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Saturday, 13 September 2008

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

After a 3-0 win at Goodison Park, Harry Redknapp will have high hopes of seeing off a talented if inexperienced Middlesbrough side.  Portsmouth have started slowly after defeat in the community shield it seemed that too many players were still celebrating the FA Cup win, but the Everton game perhaps is a demonstration that Pompey are ready to put a string of results together - and with fixtures against Man City, Spurs and Stoke coming next an unbeaten run is certainly achievable.

Both sides have niggling injury worries, but will be somewhere close to full strength; and Middlesbrough's loss of Tuncay merely eases Gareth Southgate's selection problems now that he has four good forwards to choose from.  Middlesbrough flirted with relegation in Southgate's first season but have improved each season under their young manager and a top half finish and cup success may well be achievable this season.  Two home wins and an unfortunate loss at Anfield suggest that Boro are the form team here - but will Pompey make home advantage count?

Portsmouth (16) vs Middlesbrough (6); Kick Off 3pm, 13 September 2009

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

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

Panel Verdict
With one predictions outstanding there is a totally split panel unable to choose between a home win or a draw - a 2-1 home win is the most common prediction however.  The vast majority of pundits expect both teams to score.

Home: 8; Draw: 8; Away: 0; TBC: 1; mode score: 2-1

Spread Betting
It has to be goals today, only three of our 16 panelists don't see a goal for both sides and 60% are expecting three goals or more - which would make a buy profitable.

Example: 20pts buy Total Goals at 2.6
No goals: You lose 52pts
1 goal: You lose 32pts
2 goals: You lose 12pts
3 goals: You win 8pts
4 goals: You win 28pts
5 goals: You win 48pts
6 goals: You win 68pts
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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