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Premier league predictions: 7/12/13

DISCLAIMER: I take no blame if following my predictions leads to a failed accumulator…and all the credit if they turn out to be correct.

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MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE UNITED

So many classic games between these two down the years. Who can forget Philip Albert (proud owner of one of football’s greatest ever moustaches) deftly lobbing a forlorn Peter Schmiechal at St James’ as the Toon Army ran out 5-0 winners in ‘96, or a pubescent Wayne Rooney casually cutting short a rant at the referee to smash home a volley from 30 yards back in 2005. And this could be another cracker. United are in a post-Fergie downward spiral of despair/ haven’t won in 3, while Newcastle are the proud holders of both the Manager of the Month and Player of the Month Awards – even after a humbling 3-0 defeat to Swansea.

PREDICTION: 2-1

CRYSTAL PALACE v CARDIFF

Tony Pulis gained his first victory as manager of Palace last weekend against West Ham and will be hoping home form will be the key to saving the London side from what has so far looked like an almost certain relegation. Coming up against a Cardiff side, who despite claiming notable results against Man Utd and Man City this season, find themselves on a run of one win in eight, Palace will be confident they can snatch a second consecutive three points. Palace have had three clean sheets in the past four games, and with this game pitting the two lowest scorers in the division against each other, goals could be at a premium. But then again when Marouane Chamakh is around…oh nevermind.

PREDICTION: 1-0

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM

With the news England will face Uruguay in next summer’s world cup announced today we could all be forgiven for hoping Luis Suarez gets back to biting people rather than scoring ridiculous goals. Three of his four against Norwich were worthy of goal of the month and Sam Allardyce will be going ultra defensive in this one in an attempt to stifle the Uruguayans threat. Although with the Hammers having played several games this season without a recognised striker, I’m not sure how much more defensive they can get. West Ham have conceded 10 goals since they last scored and with Liverpool having won six from seven at Anfield it looks like a home banker.

PREDICTION: 3-1

SOUTHAMPTON v MAN CITY

A difficult one to call. Southampton have been impressive so far this season, with the likes of Lallana and Lambert playing ahead of an imperious defence (imperious until they conceded three to Villa mid week). Even though Saints midfielder Steven Davis completed more passes (109) than the entire Villa side combined (96) on Wednesday night, the 3-2 defeat means three losses in a row. Man City on the other hand finally got a victory on the road against West Brom last time out. City are scoring goals for fun but if Southampton can regain their defensive stability it could be close.

PREDICTION: 1-3

STOKE v CHELSEA

Stoke do not win against Chelsea. They have never beaten them in the Premier League era and have only scored three goals in ten meetings in that time. And with Mark Hughes’ side stuttering along so far this season you would be hard pushed to find people backing the home side in this one. Having said that Chelsea did concede three on route to victory against bottom of the table Sunderland mid-week and haven’t looked like a classic Mourinho side so far this season. Edin Hazard was unplayable at the Stadium of Light and if he is on form again it could be a long afternoon for Stoke.

PREDICTION: 0-4

WEST BROM v NORWICH CITY

Both teams are firmly established in the “too good to go down but not good enough to challenge for Europe” camp.  Although Norwich need to start putting the ball in the back of the net, and stop having to pick it out of their own soon if they are to avoid being dragged into a prolonged relegation battle. West Brom haven’t won in over a month but have been unlucky in draws against Chelsea and Aston Villa in that time.

PREDICTION: 1-1

SUNDERLAND v SPURS

Gus Poyet has at least got Sunderland putting up some sort of fight in recent games and pushing Chelsea all the way in their last outing at least suggests some of the signings Di Canio made can have a positive impact. But close defeats do not save you from relegation and the Black Cats really need to start picking up points soon. Spurs, and Villas Boas in particular, are also desperate for points at the minute as they seek to kick start their season. The smooth talking Portuguese boss has watched his side struggle to score in the post-Bale era, and with Sunderland having already shocked Man City at home this season, will be fearful defeat here will see him collecting his P45.

PREDICTION: 1-2

Hmm, quite a lot of goals it seems tomorrow. Will make for an interesting MOTD if it pans out anyway.

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Sporting Week in Pictures (Oct 28 – Nov 5)

Another look at sports people posing for the cameras during the past week…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487856/Tiger-Woods-hits-golf-ball-Europe-Asia-tees-Bosphorus-Bridge.html

Since his off field antics came to light Tiger Woods has failed to find the form that made him the king of golf and this shot has got to go down as out of bounds. Woods was actually attempting to become the first person to hit a golf ball from Europe into Asia (Finally! We’ve all been waiting for that moment I know) as he hit the drive on Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey. I’m not sure local commuters will have been quite so happy with Woods taking over half the bridge to complete the feat mind.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/photos/sports-photos-slideshow/melbourne-cup-day-20131105-044303-192–rah.html;_ylt=AgKcNNZXnNI4ybCLwabKkp_4VpEB;_ylu=X3oDMTNrdnFtZWszBHBrZwM2MzQ3YTFhNS0wODY4LTM4MTYtYjIzYS0wMmEyNWQxNmIzOGQEc2VjA01lZGlhQ2Fyb3VzZWxQaG90b0dhbGxlcnlDQVhIUgR2ZXIDYzFlZDYyMzAtNDVkNC0xMWUzLWI1ZmYtMTBiZDkxNzE1N2Rh;_ylg=X3oDMTBhY2IwdWc5BGxhbmcDZW4tR0I-;_ylv=3

Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup horse race this week leaving the trainer and family visibly delighted as he passed the finishing post. Although by the looks of things the guy at the back might have gone a little overboard – much to the shock/delight of the lady in purple and green. With the prize money standing at over $6.2 million (Aussie dollars)  you can understand them getting a little over excited I suppose.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2483149/Steve-Thompson-scores-80-metre-try-England-legends-victory-Australia-Stoop.html

The current international teams played out a tight Autumn test on Saturday which saw England come out on top. But as you can probably tell this isn’t a picture from that game. It is nearly 10 years since Jonny Wilkinson slotted that drop goal through the posts to seal victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final against Australia in their own back yard and in honour of that occasion some of the band got back together to take each other on for charity last week. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly hooker Steve Thompson’s 80 metre sprint/waddle to the line which was quickly followed by a pint.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2013/nov/03/south-wales-derby-cardiff-swansea-pictures

On Sunday afternoon Cardiff City overcame their fierce rivals, Swansea City, 1-0 in torrential rain to secure the bragging rights over their Welsh neighbours. With police on high alert and potential for trouble always likely this fan resorted to old school playground tactics to mock the travelling Swansea supporters. You see you don’t need flares (the pyrotechnic not the trousers popular in the 1970’s) or missiles to intimidate your opponents, all you need is a pasty white beer belly and your thumb up your nose.

http://galleries.nba.com/gallery/Game_Action%3A_Oct._30#.Unlfgfm-2So

The NBA got under way last month and the New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert has clearly spent the off season developing some new defensive tactics. That or he just really wanted a game of leap-frog with the Milwauke Bucks’ Caron Butler. I have to admit I have no idea what happened in the seconds after this image but I’m going to predict at least one of these three ended up on the floor.