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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Predict the Premier League - Experts: Portsmouth make late surge for the title

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Portsmouth may be preparing for life in League Two but Pompey fan Peter Rendle still has a chance of ending the season with silverware following his points haul in our Predict the Premier League competition.

Mr Rendle has pulled in an impressive 34 points to top the weekly chart and goes into the final weekend 19 points behind the leader Antony Melvin. With 30 points up for grabs, Pompey need a miracle, but anything can happen in this game.

Here is a rundown of who has scored what over the past few weeks.

April 27/28/29

Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1

City were already dethroned as champions but they brushed past the Hammers. A total of a dozen experts went for a home win, but only Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia and Portsmouth's Mr Rendle predicted a 2-1 win for the former champions.

Everton 1 Fulham 0

The Cottagers have never won a league game at Goodison Park and that run continued as the Toffees ran out 1-0 winners. A total of 11 experts picked up a point here, but none of them got the score correct.

Southampton 0 West Brom 3

The Baggies hadn't won on the south coast for a generation, but Steve Clarke's men rewrote the history books with a convincing 3-0 victory. Only Aberdeen's Colin Illingworth got the result right.

Stoke City 1 Norwich City 0

The Potters all but confirmed their survival with this crucial win over fellow strugglers Norwich. Charlie Adam scored the only goal of the game to give five experts points, with Blackburn's Terry Kennedy, Leicester City's Chris Pettitt and Portsmoth' s Dan Taylor all picking up maximum points.

Wigan 2 Spurs 2

This was a result that benefited neither side or pundits. Only one expert got this correct, that was Blackburn fan Terry Kennedy.

Newcastle 0 Liverpool 6

The visitors may have lacked Luis Suarez's bite in attack but they still hit Alan Pardew's men for six, and it could have been more! Not one single expert expected Liverpool to triumph here. Tut tut!

Reading 0 QPR 0

Both sides went down in a dour game at the Madejski. Seven experts expected a stalemate, but only Portsmouth's Peter Rendle thought it would end goalless.

Chelsea 2 Swansea City 0

The Blues kept up their Champions League charge with a comfortable 2-0 home win over the Capital One Cup winners. A total of 12 experts picked up points for a home win, with half of them getting the score spot on.

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 1

Robin van Persie returned to the Emirates as a Premier League winner and scored in an entertaining draw in north London. The draw was predicted by eight experts, five of them - Birmingham's Steve Coulter, Sunderland's Sarshar Hosseinnia, Blackburn's Mr Kennedy and the Portsmouth pairing of Dan Taylor and Peter Rendle - got the final score spot on.

Aston Villa 6 Sunderland 1

The Villans ran riot over the Black Cats on Monday night. Paul Lambert's men floored Paolo Di Canio by hitting them for six. Only Wolves fan Chris Cox saw the points staying at Villa Park.

May 4/5/6/7

Fulham 2 Reading 4

Where did that come from? The relegated Royals went goal crazy at the Cottage and denied everyone a point.

Norwich City 1 Aston Villa 2

Paul Lambert returned to Carrow Road and did what he does best there, win. Agbonlahor was the visitors' hero with a brace, giving three experts points - Birmingham's Mr Coulter, Middlesbrough's Sue Gardener got the result right to pick up a point, but Wolves' Mr Cox collected all three for his prediciton of 1-2.

Swansea City 0 Man City 0

The Capital One Cup winners held the dethroned champions to a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium. Only two experts saw that coming, with Bolton's Dave Blackburn getting the score spot on.

Spurs 1 Southampton 0

Former Saint Gareth Bale became a sinner for the visitors with a late goal that kept up their hopes of finishing in the top four. Eleven experts tipped success for the hosts, but no-one thought it would be so tight.

West Brom 2 Wigan Atheltic 3

The Latics kept up their hopes of another great escape by beating the Baggies at the Hawthorns. Only four experts predicted glory for the visitors.

West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 0

The Geordies left the capital with a point and a clean sheet to move them slightly nearer safety, although they should have clinched all three points with a goal chalked off. Only three experts predicted a draw, but Mr Coulter and Leicester's Mr Pettitt picked up maximum points for expecting a goalless game.

