FA Premier League predictions Week 21

The fixtures come in thick and fast  with the final round of Premier League fixtures for 2017.

  1.                                Bournemouth  1-2 Everton            Blues march on
  2.                                            Chelsea  2-0 Stoke City        Stoke struggle again
  3.                                Crystal Palace   1-3 Man City         Can anyone stop the City
  4.                                Huddersfield    1-1 Burnley            Huddersfield hold Burnley
  5.                                       Liverpool    3-1 Leicester         Reds too much for Foxes
  6.                                           Man Utd  1-1 Southampton  Saints hold United
  7.                                Newcastle Utd   2-0 Brighton          Rafa gets a win
  8.                                           Watford   1-1 Swansea City  Watford held by Swans
  9.                                      West Brom   0-2 Arsenal            Gunners beat Baggies
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FA Premier League – Week 20

Well the turkey and mince pies have been eaten and it’s Boxing Day fixtures time, lets see how things pan out in the traditional holiday fixtures.

  1.                           Bournemouth  1-1 West Ham      Hammers finish a happy December
  2.                                      Chelsea   2-1 Brighton         Seagulls struggling as Blues march
  3.                           Crystal Palace   0-2 Arsenal          Gunners halt Palace revival
  4.                           Huddersfield    1-1  Stoke C           Honours even, break for both sides
  5.                                 Liverpool     2-0  Swansea        Reds stroll to win
  6.                                     Man Utd   2-0 Burnley           United score home win
  7.                           Newcastle Utd  1-3 Man City         Unhappy Christmas for the Toon
  8.                                 Tottenham   2-0 Southampton Spurs end with home victory
  9.                                      Watford   1-2 Leicester C      Foxes finish with the points
  10.                                 West Brom    1-2 Everton          Baggies struggle as Everton head up

FA Premier League – Week 19 – Bon Jovi

Woah, we’re half way there – Yes the Premier League has reached the half way stage and of course some fans will be living on a prayer that their club doesn’t get sucked into the Championship at the end of May.

Last week was a slightly better week with one correct score and five correct results. It seems I was a bit optimistic on the Man City v Spurs result thinking that Pochettino’s men might be able to to bring City’s streak to the end. The correct result was Man Utd v West Brom which probably wasn’t a surprise.

So to this week, with it being Christmas, the Premier League dropped their Christmas Eve late kick off for Arsenal v Liverpool, to a Friday night (Arsenal and Liverpool on a Friday night brings out cold sweats)

  1.                                     Arsenal  1-3 Liverpool         Liverpool do the double on
  2.                                   Brighton  1-2 Watford            Hornets ground the gulls
  3.                                   Burnley   1-3  Tottenham       Spurs down the Clarets
  4.                                   Everton   0-2  Chelsea             Big Sam’s first defeat
  5.                              Leicester C    1-3 Man Utd           Reds bounce back from Cup exit
  6.                                 Man City    4-0 Bournemouth  City machine storms on
  7.                         Southampton    2-0 Huddersfield   Saints have a happy Christmas
  8.                               Stoke City    1-1 West Brom       Honours even
  9.                         Swansea City    1-2 C.Palace            Eagles march on
  10.                              West Ham    2-1 Newcastle Utd  Hammers beat Toon

 

Should be a happy Christmas for the big teams, whilst my predictions for West Ham will see them going in with festive cheer whilst it’s a bit more gloomy for the relegation battlers. They say usually those in the bottom three at Christmas are heading for relegation, but with six points separating 12th to 20th, things may not always be straight forward.

Week 20 will be advanced as will be busy with Christmas so see you on the otherside of the big day.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you in 2018

 

Premier League predictions – Week 18

As we hit another round of Premier League fixtures, the festive programme moves ever closer, not that too many managers will be enjoying the possible nightmare that is on the cards. After a poor Week 16, week 17 turned out marginally better with 2 correct scores and 2 correct results. Never know one week I might get a big number of correct scores..anyhow, this weekend should prove more fruitful in the predictions round I would like to think, but here goes.

  1.                                           Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle Utd  No let up for Rafa in London
  2.                                Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool          No repeat of last time for reds
  3.                                         Brighton  0-2 Burnley             The Burnley dream continues
  4.                                           Chelsea  2-1 Southampton   The Blues win again
  5.                                           Everton 3-0  Swansea City    Swans grounded again
  6.                                 Leicester City 2-1  Crystal Palace  Foxes deny Eagles
  7.                                         Man City 2-2  Tottenham        Spurs halt City win run
  8.                                       Stoke City  1-2  West Ham        Moyes lifting Hammers
  9.                                           Waford  3-1  Huddersfield   Hornets win at home
  10.                                    West Brom   1-2  Man Utd           United win at the Hawthorns

Not predicting good things for the Toon as defeat looms again albeit it down south in London. It’s win time for Liverpool after two draws. Clarets look certain to maintain their rise up the table. Sean Dyche has done well to take the team riding high and who is to say they wont still be up there come the end of the season. That said it may only take a couple of injuries to change things.

Man City host Tottenham in what could be an entertaining draw. Im going for a 2-2 draw as Harry Kane could end their winning run. It seems that West Ham might well be on the road to the Great Escape. Four points off London rivals leaves them not far from climbing out the relegation zone and a win at fellow struggles Stoke should make that happen.

