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Premier League predictions: your chance to put us right (Update)
UPDATE: Have added the panel predictions that were emailed to me on Friday night/Saturday before kick-offs. (Mike Collett loses 10 points for shamelessly trying to predict Saturday’s scores on Sunday morning … and getting them all spot on.)
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So come on, be honest, who was expecting Burnley to beat Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday?
That shocker on the midweek programme really threw our panel, as did Wigan Athletic’s home defeat… See here for our original predictions.
Read em and weep. I know I did.
So, with one point for the right result and five for the exact score, plus the odd bonus point added pretty much arbitrarily, here are our scores after two (or one-and-a-half) rounds of matches:
Miles Evans – 17 points, Owen Wyatt 14, Patrick Johnston 10, Mitch Phillips 9 (including one bonus point for being the only person not to put Man Utd down for a win), Kevin Fylan 8, Paul Radford and Simon Evans 7, Mike Collett 6.
Shamefacedly, I must admit that I got no points at all this week. Are you keeping up your own score at home (or, let’s face it, at the office)? If you had Burnley beating Man Utd, award yourself an extra five points for being so clever.
Chipking, showing us up badly in the comments, gets at least one bonus point, and possibly five or six, for tipping Spurs to beat Hull 4-0 with a Jermain Defoe hat-trick. It was actually 5-1 but with Defoe indeed bagging three that was a spectacular effort.
Maid also did well, getting the right score on Birmingham-Pompey, and getting pretty close with Liverpool-Stoke as well.
Anyway, looking to the future, here are the weekend’s fixtures, with the laughable predictions of our panel at the end… or at least they will be, when they get round to filling them in:
Arsenal v Portsmouth: Awesome Arsenal against the early season crisis club… A no-brainer, no? Mitch Phillips:1-0 ; Owen Wyatt: 3-1; Patrick Johnston: 3-1; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 4-0; Miles Evans: 2-0; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 5-0; Simon Evans: 3-0.
Birmingham City v Stoke City: Stoke were mauled by Liverpool at Anfield. Birmingham picked up a first win. Could this be the first draw of the season? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 0-0; Patrick Johnston: 0-1; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 0-0; Kevin Fylan: 2-1; Miles Evans: 2-1; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 0-0; Simon Evans: 2-1.
Hull City v Bolton Wanderers: Hull are just about everyone’s tip for the drop this season. Watch them prove people wrong here… Mitch Phillips: 0-1; Owen Wyatt: 1-1; Patrick Johnston: 2-2; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 1-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0; Miles Evans: 0-1; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 0-1; Simon Evans: 1-1.
Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers: City beat Barcelona 1-0 in a friendly in midweek. Things really are looking up. Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 2-0; Patrick Johnston: 3-2; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 3-1; Kevin Fylan: 3-1; Miles Evans: 1-1; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 3-2; Simon Evans: 4-2.
Sunderland v Blackburn Rovers: Sunderland had a bad second half against Chelsea but this should be a much more comfortable outing, shouldn’t it? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 0-2; Patrick Johnston: 2-0; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 1-0; Miles Evans: 0-0; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 1-1; Simon Evans: 0-0.
Wigan Athletic v Manchester United: United need to show a bit of character after that Burnley defeat. Surely they won’t produce another Lancashire hodge-podge of a performance… Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 1-4; Patrick Johnston: 0-1; Mike Collett: ; Paul Radford: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-2; Miles Evans: 0-2; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 1-2; Simon Evans: 1-2.
Playing on Sunday:
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs are the leaders after two games. How long before the bubble bursts? Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 2-1; Patrick Johnston: 1-3; Mike Collett: 1-3; Paul Radford: 1-2; Kevin Fylan: 1-1; Miles Evans: 3-1; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 2-1; Simon Evans: 1-1.
Burnley v Everton: Burnley performed heroics in midweek, while Everton atoned for their opening day shocker with a good European League display. Tricky one to call. Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Owen Wyatt: 1-2; Patrick Johnston: 0-0; Mike Collett: 2-1; Paul Radford: 1-2; Kevin Fylan: 0-1; Miles Evans: 0-2; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 1-3; Simon Evans: 2-1.
Fulham v Chelsea: 100 percent Chelsea to maintain their advantage over United and Liverpool? Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 0-2; Patrick Johnston: 0-2; Mike Collett: 0-3; Paul Radford: 1-3; Kevin Fylan: 1-2; Miles Evans: 0-3; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 0-2; Simon Evans: 0-1.
Playing on Monday:
Liverpool v Aston Villa: Liverpool found some form to beat Stoke handily in midweek and with Villa starting poorly this looks like another home win, doesn’t it? Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Owen Wyatt: 2-0; Patrick Johnston: 4-0; Mike Collett: 4-0; Paul Radford: 3-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0; Miles Evans: 2-0; Martyn Herman: ; Justin Palmer: 1-0; Simon Evans: 2-1.
That’s as far as we’ve got so far … give us your predictions in the comments section, and feel free to lord it over us on Monday.
PHOTO: The Burnley mascot poses with a photographer’s camera ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United in Burnley, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis