Well the next round of predictions are in. These will contribute to week’s 31 and 35 but I can’t announce the final results of those rounds until they are complete. I made the executive decision that scores would be based on the beginning of season scheduled round.
Weekly Comments AB: “BBC Football Player of the Year: De Bruyne vs Salah. Wish for Salah to be gonged. Both worthy of title.” Don’t think there is any doubt on this one. As great as KDB has been,Salah allowed Liverpool to sell Coutinho, play Mane into form, and keep the point ticking over. Liverpool would be out of the top 4 without him.
ME: “Hope that Spuds and United try hard before the w/e…
Can’t believe Southampton can pull off a big escape…probably another failed prediction”
Man United will not try hard – JM has already said he’s going second string. I don’t think the 3rd place team has extra qualifying games in Champions League 2018 so maybe it doesn’t matter. Still, I would think 2nd is demanded by the fans and Liverpool are right on their heals. Spurs need to win to really remove what heart (if any) is left in the Chelski team. They don’t even appear to be playing for places with Conte on the way out.
Pegged Saints to go down for a while and I don’t see that changing. Brighton has the worst schedule ever had it been the meat of the season. With most things decided they might get some points.
Results As the results came in last week I expected a really low set of scores. Man U being upset at home (with predictions of 3-0 and 5-0 clearly a shock). I would have thought Arsenal was a surprise but apparently we have on person who was on the ball this week. A great week – wins at the picks and sees his team clinch promotion….
And the winner by a country mile.
The 13 point differential from first to last has to be close to the biggest gaps ever… so congrats to LS.
ME is going to need a late run to catch up with AM.
Everyone is going to need a miracle to catch up with BE.
Speaking of BE…. Hope your birthday is more celebrated than Ya-Ya’s.I know it’s a little early – but so is the title win… and this way I don’t forget to post on Friday!
And congratulations to the Citeh – English Premier League Champions!
If you know anything about Fantasy Football you will know that this week is a double game week meaning that there are a run of close games.
Please pick for Tuesday while you’re here on the site.
Lazy this week because I went out for Ramen and a Show (both pretty decent). Will post all the actual predictions this weekend. Will try to think of an amusing sub-plot. Right now? I’m yawning and yearning for sleep…… so here’s a quick stream-of-consciousness.
AM: “Let’s give this runaway train a little more momentum! So looking forward to the first LWGC v KGC match in June & sharing a beer with ME!. . . . :-)” There’s no runaway train in the head-to-head match up between the two of you. I think whoever wins should buy the other their own beer. Here’s how things stand right now at a game level.
BE: “Some pretty unexpected results in Europe as well! It’s not that we are bad at trying to predict the results, it’s just that the teams don’t play to their potential or don’t put their best team out, or the referees make a mistake, or someone gets sent off or injured……..” This sounds like the comment from someone losing and not someone winning! Or an Arsenal fan…or even bit Jose-ish. I find the issue is that teams tend to allow too many goals in the last minutes ruining perfect scores. I’m 100% certain I would be winning if games ended at 88 mins.
KMFE: “asdb c asawrfxkhas sdaalsdc hcoasdanzazz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” Someone went out late to see OMD and was barely alive when entering their picks! Let’s see how you do….
LJ: “Chelski will record a flurry of draws in the business end of the season.”
Maybe but who’s going to win the CL? Liverpool to slay Roma and defeat the Germans in the final? Slay Roma and have Salah outperform Ronaldo?
I’m taking Madrid over Liverpool 3-1 in the final though I’m hoping for a Liverpool win. I would love to be in Trafford (just outside of Manchester) if Citeh won the league, Liverpool won CL. Of course the FA Cup matters.
ME: “I fully expect Man Pretty to play their socks off… hoping Spurs can withstand and score a couple of breakaway goals.” I do prefer JE’s name for Citeh… and I should note that if they play their socks off it’s unlikely that Spurs will win so bit of a wild-card pick.
ME: “United and Liverpool should dominate if they have proper teams on the field! ” Sounding a lot like BE… are you copying again? Better watch it or AM will accuse you two of match-fixing or tampering.
AB: “Who ate all the pies?”
I don’t remember when you said that as it was a few weeks back…. but don’t go eating pies on the TV or you’ll get in serious trouble!
Let’s hope we all do better this week! I don’t remember what I picked so I’m not sure how my analysis will impact my scores and how it will impact teams so that they don’t play to their potential or don’t put their best team out, or the referees make a mistake, or someone gets sent off or injured…
Burnley V Leicester City
Both teams are safe. Burnley has not been the defensive team they were earlier in the year but Mahrez on a two game drought and Vardy only shows up against top tier teams… Burnley is in 7th??!? Vardy with a brace in a non-winning cause.
