Premier League predictions: our editor takes on public
Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom takes on a reader or well known local personality in our Premier League predictions battle. It is three points for naming the correct scoreline and one point for getting the result right. Today Steven faces ex-Northern Ireland World Cup star David Campbell, the man behind the Shooting for Socrates movie
After a crazy week regarding the latest developments with the Kop Stand at Windsor Park, it's time to think about some football ON the pitch and me finding some form in our weekly Premier League prediction battles.
Last week Cool FM's popular Breakfast Show presenter Pete Snodden beat me 9-7 meaning I'm now trailing 12-7 for the season. I have to bounce back this weekend against former Northern Ireland World Cup star David Campbell.
David, of course, is the brains behind what looks like a sensational film, Shooting for Socrates, all about Northern Ireland's journey to the 1986 World Cup finals.
The premiere is next Friday at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast when most of the 1986 squad will attend along with the World Cup trophy itself. What a coup that is.
Before David and his old pals walk down the green carpet he has agreed to take me on here. Check out our predictions below and my thoughts on the weekend Premier League games and the two FA Cup semi-finals.
PaLACE v WBA (Today 3pm): Last season Tony Pulis was the hero for Palace, arriving mid-campaign, steering them clear of relegation trouble. This term it has been Alan Pardew. I wonder who it will be next time! Just kidding, Pardew could be there for life the way he is going at Selhurst Park. After a bright start at WBA, Pulis seems to have gone backwards. I suspect his defence will be a lot tighter today than it was during last week's loss at home to Leicester.
Beacom Prediction: Palace 1 WBA 1
Campbell Prediction: Palace 2 WBA 1
EVeRTON v BURNLEY (Today 3pm): Everton are one of a few mid-table sides just playing out the season. Even so I reckon they'll still have enough about them to take care of Burnley.
Beacom Prediction: Everton 3 Burnley 1
Campbell Prediction: Everton 2 Burnley 1
LEICESTER v SWANSEA (Today 3pm): The Foxes are all fired up and fancy pulling off a miracle and avoiding relegation. Stranger things have happened like Nigel Pearson's 'sacking' earlier this season before being reinstated. That episode was all a bit bizarre, but there might just be a happy ending!
Beacom Prediction: Leicester 2 Swansea 1
Campbell Prediction: Leicester 1 Swansea 1
STOKE v SOUTHAMPTON (Today 3pm): Tough one to call. Can just see Stoke edging it, possibly with a Peter Crouch winner.
Beacom Prediction: Stoke 2 Southampton 1
Campbell Prediction: Stoke 2 Southampton 1
CHELSEA v MAN UNITED (Today 5.30pm): This game kicks-off 10 minutes after Arsenal's FA Cup semi with Reading. At least I'll be able to watch 10 minutes of the Gunners then! What were the TV executives thinking? Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal won't care, they will only be focused on beating each other. United have defeated Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City lately, but I sense that whipping champions elect Chelsea might be a Stamford Bridge too far. The Red Devils are playing with real confidence and how Juan Mata, returning to the stadium where fans once cheered him, would love to get one over on Mourinho who sold him off quicker than you can say 'I'm the Special One' once he got the chance. I fancy Mata may be disappointed. Chelsea to win and virtually wrap up the title.
Beacom Prediction: Chelsea 2 Man United 1
Campbell Prediction: Chelsea 1 Man United 1
MAN CITY v WEST HAM (Tomorrow 1.30pm): If City's attitude is right they will coast to victory. If not, as has been the case too often this season, they won't. Simple as that. City captain Vincent Kompany may be ruled out with injury for the rest of the season. Given his appalling form, that may be a blessing in disguise.
Beacom Prediction: Man City 3 West Ham 1
Campbell Prediction: Man City 2 West Ham 0
NEWCASTLE v SPURS (Tomorrow 4pm): The Toon Army are the most disillusioned fans around at present. Come on Newcastle, give the Geordie nation something to cheer!
Beacom Prediction: Newcastle 2 Spurs 3
Campbell Prediction: Newcastle 1 Spurs 2
ARSENAL v READING (FA Cup semi-final, Today 5.20pm): Gunners to win. Aaron Ramsey to score.
Beacom Prediction: Arsenal 3 Reading 1
Campbell Prediction: Arsenal 2 Reading 0
VILLA v LIVERPOOL (FA cup semi-final, Tomorrow 3pm): Liverpool to win. Philippe Coutinho to score.
Beacom Prediction: Villa 1 Liverpool 3
Campbell Prediction: Villa 1 Liverpool 2
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