Premier League: Our predictions, your predictions — Update

August 14, 2009

UPDATE: Now with added rollcall of shame! Click here for full details of just how badly our panel did

The new Premier League season is upon us and this year we at the Reuters Soccer Blog have decided to stick our necks out as never before.

Instead of the usual season previews, picking one of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool to win the league and the new arrivals to struggle, we’re doing this the hard way and giving our predictions on a match by match basis.

So without further ado, here are the predictions from a random group of Reuters bloggers. Couldn’t agree more? Couldn’t agree less? Give us your predictions too and see if you can do better than our own modest efforts. We may even keep a running score…

Chelsea v Hull City: Hull escaped relegation despite a disastrous run in the second-half of last season. That was down to their great start but surely they’re not going to come up with another shock here, are they? Worryingly for Hull, Chelsea looked in tune with Carlo Ancelotti’s diamond formation in the Community Shield win over Manchester United.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 3-0; Miles Evans: 4-0; Mike Collett: 3-0; Mitch Phillips: 2-0; Patrick Johnston: 3-0; Owen Wyatt: 2-0; Simon Evans: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 4-1

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic: Two sides that have suffered in the close-season. Villa lost captain Gareth Barry to Man City and defender Martin Laursen to retirement; Wigan lost their manager Steve Bruce and midfielder Lee Cattermole to Sunderland and winger Antonio Valencia to Manchester United and there are fears for their survival this year. New manager Roberto Martinez has a big job on his hands.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 1-0; Miles Evans: 1-1; Mike Collett: 1-0; Mitch Phillips: 2-1; Patrick Johnston: 2-0; Owen Wyatt: 1-1; Simon Evans: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0

Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City: All eyes will be on Ewood Park to see how Man City, the Galacticos Lite, do in their opening fixture. Sam Allardyce made Blackburn a tough nut to crack in the second half of last season. Robinho, Tevez, Adebayor, Wright-Phillips and co must fancy their chances, but their pre-season form wasn’t great, was it?

Predictions: Paul Radford: 1-2; Miles Evans: 1-1; Mike Collett: 2-3; Mitch Phillips 0-0; Patrick Johnston: 1-2; Owen Wyatt: 1-0; Simon Evans: 0-2; Kevin Fylan: 3-3 (humdinger)

Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland: A new manager and a record signing add up to high hopes at Sunderland but this is a fiddly fixture to begin their campaign. Bolton never make life comfortable for visiting teams.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 1-2; Miles Evans: 1-1; Mike Collett: 1-0; Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 0-0; Simon Evans: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-1

Portsmouth v Fulham: Portsmouth fans were overjoyed at the prospect of a mega-bucks new owner but with players leaving and few new faces it could be easy pickings for Fulham on the opening day.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 1-3; Miles Evans: 0-2; Mike Collett: 0-2; Mitch Phillips: 0-0; Patrick Johnston: 0-2; Owen Wyatt: 1-3; Simon Evans: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-4

Stoke City v Burnley: Stoke offered Burnley the blueprint of how to survive last season but beginning your first top-flight campaign in 33 years without three first choice defenders through injuries is a bit unfortunate. James Beattie, who made an instant impact after joining Stoke in the January transfer window, must be looking forward to the opening day.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 1-1; Miles Evans: 3-1; Mike Collett: 1-1; Mitch Phillips: 0-0; Patrick Johnston: 3-0; Owen Wyatt: 1-0; Simon Evans: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 2-3

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United: Wolves are back but how long will the yo-yo club survive this time? Mick McCarthy has a good track record of getting teams into the Premier League but surviving is another matter.  Gianfranco Zola managed a ninth place finish with West Ham last year despite money problems but can they push on?