Crystal Palace V Brighton & Hove Albion
CP have been doing well without results so at home they should win. But you know what they say about teams that should win? Sometimes they don’t play to their potential or the referees make mistakes. The most likely mistake is Zaha getting a penalty he doesn’t deserve… so Palace take it.
Huddersfield Town V Watford Everyone keeps saying Watford are safe but they aren’t. Watford will keep this tight looking for one more important point. In the 95th minute the Terriers will score.
Liverpool V Bournemouth Who knows? Salah probably won’t play… after an exciting week in Europe… a lack-luster result is due.
Manchester United V West Bromwich Albion WBA are doing everything they can to avoid playing Wolves next year. Lambs to the slaughter. A win here and a Citeh loss and we’re looking at a 7point gap… exciting end to the season?
Newcastle United V Arsenal The only reason anyone cares about this game is to see if Aubameyang scores… he won’t but Wellbeck is Wellgood.
Southampton V Chelsea Flurry of draws. I’m tired and what LJ said sounds like the words of a professional prognosticator. How can he or I get Mark Lawrenson’s job?
Swansea City V Everton Sam Allardyce needs to go. Swansea have Jose Junior and appear to be heading to safety.
Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City Symbolically speaking: Kane (Cain/Cane) is evil. Jesus is good. Citeh win!
Normally speaking: Kane at home and Citeh on the ropes. CIteh win!
You’re a Citeh fan called KMFE: Citeh Win!
You’re a Spurs fan called ME: Spurs Win!
Toss a coin.
West Ham United V Stoke City Despite my desire to see the Hammers go down…they aren’t.
AM: “Shows how important getting some ‘exact’ scores. Getting ZERO doesn’t cut the mustard! “
Indeed. I admire the cojones you have in claiming in Week 32 that you weren’t aware of this.. but you shouldn’t worry with just 6 1/2 rounds left you have a clear 2 game win and huge points lead over your frenemy.
KMFE: “Um, looks like I tied for top last week, but you won? Didn’t we win? Or is this another #thisisanfield conspiracy against me?”
I was so surprised to be near the top I got excited and forgot to see if it was a tie. Unfortunately for you, this week’s random tie-breaker was alphabetical order of predictor and JCE comes before KMFE (just barely)!
Actually, I declare you co-winner for Week 32 and will make that clear by updating the other post.
As for #ThisIsAnfield? That’s no conspiracy. I had predicted a home win of 3-1 for the Scousers with a 2-0 loss at the Middle Eastlands but for some reason the CIteh failed to score even though they played so so good.
I called up my buddy Kev to to ask him what happened and he said that they wanted to focus on the league and muttered something about an aging company of some kind.
ME:”Watford will ensure next year in the premiership is safe. Spurs should continue their form.Liverpool could slip up after an exhausting game against Pretty, but doubt it.”
I don’t think we’re safe yet but it’s getting closer -just hoping it’s not another 4th from bottom.
JE:”Watford win again. Lol. Utd lose to shitty oil money. Again. Liverpool win. Spurs hammer stoke.”
Citeh winning the League. Liverpool winning while you lose is your worst nightmare! Thanks for sticking with Watford – in your table we’re in a solid 8th place!
This weeks predictions
It didn’t hurt me last week so I will produce another summary.
Arsenal V Southampton
Aubemayang and Lacazette took remarkably similar penalties last week and both look to have found some goal-scoring confidence which makes sense at the end of the season with not a lot to play for. A shocker here as Southampton run the Arsenal defense ragged and walk away wth a victory.
Bournemouth V Crystal Palace
Both teams really need to win to start to move towards safety and one of them is bound to win. Definitely no draw here.
Brighton & Hove Albion V Huddersfield Town
BHA are potentially staying up. Huddersfield are potentially staying up. It’s all to play for. I expect a draw or a for the Northern team to pull out a victory.
Chelsea V West Ham United
Chelski have given up on Conte. West Ham have given up on even pretending to care about their fans. An away win at least means that the Hammer fans can imagine being in a half empty stadium in the Premier League next year.
Everton V Liverpool
Liverpool won 3-0 during the mid-week so are now focusing on the Champions League. Either the replacements show up and whack Everton or they get thwacked.
I always want this game to be the old Duncan Ferguson style Derby but these days it’s all professional.
Leicester City V Newcastle United
Newcastle are auditioning for Russian oligarchs. If you want the money you have to win. Vardy also has a great record against the top clubs and an average record against the bad clubs. The Magpies are a bad club.
Manchester City V Manchester United
The Derby. The day the League was won (maybe) and it’s IN Manchester and not Trafford. Jose has been driving a bus around town looking for somewhere to park it…. but the stadium has plenty of spaces so the game will be free flowing.
Stoke City V Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs are on a streak but all good streaks come to an end: Harry Kane is back and will disrupt the chemistry that Son has built with the Deli and Chris.
