What a weekend of predictions during matchday 12! An amazing round where every participant managed multiple perfect predictions. The standout predictor was undoubtedly Rishay, with five perfect scores and 19 points overall! There were many other honourable mentions, but first, let’s recap the scores.
It was the weekend of the 2-1 scoreline, with Manchester City v Swansea, Everton v West Ham, Arsenal v Manchester United, and Stoke City v Tottenham all ending with the aforementioned result. Chelsea v West Brom ended a customary 2-0, while Crystal Palace shocked Liverpool 3-1. Newcastle also continued their impressive form with a 1-0 victory against an underachieving but (relatively) in-form QPR. On the continent, Lionel Messi broke yet another scoring record with an impressive hat-trick as Barcelona romped to a 5-1 victory against Sevilla. Juventus secured an impressive 3-0 away win against Lazio, and the Milan derby ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the Premiership, this weekend sees Tottenham host Everton in what will be the most interesting match of the round, as two young and talented managers – Mauricio Pochettino and Roberto Martinez – go head to head. Manchester United host Hull City at Old Trafford, and Liverpool face Stoke City at Anfield. Arsenal meanwhile travel to West Brom, Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light to face a struggling Sunderland, and Manchester City travel to St. Mary’s to face Southampton who have been this season’s most impressive team, bar Chelsea. The league is now 1/3 complete, and this week should provide as much entertainment as the last 12!
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Summary of Matchday 12:
Predictions tally for our Pundits:
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An amazing weekend of predictions saw some major changes in the tables as Rishay jumped up to 2nd place overall with a mammoth 19 points after scoring five perfect predictions. Bernie remains on top by five points, Mohaned falls behind and is tied with Daniyal for 4th place. Zee climbs into 2nd spot. Rahim and Nahel are neck and neck in contention and not far behind the top spots, while Alex sits in last place despite scoring four perfect scorelines and 14 points himself. What will this weekend hold?
Matchday 13 Predictions:
Games of the Week:
Bernie: Southampton v Man City: The Saints have marched strongly through the season so far. I fear this is the point where they stumble. City have stuttered for their standards but I can’t see them losing this game. If Southampton even gain a point then it will send a clear message to all those who doubt their credentials that they are, in fact, very real. They’ve been good but how good do you have to be to stop Sergio Aguero? You probably have to be perfect and I’m not sure the Saints are there yet. 2-1 Manchester City win.
Alexander: AS Roma v Inter: Roma are far and away the better side, but their form has been a little patchy of late and they seem to have an Arsenal-esque mental barrier when it comes to the bigger games. Let’s not get it twisted – Inter are a shambles and a shadow of their former selves, but they are still a “big team” and this is still a “big game”. Mancini will be happy if his side dig in and get a point, and I can see them frustrating the Giallorossi at the Stadio Olympico. 1-1draw.
Mohaned: Tottenham v Everton: For some reason this is a game I always look forward to. It’s probably because both teams come in with the mentality that they can win. Everton will fancy giving Tottenham a go at White Hart Lane, while Spurs supporters will feel that this is the kind of game they’ll need to win if they are to break into Europe. It is always an attacking, end-to-end encounter between these two. Spurs haven’t looked the most convincing of late, with Pochettino doing a lot of tinkering with his centre back and striker positions, while Everton are in their usual unpredictable state of form. This one is going to be great, and I’m going for a high scoring encounter with a 3-2 Spurs win.
Rishay: NY Red Bulls v NE Revolution: A shock first leg which ended in a 2-1 win for the Revolution sees Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls needing an away win to advance to the MLS Cup Final. The Red Bulls dominated the opening leg and many disputes over offside calls were made, but ultimately the scoreline is what matters. New England will enjoy home advantage, but will happily play on the counter. This will be an exciting game to watch and both sides have game changing players. A tough one to predict but I say that the Red Bulls will be able to pull off a victory. 2-1 NY Red Bulls.
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