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.


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.


The Ins and Outs – Transfer news

The domestic action may have a break, but it doesn’t stop the transfer comings and goings. Barely had the domestic season finished and clubs were lining up players to sign. Some clubs splashing the cash and others being careful and wise. Whilst transfers wouldn’t be official until 1st July, clubs were lining up players as soon as the domestic season was over.

Liverpool kicked off the transfers as they signed Joel Matip on a Bosman free transfer. The central defender joined from Shalke 04. Klopp had been quiet in the January window but the coming months would allow him to shape his line up for the coming season. Across Stanley Park, Everton were saying goodbye to one of their finest servants as Tim Howard departed to his home nation and to Colorado Rapids. West Ham brought a Norwegian back to London. Harvard Nordveit had previously joined Arsenal in 2007 but had not made a first team appearance.

Crystal Palace were doing a Chas and Dave and heading to Margate for one of their signings. They brought Freddie Ladapo for an undisclosed fee. Having done well in the lower leagues it will be interesting to see if they can get the youngster continuing the goalscoring in London albeit likely through the development squad.

German clubs seemed to be the flavour for English Premier clubs during the months May and June Klopp was back in the transfer hunt and was back in Germany to sign Loris Karius for just under £5 million. The German youngster will provide ample competition for Simon Mignolet. Talented youngster Danny Ward would be on his way on loan to get more experience having signed a new contract. Also in Germany were Man City who signed Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal were snapping up German club talent themselves. They nabbed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach. Wenger though was shelling out on this signing, he was splashing the cash with a fee of around £34 million. It will be interesting to see how he fairs in the Premier League. Champions Leicester City were on the Germany transfer bandwagon as they signed keeper Ron – Robert Zieler from Hannover 96. Manchester United fans may have remembered Zieler from his brief time at the club. He’ll provide back up for Kasper Schmeichel.

Manchester United made three signings so far an notably the Swedish legend that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having ended his time at PSG on a high, less could be said about the end of his international career. Fans at Old Trafford will be hoping that he continues the goalscoring at United. Whilst he maybe on a free, some fans may wonder why sign a 34 year old striker. They had previously signed Eric Bailly for around £30 million. The Ivory Coast international joined from Villareal and had left a number of fans puzzled with the signing. Many hadnt heard of him previously, so to gamble on a big money deal would be interesting. United joined the German club raiding as they snapped up Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around £26 million.

Southampton fans might be left what to wonder for the coming season. Having seen Koeman leave to manage Everton, they were beginning to see some of the players depart too. Victor Wanyama headed to Spurs for £11 milion, Sadio Mane continued the Southampton to Liverpool movement with a £34 million deal. He bagged 11 goals last as did Grazio Pelle, who moved to China. There was  little good news as heading to St Marys were Nathan Redmond from Norwich City for £11 milion and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. It wil be interesting to see if they sell or add as well as how they wil fair in the Premier League in the coming season.

Chelsea have made a couple of signings but more noticeably, they seem to be upto the usual habits of sending players out on loan. As of today (29th July) Chelsea have sent 13 players out on loan. The majority of whom will probably never see first team football at the Bridge. I have no objections to teams sending players out on loan to get game time and experience, if they are going to have a future at the original club. Sadly it doesnt seem that way with Chelsea.

With all the transfers so far, it wonder how things will go on Transfer Deadline Day. It could certainly be interesting.