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Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom takes on a reader or well-known personality trying to predict the scores for the weekend fixtures in the Premier League. It is three points for naming the correct scoreline and one point for getting the result right. Today he does battle with top chef Mark Doran from Restaurant 23 in Warrenpoint.
Bit strange without English teams in the Champions League, isn't it? You still keep an eye on it, but you don't really care about the outcomes. One thing I do care about is beating my predictions opponent today, Mark Doran, a chef at Restaurant 23 in the Balmoral Hotel in Warrenpoint.
Mark recently won the Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards for the Down district. The former catering student at SERC's Downpatrick Campus now progresses to the regional final and All Ireland Finals next month. Last week in the predictions I drew with former Northern Ireland star David Campbell. Check out my views on this weekend's games and the predictions below.
SOUTHAMPTON v SPURS (Today, 12.45pm): Be interesting to see the reception Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino receives from the Southampton fans who once loved him.
Beacom Prediction: Southampton 2 Spurs 1
Doran Prediction: Southampton 1 Spurs 2
BURNLEY v LEICESTER (Today 3pm): It has some serious competition but I reckon this is the most important Premier League game of the weekend. I would go as far to say if Burnley lose, it is curtains for them. Leicester are on a roll and have given themselves a real chance of survival, but I'm going for the home side here to sneak it. Don't be surprised if there is a red card or two with so much at stake.
Beacom Prediction: Burnley 3 Leicester 2
Doran Prediction: Burnley 1 Leicester 3
PaLACE v HULL (Today 3pm): When you think of Alan Pardew against Hull, a head-butt springs to mind. He was at Newcastle then of course and everything is a lot calmer for him now at Crystal Palace. It's not so serene for Steve Bruce at Hull. He needs his team to start clocking up points... or the trap door for them and him awaits.
Beacom Prediction: Palace 1 Hull 1
Doran Prediction: Palace 1 Hull 1
NEWCASTLE v SWANSEA (Today 3pm): I feel a little for John Carver. He's clearly a proud man desperate to show he can be a good manager of Newcastle, but in his heart of hearts he knows he is on the way out in the summer and has all the baggage between owner Mike Ashley and the fans to deal with. Much like his side, he can't win.
Beacom Prediction: Newcastle 1 Swansea 1
Doran Prediction: Newcastle 0 Swansea 2
QPR v WEST HAM (Today 3pm): A London derby with two managers who have as much chance of being in charge of QPR and West Ham this time next year as I have of being Jeremy Clarkson's replacement on Top Gear.
Beacom Prediction: QPR 2 West Ham 1
Doran Prediction: QPR 2 West Ham 2
STOKE v SUNDERLAND (Today 3pm): If only Sunderland were allowed to play Newcastle every week they would be champions.
Beacom Prediction: Stoke 2 Sunderland 1
Doran Prediction: Stoke 2 Sunderland 1
WBa v LIVERPOOL (Today 3pm): Brendan Rodgers came out fighting this week insisting he was still the best man to manage Liverpool. He's right. Not convinced by many of his players though. They must hit back after their limp display in the FA Cup semi.
Beacom Prediction: WBA 1 Liverpool 2
Doran Prediction: WBA 0 Liverpool 2
MAN CITY v VILLA (Today 5.30pm): Villa will be on a high after reaching the FA Cup final. Hard to see them overcoming City though who after their poor recent run will now finish the season well.
Beacom Prediction: City 3 Villa 1
Doran Prediction: City 3 Villa 0
EVERTON v MAN UNITED (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Normally an interesting game not least for the reaction from Everton fans to 'Once a Blue, Always a Blue' Wayne Rooney. Roberto Martinez could do with beating a big gun to get the fans off his case and you know what, I'm going to back him to do just that. Call it a hunch, though I think it's safe to say that Marouane Fellaini, back at Goodison, will of course score for the Red Devils.
Beacom Prediction: Everton 2 United 1
Doran Prediction: Everton 1 United 3
ARSENAL v CHELSEA (Tomorrow 4pm): Last but not least... in a weekend full of players/managers returning to old clubs, Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas is back at Arsenal. Even more interesting is seeing if Arsene Wenger finally beats Jose Mourinho? Possibly. It won't matter much though as the Blues will still win the title.
Beacom Prediction: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1
Doran Prediction: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1
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