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The Football Jackpot: Venables’ Verdict

| 24.08.2013

Everton v West Brom
Martinez is battling to keep his stars but the Toffees are tough to beat at home and the Baggies were shocked by Saints in the opener. HOME WIN.

Hull v Norwich
Hull will be desperate to get a point on the board and both sides will be content to share the spoils. DRAW.

Newcastle v West Ham
The Hammers are confident and the Toon in tatters after the opening games but home advantage should see them evenly matched. DRAW.

Southampton v Sunderland
Back-to-back wins for confident Saints beckon, with centre-forward Lambert buoyant after scoring with his first touch for England. HOME WIN.

Stoke v Crystal Palace
The Britannia is still a tough place to get a result and I doubt plucky Palace will manage it here. HOME WIN.

Blackpool v Reading
Both sides are challenging at the top of the division, both drew last weekend and I can’t see them separated here, either. DRAW.

Ipswich v Leeds United
United will be happy with a point at Portman Road as they build for another promotion charge towards the Premier League. DRAW.

Leicester v Birmingham
The Foxes have started brightly and after taking one Midlands scalp with a win at Derby last Saturday, I can see them grabbing another one here. HOME WIN.

Celtic v Inverness CT
Yes, the Glasgow giants had a shocking result in Europe and it’s a long trip back from Kazakhstan but I still fancy them in this one. HOME WIN.

Hearts v Aberdeen
After a tough start, The Jambos can finally get their season up and running – but it will only be a point. DRAW.

Aston Villa v Liverpool
Paul Lambert’s side have so much fi repower with Benteke and Agbonlahor, I can see them toppling the Reds to continue their great start. HOME WIN.

Watford v Nottingham Forest
A top-of-the-table clash in the Championship and something has to give – and I think that will be Forest’s 100 per cent record. HOME WIN.

Cardiff v Man City
The visitors are so full of players looking the business – Silva, Deco and Aguero – that I do not hold out much hope for newly promoted Cardiff. AWAY WIN.

Tottenham v Swansea
Spurs have made some topnotch acquisitions and while Swansea have the same, solid group of players, it’ll be home celebrations at White Hart Lane. HOME WIN.

Man United v Chelsea
There is so little between these two sides that any of the three results are a real possibility, but I’ll take Moyes over Mourinho and vouch for United – just. HOME WIN.



Paul Garbett