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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, August 22-30

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2402275/US-OPEN-2013-Dan-Evans-beats-Kei-Nishikori.html

Dan Evans became the most talked about British tennis player for a few hours at least as he defeated Japanese number 11 seed Kei Nishikori in the first round of the US Open.  For a man who in April admitted “I am obviously pretty bad at my job” after struggling to keep to the regimented schedule of professional tennis it wasn’t a bad few hours work.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-29/celtic-joins-big-guns-in-group-stage/4920500

Jamie Forrest scores a 92nd minute winner for Celtic against Shakhter Karagandy to secure Neil Lennon’s side a place in the Champions league group stages having started the game with a 0-2 deficit after the first leg. If only Karagandy had been able to sacrifice a lamb before the match as they usually do maybe the result would have been different?

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1986806.html#barcelona+milan+ajax+celtic+drawn+together

All Celtic’s hard work means glamour ties against Barcelona, AC Milan, and Ajax rather than the masterfully dull and money-sapping Europa League. All in all Man Utd and Chelsea have the easier of the draw while Arsenal will have to work hard to qualify from a group containing last years runners up Dortmund. Bayern v City also looks interesting.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena assess the light meter
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/23

These guys make it too easy…

The finale of the ashes came around in typically exhilarating fashion on Sunday as, with England needing just 21 runs with just 24 balls remaining, those in charge saw fit to end the days play, and thus the series, due to bad light. I’m not sure if you can make them out through the darkness but the picture shows the umpires and Michael Clarke either searching for mobile phone signal or using one of the many technological advances offered in cricket, “light checker-out-erer” I think its called.

Final results: England 3, Australia 0, Weather 2

Wigan win
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/23794947

Sam Tomkins secures the 2013 Challenge cup for Wigan Warriors with a last minute try to seal a 16-0 victory. A record 19th final victory took place in near torrential rain (take note cricket) at Wembley and was the first time since Wigan beat St Helens in 1989  that a team had managed to achieve a clean sheet.

The sporting week in pictures

A look back at the sporting week as caught by the camera….

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/high-diver-performs-75-feet-hudson-statue-liberty-background-article-1.1430983

In another impressive Red Bull stunt Colombian high diver Orlando Duque leaps from a helicopter 75ft above the Hudson river with the Statue of Liberty looking on. This time-lapse image shows some pretty decent teckers too ( when I say teckers I mean it looks cool I have no clue what makes a good 75ft dive).

Mo Farah wins the 5,000m final at World Championships to claim only the second 'double double' in history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/10248347/Mo-Farah-wins-the-5000m-final-at-World-Championships-to-claim-only-the-second-double-double-in-history.html

Mo Farah crosses the finish line to claim gold in the 5,000m at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and complete a truly remarkable 12 months in the process. This, his 5th major championship gold medal in a row, was the closest fought and there was no time for the “Mo bot” over the final few metres.

David Villa
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2399496/Lionel-Messi-targeted-Atletico-Madrid-players-going-injured–VIDEO.html

David Villa celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid against his old team Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish super cup – and what a goal it was by the way (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILNyvsfuZRs). Still not quite sure how Madrid managed to buy him for only 5 million euros (approx. 17 Bale’s in today’s money) with the likes of Arsenal supposedly after him… ah ok now it makes sense.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23644662

David Moyes celebrates his first victory as Man Utd manager. A 4-1 away win at Swansea is a pretty impressive result especially with everyone convinced that now Fergie has gone Man Utd players will suddenly forgot how to kick a ball. Still third favourites for the title they are worth a cheeky tenner.

cricket: 5th ashes test day two
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2013/aug/22/ashes-england-australia-fifth-test-pictures

The second day of the final ashes test gets of to a flyer. People keep trying to tell me that Cricket is interesting and the Ashes is an amazing spectacle but any sport where rain can get you more wins than one of the “athletes” ( I use this term loosely) taking part immediately forfeits its credibility. And don’t even get me started on players signing autographs during play or having sandwiches half way through.