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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Festive joy for Squarefootball chief, Wolves and Aberdeen

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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City ensured there were points to be had this past weekend, but the Gunners and City's slender wins, combined with Liverpool and Chelsea's goalfest, meant maximum points were hard to get.

Here is a rundown of who scored what on the weekend of December 22/23.

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1

The Gunners went into this game on the back of a 2-5 win at Reading and many felt they would wipe the floor with the Latics. That didn't turn out to be the case though as Arsenal had to rely on a disputed penalty, converted by Mikel Arteta. A total of 12 of our 14 experts went for an away win, but only Wolves fan Chris Cox and Squarefootball chief Antony Melvin got the score spot on.

Man City 1 Reading 0

The Royals, fresh from their spanking by Arsenal, travelled to the home of the champions and nobody in their right mind thought they would leave with a point. Brian McDermott's men almost shocked the football world but in the last minute Nicky Shorey's decision not to head the ball away and allow a determined Gareth Barry to score and leave the Royals feeling crushed. Only Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener thought it would be anything other than a home win. No-one expected Reading to keep the champions down to only one goal.

Newcastle United 1 QPR 0

It was another tight game at St James' Park as struggling Newcastle and QPR locked horns. Shola Ameobi came off the bench to give the Mags a Christmas bonus and give Alan Pardew a lift. Only six pundits predicted a home win, no-one got the score correct.

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1

This was another huge game at the bottom and one that most pundits thought would go in the Saints' favour. Unfortunately Steven Fletcher had other ideas and left as the hero of the hour. Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia and West Ham's Nigel Telfer went for an away win, but neither of them got the score correct.

Spurs 0 Stoke City 0

Tottenham and the Potters ensured the Premier League kept the goals to a minimum on Saturday by playing out a goalless draw. Despite Stoke being the draw specialists, only Birmmingham's Steve Coulter and Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia thought the honours would be even to pick up a point each.

West Brom 2 Norwich City 1

The visiting side had emerged victorious in six of the past meetings between the two sides but the Baggies bucked that trend to get back to winning ways and end the Canaries' unbeaten run. Eight pundits fancied the Albion with five of them getting maximum points.

West Ham 1 Everton 2

The Toffees have a great record against West Ham but that was at risk when Carlton Cole put the Hammers in front. But then the referee gave the Blues a lifeline when Cole was sent off. Everton made the most of their numerical advantage and ran out winners. Five experts expected an away win, three of them got the score spot on.

Liverpool 4 Fulham 0

The Reds bounced back from their defeat at home to Aston Villa to see off Fulham in style. Liverpool dominated the game and even Stewart Downing scored. Nine pundits went for a home win, but no-one expected it to be so comfortable.

Swansea City 1 Man United 1

The leaders dropped two points at the Liberty but it could have been worse following Ashley Williams altercation with Robin van Persie. United owned the second half but just couldn't find a way through. Only one pundit predicted a draw, Portsmouth's Dan Taylor, who also got the score spot on.

Chelsea 8 Aston Villa 0

Chelsea went to town against a young and inexperienced Villa side. They ran out 8-0 winners but the scoreline flattered Villa who simply weren't at the races. Twelve of our pundits went for a home win, but, unsparingly, no-one expected it to finish 8-0.

Here is a rundown of how the table should look now.


Click here to see how these scores have affected the overall table


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