Premier League predictions: Beacom and Quitty go head-to-head
Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom takes on a reader or well known local 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. The top scoring reader wins a prize. Today Steven battles with radio DJ Stuart McQuitty.
After all the drama of the Cheltenham Festival, below you will see the runners and riders for this weekend's Premier League games. A fortnight ago Linfield manager Warren Feeney defeated me in the predictions battle. Today I take on local broadcaster Stuart McQuitty, whose Sunday morning radio show on BFBS Northern Ireland is all about the positive people and positive aspects of life in our wee country. Now check out our predictions and my thoughts on the games.
PALACE v QPR (Today 12.45pm): Since Alan Pardew took over at Palace, the Eagles have soared on their travels but have yet to take flight at home. Struggling QPR desperately need that to continue.
Beacom Prediction: Palace 2 QPR 1
McQuitty Prediction: Palace 3 QPR 1
ARSENAL v WEST HAM (Today 3pm): Domestically the Gunners are on a roll. It's just in the Champions League they have problems. Full of confidence after knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup, Danny Welbeck might score again.
Beacom Prediction: Arsenal 3 West Ham 1
McQuitty Prediction: Arsenal 2 West Ham 2
LEICESTER v HULL (Today 3pm): Huge game. I would go as far to say that if bottom club Leicester City lose, they have no chance of survival.
Beacom Prediction: Leicester 2 Hull 1
McQuitty Prediction: Leicester 1 Hull 1
SUNDERLAND v VILLA (Today 3pm): I bet Tim Sherwood wishes he could play WBA every week. Two matches in a row against the Baggies and two wins. They'll give Sunderland a game too. Let's hope none of their fans invade the pitch this time!
Beacom Prediction: Sunderland 1 Villa 1
McQuitty Prediction: Sunderland 1 Villa 2
WBA v STOKE (Today 3pm): Tony Pulis will relish going toe to toe with his old club WBA, who it must be said, under Mark Hughes, aren't doing badly without him.
Beacom Prediction: WBA 2 Stoke 1
McQuitty Prediction: WBA 0 Stoke 1
BURNLEY v MAN CITY (Today 5.30pm): The last time these two met Burnley were unlucky not to win at Eastlands. The Turf Moor men had to settle for a point. They would take the same tonight. City wouldn't though. All three are needed to put pressure on Chelsea at the top. Then they can prepare for the Nou Camp. From Burnley to Barcelona... gotta love that.
Beacom Prediction: Burnley 1 City 3
McQuitty Prediction: Burnley 0 Man City 6
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON (Tomorrow 1.30pm): Jose Mourinho questioned the mental strength of his team after their Champions League exit to Paris St Germain. It'll be interesting to see how they react. Positively I reckon. .
Beacom Prediction: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1
McQuitty Prediction: Chelsea 4 Southampton 0
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE (Tomorrow 4pm): Home win.
Beacom Prediction: Everton 2 Newcastle 1
McQuitty Prediction: Everton 2 Newcastle 0
MAN UTD v SPURS (Tomorrow 4pm): One of the classic fixtures in English football. It generally throws up a cracking contest but with Louis van Gaal in charge of United, we could all be bored to tears. I have to say I like Van Gaal but he's just not cutting it at Old Trafford yet. Spurs are dangerous and in Harry Kane have the player of the season by a country mile. Wayne Rooney will be keen, though, to show he is still England's top striker.
Beacom Prediction: United 1 Spurs 1
McQuitty Prediction: United 2 Spurs 3
SWANSEA v LIVERPOOL (Monday 8pm): Steven Gerrard is available after injury. If he plays in his final game in the country where he won the 2006 FA Cup final all on his own, would you be surprised if he produced another piece of magic? No, me neither.
Beacom Prediction: Swansea 1 Liverpool 2
McQuitty Prediction: Swansea 1 Liverpool 3
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