North London derby offers little hope to prediction paupers (UPDATE)

November 1, 2009

******Monday morning update, by Kevin Fylan: This was the weekend that the Reuters Soccer Blog panel struck back. Mark Meadows managed a stonking 22 points from the 10 games, the first time we’ve really had a score to shout about. Can anyone beat that? Leader Patrick Johnston got a solid 13, while Neil Maidment has made a great leap forward with 18. In any other week, Neil…******Remember, you bag five points for getting the score spot on, and just one if you got the result right but the wrong score. Here’s our updated league table. Where do you stand?******Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 105, Mitch Phillips 89, Paul Radford 87, Mike Collett 76, Simon Evans 74, Mark Meadows 72, Kevin Fylan 71, Miles Evans 70, Julien Pretot 69, Neil Maidment 62, Asia Sports Desk 53, Justin Palmer 38, Martyn Herman 20, Sonia Oxley 10 (plus belated bonus from last week, =15)******Original post from Friday: It’s that time of the week again. Yes time to humiliate ourselves by hopelessly trying to guess which Liverpool side will turn up, how many players will be out with swine flu and whether Dimitar Berbatov will actually resemble the good player he is supposed to be.******Apart from Mitch Phillips, who downright cheated, last weekend’s Premier League predictions contest was a sad tale of woe for all and this time it looks just as tricky.******Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur is always a feisty affair, just ask any North Londoner (not that there will be many on the pitch). ******Even avid Spurs fans (you know who you are) would be hard pressed to deny that Arsenal play the most beautiful football in England but Tottenham are seriously threatening to break into that top four this term and what better way to show your worth that to win away at the Gunners.******The derby will be our double pointer for this week. Remember one point for the correct result and a massive five for the correct score.******Below are the running scores for our not-so-expert panel at Reuters Soccer Blog Heights followed by this weekend’s fixtures and our predictions. Please play along in the comments and see if you can rival our top contributors like Chipking, Sean and maid.******Playing Saturday:******Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: Patrick Johnston 5-2, Mitch Phillips 2-2, Paul Radford 2-0, Simon Evans 1-2, Mike Collett 2-3, Kevin Fylan 2-4, Miles Evans 3-1, Julien Pretot 3-1, Mark Meadows 1-1, Asia Sports Desk 3-1, Neil Maidment 2-1, Justin Palmer 2-2, Martyn Herman 3-1, Soxley 2-2******Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea: Patrick Johnston 1-2, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Paul Radford 0-3, Simon Evans 1-2, Mike Collett 0-2, Kevin Fylan 1-2, Miles Evans 2-2, Julien Pretot 0-2, Mark Meadows 1-2, Asia Sports Desk 1-3, Neil Maidment 0-2, Justin Palmer 1-1, Martyn Herman 0-2, Soxley 0-2******Burnley v Hull City: Patrick Johnston 2-0, Mitch Phillips 2-1, Paul Radford 2-0, Simon Evans 3-2, Mike Collett 4-1, Kevin Fylan 2-1, Miles Evans 1-1, Julien Pretot 1-1, Mark Meadows 2-0, Asia Sports Desk 1-2, Neil Maidment 2-0, Justin Palmer 1-1, Martyn Herman 2-1, Soxley 1-1 ******Everton v Aston Villa: Patrick Johnston 1-1, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Paul Radford 1-2, Simon Evans 1-2, Mike Collett 1-2, Kevin Fylan 1-0, Miles Evans 2-2, Julien Pretot 1-1, Mark Meadows1-1, Asia Sports Desk 1-2, Neil Maidment 1-1, Justin Palmer 2-0, Martyn Herman 2-2, Soxley 1-1            ******Fulham v Liverpool: Patrick Johnston 1-0, Mitch Phillips 2-2, Paul Radford 1-2, Simon Evans 0-1, Mike Collett 1-2, Kevin Fylan 2-1, Miles Evans 0-1, Julien Pretot 1-2, Mark Meadows 1-1, Asia Sports Desk 1-4, Neil Maidment 1-2, Justin Palmer 2-3, Martyn Herman 2-1, Soxley 0-2            ******Portsmouth v Wigan Athletic: Patrick Johnston 1-1, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Paul Radford 1-2, Simon Evans 2-2, Mike Collett 2-1, Kevin Fylan 0-1, Miles Evans 1-2, Julien Pretot 1-0, Mark Meadows 0-0, Asia Sports Desk 0-1, Neil Maidment 1-2, Justin Palmer 0-0, Martyn Herman 1-1, Soxley 0-1         ******Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patrick Johnston 3-0, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Paul Radford 2-0, Simon Evans 2-1, Mike Collett 1-1, Kevin Fylan 2-0, Miles Evans 4-1, Julien Pretot 2-1, Mark Meadows 1-1, Asia Sports Desk 1-1, Neil Maidment 3-1, Justin Palmer 3-1, Martyn Herman 0-0, Soxley 0-0******Sunderland v West Ham United: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Paul Radford 3-1, Simon Evans 2-1, Mike Collett 3-1, Kevin Fylan 0-0, Miles Evans 1-2, Julien Pretot 2-0, Mark Meadows 2-2, Asia Sports Desk 1-1, Neil Maidment 2-2, Justin Palmer 0-1, Martyn Herman 1-2, Soxley 3-2******Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Mitch Phillips 3-1, Paul Radford 1-0, Simon Evans 5-0, Mike Collett 3-0, Kevin Fylan 4-0, Miles Evans 2-0, Julien Pretot 4-0, Mark Meadows 2-0, Asia Sports Desk 3-0, Neil Maidment 3-0, Justin Palmer 3-0, Martyn Herman 1-0, Soxley 2-1          ******Playing on Sunday:*** Birmingham City v Manchester City: Patrick Johnston 0-1, Mitch Phillips 2-1, Paul Radford 0-3, Simon Evans 0-2, Mike Collett 1-1, Kevin Fylan 1-2, Miles Evans 1-2, Julien Pretot 2-2, Mark Meadows 1-2, Asia Sports Desk 0-3, Neil Maidment 1-3, Justin Palmer 1-2, Martyn Herman 0-3, Soxley 1-2******PHOTO: Robbie Keane (L) of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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an awful lot of similar scores from our panel this week. I fear they are copying each other to avoid further individual embarrassment. Round robin emails will have to be looked at…

