English Premiership

Tipsters split for Gunners-Foxes

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Cape Town - Leaders Leicester City continue to confound critics ... but they have another toughie this weekend and still our forecasters won’t get unanimously behind them.

We are split exactly down the middle for their visit to third-placed Arsenal on Sunday: two back a Gunners win, two a draw and the other pair a successful Foxes raid on London.

Last season Arsenal saw off an unrecognisably more ordinary Leicester outfit 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, powered by first-half goals from Messrs Koscielny and Walcott before a Leicester mini-fightback.

Each round of the 2015/16 Premiership 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), Herman Mostert (Chelsea), and a trio of Manchester United devotees in Tashreeq Vardien, Lloyd Burnard and Maano Nekhavhambe.

Three points are awarded for an entirely correct scoreline, and one for right result.

OUR FORECASTS:

SUNDERLAND v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 14:45

Rob: 0-2
Garrin: 0-2
Herman: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-2
Lloyd: 1-2
Maano: 0-1
Last season: 1-1        

BOURNEMOUTH v STOKE
Saturday,17:00

Rob: 0-1
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Tashreeq: 1-2
Lloyd: 1-1
Maano: 1-1
Last season: Not applicable                                     

CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 1-1
Tashreeq: 2-1
Lloyd: 2-1
Maano: 1-0
Last season: Not applicable                         

EVERTON v WEST BROM
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Tashreeq: 3-2
Lloyd: 3-0
Maano: 2-1
Last season: 0-0                               

NORWICH v WEST HAM
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 2-1
Herman: 1-2
Tashreeq: 0-2
Lloyd: 1-2
Maano: 0-0
Last season: Not applicable                                

SWANSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
Saturday, 17:00

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 1-2
Herman: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-1
Lloyd: 1-1
Maano: 2-0
Last season: 0-1                                       

CHELSEA v NEWCASTLE
Saturday, 19:30

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 2-1
Tashreeq: 2-1
Lloyd: 3-0
Maano: 1-0
Last season: 2-0                   

ARSENAL v LEICESTER
Sunday, 14:00

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 1-1
Herman: 2-1
Tashreeq: 1-1
Lloyd: 1-2
Maano: 1-2
Last season: 2-1                          

ASTON VILLA v LIVERPOOL
Sunday, 16:05

Rob: 1-1
Garrin: 0-2  
Herman: 1-2
Tashreeq: 1-1
Lloyd: 1-1
Maano: 1-2
Last season: 0-2                             

MANCHESTER CITY v TOTTENHAM
Sunday, 18:15

Rob: 2-0
Garrin: 2-2
Herman: 2-1
Tashreeq: 1-2
Lloyd: 1-2
Maano: 1-0
Last season: 4-1      

*LEADERBOARD:

177 - Maano (8 points in last round)
165 - Garrin (10)
152 - Tashreeq (10)
151 - Rob (8)
146 - Herman (6)
144 - Lloyd (9)