FA Premier League Preditions – Week 31

This week sees a smaller programme due to the FA Cup quarter finals but what it does give is another opportunity for me to get a good round of predictions. Week 30 saw a total of 8 correct results out of 10. There were no correct scores predicted, but hey who is going to turn down the 8 out of 10 correct results either way.

This week there are four Premier League fixtures of which three affect teams battling to avoid relegation, so with the reduced number of games it is crucial that those clubs playing this weekend take vital points. The other fixture sees a chance for Liverpool to take all three points at home to Watford and keep the pressure on the others in the chase for a top four spot. Liverpool will know that had they got a point at least from Old Trafford, a single point would have separated Man Utd, Liverpool and Tottenham and a Merseyside club would have been third on goal difference. Now though Man Utd have a four point lead over Tottenham and five over Liverpool. Chelsea winning moved them to within four points of Klopp’s team as well. I expect the home side to come out on top and take all three points. There certainly wont be a repeat of the opening game of the season.

At the other end West Brom travel to Bournemouth looking for a league win or maybe jus some dignity as relegation looms ever closer. Stoke City host Everton. Based on form it seems inevitable that the visitors will win. Huddersfield host Crystal Palace in what is another relegation battle. The Eagles look certain to be doomed as they look for a much needed win. This came close against Man Utd only for them to blow it. Then a game against Chelsea brought no joy and a trip up north doesn’t bring any likelihood of joy.

So lets see if I can get 100% this week

  1.                            Bournemouth  2-0   West Brom       No joy for the Baggies
  2.                             Huddersfield   2-0   Crystal Palace  Relegation looms for Eagles
  3.                                   Liverpool   3-0   Watford            Reds back on track
  4.                                   Stoke City   1-2   Everton            Things looking bad for City

The short number of games leads the relegation battle looking even tighter as those teams affected are certain to lose leaving things remaining as they are.


Half a scarf, fully a fan – Dan Raywood guest blog

This week in Spurs – we lost our main goalscorer to a major ankle injury, got knocked out of the Champions League and season ticket prices came out. For some clubs that may seem a lot, but with Spurs now very much in the news headlines these days it is not unusual to see the club mentioned a lot.

Another story, which relates to that Juventus game at Wembley last week, caught my eye though. Issued via the Supporters Trust, it said that some Juventus fans had got tickets in designated home supporter sections.

I can guess that among those of you reading this who regularly go to games, you’ve sat among fans who are not supporting the same team as you. Doesn’t have to mean you are supporting one of the teams playing, you’re just backing one of the sides. I’ve had my experiences – one was sitting with a Leicester City fan with free tickets to an away game at Barnsley, sitting among the home fans (we made it a policy to punch each other when Leicester scored, which happened twice…thanks Wikipedia.)

However the release from THST states that “such supporters will only be asked to leave the venue if it is felt they are antagonising home fans”, in other words come along and enjoy the game – but don’t act like an idiot. Surely that has to be a good thing? Many is the time I watch football coverage, live or highlights, and I see empty seats. Any one has to watch West Brom at the moment to see the swathes of empty seats at the Hawthorns. Should neutral fans be encouraged to come along?

The other claim by the report is that it is hard to spot fans when they wear similar colours and half and half scarves. So is the answer to ban half and half scarves? Unlikely. But I bet at the weekend some football tourists would have bought a Man Utd v Liverpool half and half scarf, it’s an occasion to be at after all. Would you go to Barcelona v Real Madrid and not spend a handful of euros on a half and half scarf?

The answer is for better stewarding and for them to watch the crowd and be better at crowd management. Those who witnessed the invasions at West Ham United at the weekend will attest to that.

Enjoy the game, and behave yourselves. The person behind, next to and in front of you has paid a lot of money for that ticket.


FA Premier League Predictions – Week 30

So last week was a much better week for correct predictions as I managed six correct results and one correct score. It’s always good to get back to a big week of successful predictions, especially as we head towards the tail end of the season.

This weekend could be another interesting round of games as the chase for Champions League qualification hots up alongside the battle for Premier League survival and Europa League qualification. The big game sees Man Utd host Liverpool whilst Arsenal look to get a win against Watford. This though has potential to be another week of misery for the Arsenal and for restless Gooners all depending on their game against AC Milan on the Thursday night, At the other end Huddersfield take on Swansea City, Brighton travel to Everton, Newcastle face the Saints whilst odds on to be relegated West Brom, host Leicester City.

  1.                                   Arsenal  2-1 Watford            Arsenal back to winning ways
  2.                        Bournemouth  1-2 Tottenham       Spurs maintain top four spot
  3.                                   Chelsea   2-0 Crystal Palace Blues gain crucial win
  4.                                  Everton   1-2  Brighton          Everton’s struggles continue
  5.                        Huddersfield   1-1 Swansea City   Point each in crucial game
  6.                                Man Utd   1-2 Liverpool          Klopp’s men take the points
  7.                      Newcastle Utd   2-0 Southampton   Rafa’s Magpies take the win
  8.                              Stoke City   0-3 Man City            The title nearer for Guardiola
  9.                            West Brom   0-2 Leicester           Baggies closer to drop
  10.                           West Ham   2-2 Burnley            Hammers gain vital point


So from my predictions, Arsenal look certain to secure Europa League football especially as Burnley are likely to draw. Leicester taking the three points could see them push closer to the Clarets in hope for a possible venture into Europa League football next season.

