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 39 The Final Hurrah

So a disappointing penultimate round of fixtures three  correct results out of six. The footballing gods were throwing a curve ball and Southampton seem to have made the great escape as they beat Swansea. That was one of my correct results predicted. Man City provided the other, although somewhat predictably.

Sunday afternoon sees the Premier League reach the final hurrah, we finally reach the final round of games and Premier League predictions. There is not too much left to play for. The title is won, Man Utd need at least a point to secure second, Tottenham have qualified for next seasons Champions League. That just leaves the final Champions League spot to play for. Liverpool currently hold fourth spot after Spurs win and Chelsea’s surprise draw. Liverpool know that a point at home to Brighton will be enough should Chelsea win. This though due to Liverpool’s significantly better goal difference.  I can’t imagine Liverpool losing at Anfield home on their final home game of the season. Chelsea will need to go to Newcastle and win, which given any other season wouldn’t be in doubt, but this season the London club has been all over the place.

At the other end it’s seemingly a formality. Swansea host Stoke City  whilst Southampton host Man City. Only a heavy mauling by Man City in Southampton and a heavy win by Swansea over Stoke City would see the south coast club doomed to the Championship. Depending on results, the Swans could even finish bottom but again that depends on Stoke being able to win 4-0, which would seem a tall feat.

So for the final time, my predictions for the last round of Premier League. I will though be looking back through the whole season to see how well or not so well my predictions turned out.

 

  1.                                  Burnley. 2-1 Bournemouth     Hosts end fab season with a win
  2.                       Crystal Palace.  1-1 West Brom.        Point each in nothing game
  3.                        Huddersfield.  1-3. Arsenal.             Wenger signs out with a win
  4.                              Liverpool.   3-0. Brighton.          Reds win and seal CL spot
  5.                                Man Utd.   1-1. Watford.           Hornets take point at Man Utd
  6.                    Newcastle. Utd.  1-1. Chelsea.              Chelsea blow CL hopes
  7.                       Southampton. 1-2. Man City.            Saints lose but stay up
  8.                       Swansea City.   2-0 Stoke City.          Swans win but go down
  9.                          Tottenham.   2-1 Leicester City.    Spurs end with Wembley win
  10.                             West Ham.  2-1 Everton.             Hammers end season with win

 

So the Premier League curtain comes down for another season, Liverpool give their fans a sense of relief as they get vital win to secure Champions League for next season. Can they add the trophy itself. Chelsea finish with a draw that costs them a Champions League place and will it cost Conte his job.

Man Utd end their league season with a drab draw although Watford, their opponents will miss out on a top ten spot.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 38 Rearranged fixtures

After a less than fruitful weekend with 1 correct score and three correct results, the Premier League still has some things to sort. Friday night had seen Brighton secure their place in the Premier League for next season, whilst having predicted a comfy win for their guests Man Utd, it was to be a home win. Having predicted a draw between Bournemouth and struggling Swansea, the Cherries made the battle for survival even more interesting with a 1-0 win. Man City seemed to be enjoying a relaxed affair as the party mood seemed to take over. The Premier League champions played out a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield, who were looking to secure survival, so much for my prediction of a 3-0 win.

West Brom fans may wonder if appointing Darren Moore much sooner than he was, they might have secured Premier League football. I had predicted a 1-1 draw. It had looked like a 0-0 draw until Jake Livermore netted a last minute win. It was a result that Spurs didn’t need as Chelsea beat Liverpool.

Stoke were relegated with a home defeat by Crystal Palace. It was a result that saw my only correctly predicted score. A few months back Palace were looking like going down, but Hodgson somehow managed to get his team working and staying up.

So to this penultimate week and some crucial fixtures

  1.                         Chelsea.  2-0.  Huddersfield.  The Blues have too much for visitors
  2.               Leicester City.  0-3.  Arsenal.           Gunners 1st PL away win of 2018
  3.                       Man City.   2-0. Brighton.          City sign home fixtures with a win.
  4.                   Tottenham.   1-1  Newcastle Utd. Spurs held by Toon, twist for 4th?
  5.                       Swansea.   1-2. Southampton.  Southampton get crucial win
  6.                    West Ham.   1-1  Man Utd.           Hammers hold indifferent Man Utd.