Watford woeful run should end with a home win against Huddersfield whilst Man Utd should maintain the points gap between them and City with a win at West Brom.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 17

Well Week 16 was a shocker and a haldf to correct results and no correct scores, it can’t get any worse can it? it probably could but Im going to be optimistic and say it will get better and the midweek predictions will be more successful. I mean come on, whoever in their wildest dreams thought that West Ham would win not only at home, but would beat Chelsea, but hey thats football isn’t it, you lose some you win one. Anyway I will quickly skip to the midweek predictions.

  1.                                       Burnley  2-0  Stoke City         Home win
  2.                                       C.Palace  1-3  Watford           Hornets deny the Eagles
  3.                   Huddersfield Town  0-3  Chelsea            More Town misery
  4.                                     Liverpool  3-0  WBA                 Baggies pay for derby misses
  5.                                       Man Utd  2-1 Bournemouth United nick the points
  6.                             Newcastle Utd 1-1  Everton             Toon grab point
  7.                              Southampton  2-1 Leicester City    Saints halt Foxes
  8.                               Swansea City  0-4 Man City           Man City stroll
  9.                                   Tottenham  2-0 Brighton           Seagulls woes continue
  10.                                    West Ham  0-2 Arsenal             Gunners beat Hammers

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 16

It’s another post European competition week and that will always make things interesting and will any of them have a post midweek hangover.

Before I get on to this weeks predictions, last week was a bit of a shocker, I registered zero correct scores and a paltry 4 correct results, but hey cant win them all and much better than having absolute zilch.

It’s another week closer to Christmas and we see another midweek session to follow this weekend, so look out for the midweek predictions either late Monday evening or Tuesday lunchtime.

So as I mentioned earlier, it’s post European competition weekend, but one that springs up of the big derby games. It’s a Super Sunday affair as Liverpool take on Everton and Man Utd host Man City in what will be crucial games.

  1.                                                      Burnley 2-2 Watford          Honours even
  2.                                           Crystal Palace 2-1 B’mouth          Eagles fly high again
  3.                                            Huddersfield  1-1 Brighton         Point a piece
  4.                                                   Liverpool 3-1  Everton          Reds storm Mersey derby
  5.                                                     Man Utd 2-3  Man City        City steal the points
  6.                                           Newcastle Utd 2-1 Leicester City Magpies steal the points
  7.                                           Southampton  1-2  Arsenal           Gunners bounce back
  8.                                            Swansea City  0-2  West Brom    Baggies securing safety
  9.                                                Tottenham  2-0  Stoke City      Spurs end league struggles
  10.                                                 West Ham  1-2  Chelsea           The Blues deny Hammers

 

An interesting few score predictions  which will see the table look even more interesting should the results go the same way. Man Utd will miss the suspended Paul Pogba as they go down 3-2. They will keep second spot on goal difference as Chelsea will beat West Ham thus increasing David Moyes headache. Everton’s renaissance under Sam Allardyce will come to an end as they lose 3-0 to the free scoring Liverpool.

Tottenham’s struggles will end as they beat Stoke 2-0 and Arsenal will bounce back from their United defeat to beat Southampton. Newcastle’s winless run will come to an end as they beat Leicester City. West Ham and Swansea City see their misery continue as they suffer more defeats.

 

Match of The Doy – The 100th post

Well here we are, the 100th post in the blog that is known as Match of The Doy. It started three years ago though as Strictly 442, playing on the popular tv show and the old school formation. The name change in fact came via a couple of work colleagues. I’d have liked to have reached 100 posts sooner, but external issues such as my depression often got in the way of my writing.

The game of football is something that I have always enjoyed and knowing that I’d never get to be a footballer or a journalist, blogging would be the best alternative. I could write about what I wanted regarding the game however long or however short and at my own pace. I haven’t though written every post in the blog. I have been fortunate to have guest bloggers in the form of Dan Raywood on a number of occasions and Victoria Sharkey on a lesser note. Dan has more often shared his thoughts on Spurs related stuff together with the post reflecting on matters elsewhere.

Not only guest posts, but I have had the pleasure to have some Q&A posts with the Portsmouth CEO Mark Catlin, thanks to Liam Earley and Gay Gooners and Pride In Football’s Joe White. This came through another good friend and the previously mentioned Victoria Sharkey. The idea of the Q&A session posts were to find out more about the off the pitch stuff that happens in the game. I look forward to adding more as and when I can.

This season has seen me take on the predictions game for the Premier League. It has to say the least been an interesting path. Not so many accurate scores as I would have liked but the end results have often been chalked up more. Given that Watford and Burnley have been giving as good as they have got, they are hot on the heels on a top ten spot.

This year I had the idea of the Flashback 40 which was to share posts relating to my growing up over the years. It hasn’t always gone to plan, but you should look out for the France 98 retro review. This was one of my favourite World Cups and I have made slow progress but almost completed the group stage review. I thought it would be a good idea to look at each group….I do like giving myself a challenge. Thankfully though it will be completed for this year especially as I will be finishing work on the 14th December for the year, so no excuses.

So what does Match of The Doy look like for the next 100 posts? Well more of what you have seen already and other stuff, more from Dan Raywood and hopefully other guest bloggers joining the fray. Whatever happens though, it will be fun and interesting, so thanks for reading and keep on following.