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UPDATE: Who can steal a march in the Predictions League?
The weekend’s Premier League action was overshadowed by the terrible injury to Arsenal’s teenage Wales international Aaron Ramsey at Stoke. We wish him all the best for his recovery.
Arsene Wenger’s shocked players managed to turn their minds back to the match and their 3-1 victory moved them to within three points of leaders Chelsea and two shy of second-placed Manchester United, who again had the prolific Wayne Rooney to thank for Sunday’s 2-1 League Cup victory over Aston Villa.
As for the predictions, it was a good week for the Asia Sports Desk and our Paris colleague Julien Pretot, who both scored nine.
Updated Reuters Soccer blog panel scores: Paul Radford 245, Patrick Johnston 228, Mitch Phillips 219, Neil Maidment 205, Mark Meadows 183, Simon Evans 183, Kevin Fylan 167, Mike Collett 163, Julien Pretot 160, Asia Sports Desk 151, Martyn Herman 141, Miles Evans 108, Sonia Oxley 99.
THURSDAY’S ORIGINAL POST: While Manchester United are busy trying to win the League Cup against Aston Villa, leaders Chelsea will be looking to pull away from the champions in the Premier League.
A home game against Manchester City would have looked like a definite three points for Chelsea in the recent past but things have changed. Not only have City been spending big but there’s the Terry/Bridge issue as well! (and that’s before they possibly line up for England next Wednesday.)
Whether Chelsea, beaten 2-1 at Inter Milan on Wednesday, extend their advantage is up in the air but our predictions league already has a runaway leader in Paul Radford.
Can anyone catch him? Can anyone catch Chelsea?
Let us know in the comments where you can also post your predictions for this weekend. 5 points for a correct score, one for a correct result. We’ll throw in the Cup final too!
Here’s the panel scores and this weekend’s fixtures.
Reuters Soccer blog panel: Paul Radford 242, Patrick Johnston 224, Mitch Phillips 216, Neil Maidment 204, Mark Meadows 180, Simon Evans 176, Kevin Fylan 167, Mike Collett 159, Julien Pretot 151 , Asia Sports Desk 142, Martyn Herman 133, Miles Evans 108, Sonia Oxley 99
Saturday, 27 February
Birmingham v Wigan
Bolton v Wolverhampton
Burnley v Portsmouth
Chelsea v Man City
Stoke v Arsenal
Sunday, 28 February
Liverpool v Blackburn
Sunderland v Fulham
Tottenham v Everton
League Cup final
Aston Villa v Manchester United
PHOTO: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba celebrates his second goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at Molineux in Wolverhampton, central England, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Staples