Midweek Premier League special. Can you beat the panel?

August 17, 2009

Never let it be said that we at Reuters Soccer Blog shirk a challenge. Our attempts at score prediction on the opening weekend produced results that were modest at best but never fear, we’re straight back in for another shot (that’ll doubtless be blasted over the bar).

Once again, please send in your own predictions … they can scarcely be any worse than ours, and if you do especially well, we’ll gladly let you lord it over us here on the blog.

The six matches this week are as follows:

Sunderland v Chelsea: After Chelsea’s scare in the opening game of the season, and Sunderland’s positive start, the predictions for this are a little more circumspect. Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 0-2; Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Mike Collett: 0-2; Paul Radford: 0-2; Kevin Fylan: 1-0. Late entries: Miles Evans: 0-2; Martyn Herman: 0-2.

Wigan Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers: What a result from Wigan on Saturday, eh? Hardly anyone expected them to beat Aston Villa, but I suppose when you consider how badly Villa finished last season it wasn’t such a shocking result. Wigan to make it maximum points from two? Mitch Phillips: 2-0; Owen Wyatt: 4-4; Patrick Johnston: 3-0; Mike Collett: 1-1; Paul Radford: 1-0; Kevin Fylan: 1-0. Late entries: Miles Evans: 0-1; Martyn Herman: 2-1.

Wednesday:

Birmingham City v Portsmouth: Birmingham came close to getting something from Old Trafford on Sunday so that should have done something for their self-belief. Maybe. Another bad day for Portsmouth? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 2-0; Patrick Johnston: 2-1; Mike Collett: 2-1; Paul Radford: 0-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0. Late entries: Miles Evans: 2-2; Martyn Herman: 4-1.

Burnley v Manchester United: It was a tough start for Burnley at Stoke and this is not going to be a cakewalk either, is it? Mitch Phillips: 0-0; Owen Wyatt: 0-3; Patrick Johnston: 1-2; Mike Collett: 0-3; Paul Radford: 0-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-2. Late entries: Miles Evans: 1-3; Martyn Herman: 0-3.

Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs made a fantastic start to the season but with a little luck Hull might have pulled off just as big a surprise by taking something off Chelsea. It’s got to be Spurs, though, hasn’t it? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 0-2; Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Mike Collett: 0-2; Paul Radford: 1-2; Kevin Fylan: 1-1. Late entries: Miles Evans: 2-0; Martyn Herman: 1-3.

Liverpool v Stoke City: The temptation to write off Liverpool has been too much for a lot of people after what was, admittedly, a shoddy performance against Spurs. Will Gerrard drop back to midfield? Will Voronin start up front? Will Xabi Alonso’s reputation grow any further in his absence? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 3-1; Patrick Johnston: 0-0; Mike Collett: 2-1; Paul Radford: 3-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-0. Late entries: Miles Evans: 2-0; Martyn Herman: 2-0.

So, don’t be shy… Give us your predictions in the comments, and tell us where we’ve gone wrong. 

PHOTO: Manchester United’s Michael Owen reacts after missing a chance against Birmingham City at Old Trafford, northern England August 16, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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err lads, Stoke City are going to win 2-0, Shawcross both goals, Rafa out, stick a monkey on it, monster, monster

Posted by On the money | Report as abusive

Haha you really are expecting the unexpected this time round arent you, sunderland 1-0 chelsea?! Thats a very brave prediction for me, ive gone 0-2 chelsea hoping they will take their away form from last season forward.

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Few more late entries to add on this… hold on

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Yes, it is a bit odd, I know. the only thing is, Chelsea looked a little rusty in the opening game and the first away match of the season could be a bit tough… Only a slim chance, but you never know.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

stranger things have happened in the world of football, and weve seen what a new manager can do for a team in both wigan and sunderland in the first day of this season so that could be a sneaky prediction..

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Sunderland 0 – 3 Chelsea (Drogba’s recital)
Wigan 1 – 0 Wolverhampton
Birmingham 1 – 2 Portsmouth
Burnley 0 – 2 Manchester United (Duty goals by Rooney+Berbatov)
Hull City 1 – 4 Tottenham (Modric’s day out)
Liverpool 1 – 0 Stoke City (Captain Gerrard’s good old penalty)

Straight from NYC

Posted by Luca | Report as abusive

this time i’m going Chelsea to win 2-1, Wigan to win 2-0, Birming v Portsmouth no idea, let’s say 2-0, Burnley to draw with United 1-1, Hull to lose 1-0 at home to Spurs and Liverpool to draw 0-0.

Posted by james | Report as abusive

sund 0 – 2 chelsea
wigan 1 – 0 wolves
birmingham 1 – 0 pompey
burnley 0 – 2 united
hull 1 – 3 spurs
liverpool 3 – 0 stoke

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

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Think Pool might struggle in this game. Never under estimate Stoke’s ability. They are a tough nut to crack. Pool had 2 0-0s with them last season.

I do think Pool might just sneak it, not a convinicing win for me.

If Pool fails to win, the Rafa critics will be going full steam ahead.

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Posted by james | Report as abusive

Hoping for a Hull disaster to start their downward spiral to relegation, nothing would make me happier than seeing Phil “very” Brown go down!.

birmingham 0 – 0 pompey ( boring and dull doesnt even sound exciting does it)
burnley 0 – 2 united (berbs to finally dleiver)
hull 0 – 4 spurs (defoe hatrick)
liverpool 0 – 0 stoke ( torres struggles continue)

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

Well Well, who saw the Burnley result coming certainly not me! Could well be a very exciting league this year, cannot wait lol predictions wis might just give up now think all i got rite was defoes hatrick! bring on saturdays games now!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

You’re right, Chipking… I don’t think anyone saw that one coming. But what a night for Burnley on their first home match as a top flight club for 33 years… I’m good friends with a Burnley fan but haven’t heard from him … I suspect he might be slightly hungover this morning!

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Ans Chipking, you got your Hull disaster … and even a defoe hat-trick! I’ll tot up the marks for everyone later but you deserve a bonus for defoe.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

seein as chipking is supposed to be abit of a rival i will, just this once, congratulate him on this result. Simply for the fact that i took great pleasure in seeing phil orange squirming on the touchline knowing that this season is going to be much like the 2nd half of last season for them, pretty shocking! And as for burnley, im not sure about your mate kevin but im a fulham fan n i certainly went out to celebrate that aswell as the hull result! As for fixtures i would of had 2 perfects if ngog hadnt come on and ruined everything for me, was a pretty good nite!

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Thanks maid praise from you is appreciated as its not forthcoming usually! I must agree that their season looks like being null and void already, and to hear their 12 mill singing has collapsed too made me so much happier this morning, Real Madrid to Hull please! And just think your team Fulham kept them up with sloppy defending last year in the last minute, shocking.

Kevin, bonus point appreciated and to your mate if their ever was a day for a skive off work to carry the party on then it was last night!

And no draws at all so far in the league.

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

no fixture predictions today guys..?

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Hi Maid. Just gone up now… Still waiting for most of the panel to get back from lunch but we have three in so have put it up on the front page blogs.reuters,com/soccer with pernament url http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/ 21/premier-league-predictions-your-chanc e-to-put-us-right/

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

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