FA Premier League Predictions Week 27

Another weekend of goals and and it was also a case of Merseyside v London which saw a win for North London and a draw. Everton got a pummeling down south whilst Spurs stole a draw in the death featuring some questionable decisions. The penalty decision at Anfield turned a correct score prediction into nothing. For the Arsenal, it seems I wasn’t quite as generous in my predictions. My prediction was 2-1, but the Arsenal routed Everton 5-1. Apparently Everton fans were piling out before half time. Then of course my prediction of the Watford v Chelsea game, that couldnt have been more wrong. The Blues were trounced 4-1 having been down to 10 men after 30 minutes. To be fair the game was 1-1 till the 84th minute when Chelsea fell apart like an England Ashes batting line up.

It was two correct results and a correct score. Arsenal’s win added to the Swansea v Leicester ending in a 1-1 draw and not a 2-2 draw gave two correct results, whilst Man Utd bounced back to give a correct score as they beat Huddersfield 2-0.

So to this weekends predictions and lets see if I can do better this week.

  1.                                          Chelsea   2-1 West Brom        Blues back on track
  2.                                         Everton   0-2  Crystal Palace  Eagles give Blues headache
  3.                                Huddersfield   1-2  Bournemouth  Cherries away win
  4.                                       Man City    2-0  Leicester City  Another home win on the board
  5.                              Newcastle Utd   1-1  Man Utd           Magpies hold the Reds
  6.                               Southampton    0-3 Liverpool          Klopps reds thrash hosts
  7.                                      Stoke City    2-2 Brighton            honours even
  8.                                Swansea City    1-2 Burnley             Clarets hold Swans rise
  9.                                    Tottenham    1-3  Arsenal             Gunners glory in derby
  10.                                     West Ham    1-1  Watford            Hammers hold Watford to draw


Some interesting predictions with the interesting one being the North London derby. A couple of weeks ago I’d have said a home win, but with the signings that Arsenal made and the way they took apart Everton, I think with the space at Wembley will give the Gunners some ability to cause the defence some issues. If they can get at the Spurs defence as Liverpool did through Salah, I think that will be them taking the win.

Man Utd travel to Newcastle Utd, but I think the Magpies might just throw a spanner in the works. Man Utd should be favourites, but if Newcastle can dig in, then they can steal a point against the Reds. On the subject of Reds, Liverpool will put the disappointment of the 2-2 draw and storm to a 3-0 win on the south coast.

More disappointment for Everton as they lose to London opposition, this time at home to Crystal Palace. Fellow strugglers Swansea look certain to lose at home against Burnley who have impressed greatly this season.



FA Premier League Predictions – Week 25

The FA Cup weekend is over and its time for a midweek round of Premier League fixtures and the final round of January. Some teams will be looking forward to putting the FA Cup 4th round behind them as well as the previous Premier League weekend.

Talking of the previous Premier League weekend,  it wasn’t a great week only three correct results and one score. High flying league leaders Man City who beat Newcastle Utd whilst there were three correct results. Arsenal Chelsea and Stoke City providing some prediction joy the previous week

  1.                        Chelsea   2-0  Bournemouth    Blues add another to the win column
  2.                       Everton   1-2  Leicester City     Evertons woes continue
  3.              Huddersfield   0-3  Liverpool            Reds bounce back from defeats
  4.                      Man City   2-1  West Brom          City strengthen top spot
  5.            Newcastle Utd   2-1  Burnley               Toon pull off needed win
  6.              Southampton  3-1   Brighton             Saints win South Coast clash
  7.                     Stoke City  2-1   Watford              City moving up
  8.              Swansea City   1-3   Arsenal               Gunners stroll to three points
  9.                  Tottenham   2-2   Man Utd              Spurs and United battle for a point
  10.                   West Ham    2-1  Crystal Palace    Hammers nick three points

Expect the usual results as Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and a Liverpool recovering from a Cup exit scoring wins. Spurs and United to take a point each. Stoke City heading up with another win under recently appointed Paul Lambert. With it a seemingly tight relegation survival battle. even Everton arent safe with their six point cushion, every point earned will be vital. Talking of Everton, the blue half of Merseyside, after a reasonable December, a defeat against Bournemouth sent Everton on a so far winless January and should the prediction against Leicester be correct, then it will be definitely the Blues for the Toffees. City who had a bad December, have had quite a good January and could if they keep winning secure a place in Europe so long as they can keep on top of Burnley.

Southampton look to get out of their situation this week as they host Brighton and I would predict them to pull off a win with a 3-1 win. Rafa Benitez will look to finish the month with a crucial win as they host a tough Burnley side. Gloom for the Swans as Arsenal chalk up a crucial three points away from home.

It will be an interesting week so lets see how things pan out come full time Wednesday 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.

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.

They All Count

After a fantastic performance against Real Madrid in mid week, the next game was always going to be a challenge to meet the same excitement.
As it turned out, the early Sunday kick off against Crystal Palace was my first Spurs game of the season and one that found me initially surprised to find that it was an early kick off, but ultimately delighted that I got my afternoon back.

At the time of writing, I’m heading back home from the game and it’s about an hour and 10 minutes since full time. That’s why I don’t go to many games in truth; it’s great that Spurs stayed in London but the journey home is a chore.

As for the game, well Spurs made several changes from the team that conquered the European Champions and saw a debut for goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga as well as continued presence of Aurier, Winks, Son and Rose – who you may seem to be from the second string of the first team squad.

