Back to the real world: league predictions

September 11, 2009

Now we’ve got that pesky international interlude behind us (it’ll all end in tears, you know it will) we can get back to the serious business of predicting the scores in the Premier League.

Remember how it works: We, at Reuters Soccer Blog, publish our individual predictions for the weekend Premier League matches here on a Friday. You, laughing snidely at our pathetic efforts, send in yours in the comments section below the post.

As the weekend goes by, we get embarrassed and you get to poke fun. You get a point for predicting the right result, and make that a whopping five points if you get the exact score. Simples.

And if you’re thinking of joining in for the first time now … go ahead. The scoring has been so low that with a couple of correct scores you’ll catch up in no time. Really, we don’t seem to be very good at this here at RSB.

Even better, The Contest is operated on the honour system, in the great tradition of Seinfeld, so feel free to keep your own score. I do sometimes award bonus points, though, so keep checking back to the home page at Reuters Soccer Blog to see how you’re doing.

The Reuters scores so far: Paul Radford 31, Justin Palmer 28, Patrick Johnston 25, Simon Evans 25, Miles Evans 24, Kevin Fylan 23, Mitch Phillips 16, Mike Collett 14, Neil Maidment 11, Asia Sports Desk 5, Mark Meadows 5 (last three on debut)

The Rest of the World: Insert your score here (or in the comments).

So, without further ado, here are this weekend’s matches, and the predictions we have so far. I’ll update the post as we get more.

Blackburn v Wolves: Patrick Johnston: 1-0; Mike Collett: 0-1; Asian Sports Desk: 1-0; Kevin Fylan: 2-0; Miles Evans: 1-1; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 0-1; Neil Maidment: 1-1; Mark Meadows: 1-1; Paul Radford: 2-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Julien Pretot: 1-1

Liverpool v Burnley: Patrick Johnston: 4-1; Mike Collett: 4-2; Asian Sports Desk: 4-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-1; Miles Evans: 3-0; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 1-1; Neil Maidment: 2-0; Mark Meadows: 2-0; Paul Radford: 3-0; Mitch Phillips: 2-0; Julien Pretot: 4-0

Manchester City v Arsenal: Patrick Johnston: 1-2; Mike Collett: 1-0; Asian Sports Desk: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 0-2; Miles Evans: 1-0; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 1-2; Neil Maidment: 1-2; Mark Meadows: 2-2; Paul Radford: 1-0; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Julien Pretot: 1-1

Portsmouth v Bolton: Patrick Johnston: 1-0; Mike Collett: 0-1; Asian Sports Desk: 0-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0; Miles Evans: 2-2; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 0-0; Neil Maidment: 1-0; Mark Meadows: 0-0; Paul Radford: 3-1; Mitch Phillips: 0-1; Julien Pretot: 1-2

Stoke v Chelsea: Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Mike Collett: 2-1; Asian Sports Desk: 0-0; Kevin Fylan: 1-2; Miles Evans: 3-1; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 0-3; Neil Maidment: 0-0; Mark Meadows: 0-2; Paul Radford: 1-1; Mitch Phillips: 0-0; Julien Pretot: 0-3

Sunderland v Hull City: Patrick Johnston: 3-0; Mike Collett: 2-3; Asian Sports Desk: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 0-0; Miles Evans: 1-2; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 1-0; Neil Maidment: 2-1; Mark Meadows: 1-0; Paul Radford: 2-0; Mitch Phillips: 2-0; Julien Pretot: 3-1

Wigan v West Ham: Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Mike Collett: 0-2; Asian Sports Desk: 2-2; Kevin Fylan: 1-0; Miles Evans: 0-1; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 1-1; Neil Maidment: 0-1; Mark Meadows: 0-1; Paul Radford: 1-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Julien Pretot: 0-2

Spurs v Manchester United: Patrick Johnston: 1-2; Mike Collett: 3-1; Asian Sports Desk: 1-1; Kevin Fylan: 1-4; Miles Evans: 1-3; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 2-1; Neil Maidment: 2-1; Mark Meadows: 1-1; Paul Radford: 2-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-3; Julien Pretot: 2-2

Birmingham City v Aston Villa: Patrick Johnston: 1-1; Mike Collett: 2-0; Asian Sports Desk:2-0 ; Kevin Fylan: 2-2; Miles Evans: 2-0; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 1-1; Neil Maidment: 1-3; Mark Meadows: 2-2; Paul Radford: 1-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-1; Julien Pretot: 2-0

Fulham v Everton: Patrick Johnston: 2-1; Mike Collett: 2-0; Asian Sports Desk: 2-0; Kevin Fylan: 1-2; Miles Evans: 0-0; Justin Palmer: ; Simon Evans: 2-1; Neil Maidment: 2-2; Mark Meadows: 1-0; Paul Radford: 0-1; Mitch Phillips: 1-0; Julien Pretot: 1-0

PHOTO: Germany’s Miroslav Klose scores against Azerbaijan in their World Cup qualifier in Hanover September 9, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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A refreshing international break has helped my predciting head, this is the week the panel show their bouncebackability – Kenwyne Jones to bag a hattrick at home to Hull, Benni McCarthy to score the winner at home to Wolves

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

God i have missed the prem last wkd was so boring with no predictions i had to ease my cravings by predicting the internationals and that proved even harder than the prem lol

SO this week i have kept it simple no scores just scores but i feel man city can maintain the form shown and grab a win. Spurs run will end but the injuries will be an excuse used but in reality united will just be better. Surely Burnley cannot beat Liverpool at Anfield if they do then i will streak naked throughout my office!!

