Shearer Has Got It Wrong - Say MOTD Viewers

Last updated : 22 December 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

... his insistence that Chelsea will lift the trophy, MOTD viewers believe he is well wide of the mark.

Following Liverpool's victory on Saturday and a top spot in the Premier League, the Reds are now flavour of the month ... far more so than Chelsea.

According to a Match of the Day poll last night, Liverpool are three times more likely to win the Premier League title than the Blues.

With results generated by members of the public, those who answered the poll may have been swayed Liverpool's 3-1 home win over Cardiff City.

Liverpool have two of the three top scorers in the division as Daniel Sturridge has returned nine goals, while Luis Suarez is far ahead, on 19, with a six-goal cushion between himself and Sergio Aguero, of Manchester City.

In the poll, Liverpool were found to be 26% favourites for the Premier League title, while Chelsea returned just 9% of user votes.

For the record, Newcastle were not included in the poll, despite being just six points off top place.

Premier League
1 Liverpool 36
2 Man City 35
3 Arsenal 35
4 Chelsea 33
5 Everton 31
6 Newcastle 30
7 Man Utd 28
8 Tottenham 27
9 Southampton 24
10 Stoke City 21
11 Swansea  20
12 Hull City 20
13 A Villa 19
14 Norwich 19
15 Cardiff 17
16 West Brom 16
17 West Ham 14
18 C Palace 13
19 Fulham 13
20 Sunderland 10


CRYSTAL PALACE: 1. Julian Speroni 3. Adrian Mariappa 19. Danny Gabbidon 27. Damien Delaney 21. Dean Moxey 45' 46. Barry Bannan 45' 2. Joel Ward 15. Mile Jedinak 13. Jason Puncheon 29. Marouane Chamakh 30. Cameron Jerome 77'
Subs: 4. Jonathan Parr 45' 6. Jose Campana 7. Yannick Bolasie 45' 9. Kevin Phillips 16. Dwight Gayle 77' 20. Jonathan Williams 34. Lewis Price

NEWCASTLE: 1. Tim Krul 26. Mathieu Debuchy 6. Mike Williamson 2. Fabricio Coloccini 3. Davide Santon 8. Vurnon Anita 24. Cheick Tiote 7. Moussa Sissoko 4. Yohan Cabaye 79' 11. Yoan Gouffran 14. Loic Remy 75'
Subs: 9. Papiss Cisse 10. Hatem Ben Arfa 79' 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 19. Massadio Haidara 21. Rob Elliot 23. Shola Ameobi 75' 25. Gabriel Obertan

Tony Pulis tasted home defeat as Crystal Palace manager for the first time as his side were comprehensively beaten by Newcastle at a wet and windy Selhurst Park.

Former Palace favourite Alan Pardew and his Magpies have racked up impressive away victories at Tottenham and Manchester United in recent weeks and it was Yohan Cabaye, the returning match-winner from Old Trafford, who struck in the 25th minute to open the scoring as the visitors went on to win 3-0.

The France international was recalled after missing the draw against Southampton due to accruing five yellow cards and his deflected strike set Newcastle on their way to another win on the road.

Palace enjoyed their best spell of possession following Cabaye's effort but their chances of taking anything out of the game were shortened when Danny Gabbidon turned a dangerous cross past his own goalkeeper shortly before half-time.

Palace did not show enough of an attacking threat to take anything from the game and the better chances of the second half also went the way of the visitors, with Yoan Gouffran's late effort hitting a post before the third came courtesy of a late penalty from substitute Hatem Ben Arfa.

The inclement weather meant neither side could settle in to the game early on with the first effort of the day coming in the 13th minute but Davide Santon could not control his long-range effort and thrashed it well wide.

France full-back Mathieu Debuchy was on hand to meet Cabaye's corner mid way through the half but could only glance his header inches wide of the far post.

The breakthrough came shortly afterwards as Moussa Sissoko cut inside of Chamakh and cut the ball back to Cabaye, whose shot found its way in to the bottom corner courtesy of a deflection off Eagles' skipper Mile Jedinak.

The Magpies were enjoying plenty of possession down their right flank and Sissoko again looked to turn provider but his cross was met with an air-kick from Gouffran.

Pulis' side reacted well to going a goal down and had their first period of sustained pressure inside Newcastle's half.

Krul was called into action on the half-hour mark as Cameron Jerome worked a yard of space in the area and shot low at goal with the Dutchman turning the effort behind with his leg.

The visitors doubled their lead six minutes before half-time as Debuchy once again found enough space down the right to swing in a cross which Gabbidon could only steer past Speroni with his out-stretched leg.

Moxey, who was eventually substituted at half-time, was being given a torrid time and was again shown up as Cabaye brushed past him but shot from a tight angle when a pull-back across goal would have given Newcastle a great chance to add a third before the interval.

Palace started the second half with more vigour as Jerome turned on the ball and was winning a battle of strength with Mike Williamson until Krul rushed from his line to clear.

Cabaye had the first real chance of the second half as he arrowed in a low free-kick which moved through the air and was pushed away by an uncomfortable Speroni.

Jerome then wasted Palace's best chance of the afternoon as he was picked out unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box but the Stoke loanee could not keep his effort down and it flew harmlessly over Krul's goal.

Neither side could take control of the game as the second half wore on. Loic Remy was starved of service all afternoon before being replaced by Shola Ameobi with 15 minutes remaining.

Pulis responded by changing his own frontman as Dwight Gayle came on for Jerome but Palace continued to struggle to create chances.

Cabaye was guilty of missing a great opportunity to sew up the game moments later as he was played through on a goal by a wonderful Sissoko pass but he could only shoot straight at Speroni.

Gouffran was next to come close to a third as he was picked out on the edge of the box by substitute Ben Arfa and saw his curling effort hit the woodwork.

Ben Arfa, only introduced with 12 minutes remaining, was again involved as he brought a smart save at of Speroni as the visitors began to dominate the game once more.

The 26-year-old did get on the scoresheet late on, lashing home a penalty after Parr was adjudged to have tripped Ameobi inside the box.

The game had long been over as a contest at that point and Newcastle saw the game out without being troubled to pick up another away win to stay sixth in the table.