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 28

Welcome back to Premier League fixtures as we head to week 28. The last week seems such a long time ago and to be honest a not great week prediction wise. Four correct results only last week. Victories for Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool whilst it was a 1-1 draw between Stoke and Brighton.

This weekend sees some big clashes in the League whilst Arsenal and Man City clash in the League Cup final.

  1.                        Bournemouth   1-2  Newcastle Utd   The Toon squash the Cherries
  2.                                 Brighton    0-2  Swansea             The Swansea recovery continues
  3.                                   Burnley   1-2 Southampton     Claret woes as Saints win
  4.                        Crystal Palace   0-3 Tottenham          Spurs continue on the march
  5.                        Leicester City    1-1 Stoke City            Another draw for the Foxes
  6.                               Liverpool    3-0 West Ham            Reds storm to win
  7.                                 Man Utd    1-2 Chelsea                Blues give Jose woes
  8.                            West Brom     2-0 Huddersfield      Baggies bounce back
  9.                                 Watford     2-2 Everton               Draw at the Vicarage


Some interesting clashes and results this week featuring the top and bottom teams in crucial games. Liverpool host West Ham as they look to strengthen their Champions League qualification whilst Tottenham travel to Crystal Palace. The Lilywhites should take the points but we know that Palace have the ability to dent many clubs plans. Man Utd host Chelsea in what should be an interesting affair, but with United recently seemingly off par, I feel Jose’s old club will take the victory.

Tricky ones too especially with some of the teams threatened with relegation fighting it out. Bournemouth and Newcastle Utd battle it it out a win for the Cherries will move them closer to security whilst the Toon will move level with Bournemouth should they win and that’s what I have predicted. A win for the Saints will do the south club a bit better whilst Stoke will be no better off with a draw against Leicester.

Lets see how things have panned out come Sunday evening.


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

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


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.