Can anyone catch Citeh? Can anyone catch BE?
Can JCE score like Liverpool and catch up?
Will JE continue to stutter and settle for second-runner’s up like Trafford United?
Will KMFE and AM fight out the decent places like Spuds will against Chelski?
Who of AB, ME, LS is Southampton, Swansea, and Palace looking to finish out of the bottom 3?
LJ is West Brom and he’s going to continue to play because he has to. Well, he doesn’t but he’s continuing to prove the axiom that “the more you know about football the worse your predictions are”.
This Week’s Comments
AM: “Take 2! After being distracted by the organiser last night, a deliberate tactic to help is old man out in our ‘head to head’. ” He didn’t need any help this last week – you were crap!
JE: “Going against my own team. Can only work in my favour as we will actually win 1-0. Youheard it here first. Lol. Conviction!” LJ is a big Liverpool fan and he’s picking MU. Worst fans ever I tell you.
I think the theory for LJ is that if MU win he’s happy because of the pick… if the Reds score he’s happy. No, it’s more that if his team loses he an say at least he got a pick right (he needs all the help he can get). I didn’t pick the Moose against Arsenal but I might still change my mind – though any team with Mariappa is not as strong as it should be.
AB: ” International Women’s Day falls every year on 8 March. BBC Sport covered this in an article “The story of women’s football in 10 objects”: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43139535” And despite this we have an idiot managing the England Women’s team? I’m not suggesting the manager has to be a woman (nor would I suggest that a woman couldn’t manage a men’s team) but it should at least be someone who actually respects their players!
KMFE: “Sick as hell edition, so apologies if they make no sense…” We all hope you feel better! Citeh needs their #1 fan or they won’t try as hard.
Arsenal vs Watford
First time in a while the Arse can win two games in a row. They won’t.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs lost to the “dark arts” of Juventus in the week. The Cherries aren’t Juventus.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Hazard shows up about 1 in 10 games. This is game 30.
Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion A point will help these two stay up. A gentlemen’s agreement to not lose?
Huddersfield Town vs Swansea City Ditto
Manchester United vs Liverpool I wouldn’t trade Salah for Sanchez or Firmino for Lukaku or Mane for Martial or a Virgil for a Phil Jones etc. I would give them Lovren and Jordan for free.
Newcastle United vs Southampton Home team wins.
Stoke City vs Manchester City Home team loses.
West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City Pardew is great at coaxing meaningless performances out of a team. This is one of them.
West Ham United vs Burnley Could be 0-0. No really, it could be 0-0. I coined a toss and don’t remember if it was 1-0 or 0-1.
Last week’s results are in and they aren’t as bad for me as I thought thanks to an exact I didn’t expect. I got an email also from BE “my week was rubbish but I think ME did ok”…. err…. you beat him?
Here are these weeks predictions as they stand right now:
This Week’s Comments
AB: “What the Smeg?”
I did a search to find out if there was some Red Dwarf activity in the league but to no avail. I did find out that it’s the name of a technology company (unfortunate choice).
JE: “Watford keep up on winning under my watch. I swear they would be fourth place in my predictions. The northerly bias continues. ” You have them only 8th… but just a measly 43 points behind Man Yoo! I have them 8th too which was surprising to me – but crazily, have West Brom mid-table! I need to adjust my WBA picks and I will do that this week…. aw crap… they play the hornets.
ME: “Watford MUST not let me down this week…. I can’t keep the faith for much longer.” You have them in 7th.. Europa League here we come!
ME: “Man Pretty v Chelski is the difficult one here…having watched Arsenal being demolished twice I can’t go against form, sorry Chelski.” Not sure what Arsenal’s form has to do with Citeh vs Chelsea but I agree anyway…
This week I did my relegation predictions here to see if the Hornets were in trouble.
Looks like goals are going to matter. Share your results if you go to the Hertfordshire newspaper and fill in the results.
