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Premier Predictions: Our editor takes on the public

Every week Sports Editor Steven Beacom takes on a reader or local personality trying to predict the scores for the weekend fixtures in the Premier League. It is three points for the correct scoreline and one point for the right result. Today he does battle with Johnny Davis from the Pioneer Group organising Sunday's Big Italian Bike Ride in Belfast.

The race is over and I'm not talking about who is going to win the Premier League. For the first time in five seasons of doing these predictions, you, the readers have defeated me, so congratulations to one and all.

Last week top chef Mark Doran from Restaurant 23 in Warrenpoint beat me and today Johnny Davis, from the Pioneer Group, will try to do the same. Johnny is helping to organise the Big Italian Bike Ride, starting at the Odyssey in Belfast at 8am on Sunday morning. Around 500 riders will take part. The event website is . Check out the predictions from Johnny and myself below as well as my thoughts on the games.

LEICSTER v NEWCASTLE (Today, 12.45pm): Nigel Pearson has been in the news this week, first for calling a reporter an 'ostrich' and then apologising to him a day later. Oh, and in case you missed it his Leicester side were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea. The Foxes remain in relegation trouble despite a run of victories until Chelsea came to town. The good news for them is that Newcastle are next up on the fixture list. The Toon players may as well be in flip flops rather than boots, because in their heads they are already on the beach.

Beacom Prediction: Leicester 2 Newcastle 1

Davis Prediction: Leicester 2 Newcastle 0

VILLA v EVERTON (Today, 3pm): Everton gave United one heck of a battering last weekend. The Toffees have found some form. Better late than never I guess, but still this has been a disappointing season for Roberto Martinez's men. Villa may be lower in the table, but if they stay up and win the FA Cup, there will be calls for Tim Sherwood to be knighted. Funny old game.

Beacom Prediction: Villa 2 Everton 2

Davis Prediction: Villa 1 Everton 3

LIVERPOOL v QPR (Today, 3pm): It was this week 25 years ago that Liverpool last won the league title. And who did they play in the game when they made it title number 18? QPR of course. The fixture planners are just rubbing it in with this one, aren't they? It may be Steven Gerrard's penultimate appearance at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers could do with a win, though QPR, in their precarious position, probably need it more.

Beacom Prediction: Liverpool 2 QPR 1

Davis Prediction: Liverpool 1 QPR 1

SUNDERLAND v SOUTHAMPTON (Today, 3pm): Time is running out for Sunderland. They have saved themselves in recent seasons, but I'm not so sure this time.

Beacom Prediction: Sunderland 1 Southampton 1

Davis Prediction: Sunderland 0 Southampton 3

SWANSEA v STOKE (Today, 3pm): Swansea are eight and Stoke are ninth. Well played to both. Safe as houses.

Beacom Prediction: Swansea 2 Stoke 1

Davis Prediction: Swansea 2 Stoke 2

WEST HAM v BURNLEY (Today, 3pm): I think it's all over for Burnley, but Sean Dyche will believe his side are still in the last chance saloon and ready to order one more drink in the Premier League.

Beacom Prediction: West Ham 2 Burnley 1

Davis Prediction: West Ham 2 Burnley 1

MAN UTD v WBA (Today, 5.30pm): Whisper it, but United have lost their last two games and failed to score. Lucky for them Liverpool have failed too, otherwise Louis van Gaal would be sweating on a Champions League place. The Red Devils are far from the finished article. Expect more big name arrivals in the summer and just as many departures.

Beacom Prediction: United 3 WBA 1

Davis Prediction: United 3 WBA 1

CHELSEA v PALACE (Tomorrow 1.30pm): The champions elect will become champions tomorrow. They need a win and they will get it. It's what Jose Mourinho does. He is a Special One because he gets the job done. And regardless of how people see his team, they have been the top side in England this season by a long way. Boring? Not for me. The best? For sure. And say what you like about John Terry, but he has been the foundation on the field for Chelsea's success.

Beacom Prediction: Chelsea 4 Palace 1

Davis Prediction: Chelsea 3 Palace 0

SPURS v MAN CITY (Tomorrow, 4pm): When Chelsea win tomorrow this really will be after the Lord Mayor's/Special One's show!

Beacom Prediction: Spurs 1 City 1

Davis Prediction: Spurs 2 City 1

HULL v ARSENAL (Monday 8pm): A repeat of last season's FA Cup final and I'm going for the same outcome. Arsenal to win in an entertaining affair.

Beacom Prediction: Hull 1 Arsenal 2

Davis Prediction: Hull 2 Arsenal 2

The state of play: Steven Beacom 7 The Public 13

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