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De Niro and Stallone predict the football scores… at 17-0 to Everton

The acting legends head to the BBC's Football Focus to apply their collective soothsaying to this week's fixtures, with some odd predictions

Sylvester Stallone may have kicked his way to freedom in Escape to Victory, and De Niro briefly fielded a charity team for his Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, but two of Hollywood's biggest hitters have shown they still have a long way to go before they understand the beautiful game.

The two are to appear on BBC One's Football Focus this Saturday, joining Mark Lawrenson to predict the results of the weekend's fixtures, and there are some interesting choices. Tottenham may have lost to Arsenal last week, but are still riding high following the departure of Andre Villa-Boas and decisive defeats of Manchester United and Stoke – but Sly and Bobby have them down to lose at home to Crystal Palace, who lie third from bottom in the Premiership. Man City are predicted to lose to Newcastle, despite the latter's slump in form, while Villa are down to beat the current Premiership leaders Arsenal.

Everton meanwhile are predicted to win 17-0, which would comfortably beat the all-time Premiership winning margin record of Man U's 9-0 defeat of Ipswich. Perhaps their confidence stems from Stallone having seen Everton in action before, when they drew 1-1 with Reading in 2007. Turning to the other side of the Mersey, and perhaps emboldened by the rampant Suarez, the pair have decided Liverpool are to win while Lawrenson is more conservative, suggesting a 1-1 draw with Stoke.

As if their predictions hadn't made it clear, De Niro admits on the show that "I am not into the sport." Stallone at least he has some footballing experience, toughing it out with Pele and Bobby Moore in war drama Escape To Victory (with . "That was one of the low points of my life," Stallone says. "What a butt-kicking I got! I still have a broken finger from trying to block a penalty by Pele.

"He put on a pair of World War II shoes which were steel-tipped, and the ball was like a cannonball - it was twice as thick and heavy as footballs are today... it ripped through the back of the net and broke a window in the barracks where we were filming. I went 'are you kidding me?' I found a new kind of respect."

The pair star in the forthcoming boxing movie Grudge Match, about – perhaps inevitably – two old fighters who come out of retirement for one last showdown. They have more boxing than football pedigree, having starred in Rocky and Raging Bull; Stallone joked that they could make a movie called Sludge Match "about the slowest soccer players in the world".

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