That’s all I have today. This weekend I will post everyone’s table and all the head-to-heads so you can see who’s beating who. This will be interesting for most people but probably not so much for LJ and LS’s “friend” who probably have a losing record.
F.A. Cup is done so we’re back to the Premier League.
Man City is done so they’re back to the Premier League.
Oh – but first there’s this Milk Coca-ColaCarlsbergCapital One Sports-Drink Cup.
My prediction is that almost no-one cares who wins this match… but no-one seems to care less about games than Xhaka… and Kevin seems to want to win every game… so the result goes to Citeh. Let’s say 4-1..
We’re still waiting for LJ and JE but thanks to others.
This weeks Comments
AB: “Only 3 players have scored, assisted and also scored an own goal in single Premier League game: Bale, Rooney, Davies. Uniqueness amongst goalkeepers: Paul Robinson has scored, assisted and won a penalty in the Premier League.”
Bale is the only one to get a Yellow Card as well. James Milner has never lost a game in which he scored (that’s 47 – make him take penalties)
AM: “Long since did I realise it was a risk predicting a positive result for MU v the top teams but one must remain loyal! GGMU” It’s been a while since Sir Alex was running around owning the referees =)
ME: “Lots of teams fighting for points again…so I am going for low scores and draws! [censored comment on Man United” Seems a reasonable approach. Based on last week – you and I both need to try something!
KMFE:”I had to look online to find out what a Carabao was… The Thai energy drink is all well and good, but do winners get their own water buffalo, like Roger Federer got his own cow every time he played and won the Swiss Open?”
I should have read this earlier so I knew what Carabao was. I would say that of all the drinks that this cup has been I imagine this to be the worst. I think the Milk Cup was the last liquid trophy I cared about. Seems Google agrees.
This weeks Picks
It seems the more analysis I do the worst my results are so this week I’m keeping it super short and pithy.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Hard to pick because they play in the cup. No it’s not. Citeh.
Bournemouth vs Newcastle United
Bournemouth on a down. Newcastle on an up having beaten Manchester United. Script flip week.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Swansea City
Bottom dwellers play tough game. Home advantage.
Burnley vs Southampton
Burnley getting some defenders back. Southampton inept up front. Win to the team with the strangest badge in the league (it has a goose with an egg on its foot!)
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Crap team with Zaha. Zaha not playing.
Leicester City vs Stoke City
Vardy is scoring. Stoke is not.
Liverpool vs West Ham United
Liverpool has that guy who scores, and that other guy that scores, and that other guy that scored more last year but still scores. West Ham has that one guy who sometimes scores. Anfield gets another W.
Manchester United vs Chelsea
Tough game to call but maybe the team will ignore Jose’s tactics and try to score and actually win.
Watford vs Everton
Tossed a Coin.
West Bromwich Albion vs Huddersfield Town
Try to convince myself the baggies aren’t bad enough to be bottom but forget that Pardew is their manager. My convincing side is stronger than my forgetful side..or maybe I convinced myself that’s the reason because I can’t remember.
I have some interesting things stored up for the next few weeks now – including the half-season winner that was never announced. It’s only been 9 weeks!
The result was terrible and unexpected. That’s right, I managed to put together a week of no exact, no differences and a measly five points. I feel a bit like the Citeh after their game against Wigan.
If I felt like Citeh, then ME should feel like Delph as he mustered the same score but lost on this week’s arbitrary tie-breaker ( I chose least totally incorrect picks).
Don’t forget your picks this week…. I’ll try to post something interesting but I can already tell I’m tired and have to figure out how to put a Fantasy Team together when I’ve got Man City and Arsenal players…. ho-hum…
As usual, the Round 28 will only officially close when the Arsenal/Citeh game is played. You can pick now but I will put another form up when the reschedule happens so you can change your mind.
It was a great week for yours truly. Firstly, the Eagles pulled of an “upset” and hopefully terminated the Pats dynasty. To understand why one would dislike the Patriots you just need to read about their methods.