All in all, the game was relatively uninspiring and not full of incident. Palace have had their challenges on and off the pitch so far this season, and with a vocal traveling support and the strength of Zaha, Cabaye and ex Spur Andros Townsend, they have the potential to succeed and stay up this season.

For Spurs, it was a laboured performance that didn’t see Harry Kane at his best, saw Son miss an absolute sitter and generally saw good performances from Sissokho and Vertonghen. Man of the match for me was the impressive Davison Sanchez, but that is an example of how well distributed the ball was and how cool he was under pressure.

This won’t be my last visit to Wembley, but I’ll be delighted when the team return to Tottenham as while Wembley does suffice, every fan knows that this is a temporary situation and while Spurs can produce some classy performances, there are games they will have to scrap for and as the headline says, sometimes you have to do that as all of the points count.

30 Years a Lilywhite – Dan Raywood guest blog

So another season is over, and it is one that is magnificent for Spurs for a number of reasons. Firstly, we finished second for the first time since the 1960s, and of course we ended the curse of St Totteringham’s Day that has long lingered over N17. That postcode is also significant, as Spurs will not call White Hart Lane home for a year, as the new stadium takes shape and Spurs relocate to Wembley Stadium for next season.

The last game and following pitch invasion and ceremony were all lavishly done. A final victory at the stadium over a half hearted Manchester United – who probably have most eyes on the Europa League final – was followed by a parade of legends in the rain, and choir and opera singers of some terrace chants. Amusing of course was the pitch invasion, with one claim from The Spurs Show podcast that to clear it, all they needed to do was give the microphone to Pat Jennings!

I’m writing this an hour ahead of the final games of the season, where Spurs finish off against a relegated Hull City. The season has been a good one from my point of view – Spurs were generally excellent despite struggles in the Champions League and FA Cup when we hit Wembley. The winners Chelsea are led by a terrific coach in Conte, while the on-off form of West Brom, Southampton and Bournemouth has showed that this remains the best league in the world.
On the downside, Arsenal and Manchester United look to be in disarray. United will buy their way out of trouble, but Arsenal face a divided fan base over the future of manager Arsene Wenger. See my previous post for my view on that situation.
The main down point of the Premier League season has been it’s end. A strong title race between Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City was over after one defeat by West Ham over Spurs, while the relegation places were confirmed over a disastrous Sunderland, too defensive Middlesbrough and resurgent Hull City. All three will struggle to hold on to the few big names they have and I don’t know how fast they will return with Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion claiming the promotion places.

The last things to confirm are the final fourth place in the league to play in the Champions League next season – that is in Liverpool’s hands. Also I’ll be hoping Everton don’t score so Harry Kane can claim the golden boot, one trophy for Spurs to boast about this season!

Premier League Preview – Part Two

Following on from the first part of the Premier League Preview, here are the next five teams. I imagine some controversial thoughts on who might finish where in the top 5, the next five could possibly balance that one out… I say possibly.

First up it’s Tottenham. The north London club finished fifth last season pipping Liverpool to the spot after their end of season fall away. This season I suspect it may well be Tottenham who drop to sixth, not by miles on the points but unless they make a few more super stunning signings, Im not sure that they will have enough to push them into the top four. Whilst they have had major clear out, they have only signed Alderweireld and Dele Alli who are of any note. They have of course been linked with various strikers and if they are to make a real push, they will certainly need to strengthen. Harry Kane might be the man of the moment, but there is only so much he can do up front.

For me its sixth place for the Lilywhites (Trips to Tottenham may not be happening very often – a number of my family may disown me for this prediction, but hey it’s only a game….

Now this is where it gets interesting. Southampton may have seen Clyne, Schneiderlin move on amongst others, but Saints manager Ronald Koeman has not hesitated to splash the cash and ensure he has a strong squad. To add to Bertrand from Chelsea, Caulker had moved from QPR, signed talented Dutch midfielder Jordie Clasie.

Having seen several big names depart the season before, many thought the Saints would struggle, but in fact they went one place better than the season before. The South coast club will be up there again and although I can’t see them finishing higher than seventh, I can see them securing that position once more.

Swansea City look certain to make it another top ten finish. Whilst they have not been too busy in the transfer market with multi big name signings, they did manage to acquire Andre Ayew on a free transfer. Playing as a winger or a second striker, the former Marseille man can give the Welsh club another strong attacking option. He had been linked with several Premier League clubs, but opted to move to Wales, for me its an eighth place finish.

Mark Hughes has certainly been busy in the transfer market and has made some interesting signings. Whilst the likes of Begovic, Huth, N’Zonzi and Palacios have left the Britannia stadium, the likes of Affelay from Barcelona, Van Ginkel on loan from Chelsea, Shay Given on a free along with Glen Johnson, could give Stoke great strength and continue to make themselves difficult to beat at their ground. With the experienced signings, I can see Stoke finishing ninth and becoming the launchpad to a future higher finish.

The Crystal Palace revolution continuing under Alan Pardew will see the South East London club pushing yet another top ten finish. Having notably upset the applecart several times over the last couple of seasons, the club is taking huge steps towards breaking into the top ten. The club has made several key signings including the return of Yohan Cabaye to the Premier League,  Connor Wickham, top young keeper Alex McCarthy. If Palace can build some consistency and avoid injuries I see no reason why establishing another top ten position cannot happen.