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Wednesday, 05 October 2011

Predict the Premier League: Good week for Liverpool, terrible for Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle

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Wins for Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs ensured the majority of our panellists were celebrating this weekend, but those all-important correct scores were few and far between. However, it didn’t prevent Norwich City’s Sue Read from reaching double figures or our current Premier League leader and Liverpool fan Mark Williams remaining at the top.

The Canaries went to Old Trafford with nothing to lose and should have come away from the Theatre of Dreams with a fairytale finish. Paul Lambert’s men created plenty of chances, but – unlike roly poly comedienne Jo Brand – they just couldn’t finish their dinner. The performance though really gave the travelling fans something to be proud of and Sue Read’s tally of 12 points will have been another reason to celebrate.

Sue was our top pundit bar none this week thanks to three correct scores at Aston Villa (2-0), West Brom drawing at Sunderland (2-2) and Chelsea’s demolition of Bolton (5-1), in which Sue was the only pundit to get the score bang on. Her remaining three points came courtesy of the Manchester pair and Tottenham’s win over Arsenal.

There was a three-way tie behind Sue though on 10 points. Aston Villa’s Frank Pattison, Liverpool’s Mark Williams and Stoke’s Phil Eccleston all hit the magical mark due to two correct scores each. Frank and Phil’s maximum returns both came from Villa Park and White Hart Lane while Mark’s came courtesy of Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Everton and Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Norwich.

It was also a good weekend for Fulham fan Neil Springate. Not only did he watch his side record their first league win of the season in style against QPR, he also pulled in nine points in the predictions league. He correctly predicted the outcomes at Villa, Blackburn, Manchester United, Wolves, Bolton and Swansea and climbed to nine points thanks to Spurs’ 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Talking of the Gunners, it was a poor week all round for Gooner Don McMahon. Not only did he watch his heroes lose to their north London rivals, he also remains at the foot of the table after only managing to record four points. In fact, Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle could only manage four points each, the lowest return of the weekend.

In the experts’ panel, Portsmouth’s Peter Rendle was the top pundit with 11 points – thanks to correct scores at Wolves and Spurs along with five correct outcomes – but Rochdale’s Matt Turner remains the clear leader on 62 points following a haul of nine.  He was joined on nine by Birmingham’s Steve Coulter, Aston Villa’s Lynette Ranson and Blackpool’s Phil Trow, who is just three points behind his rival.

It was a bad weekend for West Ham though as they drew with Crystal Palace and both Mitch Waddon and Matthew Beeby only managed to record four points, followed by fellow Hammer Nigel Telfer on five – alongside Leicester’s Chris Pettitt.

Only two pundits – Chelsea’s Joe Tyler and Liverpool’s Mark Williams – managed to predict Liverpool would win the Merseyside derby 2-0, but only one correctly predicted that Manchester City would beat Blackburn 4-0 – Wigan’s Alan Moore, Chelsea would beat Bolton 5-1 – Norwich’s Sue Read, and that Swansea would beat Stoke 2-0 – Villa’s expert Lynette Ranson.

Norwich’s resilience shocked everyone and only three pundits – West Ham’s Nigel Telfer, Aberdeen fan Colin Illingworth and Liverpool’s Mr Williams – predicted that they would only lose 2-0.

Two pundits tipped Sunderland and West Brom to score – Portsmouth fan Dan Taylor and Norwich’s Sue Read – while three pundits – Middlesbrough’s Sue Gardener, Pompey’s Peter Rendle and Wolves fan Chris Cox – were thankful to the referee’s assistant at Molineux for ruling out a late Wolves equaliser.

Surprisingly no-one came close to predicting Fulham’s emphatic win over QPR, seven got Aston Villa’s score bang on with eight tipping Spurs for a 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Here are the points for our Premier League representatives from the seventh weekend of top flight action:

To see what those results have done to the overall table click here

To see how the experts fared this week click here

To see how those results have affected the overall experts' table click here

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