In addition to following the predictive success of Premier League pundits as I usually do, I have also kept an eye on the profitability of the predictions offered by Sky Sports and BBC experts.
After 8 rounds of fixtures, the news is good for both Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson. If a punter was to place a 1 stake on all of the 80 outcomes (win/loss/draw) they have suggested so far one would turn a profit of €51.04 following Merson and a profit of €25.50 following Lawrenson. Betting on each pundits specific scoreline prediction returns similar profits. Merson’s scoreline estimates return a profit of €55.72 while Lawrenson’s return a profit of €25.50.
These profits were helped by a sterling performance by the pundits in week 7 of the Premier League. Before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 89 minute goal to give Everton a 3-0 lead over Fulham, all 3pm Saturday kick-offs were at 2-0… one of the pundits favourite predictions! Half of all the fixtures ended 2-0 that week, something which the pundits really capitalised on.