Then on Monday I sat down to watch the last 10 minutes of the Moose-men playing Chelsea…. I had just made myself comfortable when Hazard scored an equalizer for the 10-men blues. Crap. Luckily Chelski fetched the ball and restarted quickly so that Watford could slap in another 3 goals. 4-1.
It was a good week.
It was also a great week for BE who scored a monster total this week with FOUR exact results putting her top of the table. It would have been better if she had predicted her beloved Arsenal putting FIVE past a sub-par Everton team.
Not such a great week for LJ. I’m beginning to wonder if he even watches the English Premier League or knows what the point of guessing scores is! I think 3 points is tied for lowest total of the year.
This weeks picks were in time from EVERYONE meaning that there is no opportunity for last-minute shenanigans.
Thanks for the comments again. It does make things easier.
BE: “Gotta go with Watford…been a good week for scores so far this week, JE!!” Well a great week for BE too. JE only scored 4! I have to add a differenting C to my initials.. but yes, happy now, miserable during the game.
JE: “Totteringham will remain north London’s top club but secretly hoping for a ****” Your secret is safe with me!
ME: “Going for a record … all games wrong and no correct goal difference.”
Standard week then.
AM: “Need a good week – no dodgy stuff. Watford, behave! :-/” As a fan of the team I can tell you that’s unlikely to happen!
LS: Asked “Bonus points for early entry? Asking for a friend”
If that were the case then your friend AB would always win. He’s so confident he picks before the injury report from the prior week is released!
KMFE: Do you think Riyad Mahrez may come play for us after halftime? And Newcastle/Man U sounds incredibly turgid — inevitably, it will be the one game I get to watch without having to spend EVEN MORE MONEY on an asinine NBC application so that I don’t have to watch Newcastle/Man U…
Next year I will pay the money. It’s not that much and I’m tired of having to always watch the Watford scores scroll across the top during the Citeh game! As for Mahrez – he made it clear he wasn’t AWOL. He said Leicester knew exactly where he was when he wasn’t in Leicester! This is William Gallas level of mercenary.
This week’s Predictions
Chelsea V West Bromwich Albion
The big game this week is the North London Derby
This week I’m sure a lot of time was spent focusing on the fundamentals.
This is building on the legacy instilled at the club by the professionalism and legacy of their former German star who used to get great air.
Obviously the practice is working! This article shows what Kane used to look like diving:
Tough game to predict with both teams on the outside looking in when it comes to Champions League football. Of course Spurs could qualify by winning this year’s tournament but 3 points here will be a good step with Chelsea faltering with two consecutive poor losses.
A draw will be a fair result.
Chelsea V West Bromwich Albion WBA sitting at the bottom of the table seemed quite unlikely at the beginning of the year but here we are. I don’t see Chelski faltering again at home and they should have learnt last week to seal it at the back first. I expect a shut-out victory.
Everton V Crystal Palace Tough game to call with one of the premier leagues first-class divers unlikely to play. Big Sam will risk getting the early sack with another performance like last week so I expect a victory for the home team.
If Benteke could score it would be different.
Huddersfield Town V Bournemouth Bournemouth are on a great run over the last 7 games moving from bottom to ninth. Huddersfield have been going the other direction and have scored one goal or so in recent memory. A win for the Cherries.
Manchester City V Leicester City Probably a bit harsh showing Benteke’s miss when Sterling had miss of the season (if you erase Troy Deeney’s from your memory). No Mahrez hasn’t been too much of a problem but this time they’re playing Citeh. I don’t think Pep wants a single digit points lead so I expect a dominating performance. Leicester often seem overly reliant on Vardy getting penalties. If Kompany plays I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win one but I think he’ll be shut out.
Newcastle United V Manchester United Lukaku has been found thanks to local efforts.
Predicting an easy win for the away team just to keep JE and AM happy!
