English Premiership

Tipsters: Chelsea to edge critical derby

English Premiership flutter (File)
English Premiership flutter (File)

Cape Town - There’s plenty at stake in Saturday’s English Premiership tussle between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Apart from the London derby factor, there’s Jose Mourinho’s return to the Blues’ stomping ground as the Spurs boss … plus the Champions League relevance, as fourth entertains fifth.

It was a tricky pick, but sentiment among our panel leans toward the hosts coming out on top with three backing Chelsea and the other four a stalemate - no takers for a successful raid by the visitors.

Each round of the 2019/20 campaign, a group of our staff has a crack at predicting the results - do the exercise yourself, if you like, and see how you compare afterwards.

Compiled by Rob Houwing (Newcastle-partial), the others are Garrin Lambley (Everton, and defending champion), Lloyd Burnard, Tashreeq Vardien, Baden Gillion and Lynn Butler (all Man Utd) plus Craig Taylor (Liverpool).

Three points are awarded for an entirely correct score-line, and one for right result.

OUR FORECASTS:

CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM
Saturday, 14:30

Rob: 2-1
Garrin: 2-1
Tashreeq: 1-1  
Lloyd: 1-1
Lynn: 2-2
Craig: 1-1
Baden: 2-1

Last season: 2-0                                   

SHEFFIELD UNITED v BRIGHTON
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 2-1  
Tashreeq: 3-2   
Lloyd: 2-1
Lynn: 1-0
Craig: 2-1
Baden: 1-0

Last season: Not applicable                                                                    

CRYSTAL PALACE v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 2-1
Tashreeq: 1-0
Lloyd: 2-0
Lynn: 1-1
Craig: 1-1
Baden: 2-1

Last season: 0-0                                                          

SOUTHAMPTON v ASTON VILLA
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-0
Garrin: 1-1
Tashreeq: 3-2  
Lloyd: 2-0
Lynn: 2-1
Craig: 2-1
Baden: 1-1

Last season: Not applicable                                                              

BURNLEY v BOURNEMOUTH
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-0
Garrin: 2-1  
Tashreeq: 3-2    
Lloyd: 1-1
Lynn: 1-0
Craig: 1-0
Baden: 1-0

Last season: 4-0                                                                    

LEICESTER v MANCHESTER CITY
Saturday, 19:30

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 1-2
Tashreeq: 2-2
Lloyd: 1-2
Lynn: 1-3
Craig: 1-2
Baden: 1-2

Last season: 2-1                                                           

WOLVES v NORWICH
Sunday, 16:00

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 2-0
Tashreeq: 2-1  
Lloyd: 1-0
Lynn: 3-1
Craig: 2-0
Baden: 2-0

Last season: Not applicable                                                              

MANCHESTER UNITED v WATFORD
Sunday, 16:00

Rob: 3-1
Garrin: 2-0  
Tashreeq: 2-1    
Lloyd: 2-0
Lynn: 1-0
Craig: 2-0
Baden: 2-0

Last season: 2-1                                                                    

ARSENAL v EVERTON
Sunday, 18:30

Rob: 1-0
Garrin: 2-1
Tashreeq: 2-2
Lloyd: 2-0
Lynn: 1-1
Craig: 1-1
Baden: 3-1

Last season: 2-0                                                           

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM
Monday, 22:00

Rob: 3-0
Garrin: 3-0
Tashreeq: 2-0  
Lloyd: 2-0
Lynn: 4-0
Craig: 2-0
Baden: 1-0

Last season: 4-0                                                              

LEADERBOARD

205 Garrin (5 points in last, abbreviated round)
190 Tashreeq (5)
167 Rob (4)
163 Lloyd (5) & Baden (4)
162 Craig (4)
156 Lynn (4)