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Predicting the unpredictable – Chelsea v Liverpool, which way will it go?

October 2, 2009

While the IOC are busy making a rather more important decision in Copenhagen, it’s time again to make fools of ourselves by trying to predict the weekend’s Premier League scores.

There’s no President Obama to help you make your mind up, just gut instinct or my preferred way — the toss of a coin.

Chelsea v Liverpool is the standout game. After all their up and down contests at home and in Europe over recent years it is a tough one to call. That’s exactly why I’m making it this week’s double-pointer, so you’d better study hard.

Their last few results don’t help much in the prediction stakes. The Reds were truly dreadful in the first half of their 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina on Tuesday while Chelsea only beat Apoel Nicosia by one goal having surprisingly lost at Wigan last weekend.

Speaking of which, after a stewards’ inquiry which lasted long into the night, Mitch Phillips has been awarded five extra points after producing documentary evidence that we promised him a bonus for at least guessing the end of Chelsea’s winning run.

So here are the updated scores from the Reuters Soccer Blog Panel: Simon Evans 59, Mitch Phillips 57, Kevin Fylan 56, Patrick Johnston 48, Paul Radford 46, Mike Collett 43, Miles Evans 38, Justin Palmer 35, Neil Maidment 34, Julien Pretot 32, Mark Meadows 30, Asia Sports Desk 28

In the outside world, maid leads with an enormous 80!

See if you can catch him up this week with the following games. Put your Premier League predictions in the comments below and your Olympic 2016 guess here. I’m voting for Scarborough.

Playing Saturday:
Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur: Simon Evans 1-1, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan, Patrick Johnston 1-2, Paul Radford 0-2, Mike Collett 0-3, Miles Evans 2-1, Justin Palmer 0-0, Neil Maidment 0-2, Julien Pretot 1-2, Mark Meadows 1-2, Asia Sports Desk

Burnley v Birmingham City: Simon Evans 1-1, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Kevin Fylan, Patrick Johnston 2-1, Paul Radford 2-0, Mike Collett 2-1, Miles Evans 2-1, Justin Palmer 0-0, Neil Maidment 2-1, Julien Pretot 2-1, Mark Meadows 1-0, Asia Sports Desk

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

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

Manchester United v Sunderland: Simon Evans 4-0, Mitch Phillips 2-1, Kevin Fylan , Patrick Johnston 3-1, Paul Radford 3-0, Mike Collett 3-1, Miles Evans 2-0, Justin Palmer 3-0, Neil Maidment 3-0, Julien Pretot 4-0, Mark Meadows 2-0, Asia Sports Desk

Playing on Sunday:
Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers: Simon Evans 3-0, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Kevin Fylan , Patrick Johnston 3-0, Paul Radford 3-1, Mike Collett 3-0, Miles Evans 4-1, Justin Palmer 1-1, Neil Maidment 3-1, Julien Pretot 3-0, Mark Meadows 4-1, Asia Sports Desk

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

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

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

Playing on Monday:
Aston Villa v Manchester City: Simon Evans 1-1, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan , Patrick Johnston 2-1, Paul Radford 1-1, Mike Collett 2-0, Miles Evans 1-2, Justin Palmer 2-1, Neil Maidment 2-3, Julien Pretot 2-2, Mark Meadows 2-2, Asia Sports Desk

PHOTO: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba (L) beats Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel to score his goal during their Champions League quarter-final second leg soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Comments

Liverpool were very poor in Italy this week, but that does look like a blip. Chelsea on the otherhand, were poor in Europe, and also in the league at the weekend. It will be a massive game for both clubs, even at this early stage – defeat for Liverpool would mean that they had already lost more games this season than in the entire campaign last time round. Personally, I think 2-1 Liverpool – Cech being suspended is a massive boost for them, and they are the team with most to prove, but, being away, the least to lose.http://sportales.com/soccer/english -premiership-correct-score-predictions-w eek-seven-031009/

 

Arsenal v Blackburn, 15:00 2-0Aston Villa v Man City, 1-0Bolton v Tottenham, 0-2Burnley v Birmingham, 3.1Chelsea v Liverpool, 1-0Everton v Stoke, 2.0Hull v Wigan, 1-2Man Utd v Sunderland, 4-0West Ham v Fulham, 2-1Wolverhampton v Portsmouth, 1-1hopefully i get to see my boys run rings round liverpool, and take all 3 points.

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

Arsenal v Blackburn 4-0Aston Villa v Man City 2-1Bolton v Tottenham 1-1Burnley v Birmingham 2-0Chelsea v Liverpool 2-3Everton v Stoke 3-0Hull v Wigan 2-1Man Utd v Sunderland 1-0West Ham v Fulham 2-0Wolverhampton v Portsmouth 0-0was torn between whether missing cech would improve or hinder chelseas chances considering his pretty poor form this season, ive gone for the latter, fingers crossed..

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Posted by James | Report as abusive
 

Saturday, 3 October 2009Arsenal v Blackburn, 4-1Aston Villa v Man City, 1-2Bolton v Tottenham, 0-2Burnley v Birmingham, 2-1Chelsea v Liverpool, 1-1Everton v Stoke, 2-0Hull v Wigan, 0-1Man Utd v Sunderland, 3-1West Ham v Fulham, 0-1Wolverhampton v Portsmouth, 0-2Hoping my 24th Birthday can spur me on to a great predicting week and plenty of perfects!!!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

its goin to be a cracker, but i can see the blues beating the reds by 2-1.

Posted by olayinka | Report as abusive
 

I can’t believe you gave in to the moaning Mitch Phillips! You have opened the floodgates to a whole list of complaints from other competitors, you have lost a lot of respect. This is a witchhunt against honest predictors

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive
 

patrick. you are asked to predict, not to witchhunt anybody. the blues is carrying the day–period

Posted by olayinka | Report as abusive
 

Well Patrick it was a bit like one of those FIA hearings. He did produce legally-binding documents, with time stamps, showing that he was due the extra points. But he is a scoundrel, I agree

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

good to see that other people take these fixtures as seriously as me, thought i was the only one..

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Bolton 1 Tottenham 2Burnley 2 Birmingham 2Hull 1 Wigan 2Wolves 2 Portsmouth 0Man United 3 Sunderland 1Arsenal 2 Blackburn 0Everton 2 Stoke 1West Ham 2 Fulham 0Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

Posted by Red Devil | Report as abusive
 

looks like all the reuters guys will be playing catch up with patrick this weekend after a great start to the fixtures!

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