solidly behind a City win, with 2-1 a very popular pick.

Home: 11; Draw: 3; Away: 1; TBC: 2;

Spread Betting
Although Robinho is capturing all the attention the small matter of the measly £19m Brazilian striker, Jo, should be considered.  He is looking like he could score a bagful of goals and is priced reasonably for this match partly because of the Robinho factor.  A buy looks good value on Jo's goal minutes.

Example: 3pt buy Jo goal minutes at 19
No goals: you lose 57pts
Jo scores after 45 minutes: You win 78pts
Jo scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 213pts
Jo scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 483pts
and so on

* Do we have it right, or do you know better?  Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!

COMMENTS

DAYVE

I THINK MANCHESTER WILL WIN BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD PORTSMOUTH ARE GOOD BUT I THINK MANCHESTER WILL WIN I ALSO THINK YOU SPELT HIS NAME WRONG YOU SAID JO I THINK YOU WAS MEANING TO SAY JOE THATS HOW YOU SPELL JOE ALSO WHO IS ROBINHO I LIKE CHEESE AND BACON MY MUM PUTS IT ON BREAD FOR MY DAY TRIPS TO PLACES I LIKE CORN BUT NOT ALLOWED IT INCASE I CHOKE WHEN I AM ON MY OWN I HOPE I GET A TYRE SWING FOR MY BIRTHDAY I AM GOING TO BE 37 BUT WHEN I GET TO 13 IM ALLOWED A NEW BIKE BUT THAT WONT BE FOR YEARS YET BYE BYE BYE BYE I SAID BYE FOUR TIMES AT ONCE BECAUSE THATS AN EVEN NUMBER I HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT THAT BYE BYE BYE BYE.

Wigan Blue

You forgot Shaunie!

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