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Premier League predictions gameweek 26: Chiedu Oraka vs. Sports Mole

Premier League predictions gameweek 26: Chiedu Oraka vs. Sports Mole
Sports Mole takes on Chiedu Oraka for a Premier League predictions challenge in gameweek 26 of the 2023-24 season.

As leaders Liverpool switch their focus to the EFL Cup final against Chelsea, gameweek 26 provides an opportunity for two teams to close the gap on them at the top of the Premier League table.

Manchester City visit Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, but any slip-up at the Vitality Stadium could open the door for Arsenal to leapfrog them into second.

The Gunners host Newcastle United in an 8pm Saturday kickoff, bringing the curtain down on a day which also features Manchester United and four of the bottom six.

Wolverhampton Wanderers then take on Sheffield United in the only league game on Sunday, before West Ham United and Brentford meet in a Monday night London derby to bring the gameweek to a close.

Each gameweek, Sports Mole is taking on a famous musician or band in a prediction competition, and this week it is the turn of Newcastle fan Chiedu Oraka.

Aston Villa vs. Nott'm Forest

Saturday, 3pm

Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins celebrates scoring against Fulham on February 17, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Aston Villa 1-0 Nott'm Forest

Sports Mole: Aston Villa 3-1 Nott'm Forest

Brighton vs. Everton

Saturday, 3pm

Brighton & Hove Albion's Facundo Buonanotte celebrates scoring their first goal on February 18, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Brighton 1-2 Everton

Sports Mole: Brighton 2-0 Everton

Crystal Palace vs. Burnley

Saturday, 3pm

Crystal Palace new manager Oliver Glasner in the stands with chairman Steve Parish on February 19, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Crystal Palace 2-2 Burnley

Sports Mole: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Man Utd vs. Fulham

Saturday, 3pm

Manchester United's Rasmus Hojlund celebrates scoring against Luton Town on February 18, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Man Utd 1-0 Fulham

Sports Mole: Man Utd 3-1 Fulham

Bournemouth vs. Man City

Saturday, 5.30pm

Bournemouth's Justin Kluivert celebrates scoring their first goal on February 4, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Bournemouth 0-3 Man City

Sports Mole: Bournemouth 1-3 Man City

Arsenal vs. Newcastle

Saturday, 8pm

Arsenal's Martin Odegaard celebrates scoring their first goal on February 17, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle

Sports Mole: Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle

Wolves vs. Sheff Utd

Sunday, 1.30pm

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Joao Gomes celebrates scoring their first goal on February 17, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: Wolves 2-0 Sheff Utd

Sports Mole: Wolves 3-0 Sheff Utd

West Ham vs. Brentford

Monday, 8pm

West Ham United manager David Moyes pictured on February 11, 2024© Reuters

Chiedu: West Ham 0-1 Brentford

Sports Mole: West Ham 1-1 Brentford

Chiedu Q&A

Chiedu Oraka press shot

How did you come to support Newcastle and what are your favourite memories from your time as a fan?

It's pretty simple this answer, I began supporting Newcastle as soon as Alan Shearer signed for us in 1996. I just remember all the fuss surrounding the price tag and instantly became a fan of the club.

My two favourite memories have to be when we thrashed Man United 5-0 and when we beat Barcelona in the Champions League 3-2, with that famous Faustino Asprilla hat-trick.

Who have been your favourite five players for your club, historically or currently?

This is a very difficult question because there have been so many sick players that have pulled on the famous black and white strip. But if you had to push me, I would say these are the ones who have gave me my favourite moments - in no particular order except number one:

1. Alan Shearer
2. Laurent Robert
3. Kieron Dyer
4. Les Ferdinand
5. Hatem Ben Arfa

What's going on for you as an artist at the moment?

All roads lead to two things right now. My performance at SXSW in Texas in March and the release of my debut mixtape 'Misfit' which drops on April 26.

Check out 'Rhythm of my Pain', the latest release from Chiedu Oraka, available on all digital streaming platforms now.

You can follow Chiedu Oraka on Instagram and X (formerly known as Twitter).


