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.

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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.

 

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 15

The midweek round brought more personal joy as Liverpool won and Salah and Mane bagged the goals. What an attacking joy to be hold. When the attack is in full flow, god forbid you are the last defender inbetween what could only be seen as certain doom.

Prediction wise it wasn’t as good as a Saturday round, but still it could have been worse, although Spurs have decided that with Kane not able to bag a goal in August, it seems that they would follow it up with a token win in amongst their scheduled games.

Everton who have been predictable, decided to win in front of soon to be new boss Sam Allardyce. Saying that if they couldn’t beat West Ham then they really were in trouble.

This midweek round saw one exact score (Bournemouth v Burnley) and 3 results. Roll on Saturday…

So to this weeks predictions.

  1.                                                Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd            Gunners shoot down Devils
  2.                                    Bournemouth 1-2  Southampton   Saints win South coast derby
  3.                                              Brighton 0-3  Liverpool          Reds enjoy South coast win
  4.                                                Chelsea  2-1 Newcastle         Rafa misery again
  5.                                                Everton  1-1 Huddersfield   Town ruin Big Sam debut
  6.                                      Leicester City  1-2 Burnley             Clarets plodding along
  7.                                              Man City  4-0 West Ham        City cruise, Moyes regrets?
  8.                                              Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City   Stoke win, misery for Swans
  9.                                              Watford    2-2 Tottenham       Spurs without a win
  10.                                            West Brom  2-1 Crystal Palace  Baggies halt Eagles run

 

An interesting weekend featuring big games at the top and bottom. Some might think that I’d be made to predict Arsenal beating Man Utd, but if Arsenal are up for it, they can certainly give Jose something to whinge about. Man Utd have had a little fortune along the way in some games and they will find the Gunners a little more testing.

West Ham visit Man City, where the hosts should have no trouble taking all three points from their lacklustre guests. If Everton can stick three past the Hammers, then Guardiola’s team should have now issue whatsoever. A City win and United loss will see the gap increase ahead of the forthcoming Manchester derby at Old Trafford.  A United defeat would make things interesting in the chase for top four spots. Chelsea host Newcastle Utd and given the form of Benitez’s team, one would be unwise to put money on the Toon Army winning at the Bridge. A win for Chelsea would move them level with United on goal difference with Arsenal a point behind.

Liverpool travel down to Brighton and with their scoring run they are now joint third in the goalscoring charts with Arsenal on 28 goals. I expect Liverpool to put three past the Seagulls, as I feel the attacking dimensions will be too much for the hosts. Hot on their tails will be Burnley, who have been the surprise package of the season. They have already reached 25 points which is 15 points their overall total. They hadn’t previously reached 25 until the January of last season. They could be heading for a record points tally, based on a 38 league game season and only 19 from a club record.

At the other end it continues to look bleak for the bottom three who I predict all to lose their games. West Brom face Palace so can edge themselves away albeit opening a points gap as Stoke should also win. Everton will find themselves drawing at home to the unpredictable Huddersfield Town. One week beat United, next week thrashed by Liverpool. Bournemouth will find themselves languishing above the relegation zone having lost a second game in a row. Given the bottom three, I can’t see any of them dropping into the bottom three given the three clubs in the relegation zone. I guess though we will just have to wait and see as it only wants one or two clubs to go on a surprise run to blast the relegation trapdoor open.

 

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 14

No sooner has the Premier League weekend finished, it’s time for a midweek round of predictions. Week 13 saw two correct scores and five correct results. I managed to predict three points for the Eagles who have now taken four points from their last two games and taking them to a total of eight points and within touch of escaping the drop zone. The other correct score was the cheeky prediction of Tottenham being held to a draw by West Brom, in reality given where the Baggies are, it should have been three points to Spurs but it seems Spurs like to be charitable at Wembley sometimes.

The correct results were the Burnley v Arsenal, Huddersfield v Man City, Man Utd v Brighton, Newcastle Utd v Watford and Southampton v Everton (nearly a correct score until Davis netted the Saints 4th).

