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Friday, 12 April 2013

Predict the Premier League: QPR, Spurs and Arsenal lead the way

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It's been a good fortnight for the three London clubs - well off the pitch any way - with QPR's John Jaycock and Tottenham's Adam Crawford picking up 19 points, with Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe on 18.

It's not been so good for Stoke City, Southampton or Norwich City, with the sides occupying the bottom three places.

But here is a rundown of who has scored what over the past fortnight.

Sunderland 0 Manchester United 1

This was to be Martin O'Neill's last game as Sunderland boss before Paolo Di Canio arrived and the Black Cats were defeated 1-0 by the league leaders. A total of 17 of our 20 pundits went for an away win here, but no-one thought it would be so close.

Arsenal 4 Reading 1

The Royals have never beaten Arsenal in league football and that run continued at the Emirates as Gervinho turned on the style for the Gunners. Eighteen pundits believed the points would stay in north London and two of them - Arsenal's Josh Ben Moshe and Chelsea's Apoorva Ankur - got the score spot on.

Manchester City 4 Newcastle United 0

Remarkably five pundits thought Newcastle could hold the champions at the Etihad. Four goals without reply later, they were forced to eat their predictions. Full marks to City's Callum Rothwell for getting the score correct.

Southampton 2 Chelsea 1

The first coupon buster of the weekend came at St Mary's as Pochettino's men beat the champions of Europe. Rodriguez and Lambert were too hot to handle for Rafa's Blues. Only five pundits went for a Saints win, but the pairing of Arsenal's Mr Moshe and Chelsea's Mr Ankur got the score spot on again.

Swansea City 1 Spurs 2

Tottenham hadn't won on Swansea soil since 1946 but they had to rectify that stat if they were to keep hold of their top four spot. Goals from Bale and Vertonghen ensured history was made, giving five pundits at least a point. Livepool's Dave Disciascio, QPR's John Jaycock and Tottenham's Mr Crawford were the big winners though as they all thought it would end 1-2 to the visitors.

West Ham 3 West Brom 1

The Hammers went to town over Steve Clarke's Baggies, with Andy Carroll grabbing a timely brace. Only nine pundits predicted the Hammers would emerge victorious, although no-one expected it to be so convincing.

Wigan Athletic 1 Norwich City 0

The Latics left it late to beat the Canaries, but Roberto Martinez doesn't care what time the goals come at just as long as his boys keep winning. Twelve pundits expected the hosts to win this game, but only West Ham's Matthew Beeby getting the scoreline correct.

Everton 1 Stoke 0

Kevin Mirallas was the Toffees' hero as he scored the only goal of the game against the struggling Potters. A total of 17 pundits plumped for the hosts in this clash with Man United's Peter Johnstone, Swansea's Jim Barry and Wigan's Jimmy Shine picking up maximum points.

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2

Liverpool got revenge for their 3-1 defeat at Anfield by the Villans by coming from behind to beat them 1-2 at Villa Park. Steven Gerrard's penalty was the deciding factor in this entertaining encounter and gave 11 pundits at least a point. Man City's Mr Rothwell, Man United's Mr Johnstone, QPR's Mr Jaycock, Reading's Mr Keen, Tottenham's Mr Crawford and West Brom's Mr Wakeman were all celebrating with maximum points at the final whistle.

Fulham 3 QPR 2

Harry Redknapp had to win this game to give them any chance of beating the drop, but were three down within 40 minutes. They fought back with goals through Taarabt and Remy, but it was too little too late. Nine pundits went for a home win, but only Man United's Peter Johnstone got the score spot on.

Reading 0 Southampton 2

After beating Liverpool and Chelsea the Saints marched into the Madejski Stadium full of confidence and swept their former manager, Nigel Adkins, aside. Half of our pundits tipped the Saints for victory, but no-one thought it would be so easy.

Norwich City 2 Swansea City 2

The Canaries must win their home games in order to retain their top flight status but had to settle for a point in an entertaing clash with the Capital One Cup winners at Carrow Road. This result was only predicted by seven pundits.

Stoke City 1 Aston Villa 3

The Villans hadn't won at Stoke in years but Matthew Lowton's sensational strike late on took the wind out of Stoke's sails and piled the pressure on Tony Pulis. Only Liverpool's Dave Disciascio was brave enough to go with the visitors, but his 0-2 prediction failed to pick up maximum points.

West Brom 1 Arsenal 2

The Gunners went two up through Thomas Rosicky before Per Mertesacker recieved his marching orders for a late lunge in the box. Wenger's men held on to secure all three points, allowing 11 pundits to pocket a point - five of them collecting maximum points.

Liverpool 0 West Ham 0

The Hammers haven't won at Anfield since 1963 and everyone expected the Reds to run riot, but it just didn't happen as the Hammers held on to a priceless point. Only three pundits benefited from this result, Man City's Callum Rothwell, West Ham's Matthew Beeby and Tottenham's Mr Crawford - with the Spurs fan getting the score bang on the money. 

Spurs 2 Everton 2

How would Spurs cope without Gareth Bale? Well a point against a resilient Everton side is not the end of the world. Five pundits predicted this to end in a draw, with Mr Moshe and Mr Shine picking up full marks for predicting it to finish 2-2.

Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1

Paolo Di Canio had a dream start as Sunderland boss when his Black Cats took a shock lead at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues showed their class and won 2-1, ensuring 18 pundits picked up a point. Only Swansea's Jim Barry and West Brom's Andy Wakeman got the score correct.*

Newcastle United 1 Fulham 0

The Geordies left it late against the Cottagers but Papiss Cisse's late effort moved them close to safety ahead of this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby. Only seven pundits went for a home win.

QPR 1 Wigan Athletic 1

The R's thought they had given themselves a huge chance of beating the drop when Loic Remy put the 10 men ahead with only five minutes remaining, but Shaun Maloney's late free-kick gave the visitors a share of the spoils. Seven pundits went for a draw with five of them - Newcastle's Greg Hall, Norwich's Sue Read, Reading's Jon Keen, Swansea's Jim Barry and West Ham's Matthew Beeby getting the score spot on.

Man United 1 Man City 2

The champions beat the league leaders at Old Trafford for the second year in a row with two quality strikes from Milner and Aguero. Only five pundits thought the champions would do over the leaders, with Liverpool's Dave Disciascio, Sunderland's Tony Ratton and Tottenham's Adam Crawford getting the score bang on the money.

* Swansea City and West Brom are owed two points on top of the scores below due to an oversight regarding the Chelsea-Sunderland game. The points will be added on next time.

Here is a rundown of who scored what this past fortnight.

To see how this affects the overall table click here


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