English Premiership

Tricky tasks for leaders Leicester

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Cape Town - Leicester City continued to confound critics as they headed the pack going into the bumper festive season English Premiership programme ... but there could be speed-bumps immediately ahead.

With a visit to Liverpool and then quick follow-up fixture at home to established heavyweights Manchester City, our panel generally find it hard to back the Foxes for victories on either occasion despite their recent form.

But then what do we really know?

Each round of the 2015/16 Premiership season, a panel 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:

STOKE v MANCHESTER UNITED
Saturday, 14:45

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

ASTON VILLA v WEST HAM
Saturday, 17:00

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

BOURNEMOUTH v CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday, 17:00

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

CHELSEA v WATFORD
Saturday, 17:00

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

LIVERPOOL v LEICESTER
Saturday, 17:00

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

MANCHESTER CITY v SUNDERLAND
Saturday, 17:00

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

SWANSEA v WEST BROM
Saturday, 17:00

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

TOTTENHAM v NORWICH
Saturday, 17:00

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

NEWCASTLE v EVERTON
Saturday, 19:30

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

SOUTHAMPTON v ARSENAL
Saturday, 21:45

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

CRYSTAL PALACE v SWANSEA
Monday, 17:00

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

EVERTON v STOKE
Monday, 17:00

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

NORWICH v ASTON VILLA
Monday, 17:00

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

WATFORD v TOTTENHAM
Monday, 17:00

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

WEST BROM v NEWCASTLE
Monday, 17:00

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

ARSENAL v BOURNEMOUTH
Monday, 19:30

Rob: 3-1
Garrin: 2-0
Herman: 3-0
Tashreeq: 2-1
Lloyd: 3-0
Maano: 2-1
Last season: Not applicable                                 

MANCHESTER UNITED v CHELSEA
Monday, 19:30

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

WEST HAM v SOUTHAMPTON
Monday, 19:30

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

LEICESTER v MANCHESTER CITY
Tuesday, 21:45

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

SUNDERLAND v LIVERPOOL
Wednesday, 21:45

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

*LEADERBOARD:

113 - Maano (3 points in last round)
110 - Garrin (1)
104 - Tashreeq (4)
97 - Lloyd (4) & Rob (4)
95 - Herman (5)