They Predict its All Over – It is now

So the final whistle went and the final predictions tailed away to a 50/50 performance, that’s not to say it they weren’t helped by the fact that some teams decided to turn up or go into holiday mode before the full time whistle.

Arsenal sent Arsene Wenger away with his first Premier League away win in 2018. Three points at Huddersfield gave the Frenchman a happy send off that he deserved. It was a shame that he was calling it a day, but that is football. I wonder though who Arsenal will appoint next and how long they will get before they are on the receiving end of an out chant. For Huddersfield, they would have preferred a draw at least but they knew they were safe. Whilst I had predicted a 3-1 win to Arsenal, they were having to suffice with a single goal victory. It was a correct result either way.

Burnley had hoped to finish their season with a win, but their opponents Bournemouth had other ideas. Having had a bit of a losing streak, Sean Dyche’s team had sealed a spot in the Europa League and some new destinations for next season. Despite taking the lead, the hosts saw the south coast club not only grab a second half leveller, but a 93rd minute winner. Burnley finished 7th whilst Bournemouth missed out on a top 10 spot on goal difference. My prediction was for a 2-1 home win.

Crystal Palace hosted relegated West Brom. It was unfortunate for Darren Moore, who had seemingly turned the Baggies fortunes round and maybe had he been appointed a few games previous, may well have kept the club up. West Brom were playing Crystal Palace who not so long ago, were in the midst of having to escape the relegation fight, they though had pulled away to safety under Roy Hodgson. The Eagles ended up finishing 11th on goal difference behind Newcastle Utd. I had predicted and end of season at the beach 1-1 draw.

Chelsea visited the already mentioned Newcastle United knowing they needed to win to be in with a chance of grabbing the fourth spot ahead of Liverpool.  Having beaten the Reds and having seen Spurs beat Newcastle United, Conte’s team we’re surely favourites to win. It was hard to imagine a more spineless defence of a Premier League title than Chelsea but that it was. The Blues had not even manage to hit a shot on target in the first half and paid for it when Newcastle went ahead after 23 minutes through Dwight Gayle. Nothing seemed to improve in the second half and the Chelsea were consigned to the Europa League when Ayoze Perez added two quick second half goals. It would turn out to be meaningless as Liverpool strolled to victory in their game at Anfield. My prediction was a 1-1 draw which would have reflected both sides recent performances.

Liverpool hosted Brighton & Hove Albion knowing a point would be enough. Klopp’s side weren’t interested in finishing the season with another home draw but instead stormed to a 4-0 win including a Mo Salah goal, that clinched the golden boot. The Reds were on fire and probably should have had more than they did. Lovren, who was disappointing in games throughout the season, connected well to net a powerful header 5 minutes before half time. Lovren had headed home an Andy Robertson cross. The signing of Robertson last summer seemed to raise a few eyebrows, but the Scotsman has been quite impressive with his attacks from defence this season. It seemed fitting that he should bag a goal and he did five minutes from time to seal the win for his first Liverpool goal. He wasn’t the only one bagging his first Reds goal as Dominic Solanke scored with his shot powering off the crossbar. My prediction for this game was 3-0, so I was not too far off with this one.

Man Utd who had already secured second spot signed off not only their Premier League season with a win, but were also saying farewell to Michael Carrick. It wasn’t much of a game, but the former England international helped set up the only goal of the game when sent a lofted pass to Mata, who in turn set up Rashford.

Carrick looks certain to join the Man Utd coaching squad, is a player who England often missed. He was given an ovation in the 85th minute when replaced by Frenchman Paul Pogba. In regards to the game, I had predicted a 1-1 draw.

Tottenham hosted Leicester City in their final game at Wembley, they were assured of a place in next seasons Champions League, but a failure to win combined with a Liverpool win, could see the Lilywhites finish fourth. It seemed that Leicester were not in the mood to just give Spurs an easy game, especially having previously beaten Arsenal. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring early in the game, the hosts were level three minutes later through another England striker, Harry Kane. Previously wantaway Mahrez put Leicester back in front and it stayed that way till half time.

It looked even bleaker for Tottenham as the fell 3-1 behind whilst Liverpool were 2-0 up. Lamela scored his first of two early in the second half to make it 2-3. Spurs were level in the 53rd minute when Fuchs put through his own net. Lamela put Spurs ahead for the first time when he netted on the hour. Leicester though seemed unlikely to be finished and they were back level when Vardy struck again. The game saw its ninth goal a few minutes later when Kane netted again and with the game like it was, many wondered if he might even steal the golden boot off Mo Salah. It wasn’t too be as the game finished 5-4. It will probably be a while until we see another nine goal thriller at Wembley. My prediction had been a slightly narrower result of 2-1.

At the other end Southampton who were virtually saved were unlucky not to finish the season with a point as they lost at home to Man City with a injury time goal. I had a correct result here although I had predicted 2-1.

The Saints defeat mattered little as Stoke won at Swansea. Relegation was inevitable for the Welsh side but a 14th minute goal gave them hope. That hope though was squashed as Stoke netted two goals in the space of ten minutes to take all three points. It was Stokes first win since January very much all to late. I had predicted a 2-0 win for Swansea.

Everton and West Ham faced off in a match where both managers of each club were likely to be departing at some point after the game. The Hammers always seemed to be in charge of the game having almost 60% possession. Possession doesn’t necessarily give you the points, but in this case it did as the Hammers nailed their chances to win 3-1. For David Moyes, he had done his job in East London and secured their Premier League safety. In the end they finished two points off tenth spot. For Sam Allardyce and Everton they turned things around and secured Premier League safety. His style of management did not go down well with the fans who will not be to sad to see him depart Goodison Park.

Having spent several million during the summer, the club and their fans must feel really disappointed that they didn’t fair better. Silva of Watford is being linked with taking over the helm at Goodison Park.

My prediction wasn’t too far out with a 2-1 win for West Ham.

 

 

 

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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