 

So some interesting results predicted, I wonder correct they will be as we move closer to the finish line. My prediction sees Southampton win the key clash between them and Swansea who are in 18th on goal difference. This would relegate West Brom ahead of their final league clash Huddersfield travel to Chelsea probably at the wrong time. The Terriers need a positive result to survive, whilst the hosts need to win to keep their top four hopes up.

Arsenal win their first league away win in 2018 whilst the chase for 4th looks like taking a twist. West Ham will hold a disappointing Man Utd, who probably have one eye on Wembley.

FA Premier League Predictions – Week 34

First of all, let me apologise for the incomplete post for week 33 Premier League predictions. I had written a complete list of predictions with some other paragraphs, I did, honest I swear on my pet fishes life. It turns out that competing on the BBC prediction game enabled me to see how well I did or didn’t do. It turned out that I predicted 1 exact score and 3 correct results. Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Anfield gave the sole correct result, whilst Palace, Burnley and a comeback from Chelsea gave me the correct results.

4This week is another short one as it’s rescheduled games due to Cup clashes. It appears to be a busy week for Premier League fixtures on the south coast as Brighton host Tottenham, whilst Man Utd travel to Bournemouth. Southampton though travel to Leicester whilst the other fixture sees Europa League chasing Burnley take on fellow Europa League bound Chelsea.

I would say it should be a formality in the score predictions this week, but given the last weekend that saw United beaten at home to their what now seems bogey club West Brom, who knows what will happen. Man Utd face Spurs in the Cup this weekend, so will be interesting to see how Spurs fair with their line up. Chelsea will hope to avoid a repeat of the poor start from Saturday with their trip to Burnley. Should it happen again, I very much doubt Burnley will let the game slip away. They may of course find it much harder especially without Alonso who could receive a ban. Leicester host  Southampton with the visitors needing a win and the hosts doing their utmost to try and get some European football for next season.

  1.                          Brighton    2-2   Tottenham.       Spurs held ahead of Cup tie
  2.                Bournemouth    1-1   Man Utd.            Man Utd without a win
  3.                           Burnley.    1-2.  Chelsea.            Chelsea secure vital win
  4.                    Leicester City. 2-0.   Southampton  Saints heading down

 

It will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next few days.

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 League Predictions – Week 24

It’s Thursday once again and that can only mean one thing, Premier League predictions.  Last week sadly wasn’t one of the better weeks as I only managed to predict three correct results out of ten. No correct scores last week although some teams did throw a spanner in the works. Everton continued to struggle and instead of the 2-2 draw with Spurs, the blue half of Merseyside was left with a 4-0 thrashing. Chelsea seem to be going through a rough patch and having expected them to beat Leicester at home, the Foxes to their credit, grabbed a point and a clean sheet.

Having tipped Watford to beat the struggling Southampton, the Saints nearly came away with a win but were denied by the handball goal from Doucore right at the end. It’s a shame Doucore wont received any retrospective punishment,

In the only results I did get correct, I called Liverpool beating Man City 3-2, it was in fact 4-3 but I guess City conceding 4 might have been a bit of a push. David Moyes seems to be rallying West Ham at the moment and having predicted a 2-0 win, they actually managed to put 4 put past the hapless terriers. I was close with Man Utd beating Stoke,they netted three whilst I had predicted a 4-0 thrashing.

So lets get on with this weeks round

  1.                                          Arsenal  2-1  Crystal Palace    Gunners shoot down Eagles
  2.                                        Brighton  1-2  Chelsea                Blues back on track
  3.                                         Burnley   1-1  Man Utd              Clarets hold United
  4.                                         Everton   2-0  West Brom         Toffees win in January
  5.                               Leicester City   2-2  Watford              Foxes hold Hornets
  6.                                       Man City   3-1   Newcastle Utd  City too good for Magpies
  7.                               Southampton   1-2  Tottenham         Saints in trouble
  8.                                      Stoke City   2-1  Huddersfield     First win for Lambert
  9.                                Swansea City   0-4  Liverpool           Reds march on again
  10.                                     West Ham   2-0  Bournemouth    Hammers on a roll.

 

Some interesting predictions this week, basing it general form although I might be kidding myself with Burnley holding United and Watford drawing. That one depends on which Watford turns up mind you. Chelsea should win, you would like to think, that is unless they are making a complete hash of things like they did against Norwich, having two players sent off and having to get through via penalties, but hey thats football.

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.