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Premier Predictions

Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom will take on a reader 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 the result right. The top scoring reader will win a prize in May. Today he does battle with Arsenal and N Ireland fan, Stephen Campbell.

The famous Belfast Telegraph Premier League predictions are back and I'm here to do battle with the readers once again.

I'm never been one to gloat (not much anyway), but in the five years we've been doing this, you guys have yet to beat me over the course of a season, so come on... this time put me in my place.

As always you are welcome to take part. Just get in touch at the email address provided.

This season the top flight in England has started with a bang with Louis van Gaal making David Moyes look like Sir Alex Ferguson! Who knows what will happen next... well, that's what me and today's opponent Stephen 'Campo' Campbell, a great guy from Templepatrick now based in London, will try to predict. Check out my thoughts on the games and our forecasts below.

Burnley v Man United (Today 12.45pm): If Angel Di Maria is worth 60 million quid then I'm a Dutchman. Obviously exactly what Louis van Gaal said when he bought him! Good player Di Maria, who delivered fine form for Real Madrid last season, but nowhere near a great one. He'll make his United debut at Turf Moor today... from the Bernabeu to Burnley. Priceless. United have been dismal to date under LVG, but I've a feeling they will earn their first victory for the new boss with latest England captain Wayne Rooney an influential figure. Admit it though, bar all the United fans out there, you'd love Burnley to beat them wouldn't you?

Beacom Prediction: 1-3

Campbell Prediction: 1-2

Man City v Stoke (Today 3pm): Bar a tricky Champions League group draw, all appears fine and dandy at the Ethiad, especially on the back of City's comfortable 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday night. I'm thinking Stoke's defence won't hand out as many gifts as the Reds, especially with ex-City boss Mark Hughes in charge of the visitors. Even so, City should triumph.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

Campbell Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle v Palace (Today 3pm): Neil Warnock is the boss again at Crystal Palace. Football eh? I've interviewed Warnock and found him much better to deal with than most would have you believe, so I wish Neil and the superb Palace fans well in the months ahead. Can't see them getting much at Newcastle though.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

Campbell Prediction: 2-2

QPR v Sunderland (Today 3pm): Two league games, two defeats and also knocked out by a lower league side in the Capital One Cup. QPR are even worse than Manchester United at the moment! Never mind, Harry Redknapp's still getting a new contract and I reckon he'll celebrate it with a first victory today against Sunderland.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

Campbell Prediction: 1-1

Swansea v WBA (Today 3pm): Garry Monk v Alan Irvine in the managerial stakes here. Just goes to show, contrary to belief, it is not only big name foreigners who land managerial jobs in the Premier League.

Beacom Prediction: 2-2

Campbell Prediction: 3-1

West Ham v Southampton (Today 3pm): Hard to call this one. Home advantage could tell for the Hammers.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

Campbell Prediction: 2-2

Everton v Chelsea (Today 5.30pm): Promises to be a compelling clash and one which I'm certain Romelu Lukaku is relishing to show Jose Mourinho exactly what Chelsea had and let go. Warning for Everton: Beware the Drog. The legend that is Didier Drogba, is on standby to start if Diego Costa isn't fit. Didier does enjoy a goal at Goodison Park.

Beacom Prediction: 2-2

Campbell Prediction: 0-1

Aston Villa v Hull (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Roy Keane and Steve Bruce on the bench. Maybe in the dull moments at Villa Park, and there'll be a few, they can discuss what's going on at Old Trafford.

Beacom Prediction: 2-1

Campbell Prediction: 2-1

Spurs v Liverpool (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Last season the aggregate score between these sides was 9-0 to Liverpool. It'll be closer this time but although Tottenham are on a roll, expect the Reds, with Mario Balotelli, to beat Spurs again. Mad Mario might even score. Can't wait to see the celebration.

Beacom Prediction: Spurs 1-3 Liverpool

Campbell Prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Arsenal (Tomorrow 4pm): Once I saw this fixture, memories of a spectacular hat-trick from Dennis Bergkamp for the Gunners against the Foxes at Filbert Street in a 3-3 came flooding back to me. There won't be as much excitement and class this time around, but there will still be a few goals.

Beacom Prediction: 1-2

Campbell Prediction: 1-2

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