Birmingham v Aston Villa,0-2
Blackburn v Wolverhampton 1-1
Fulham v Everton, 1-1
Liverpool v Burnley, 3-0
Man City v Arsenal, 2-1
Portsmouth v Bolton, 0-1
Stoke v Chelsea, 0-2
Sunderland v Hull, 2-1
Tottenham v Man Utd, 1-2
Wigan v West Ham, 0-1

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

brum 1 – 2 villa
b’burn 1 – 0 wolves
fulham 2 – 1 everton
pool 3 – 0 burnley
city 0 – 2 arsenal
pompey 1 – 1 bolton
stoke 0 – 2 chelsea
sunderland 3 – 0 hull
spurs 2 – 1 united
wigan 0 – 1 west ham

not got a clue what my scores from the first couple of weeks were but i got 16 in the last game week so i’ll put that as my score so far, glad to see im not the only one who thinks spurs could pull off a result against united

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

after realising that not knowing my scores from the first few weeks would mean i wasted valuable predictions so i decided to go back over the blogs and total up my scores, dont judge me. the total im on as far as i can work out is 34, the first game week ive taken my scores from my work fixtures as i wasnt open to the world of reuters blogging at this point

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Adebayor to score the winner, 2-1 v Arsenal. Spurs 2-0 over United. Liverpool to lose at home to Burnley (0-2) and Benitez on his way. I’ll do the ohters when I’ve had a think.

Posted by KP Chris | Report as abusive

A lot of people expecting Liverpool to run riot against Burnley — I’m looking at you Chipking and Maid — but I’m not so sure. I can see Jensen playing a blinder and keeping a clean sheet. Hwoever, I am sleep-deprived and in need of a large g+t.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

And maid, we’ll happily take you on 34. I’ll add you to the table as of Monday morning. Good luck!

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Maid is having a laugh ! there is no way that a man who predicts that Spurs will beat United can be top of the predicting standings

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

Following on from Maid’s tally of his totals i also checked mine and rechecked his from our work league too, and i have got him on a rather large and massive number of 42(checked 3 times)lol with myself somewhat struggling on 31.

Kev i think torres and gerrard will be bouyed from international successes and can see them relinking up as they did so often last year, and i do believe that jensen will be a busy man making saves throughout the game but once the first goes in then i see more coming. But have been mightily impressed so far. Bonus points beckon for yourself then if jensen keeps his clean sheet and plays a blinder surely!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

its shouts like spurs to beat united that seperates the men from the boys patrick! only kidding, i just think that the fact spurs are in such good form at the moment plus lennon and defoe buzzing will give them a great chance of beating a depleated united side, you think back to man u’s strongest side last year and you look at the side they are likely to put out on sunday and they are missing some key players either gone for good or injured such as van der sar, ronaldo, tevez, ferdinand (50-50) brown (50-50)

i cant deny the fact united are still favourites but i just think the gap between spurs and united from last year to this year has been bridged significantley

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Maid

Tottenham are buzzing are they? they beat Hull City, West Ham and Birmingham (in the last minute) hardly buzzing. the Liverpool victory ok, but that was as much liverpool being awful as spurs half decent.
I believe you should be dropped five points for your statements this afternoon, kevin dont you agree?

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

no tottenham are in good form is what i said, lennon and defoe are buzzing, so you dont agree with the fact that united have got a weakended side in comparison to last season? or that tottenham have grown in terms of confidence and players?

you are also missing the fact that united arent exactly in form this season are they, losing to burnley is an obvious stand out but they were extremely lucky to beat arsenal the other week and i still feel that the gap left by ronaldo will have a massive impact on there season, and hopefully now the spurs game!

kevin if u agree that my statements are worth docking me points for fair enough, but i personally believe what im saying is completely valid, far far stranger things have happened in football

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Never fear, Maid. I’m docking Patrick points. As a matter of principle.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Hi chipking. Good point about Gerrard. YOu never know after these international weeks, do you? In Spain they talk about the FIFA Virus, and how you can never predict what will happen when the players have perhaps just a day or two to recover from long trips. We’ll see…

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Can’t believe the lack of faith being shown in the Potters, let’s face it you’ve all got Shawcross and Sorensen in your fantasy league teams but don’t have the faith in them to turn over a World Cup qualifier-weary Chelsea!

Tuncay to score on his first start for the Potters, 3-1…thank you very much.

Posted by Miles | Report as abusive

good to have the premier league back.

blackburn 2-1 wolves
liverpool 3-0 burnley
city 2-3 arsenal
portsmouth 0-0 bolton
stoke 0-3 chelsea
sunderland 2-1 hull
wigan 1-2 west ham
tottenham 2-2 man united
birmingham 1-2 aston villa
fulham 1-2 everton

Have amended a couple of scores from Asia (who have the emails to prove my fingers slipped) and added Paul Radford’s efforts, which did sneak in on Friday evening… Scores going up in half an hour or so, so watch the front page…

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

[...] Our leader, Paul Radford, managed an unhappy three points this week … and look, who’s that chap who has sneaked through to replace him at the top? That was not the most impressive display of the week, however … for that look at one Julien Pretot, our new signing from the Paris bureau who leapt in with a 14 in his first week! [...]