Predictions: Paul Radford: 3-2; Miles Evans: 1-3; Mike Collett: 1-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Patrick Johnston: 2-2; Owen Wyatt: 0-2; Simon Evans: 1-2; Kevin Fylan: 1-2

Everton v Arsenal: This is a tough ask first up for an Arsenal side without a big name signing but they do have a proud opening day record under Arsene Wenger and were leading scorers away from home last year. And Everton are struggling with injuries in attack and defence…

Predictions: Paul Radford: 0-1; Miles Evans: 0-1; Mike Collett: 2-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Patrick Johnston: 0-2; Owen Wyatt: 0-3; Simon Evans: 0-0; Kevin Fylan: 1-1


Manchester United v Birmingham City: Cristiano Ronaldo is gone, so has Carlos Tevez, but United still looked pretty dangerous in the Community Shield last weekend. Birmingham’s promotion to the Premier League was built on a solid defence – but they didn’t have to face Rooney, Berbatov and Owen last year.

Predictions: Paul Radford:1-1; Miles Evans: 2-0; Mike Collett: 4-0; Mitch Phillips: 3-0; Patrick Johnston: 4-0; Owen Wyatt: 2-0; Simon Evans: 3-0; Kevin Fylan: 3-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Liverpool begin life without Xabi Alonso, and with an injury crisis affecting their defence this could be an uncomfortable start. They lost at Spurs 2-1 last season, in Harry Redknapp’s first game, and you can bet Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane will be looking to prove a point.

Predictions: Paul Radford: 2-2; Miles Evans: 2-1; Mike Collett: 1-2; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Patrick Johnston: 2-1; Owen Wyatt: 1-1; Simon Evans: 1-0; Kevin Fylan: 2-2

So go on then … give us your predictions.

(Mini-previews by Patrick Johnston)

PHOTO: Michael Ballack wins friends at the Community Shield, Wembley Stadium, August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples


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Not many people predicting a Liverpool win on the opening day… only Mike Collett.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Easy for Chelsea and man united, much tougher for Liverpool and arsenal and I suspect the start of a disappointing season for man city…

Posted by Jane c | Report as abusive

Where is the confidence in Man City?? We’ll stuff Blackburn 4-0 – Champions League here we come

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive

The confidence, or cockyness of the man city fans is goin to make there average season all the more satisfying. Especially when all the ex europa cup, champions league players they have signed realise that they do need to play in these competitions in order to further there careers. Unless theyre happy getting a run out in the league cup an finishing 6-8th in the league

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Agree with Jane that Liverpool and Arsenal have very tough starts in each other’s cities. And maid and Jeff, we’ll see who’s right come the end of the season…

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Dont be fooled by citeh’s spending jeff. your still a joke of club. its gonna take them 3 months to get going and for all these overpaid whingers to start clicking.

Prediction Blackburn 2 Citeh 0

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manchester city wont be anything special this year , manchester united will miss ronaldo , chelsea i think will win the league , arsenal close behind and i think liverpool will struggle

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I think Arsenal should be happy with a draw, playing away at Everton. 1-1, unless Wenger surprises us with his lineup (in a good or bad way).

Playing away is tough, but Liverpool did get 2nd place last year. If Kuyt and Mascherano come to play, I say Liverpool 2-1.

Manchester City do have to prove themselves, but they’re playing Blackburn. City 2-0.

Posted by Bryce | Report as abusive

I’m in…
Chelsea v Hull City: 2-0
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic :1-0
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City: 1-1
Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland: 2-2
Portsmouth v Fulham: 1-0
Stoke City v Burnley: 3-0
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United: 0-3
Everton v Arsenal: 1-2
Manchester United v Birmingham City: 4-0
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: 0-2

Posted by Jimbo | Report as abusive

city may have the players to win games but they need time to gel and play with cohesion, give them 2-3 months. no titles, no breaking into the big four this season. maybe the next two seasons.

Come on Kevin Fylan! Do you call a club who went up six years ago a yo-yo club? Yo-yo clubs are those who in seven years – sorry Albion – went up three time and gone down three times. You seem to go all the way bebind the Big Four so don’t make life miserable for the promoted teams even when a ball has not been kicked.

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Bet no-one saw the arsenal everton score coming!! Unfortunatley though spurs winning means their fans will be as unbearable as ever, convinced they ‘deserve’ to be in the top four. Still not quite sure what gives them the right to think that, although they charge their fans like they belong in the top four.

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