FA Premier Prediction – Festive lookback

With no Premier League fixtures this weekend, it means I can look back and see how well I did or how well I didn’t do. Christmas Eve weekend seems a long ime ago even though it wasn’t really, but lets see how I did.

Well the Christmas Eve Premier League fixtures certainly didn’t bring much festive joy as a paltry one correct score and one correct result came my way. Tottenham beat Burnley to give the correct result, but Man City in their flying form nailed Bournemouth 4-0 to give some joy.

My opening fixture prediction looked to start well as the reds got off to a flyer, but no one gave Arsenal the right script as they came back from 2-0 down to go 3-2 up before Klopp’s men levelled through Firmino. Watford the updown side so far as they took on Brighton, they were not complying as the Seagulls grabbed the only goal of the game to take the points.

Boxing Day, a beautiful boxing day in all manner of things but prediction wise it was quite good. Whilst no correct scores, I predicted 7 out of 10 correct results which is probably the best of the round so far. This round it was Man Utd letting me down AGAIN

The final fixture predictions of 2017turned out to be the equivalent of the post Christmas feeling  as four out of nine were correct results and for once I predicted a Man Utd draw. I guess it was inevitable in the end. With some teams looking to change things around with another round of fixtures from New Years Day onwards, it could have easily gone in any direction but thankfully I was able to get something out of it.

So to the first fixtures of 2018 and I have to say it was rather a good start to be honest. From the Premier League fixtures that had a chance to cause a bit of new year mayhem, it was generally good. With the addition of two games for Spurs it made it even better. As a Liverpool fan it was looking like a disappointing draw, but all hail the Klavan who helped get the ball across the line in injury time. A first late winner from the Reds for a while to give me a correct score. The Mighty Hammers who seem to be heading for safety gave their fans a great start as they beat West Brom 2-1. Later in the week the East London club gave me a correct result as they took a point off Tottenham. Late consolation for the Hornets too converted a correct result into a correct score. Once again though Everton let me down as they lost 2-0 to Man Utd, where I had predicted a 2-2 draw. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, as it was only one of two results that didn’t go how I expected. The other game was Southampton against Palace. The right score ust the wrong way. With Palace though, nothing should be surprising to say the least.

Premier League predictions will be back later this week and will be interesting to see how things pan out, especially with the big game at Anfield between Liverpool and Man City. Least after one week there is a positive outlook

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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

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 13

So another week draws to a close but we have the joys of a Friday night game. I say joys but it’s only West Ham against Leicester City. I’m sure Hammers fans would rather be doing something else than watching Moyes lead the team to another defeat or am I just being harsh? Anyway it’s another busy weekend ahead as we finish a European Competition week (one that Everton fans will want to forget, although that’s most weeks)

Before I waffle on, lets get back to the subject. So how did I do in week 12? Not too badly three correct scores and three correct results, but the question is can I follow it up again? It’s going to be an interesting round of games. Liverpool host Chelsea, struggling Everton go to the South coast, Arsenal travel to confident Burnley being some of the big games.

  1.                                         Burnley 1-2  Arsenal            Gunners march on
  2.                              Crystal Palace  2-1  Stoke City       Eagles steal the points
  3.                   Huddersfield Town   0-4  Man City         City stroll astruggle
  4.                                      Liverpool  2-1 Chelsea            Reds take the honours
  5.                                        Man Utd  3-0 Brighton          United stroll to home win
  6.                             Newcastle Utd  1-2 Watford           Watford win to maintain top 10
  7.                              Southampton  3-1  Everton           Misery continues for Everton
  8.                              Swansea City   0-2 Bournemouth Another defeat for Swans
  9.                                   Tottenham  1-1 West Brom      Baggies nick a point at Wembley
  10.                                   West Ham   1-2 Leicester         More Moyes misery

Some potential interesting games here which could also turn out to be disappointments, but then that is the beautiful game.

NLD – Now (the) League (table looks) Different – Dan Raywood blog

So it turned out to be one of the most one sided, well from a goals perspective anyway, north London derbies for years. The result leaves the red side of North London happy and the Wembley tenants of Spurs less than happy.

In a way, you could see it coming. Great results and performances against Liverpool and Real Madrid were followed by a scraped win against Crystal Palace, and Arsenal unbeaten team aside, a team needs to have an off day at some point.

Apparently today was one of those days. Spurs looked disorganized and only Hugo Lloris played well in my view. The majority of the game was played in midfield or in Spurs’ half, and then the Arsenal offense had figured out how spurs were going to play and used that in their own tactics: playing through the middle and on flanks against two left backs who did not have the strength of Rose and Aurier.

Spurs will go back to the drawing board ahead of the away game against Dortmund on Tuesday night. Arsenal now find themselves in the top four a point behind Spurs, and without the distraction of a champions league tie ahead of them. Spurs will just be glad that they have already qualified from the champions league group, and can focus on giving Son, Llorente, Foyth and a returning Eric Lamela (played today for the under 23s) a chance to get some game time.

As for me, I’ll be looking forward to the rest of the weekend and glad I got so many chores done during a dismal game.