Our panel give serious thought to this weekend's fixtures

I realise our massive fan base will be more than anxious to check out the latest Salut! Predictions League table, but they’ll have to wait.

Lack of time and a steward’s enquiry into the accuracy of the league table, means I will get to it during the not so festive period. Right in between the darts and one of my many siestas.

As I generally don’t know my arse from my elbow during the Xmas fortnight, trying to figure out which day it is becomes practically impossible. I’m an advocate for the Xmas break in the Premier League – so we’re certainly having one here.

So, I’ll take this opportunity to wish everybody a merry chr… hahaha – I’m afraid I can’t bring myself to. Here’s the predictions yaaaa’ll.

Southampton v Sunderland

Jake: Saints 0 Sunderland 1. I don’t really believe this.

Malcolm: My head says we won’t get anything from this one and will lose 2-0. My heart expects us to get something and a 2-0 win. So I’m going with my epiglottis and well settle for a 2-2 draw.

Sixer: A game neither side can afford to lose. They have tightened up their defence while ours is as stable as a Christmas jelly. Wickham to get at least one. 2-2.

The rest: Goldy 1-2. Bill  0-1.  Colin 0-2. Robert  1-2.  Jeremy 1-2. John Mac 1-2.

Newcastle v Q.P.R

Colin: I’m afraid I really want the Mags to win this and keep ‘Arry deep in trouble. Newcastle are also relegation rivals so there is merit is them losing, too, but not quite as much as things stand. I also regard them as a better team than Rangers. 3-1

Bill: Newcastle 2 QPR 0  If the Barcodes can’t beat QPR at home, then maybe it’s Alan “Christmas is cancelled” Pardew who should be looking for another job. It’s by no means a cut-and-dried result, though.

Goldy: Neee snidey copying tactics from me this week, I promise. Let’s get this right, I’m not particularly enjoying Newcastle’s slump – not while we’re in danger ourselves. It won’t always end like it did in 08/09 and that’s frightening. There’s jitters eleven miles up the road, however, and a rejuvenated Q.P.R to nick a point here. 1-1.

The rest: Jake 1-1. Malcolm 1-1. Sixer 1-2. Robert  2-1. Jeremy  1-2. John Mac 1-1.

West Ham v Everton

Robert:Without Fellaini Everton will struggle to dominate teams like they have so often this season. I expect a dull 1-1 draw in this one.

John Mac: EFC haven’t had it all their own recently but Sam’s had a couple of injuries and tends to fight hard at home. So 1-1 with neither team firing on all cylinders.

Jeremy: It doesn’t matter whether or not you approve or admire Big Sam’s approach to management. The man tends to get good results wherever he goes. West Ham are galvanised under Sam’s leadership and have surprised those who expected a relegation battle for the Hammers. This should be a really tight game so I’m going for West Ham 1 Everton 1.

The rest: Jake 1-2. Malcolm 2-0. Sixer 1-1. Colin 1-2. Bill 1-3. Goldy 2-1.

See also: Monsieur Salut talks all things Sunderland at ESPN FC:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland?cc=5739

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