Liverpool look certain to get past Man United with a 2-1 win. The hosts have not exactly set the world on fire despite the players they have whilst Liverpool have been able to put Coutinho’s departure behind them and move on. A win for Liverpool will make them odds on to finish second. A draw between the two will see business as usual and the future fixtures having a say. A win for United will increase the gap to five and allow Spurs to catch up on Liverpool.

Klopp’s team is on top form and with the defence looking generally sound, United will have to work hard to keep Salah, Mane and Firminho quiet, saying that, the Liverpool fullbacks will be working hard, especially Robertson, who has done really well with his forward moves.

Tottenham travel to Bournemouth and look certain to put the Champions League disappointment behind them and aim to secure qualification for next seasons tournament, especially with Spurs facing key games away to Chelsea and home to Man City in the coming three games.

Relegation seems destined for West Brom, but it is the others that will still have all to play for in the survival stakes. Seven points separate Stoke City and Everton, although it would be hard-pressed for anyone to think that Everton will be caught up in a relegation fight. Saying that though anything can happen.

Whilst Palace blew it last week against Man Utd, this week I don’t see the same against Chelsea as they look certain to lose 2-0. The win for Chelsea of course will be vital to try and snatch a Champions League place. Southampton and Newcastle Utd have both had one win, three draws and one defeat in the last five but this weekend expect the Toon to add to the Saints woes. Southampton will be grateful for the fact that teams below are not likely to win this weekend.

Whatever happens, it could be an exciting Premier League weekend.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 29

A full week of Premier League fixtures this week (weather permitting) and hopefully will turn out better than last week when I could only muster one correct score and two correct results. Thanks to Tottenham and Liverpool victories, I got two correct results and whilst a 1-1 draw between Leicester and Stoke gave me an exact scoreline.

This week should hopefully provide a few more correct results if not scorelines but Ive said that before haven’t I. So here goes.

  1. Brighton 1-3 Arsenal Gunners get much needed win
  2. Burnley 2-1 Everton Clarets strengthen top 10
  3. Crystal Palace 0-2 Man Utd United keep edge on second
  4. Leicester City 2-1 Bournemouth Foxes bit the cherries
  5. Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle Utd Reds too strong for Toon
  6. Man City 2-0 Chelsea Chelsea lose again
  7. Southampton 1-1 Stoke City Saints take a point
  8. Swansea City 2-1 West Ham Swans marching to safety
  9. Tottenham 3-0 Huddersfield Spurs keep top four hopes
  10. Watford 2-1 West Brom Hornets take another win

Some crucial fixtures for teams both chasing top four and teams battling for Premier League survival. City of course barring a repeat of Newcastle blowing the title, they have one hand securely holding the Premier League title. The battle is for Champions League places and with the top four all going to the group stages of the competition it means that one from Man Utd, Liverpool,Chelsea and Tottenham will find their european competition played on a Thursday night. Six points separate second place Man Utd and fifth place Chelsea with Liverpool and Tottenham in third and fourth respectively.

Liverpool, Man Utd and Tottenham should all record wins whilst Chelsea look certain to face not only a second league defeat in a row but back to back defeats to Manchester opposition, should the other three win and Chelsea lose as predicted then there will be a five point gap between Spurs and Chelsea.

At the other end it continues to be more gloom for West Brom as a predicted defeat sees the Baggies see the gap extend further as Stoke take a point against Southampton, which does neither club any good. Taking advantage of other teams struggles is Swansea City who will move further up the table although the points difference wont be much.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 28

Welcome back to Premier League fixtures as we head to week 28. The last week seems such a long time ago and to be honest a not great week prediction wise. Four correct results only last week. Victories for Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool whilst it was a 1-1 draw between Stoke and Brighton.

This weekend sees some big clashes in the League whilst Arsenal and Man City clash in the League Cup final.

  1.                        Bournemouth   1-2  Newcastle Utd   The Toon squash the Cherries
  2.                                 Brighton    0-2  Swansea             The Swansea recovery continues
  3.                                   Burnley   1-2 Southampton     Claret woes as Saints win
  4.                        Crystal Palace   0-3 Tottenham          Spurs continue on the march
  5.                        Leicester City    1-1 Stoke City            Another draw for the Foxes
  6.                               Liverpool    3-0 West Ham            Reds storm to win
  7.                                 Man Utd    1-2 Chelsea                Blues give Jose woes
  8.                            West Brom     2-0 Huddersfield      Baggies bounce back
  9.                                 Watford     2-2 Everton               Draw at the Vicarage


Some interesting clashes and results this week featuring the top and bottom teams in crucial games. Liverpool host West Ham as they look to strengthen their Champions League qualification whilst Tottenham travel to Crystal Palace. The Lilywhites should take the points but we know that Palace have the ability to dent many clubs plans. Man Utd host Chelsea in what should be an interesting affair, but with United recently seemingly off par, I feel Jose’s old club will take the victory.

