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UPDATE: A New Year, a new chance to show your prediction skills

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SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPThe good news is, if you missed the midweek fixtures you've hardly been scathed, with one of the two games called off and the other a 3-2 thriller that no one predicted.

So let's start 2010 as we mean to go on with your predictions for the Premier League matches this weekend. Read on after the break for the rules if you're a newbie, and if not ... well, you know what to do.

Hull City v Chelsea
Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v Stoke City
Fulham v Portsmouth
Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa
Birmingham City v Manchester United
West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers

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Original post: Happy New Year to you all, and welcome back to our score predictions, as English football continues  with the breathless pace of Jason Bourne reciting Gilbert & Sullivan* while performing vodka-soaked surgery on his own left lung and driving off a roof (you can guess what the Christmas Day movie was in our house...) 

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January sale shopping looks tricky for Premier League big four

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I have my shopping list for the January sales but my need for a new desk-lamp is not as important as the requirements of the Premier League’s big four.

I’d say I could get my lamp quite cheap if I employ the Arsene Wenger technique of shopping around, making sure I get good value for money.

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UPDATE: A festive round of predictions

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SOCCER-SPAIN/MONDAY UPDATE: The games really are coming thick and fast. We have only just worked out the weekend scores and now they all play again just two days later.

Who'd be a Premier League footballer at Christmas? Well, I wouldn't mind money for a Ferrari.

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Was McCarthy taking the mick at Old Trafford?

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Did Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy damage the integrity of the Premier League or did he make a valid, pragmatic choice to help keep his side safe by playing a virtual reserve team that lost 3-0 at Manchester United on Tuesday?

Most Wolves fans felt cheated when they saw that the team he fielded at Old Trafford showed 10 outfield changes from the side that beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday with only goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann keeping his place.

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UPDATE: Quantum theories of score prediction won’t help you now, Mr Bond

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torres.jpgMONDAY UPDATE: A truly appalling week for the panel. Admittedly, it was hard to predict Manchester United losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa and Chelsea's 3-3 home draw with Everton but nevertheless it was dreadful.

Some serious soul searching must go on in the coming weeks whilst eating our mincepies and finding yet another pair of socks when opening our Christmas presents.

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UPDATE – The painful art of score prediction — round 10

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So it was an even worse week than usual. Ok, there were some surprise results but generally it was pitiful, some panelists only picked up one point and even most of our outside contributors struggled despite showing us up in recent weeks.

On behalf of all of us, I'd like to point out that the Premier League is more evenly balanced than it has been for a while (see Kevin's blog) so we have a slight excuse....

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Where’s the new Gary McAllister when Liverpool need him?

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Liverpool's run of four straight defeats has generated a lot of discussion about what has gone wrong, but precious little about how to put it right, aside from the suggestion that it might be nice to see Kenny Dalglish back in the dugout.

So let's leave aside for a moment Rafa's handling of big players and whether he should have kept hold of Sami Hyypia and Xabi Alonso, and consider what the club's next moves should be.

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Patrick, you predictions king

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There's one game left to go (Aston Villa v Manchester City later on Monday) but frankly this weekend's prediction league is already all sewn up.

Arise Sir Patrick Johnston, who with a bit of luck at Villa Park, could be romping towards the top of the table having so far predicted four scores bang on and only missed out on points in two games.

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Bolton stump everyone in another dire predictions week

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Are Bolton Wanderers so bad that not one of our Reuters Soccer Blog predictions panel thought they would win at Birmingham City?

Ye of little faith. Manager Gary Megson may not be very popular with the Bolton fans but his side will always fight. A 2-1 win at a promoted club wasn't all that shocking.

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Soccer scores and the power of the pub

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Let's be honest here, people, predicting the English football scores has proved to be a lot trickier than many of us imagined.

You'd have thought that the frankly obsessive interest most of us here at Reuters Soccer Blog Heights take in football would see us approach this competition with the pitiless, sweeping brilliance of Celta Vigo in their 'EuroCelta' heydey of 1998-2000*.

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