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Arsenal v Tottenham, 2-1Birmingham v Man City, 1-2Bolton v Chelsea, 2-2Burnley v Hull, 2-0Everton v Aston Villa, 1.1Fulham v Liverpool, 0.2Man Utd v Blackburn, 1.0Portsmouth v Wigan, 1.0Stoke v Wolverhampton, 3.0Sunderland v West Ham, 1.2and my midweek game belowWest ham v villa 2.0hoping for a good result this after an embarrassing, score on last weeks predictions

Posted by sean | Report as abusive

arsenal 3-1 spurs (arshavin 2, fabregas)birmingham 0-1 man citybolton 1-2 chelseaburnley 1-0 hulleverton 2-0 villafulham 1-1 liverpoolunited 3-0 b’burnpompey 2-1 wiganstoke 1-0 wolvessunderland 0-0 west hammade sure i did the fixtures before going to the pub for lunch today after last weeks dysmal 3

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Arsenal v Tottenham, 2-2Birmingham v Man City, 1-3Bolton v Chelsea, 0-2Burnley v Hull, 2-1Everton v Aston Villa, 0-2Fulham v Liverpool, 0-2Man Utd v Blackburn, 3-0Portsmouth v Wigan, 2-0Stoke v Wolverhampton, 1-0Sunderland v West Ham, 2-1Seem to be saying this most weeks now but need a gd showing after some poor scores recently!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

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

Posted by UTV | Report as abusive

Post now updated with the latest standings… don’t forget to let us know how you did and I’ll add an updated Rest of the World table.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

13 points this week, with 2 perfects, a great inprovment from last week predictions

Posted by sean | Report as abusive

well in, sean… yet to hear from our other stalwarts … though suppose I could do the maths myself

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

No maths needed Kev with my pathetic score of 4! 84 total now slipping way behind Patrick!!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

I did pretty badly myself, Chipking. Five points for me and I firmly back in mid-table sludge at the moment. It was half-term, though … that’s my excuse.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

10 points this week, ManU-B’burn saved me from another total disaster. Grand total of 42, 5 rounds played.

Posted by UTV | Report as abusive

pretty average 6 this week, im going to need to get some perfects soon in order to regain my early season form

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

West Ham v Aston Villa 1-3 (hoping for a gabby hatrtick to boost the dream team)

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive

west ham 2-1 villaabout time west ham got 3 points on the board again

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

Oops. Completely forgot about the midweek game. I’m going for 1-1. Let’s see if we get any other entries.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

1-2, come on Villa!

Posted by UTV | Report as abusive

It’s got to be Villa….2-1

Posted by martyn herman | Report as abusive

Asia sports desk votes 1-2 as well. Very popular scoreline so far.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Simon Evans say 2-1, Mike Collett says 1-2, Julien says 0-2, Mitch says 1-2

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Miles says 3-1. Why am I loading all these? Time they did it themselves…

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive