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Friday, 12 September 2008

Newcastle United vs Hull City: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - preview and predictions

It's not been a good week if you work in the PR department at St James Park.  Newcastle have parted company with Kevin Keegan in almost inevitable circumstances as they had put a proud club man into a position where he felt he had no chance of success.  Whoever takes over will get a good if thin squad and will be expected to achieve a top ten finish almost immediately with whatever players are picked by the other management team.  Is there really any surprise that there is no queue of good candidates?  At least Newcastle have a game that probably represents the best shot at a win all season against a Hull side that looked bereft of luck, confidence and at time basic defensive coordination against Wigan last time out.  Both sides may well see this as a big chance of getting a second league win.

Newcastle United (11) vs Hull City (12); Kick Off 3pm, 13 September 2009

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

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

Panel Verdict
Despite the turmoil the panel are expecting Newcastle to see off new boys Hull; in a high scoring match where the majority of pundits expect three or more goals.

Home: 10; Draw: 2; Away: 4; TBC: 1; mode score: 2-0

Spread Betting
Michael Owen will be a worried man after England's stellar performance and needs a stack of goals to force his way back into the England reckoning.  Aganst a poor defensive outfit he is expensive in the goal minutes market - but looks good value all the same.

Example: 2pt buy Michael Owen goal minutes at 30
No goals: you lose 60pts
Michael Owen scores after 45 minutes: You win 30pts
Michael Owen scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 120pts
Michael Owen scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 300pts
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!

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