QPR 0 Arsenal 1

It had been a long time since Arsenal last won at Loftus Road but it only took Theo Walcott a matter of seconds to put that right. It was the only goal of the game giving 13 experts a point.

Liverpool 0 Everton 0

Jamie Carragher and Phil Neville played in their last Merseyside derby. The game ended all square, a result that 10 experts expected.

Manchester United 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea beat the champions at Old Trafford to stay on course for a top four finish, but only Wolves' Mr Cox predicted an away win.

Sunderland 1 Stoke City 1

The Black Cats bouned back from the Villa Park meltdown to record a draw against Stoke City at the Stadium of Light. Four experts thought this would end all square, but the Pompey pairing of Mr Taylor and Mr Rendle and West Ham's Nigel Telfer got the score spot on.

Man City 1 West Brom 0

Mancini's men won 1-0 but the Baggies made a real game of it. As expected, City were strong favourites for the points and 11 experts got the outcome correct, but nobody thought it would be such a nervous victory.

Wigan 2 Swansea City 3

Twice the Latics took the lead in this decisive game, but they just couldn't see off a battling Swansea City side. Only Mr Pettitt and Mrs Gardener envisaged victory for the visitors here.

Chelsea 2 Spurs 2

Tottenham Hotspur could have put themselves in the driving seat for a Champions League spot if they had beaten Chelsea at the Bridge, but a point was better than nothing. Five pundits predicted a draw and three of them - Mitch Waddon, Mr Kennedy and Mr Rendle - all got the final score spot on.

May 11/12

Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

Frank Lampard sealed his place in Chelsea folklore by overtaking Bobby Tambling's goalscoring record at Villa Park. His brace cancelled out Benteke's opener to ensure Chelsea will be playing in the Champions League next season. Eight of our expers went for an away win, with Mr Coulter, Mr Waddon, Mr Blackburn, Mr Rendle and Mr Cox all getting the score correct.

Stoke City 1 Spurs 2

Spurs showed their fighting qualities again, this time at the Britannia Stadium. Nine experts backed Spurs with four of them getting the score spot on.

Everton 2 West Ham 0

David Moyes bowed out of Goodison Park with a well earned three points against the Hammers. Nine experts expected the points to stay on Merseyside with three of them getting the score correct.

Fulham 1 Liverpool 3

Daniel Sturridge scored his first hat-trick for the Reds proving that there is more to Liverpool than just Luis Suarez. Six experts expected the Reds to run out winners, but no-one got the score right.

Norwich City 4 West Brom 0

The Canaries had to win this to avoid any talk of the drop and boy did they win. They smashed four past the Baggies without reply to leave the Canaries in dreamland. Not that our pundits had much faith in them. No-one went for a home win.

QPR 1 Newcastle United 2

The Geordies had failed to win in the capital all season but needed a result to steer clear of the drop. Pardew's men got the job done, winning 2-1. Four experts went with the away side.

Sunderland 1 Southampton 1

The Black Cats picked up what could be a crucial point in their battle to beat the drop. Five experts  went for the draw with only Antony Melvin getting the score spot on.

Manchester United 2 Swansea City 1

Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out of Old Trafford with a win thanks to a late Rio Ferdinand goal. A dozen pundits predicted success for Fergie on his final game in charge at the Theatre of Dreams but nobody expected Swansea to put up such a fight.

Arsenal 4 Wigan Athletic 1

Arsenal kept up their charge for Champions League football by consigning the FA Cup winners Wigan to relegation. The result was predicted by nine experts.

Reading 0 Manchester City 2

Managerless Man City left the Madejski with all three points thanks to goals from Aguero and Dzeko. Only 11 experts fancied the former champions, but Mr Larkin, Mr Pettitt, Mr Hosseinnia, Mr Rendle, Mr Telfer and Mr Cox all got the score spot on.

Here is a quick look at who scored what over the past few weeks.


To see how these scores have affected the overall table, click here


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