Scores are calculated as one point for a correct result and five points for a correct scoreline.

1. SPRINTS' Sam (19pts | Gameweek 9)
2. Flat Party's Nic (18pts | Gameweek 7)
3. SPRINTS' Jack (16pts | Gameweek 9)
4. SPRINTS' Karla (14pts | Gameweek 9)
= Noah and the Loners' Noah Riley (14pts | Gameweek 20)
6. Palace's Leo Wyndham (13pts | Gameweek 24)
7. Flat Party's Dylan (12pts | Gameweek 7)
8. Flat Party's Rory (10pts | Gameweek 7)
= Master Peace (10pts | Gameweek 23)
10. Tom Speight (9pts | Gameweek 2)
= Majestic & Beyond Chicago (9pts | Gameweek 3)
= Sea Girls' Andrew Dawson (9pts | Gameweek 8)
13. New Rules' Ryan Meaney (8pts | Gameweek 6)
= K.A.D (8pts | Gameweek 12)
= Solar Eyes (8pts | Gameweek 25)
16. Kid Kapichi's Jack Wilson (7pts | Gameweek 5)
= Feeder's Taka Hirose (7pts | Gameweek 18)
= Fat White Family's Lias Saoudi (7pts | Gameweek 21)
19. Ed Cosens (6pts | Gameweek 22)
20. Sainte (5pts | Gameweek 13)
21. Insincere (4pts | Gameweek 1)
= STONE (4pts | Gameweek 10)
= Slick Don (4pts | Gameweek 14)
= The Blinders' Charlie McGough (4pts | Gameweek 15)
= Alex Spencer (4pts | Gameweek 16)
26. Barry Can't Swim (3pts | Gameweek 4)
= Keen Roy (3pts | Gameweek 11)
28. Bill Ryder-Jones (2pts | Gameweek 19)


Gameweek 1: Insincere 4-16 Sports Mole
Gameweek 2: Tom Speight 9-16 Sports Mole
Gameweek 3: Majestic & Beyond Chicago 9-9 Sports Mole
Gameweek 4: Barry Can't Swim 3-9 Sports Mole
Gameweek 5: Kid Kapichi's Jack Wilson 7-11 Sports Mole
Gameweek 6: New Rules' Ryan Meaney 8-10 Sports Mole
Gameweek 7: Flat Party's Rory, Nic & Dylan 10/18/12-3 Sports Mole
Gameweek 8: Sea Girls' Andrew Dawson 9-9 Sports Mole
Gameweek 9: SPRINTS' Jack, Same & Karla 16/19/14-16 Sports Mole
Gameweek 10: STONE 4-6 Sports Mole
Gameweek 11: Keen Roy 3-9 Sports Mole
Gameweek 12: K.A.D 8-8 Sports Mole
Gameweek 13: Sainte 5-2 Sports Mole
Gameweek 14: Slick Don 4-6 Sports Mole
Gameweek 15: The Blinders' Charlie McGough 4-4 Sports Mole
Gameweek 16: Alex Spencer 4-3 Sports Mole
Gameweek 17: N/A
Gameweek 18: Feeder's Taka Hirose 7-9 Sports Mole
Gameweek 19: Bill Ryder-Jones 2-7 Sports Mole
Gameweek 20: Noah and the Loners' Noah Riley 14-5 Sports Mole
Gameweek 21: Fat White Family's Lias Saoudi 7-10 Sports Mole
Gameweek 22: Ed Cosens 6-4 Sports Mole
Gameweek 23: Master Peace 10-12 Sports Mole
Gameweek 24: Palace's Leo Wyndham 13-11 Sports Mole
Gameweek 25: Solar Eyes 8-9 Sports Mole

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3Manchester CityMan City32227376324473
4Aston Villa34206871502166
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs32186865491660
6Newcastle UnitedNewcastle321551269521750
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd32155124748-150
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham34139125463-948
10Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton321111105250244
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33127144653-743
14Crystal Palace3399154256-1436
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest3479184260-1826
18Luton TownLuton3467214775-2825
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3337233188-5716

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