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Can you out-predict Reuters Soccer Blog?

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It's that time of the week again, folks. The best brains at Reuters Soccer Blog are off, so it's just the usual crew of no-hopers here to embarrass ourselves trying to predict the outcome of the weekend Premier League action, and with no help from that lottery bobbins bloke.

To recap: with one point available for getting a correct result -- and make that a whopping five for the correct score -- there are at least 50 points up for grabs each week. Given that most teams have played five matches the total number of points a perfect tipster would have got by now would be well over 200.

Nobody's perfect, of course (The Beatles released Wild Honey Pie, remember) but you might expect someone to have done a bit better than the following rogue's gallery:

Reuters Soccer Blog: Kevin Fylan 35, Paul Radford 34, Patrick Johnston 34, Simon Evans 32, Miles Evans 30, Mitch Phillips 24, Mike Collett 18, Neil Maidment 14, Julien Pretot 14, Asia Sports Desk 10, Mark Meadows 8

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Panel predictions: how low can you go?

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The best and brightest here at Reuters Soccer Blog continue to show they'd struggle to tip their own hats in a stiff breeze, let alone a correct score in the Premier League.

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!

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Back to the real world: league predictions

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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.

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Predicting the unpredictable … take your best shot

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Do you feel you've been sitting on the bench too long this season? Are you itching for a chance to get out there and show what you can do? Confident you can show all those pundits how little they know about the game?

Well, my friends. Now. Is. Your. Chance.

Scores have been so low in our modest little predictions slot that one good week -- one! -- could see you overtake the vast majority of the Reuters Soccer Blog panel.

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Predicting the score… you make us look good!

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Are you a flip-flopper? A U-turner? A volte-facer? Are you the Brett Favre of football fans? If so, you're in good company, though it's not doing you much good in our predictions league.

Liverpool lost at Spurs and suddenly there were doubts about the strength of the squad, derision at the decision to sell Xabi Alonso and a general feeling the Reds were in decline. They then beat Stoke 4-0 and it was "madness to write them off". Last night, they lost again, 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, and Sky Sports News have been asking if their title challenge is over... And it's still only August 25! Phew!

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Premier League predictions: your chance to put us right (Update)

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UPDATE: Have added the panel predictions that were emailed to me on Friday night/Saturday before kick-offs. (Mike Collett loses 10 points for shamelessly trying to predict Saturday's scores on Sunday morning ... and getting them all spot on.)

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So come on, be honest, who was expecting Burnley to beat Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday?

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Midweek Premier League special. Can you beat the panel?

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Never let it be said that we at Reuters Soccer Blog shirk a challenge. Our attempts at score prediction on the opening weekend produced results that were modest at best but never fear, we're straight back in for another shot (that'll doubtless be blasted over the bar).

Once again, please send in your own predictions ... they can scarcely be any worse than ours, and if you do especially well, we'll gladly let you lord it over us here on the blog.

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Premier League: Our predictions, your predictions — Update

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UPDATE: Now with added rollcall of shame! Click here for full details of just how badly our panel did...

The new Premier League season is upon us and this year we at the Reuters Soccer Blog have decided to stick our necks out as never before.

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Premier League season needs a grand finale

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The English Premier League has always reminded me of eating out at McDonalds. I always hope for something new but then end up getting the same as last time.

The new season hasn't even kicked off yet, but if the experts are right, it's already as good as over for nearly all the teams.

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Vlog on the Pitch talks to Pablo Zabaleta

When Pablo Zabaleta signed for Manchester City this time last year he admits he wasn't really expecting to be playing on the same team as Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor.

How times change. City are now being referred to as part of the "Big Five" in the Premier League and a Champions League qualifying place must be their target for the season.

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