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.

 

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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.

Never Appoint Your Heroes – Dan Raywood

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 7

Week six saw more positive outcomes as the Premier League hit week six. I managed six correct results and one perfect result as Man City roared on ( I was a bit optimistic in that Palace might score against City) Tottenham nearly letting the Hammers ruin that six correct results. It was those Hornets at Swansea that nailed the perfect result. Im sure my Watford supporting friend Simon Nobbs was glad to see that after the battering by Man City previously. My team Liverpool, giving me another 90 minute roller coaster ride as they held on to beat Leicester City.

So to week seven and the final round of September matches including the first October games. It’s also the an International break after this round, so Premier League predictions gets a week off.

  1. Arsenal             2-0 Brighton
  2. Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
  3. Chelsea             2-2 Man City
  4. Everton             2-0 Burnley
  5. Huddersfield   0-2 Tottenham
  6. Man Utd           4-0  C.Palace
  7. Newcastle Utd 0-2 Liverpool
  8. Stoke City         1-2 Southampton
  9. West Brom       0-2 Watford
  10. West Ham        2-1 Swansea

 

An interesting weekend ahead, post midweek European football for our British representatives.With Chelsea and Man City facing off against each other, will either suffer post Champions League hangover. Im going for a draw as they will no doubt cancel each other out. Man Utd will add to the Palace misery with a hammering at Old Trafford. Roy Hodgson is having a behind closed doors friendly against Bromley as a way of team building, well it couldn’t happen surely? Well at the weekend it will.

Liverpool will roll on post Russia trip with a win at St James. Whilst the reds defence is a bit shakey, don’t expect another classic goal fest. Tottenham will also be victorious on the road as their charge for Premier League glory starts to take shape.

Europa League representatives Arsenal and Everton will be bagging wins again, good news for Everton as they look to get their season going. For Arsenal they look to be uniting at last.

Bournemouth and Leicester who are both at the wrong end of the table will end up taking a point each on the South coast. The visitors who nearly took a point off Liverpool last week, will be disappointed not to get nothing more.

Saints overcome their disappointment from losing last weekend as they beat Swansea, whilst Watford win and West Ham take three points at home.

FA Premier League Prediction – Week 6

OOh look its another week almost done and that can only mean one, yes Friday evening and down the pub for beers and live music….well there is that, but actually its time for this weekends Premier League predictions.

Last week I predicted 2 exact scorelines, Huddersfield v Leicester and the Bournemouth v Brighton games. I predicted 4 results correctly. How will I do this week? hopefully better, so lets get on with it.

  1. Arsenal      2-1 WBA                  Gunners end unbeaten in September with home win
  2. Brighton    1-2 Newcastle Utd Magpies steal three points from promoted Seagulls
  3. Burnley     1-1 Huddersfield    Honours even between the two surprise form teams
  4. Everton     1-2 Bournemouth  Struggling toffees lose again, Cherries take the points
  5. Leicester   1-2 Liverpool          Reds back to winning ways with win at the Foxes
  6. Man City   4-1 C.Palace             Palace find net in the league but receive a pasting
  7. Soton         1-1 Man Utd             Saints hold United to a second away draw
  8. Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea               Three hard won points for the Blues
  9. Swansea    1-2 Watford             Watford bounce back from City mauling to take win
  10. West Ham 1-2 Tottenham        Spurs win away pouring more pressure on Bilic

 

Well there you have the predictions and if the results follow the predicitons, then Palace fans will be left glum again, Everton fans even more despondent. That £150 million is seemingly well spent so far and wonder how long before there is a plane flying over Goodison with a Koeman Out banner. It must be a good time for aircraft banners from Premier League fans.

Having seen their team give a thumping to Everton, albeit with three late goals, the Reds might not be so fortunate this weekend at St Mary’s. Tottenham travel to West Ham with an opportunity to put Bilic under further pressure. The north London club have played two and won two without conceding on the road and with it now September, Kane is likely to catch up with his scoring.

Liverpool lost away to Leicester in the League Cup with some changes in the side, failing to convert their chances. Things I imagine will be different this Saturday tea time when they reconvene in the League. Expect the Reds to come away with a 2-1 win.

Week 4 – Premier League Predictions

It’s that time again, another round of Premier League predictions that see players returning after the international break. It will be interesting to see how I do this week, having forgot about week and leaving it too late, but hey it’s all a bit of fun really isn’t it.

So here goes.

  1. Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool      Liverpool to edge tight game
  2. Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth             Arsenal back on winning ways
  3. Brighton 1-2 West Brom                 Brighton find it tough again as West Brom surprise
  4. Everton 1-2 Tottenham                  Tottenham win as Kane shines in September
  5. Leicester 1-2 Chelsea                      Burnley defeat seems an age as Chelsea march on
  6. Southampton 1-1 Watford             Both teams remain unbeaten
  7. Stoke City 1-1 Man Utd                   Stoke resistance ends United’s 100% streak
  8. Burnley 2-0 C.Palace                       Burnley pour more misery on struggling Palace
  9. Swansea 1-2 Newcastle                  Magpies overcome Swans to steal the points.
  10. West Ham 0-2 Huddersfield          Huddersfield continue their unbeaten run.

 

No doubt these may upset or be joyful with these predictions.

FA Premier League Predictions

So the Premier League kick is getting closer and this season I will be providing weekly predictions for the 2017/18. The new season is certainly going to be an interesting one especially with the transfer window still open until the end of August. With players being bought and sold during the summer, it will be interesting to see how things move along the coming weeks.

It will be entertaining to see how my predictions turn out each week, but you can only predict what’s ahead. The Premier League season kicks off on Friday night at the Emirates where Arsenal entertain Leicester City, Watford host Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime, whilst newly promoted Brighton host Manchester City on the Saturday tea time. The Sunday fixtures see a visit to Newcastle United who host a  Tottenham side not only looking to go one step further this season by winning the league. The only down side is playing away from the Lane. The opening weekend is completed when West Ham travel to Manchester United. West Ham travel to Old Trafford with the likes of Joe Hart and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

Week One

  1. Arsenal      3-1 Leicester City
  2. Watford     0-3 Liverpool
  3. Chelsea      2-1 Burnley
  4. C.Palace     1-1 Huddersfield Town
  5. Everton      2-2 Stoke City
  6. Soton          3-1 Swansea City
  7. WBA           1-1 AFC Bournemouth
  8. Brighton    0-4 Manchester City
  9. Newcastle 1-2 Tottenham
  10. Man Utd    2-2 West Ham United.

Im sure there will be differing opinions and thoughts on the opening weekend but be free to share your predictions. Come Tuesday will I be wishing I had put money on or be looking like the least likeliest person to do your lottery numbers.