So lets see how the midweek games go

  1.                                          Arsenal 3-0 Huddersfield     Another bad result for the Town
  2.                              Bournemouth  1-2 Burnley              Clarets return to winning ways
  3.                                        Brighton  1-2 Crystal Palace  Eagles win, three without loss
  4.                                          Chelsea  3-0 Swansea City    Another defeat for Swansea
  5.                                         Everton  1-3  West Ham         Hammers win on the road
  6.                               Leicester City  0-2 Tottenham        No slip ups for the Spurs
  7.                                       Man City  2-2  Southampton   Saints grab a point from leaders
  8.                                     Stoke City  1-3  Liverpool          Reds net a key away win
  9.                                        Watford  2-2  Man Utd            Hornets hold the Devils
  10.                                   West Brom  2-1  Newcastle Utd Baggies give Rafa double defeat

 

An interesting set of predictions I know, think this week will be a bit more trickier than previous rounds for some reason but hey ho, all part of the fun and games in the predictions game.

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.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 12

The international break is over and fans can put their qualification woes behind them and concentrate on the league. It seems a long time ago that we were enjoying week 11, well that is unless you were a West Ham or Arsenal fan of course, but safe to say a new manager for the Hammers brings new hope…oh yes maybe not, they appointed David Moyes. Im sure Hammers fans must have been so thrilled at the prospect of the man who took Sunderland down being appointed as manager of their club.

Anyway, week 11 was not as good as previous as I managed only to chalk up four correct results and nothing else. Week 12 might prove a little easier as we see the North London derby in the lunchtime kick off, Palace and Everton meet up in the battle of the two strugglers, Man City travel to Leicester in some of the key games amongst Liverpool looking to get a win over Southampton. So lets see how well I do this week.

  1.                                  Arsenal     2-2 Tottenham         Arsenal suprise and hold rivals
  2.                       Bournemouth     2-0 Huddersfield    Cherries net a home win
  3.                                Brighton     1-1 Stoke City           All square on the south coast
  4.                                 Burnley      2-1 Swansea City    Dyche’s men do it again
  5.                      Crystal Palace      2-1 Everton             Doom again for the toffees
  6.                       Leicester City      0-2 Man City           City stroll to another win
  7.                             Liverpool       3-0 Southampton   Reds cruise to storming win
  8.                               Man Utd       2-2 Newcastle Utd  Rafa ruins Pogba Ibra returns
  9.                               Watford       2-0 West Ham          Watford ruin Moyes start
  10.                          West Brom       2-2 Chelsea               Chelsea held at the Hawthorns

Going for some interesting predictions this week. Crystal Palace look to start a winning run whilst in the north London derby, it looks certain to be honours even in a surprise turn of events. Rafa Benitez returns to Old Trafford to spoil the party of the returning Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the United squad

Having struggled to get a win against the Saints in their last four attempts, Liverpool lok certain to net a big win as the combination of Mane and Salah proves too much for their south coast visitors.

They All Count

After a fantastic performance against Real Madrid in mid week, the next game was always going to be a challenge to meet the same excitement.
As it turned out, the early Sunday kick off against Crystal Palace was my first Spurs game of the season and one that found me initially surprised to find that it was an early kick off, but ultimately delighted that I got my afternoon back.

At the time of writing, I’m heading back home from the game and it’s about an hour and 10 minutes since full time. That’s why I don’t go to many games in truth; it’s great that Spurs stayed in London but the journey home is a chore.

As for the game, well Spurs made several changes from the team that conquered the European Champions and saw a debut for goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga as well as continued presence of Aurier, Winks, Son and Rose – who you may seem to be from the second string of the first team squad.

All in all, the game was relatively uninspiring and not full of incident. Palace have had their challenges on and off the pitch so far this season, and with a vocal traveling support and the strength of Zaha, Cabaye and ex Spur Andros Townsend, they have the potential to succeed and stay up this season.

For Spurs, it was a laboured performance that didn’t see Harry Kane at his best, saw Son miss an absolute sitter and generally saw good performances from Sissokho and Vertonghen. Man of the match for me was the impressive Davison Sanchez, but that is an example of how well distributed the ball was and how cool he was under pressure.

This won’t be my last visit to Wembley, but I’ll be delighted when the team return to Tottenham as while Wembley does suffice, every fan knows that this is a temporary situation and while Spurs can produce some classy performances, there are games they will have to scrap for and as the headline says, sometimes you have to do that as all of the points count.