FA Premier League Predictions – Week 32

Welcome back Premier League, how we missed you what with VAR and all that. It’s back to normal this Easter Weekend as the Premier League moves closer to the finishing line and City adding another league title to the trophy as everyone else scraps for Champions League football or Premier League survival.

So as you will remember the weekend before the International break saw a 4 game Premier League week and what a weekend it was. I nailed 1 correct score and 2 correct results. The game that let me down was Huddersfield against Crystal Palace. I had expected the home side to win but the Eagles decided to spoil the 100% wins.

This week sees West Ham and Southampton battle it out in a relegation fight.  West Ham are two points above Southampton who are third from bottom. A Hammers win would make their stay in the Premier League a little more secure although that is not the only concern they have had having seen the fan trouble. A win for the Saints though could seem them move out of the bottom three depending on other results. Stoke City will go to the Emirates hoping they can grab a win and help strengthen the Wenger Out cause. Newcastle Utd take on Huddersfield. A win for the Toon should secure their Premier League status and put more pressure on Huddersfield. West Brom are virtually down barring any great escape miracle.

Crystal Palace host Liverpool in a game that has a bearing both at the bottom and top. A win for the Eagles will edge them closer to safety although given Liverpool’s recent goal spree, it doesn’t bode well for the Palace defence especially with Mo Salah able turn nothing into something. Second place Man Utd host Swansea City. Not so long ago you would have expected the Manchester side to pummel the Swans, but the manager change with Carlos Carvalhal, the Welsh club have only lost three in seventeen so the outcome could go either way especially with the way United seem to play every so often. it wouldnt be the first time that the Swans won at Old Trafford in recent times. Leaders Man City look certain to inch their way closer to glory with maximum points ahead of their Champions League visit to Anfield on Wednesday night.

Anyway time to lay down the predictions

  1.                                                       Arsenal 2-0  Stoke City        City’s woes continue
  2.                                                     Brighton 1-2  Leicester City  Important win for Foxes
  3.                                                      Chelsea  1-1 Tottenham        Honours even at the Bridge
  4.                                           Crystal Palace  1-3  Liverpool         Reds go for glory
  5.                                                      Everton  0-2  Man City           Visitors head towards title
  6.                                                     Man Utd  1-1  Swansea City  United held by Swansea
  7.                                          Newcastle Utd  2-0  Huddersfield   Toon head closer to safety
  8.                                                     Watford  2-1  Bournemouth  Hornets steal win
  9.                                                West Brom  0-2  Burnley             Clarets moving up
  10.                                               West Ham   1-1 Southampton   Draw cranks up pressure

 

Some big results this weekend for teams chasing European places and relegation survival as the games whittle down. Whilst the Premier League title might be done and dusted. It’s all very much to play for as we chomp on our Easter eggs.

 

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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.