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Saturday, 13 September 2008

Prediction Panel Wrapper; Premier League, 13-15 September 2008

A choice for the biggest game of Saturday; is it the battle of the ultra-rich as Chelsea travel to Manchester City or merely the battle of the barely billionaires as Liverpool host Manchester United?  Arsenal travel to Blackburn with the latest England hero, Theo Walcott, sweating on a game; whilst Gianfranco Zola takes his new West Ham team to bottom club West Brom.  Strong starting Middlesbrough travel to improving Portsmouth; Bolton travel to Fulham in an early match for two of the teams in last season's relegation scrap.  Newcastle face Hull in mid-table but without a manager and Wigan and Sunderland clash in a 'must not lose' game.

On Sunday Stoke host an inconsistent Everton team and Monday's game sees Villa travel to Spurs.

Saturday

Blackburn Rovers (10) vs Arsenal (4)      
With one prediction outstanding a narrow away win is the large majority verdict, probably 1-2.

Fulham (14) vs Bolton Wanderers (8)       
The panel is split between a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 home win.

Liverpool (2) vs Manchester United (9)   
The panel sees recent history as a good guide and for United to make it four wins from five league games at Anfield, in what could be a high scoring match.

Manchester City (3) vs Chelsea (1)       
A real split panel here, with every result having backers - but a 1-2 or 1-3 away Chelsea win is most popular.

Newcastle United (11) vs Hull City (12)    
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.

Portsmouth (16) vs Middlesbrough (6)      
With one prediction 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.

West Bromwich Albion (20) vs West Ham United (5) 
The panel is very split on this one with plenty of support for a first West Brom win, but a narrow majority expect that Gianfranco Zola will be celebrating a narrow away win.

Wigan Athletic (13) vs Sunderland (18)      
The panel are at a loss here with all three results and every conceivable score backed strongly, with 5 goal thrillers and no score draws both favoured.

Sunday

Stoke City (15) vs Everton (17)
An overwhelming punt on an Everton win, with a comfortable 1-2 or 0-2 scoreline predicted.

Monday

Tottenham Hotspur (19) vs Aston Villa (7)
The panel have nervously edged towards a draw, but given the number of goals expected (the most popular scoreline is 3-3) it is not a strong prediction.

* 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 the match!

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