Tricky ones too especially with some of the teams threatened with relegation fighting it out. Bournemouth and Newcastle Utd battle it it out a win for the Cherries will move them closer to security whilst the Toon will move level with Bournemouth should they win and that’s what I have predicted. A win for the Saints will do the south club a bit better whilst Stoke will be no better off with a draw against Leicester.

Lets see how things have panned out come Sunday evening.


FA Premier League Predictions Week 27

Another weekend of goals and and it was also a case of Merseyside v London which saw a win for North London and a draw. Everton got a pummeling down south whilst Spurs stole a draw in the death featuring some questionable decisions. The penalty decision at Anfield turned a correct score prediction into nothing. For the Arsenal, it seems I wasn’t quite as generous in my predictions. My prediction was 2-1, but the Arsenal routed Everton 5-1. Apparently Everton fans were piling out before half time. Then of course my prediction of the Watford v Chelsea game, that couldnt have been more wrong. The Blues were trounced 4-1 having been down to 10 men after 30 minutes. To be fair the game was 1-1 till the 84th minute when Chelsea fell apart like an England Ashes batting line up.

It was two correct results and a correct score. Arsenal’s win added to the Swansea v Leicester ending in a 1-1 draw and not a 2-2 draw gave two correct results, whilst Man Utd bounced back to give a correct score as they beat Huddersfield 2-0.

So to this weekends predictions and lets see if I can do better this week.

  1.                                          Chelsea   2-1 West Brom        Blues back on track
  2.                                         Everton   0-2  Crystal Palace  Eagles give Blues headache
  3.                                Huddersfield   1-2  Bournemouth  Cherries away win
  4.                                       Man City    2-0  Leicester City  Another home win on the board
  5.                              Newcastle Utd   1-1  Man Utd           Magpies hold the Reds
  6.                               Southampton    0-3 Liverpool          Klopps reds thrash hosts
  7.                                      Stoke City    2-2 Brighton            honours even
  8.                                Swansea City    1-2 Burnley             Clarets hold Swans rise
  9.                                    Tottenham    1-3  Arsenal             Gunners glory in derby
  10.                                     West Ham    1-1  Watford            Hammers hold Watford to draw


Some interesting predictions with the interesting one being the North London derby. A couple of weeks ago I’d have said a home win, but with the signings that Arsenal made and the way they took apart Everton, I think with the space at Wembley will give the Gunners some ability to cause the defence some issues. If they can get at the Spurs defence as Liverpool did through Salah, I think that will be them taking the win.

Man Utd travel to Newcastle Utd, but I think the Magpies might just throw a spanner in the works. Man Utd should be favourites, but if Newcastle can dig in, then they can steal a point against the Reds. On the subject of Reds, Liverpool will put the disappointment of the 2-2 draw and storm to a 3-0 win on the south coast.

More disappointment for Everton as they lose to London opposition, this time at home to Crystal Palace. Fellow strugglers Swansea look certain to lose at home against Burnley who have impressed greatly this season.


FA Premier League Predictions – Week 26

Well, week 25 was a midweek round to forget as only I only managed one correct score and one correct result. I mean given the fixtures for the midweek, I would have expected a few more correct results if not scores. It didn’t help that four of the midweek games would finish as draws considering the teams involved. I mean Stoke and Watford playing out a goalless draw. Would never have expected that one. I had predicted a 2-2 draw between Spurs and Man Utd but saw a 2-0 Spurs win whilst Chelsea went awol and lost 3-0 at the Bridge.

Anyway I would like to think that week 26 will be better, well it can’t get any worse….actually it probably could. Some big games this weekend as Liverpool host Spurs, the Swans looking to build their relegation escape with a trip to Leicester  with other ties featuring fellow strugglers West Brom face Southampton. So lets see how I get on this weekend.

  1.                                      Arsenal   2-1    Everton          Much needed win for Arsenal
  2.                                      Burnley  1-3    Man City         City move another step closer
  3.                           Bournemouth  2-0    Stoke City        Cherries on the charge
  4.                                    Brighton   1-2    West Ham       Crucial win for Hammer
  5.                           Crystal Palace   2-1   Newcastle        Eagles bag the points
  6.                            Leicester City   2-2  Swansea           Honours even
  7.                                   Liverpool   2-1   Tottenham      Liverpool dent Spurs
  8.                                     Man Utd   2-0   Huddersfield   Man Utd return to winning ways
  9.                                      Watford   1-1   Chelsea            Watford take point, woes for Conte
  10.                                 West Brom   2-1   Southampton  Baggies win, Saints struggling


An interesting mix of results which I hope will bring good fortune this week. It’s a good job I don’t bet on the games.