Watford V Burnley
Hard to know which Watford will show up. The bad one or the mediocre one. I’m going to guess the bad one which translates to another week looking down the table.
West Bromwich Albion V Swansea City
A manager sacking bounce? Boing!! Easy win for one of these teams.
It appears my summary tactics from last week were a success as I posted a high score. This didn’t seem like a challenging week from a pick standpoint but it was still surprising to see that we only had a lone player with a single-digit score. Well done AM!
So – another tied win for me but not enough to really close the gap on BE. [Edit: As pointed out in Week 33 entries it was also a good week for KMFE a weekly winner who loses the alphabetic tie-breaker but wins on the Alt-Points tie-breaker system. Congrats]
Don’t forget picks. Analysis tomorrow and some comments on the midweek Champions League.
The F.A. Cup has been played. International friendly matches have been played so it’s time to get back into the groove.
I haven’t sorted out everyone’s entries this week yet but that’s because of one of the many excuses I have…. got jigsaw puzzles that don’t build themselves, TV shows that need viewers or they won’t get advertising, food that volunteered as dinner, sleeping that needs catching up on… and of course I needed to do research for the last few weeks to try and catch up with the leader (and stay ahead of the pack).
This weeks quotes: AM: “Happy Easter. BIG push starts right HERE!” For GGMU or for you? Happy Easter all around.
JE: “Haven’t watched any recent footy.” Already starting with the excuses!
JE:”Watford win again. Big game Chelsea and spurs. I think Chelsea will steal it near the end. “
I wish I was as confident about the Moosemen. We’ve been pretty dire and as long as we stick with Deeney up-front I’m not sure where the goals are coming from (this is taking into consideration that Deulefeu isn’t around to dive in the box, Richarlison wants to be elsewhere, and Doucoure is already thinking of his summer move to United to replace the Pogs.
ME: “It’s getting rather congested at the bottom and I’m not sure who is going to make the great escape. So I will predict a few draws with just a handful of goals.”
In other words, you are continuing your practice of guessing. It does seem that youhave taken on the advice of BE who informed you that you have increased odds of scoring high if you pick draws.
Obvious CaptionKMFE: “Won’t end up watching a ton of these, but look like fun games on the whole. After the asinine interview Karren Brady gave the Guardian this week, I am rooting a bit for Pin the Tail on the West Ham Donkeys… ” Poor Joe Hart.
Quick Match Summary Whenever I do these summaries I end up with a lousy weekly score. For some reason it’s almost as if documenting my thoughts cements failure. I’m doing it this week anyway just for you (that would be BE/ME/JE – I don’t think anyone else reads this).
Arsenal V Stoke City Aubameyang will not score against a really quality Stoke team that will look to maintain a great run with another victory.
Brighton & Hove Albion V Leicester City
Either Brighton or Leicester will dominate and many goals will be scored at each end. The final result will definitely not be two teams tied.
Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur
Spuds are without Kane but “Nice One” Son will score a hat-trick at least and Chelsea will end the day firmly entrenched as a favorite for the coveted Europe League place.
Crystal Palace V Liverpool Palace usually have no problem scoring but Liverpool are renowned for their strong defensive posture. It can only be 0-0.
Everton V Manchester City Citeh are a modest team who have fans that will not want to win the title at Old Trafford – there is tremendous respect between the Eastland fans of Manchester and the Red Devil fans of Trafford and Beyond. A surprise Everton win.
Manchester United V Swansea City Unlike Liverpool, Manchester United are an attacking force with no designs on ever defending. This will be a goal fest with Swansea eeking out a win.
Newcastle United V Huddersfield Town Huddersfield are a power away from home and will score a great victory. The Newcastle fans will still feel that everything is on the right path and will stage a peaceful pitch invasion to beg the current ownership to stay on and not make any hasty decisions on setting up a transfer kitty.
Watford V Bournemouth The hornets have been on a great run since the disappointing start of the season despite the amicable parting of ways with Silva but the Cherries are a huge team and will probably score a victory.
West Bromwich Albion V Burnley The Boing Boings are due a boing (they never got their Pardew bounce) and Burnley are forever a disappointment to their fans. Should be an easy home win unless something shocking happens.
West Ham United V Southampton It’s the end of the year and the Hammers finally feel comfortable in their new home. Big victory for the team with the best CEO in the country.
What would you get if you took the best of Nottm Forest late 70’s, the classiest from Juventus in the mid-80’s, Schmeichel and Beckham’s united, Paisley’s Liverpool, the Dutch Milan of the late 80’s and early 90’s and Pep’s Barcelona?
A team that would lose to this year’s Spurs according to ME! Of course, they would struggle to beat AM’s United!
Here’s how the table would look if your picks were results. Diff indicates how close you are to reality.