Southampton V Liverpool The Saints can be a bit of a bogey team for Liverpool. I guess it’s because they are essentially playing their former selves. Should be a good game but I’ll pick the Scousers to squeak a win.
I won’t bother predicting who will start for Liverpool as Klopp might shift everything for the CL midweek game.
Stoke City V Brighton & Hove Albion This one sounds to me like the description KMFE used earlier: turgid.
Who will score? Who will win? Who will care outside of a few Potters?
Swansea City V Burnley The Swans seem to be resurgent which is a euphemism for they won one or two and six points is the differential between the bottom and top half of the table. Burnley have been on a poor run (a draw last week notwithstanding) and I expect those fortunes to reverse.
West Ham United V Watford Deulofeu was a player I used to actually like when he was at Everton so I was pleasantly surprised when Watford picked him up. He adds some width opposite Richarlison and is creative and quick-footed in small space.
I presume he’s not as good as Messi and based on last week’s performance might be looking to move across town to Spurs.
Despite Arnautovic maybe returning I’m going to give an away edge to the team with the newer manager.
Next week I’ll pick on a different team. It was fun to bash Spurs…. I’ll expect a call from ME!
Not including the picks this week as we’re still waiting for a few entries.
This week’s big game is Liverpool and Spurs. I’m not sure why this is a such a big deal – two teams vying for a top four finish with no aspirations of winning the league. In fact, it’s been many years since either team won the league.
How long you ask?
But then as a Watford fan I should act all smart about it unless I point out the graphic for the Moosemen.
This Weeks Comments and Asides
This weekend my team, the Eagles (and I don’t mean Crystal Palace) , will face off against the Patriots in American non-round football. I’ve been looking for information to help decide who will win and decided that the Panda wins:
This is because Panda’s are clearly smarter than Porcupines but maybe not as cute (needs volume):
AB: Presented me with a link to Goalkeepers non-saving contributions https://www.footbie.com/video/top-10-goalkeeper-goals
This was timely as I had just read the story of Jimmy Glass and how his heroics impacted his life (and not really for the better, sadly)
BE: “Trying to keep the faith with Arsenal”
Every year Arsenal fans complain and every year they used to finish in the Top 4……
ME: “Deep analysis has caused me weeks of poor predictions… this week I have guessed without thought!”
This was followed by an summary and rationale for the picking of multiple games. It included picking Citeh to win and Watford to lose… don’t know about others but I wouldn’t classify those picks under “analysis”.
KMFE: “Why do we have to be the early game? I need my beauty rest ;-)…”
You could always skip the Citeh game and watch the Hornets on Monday. Both games will be one sided and an easy win for one of the teams involved!
Silly Season is Over
Finally we are done with the January transfer window (except Leicester who have to deal with an upset Mahrez). In many ways it’s sad how football teams operate these days.
I’m not picking on the Trafford team but Sanchez is a key player in the news:
“It also claims Sanchez makes almost as much during one half of football than the annual salary of some cleaning, catering and security staff who work at Old Trafford (£14,625), that it would take someone on the minimum wage 41 years to earn the £600,000 the Chilean takes home each week, and that his agent’s reported £15 million fee would be enough to fund Living Wage pay rises of almost £2,500 for 6,100 low-paid workers.”
Sanchez to United for Mkhitaryan to Arsenal; Giroud to Chelsea for Luiz to Arsenal(?); Every decent Southampton player to Liverpool; foreign players hand-picked by ownership to Watford; everyone who’s good to Madrid. Who can keep track of all the deckchairs being re-shuffled?
Here are the picks:
AM: “Thank god Christmas and NY is over and done with. All over the place! GGMU. :-)” What about the January re-shuffle? I can’t keep track of who is where and who was where. All I know is that Mourinho signed an extended contract and Alexis Sanchez can now be miserable on 300.000 GBP up North (and Pogba will cry if he doesn’t get a raise). I can only imagine that the manager formerly known as the “great one” and now regarded as the “grating one” will now complain that he has too many options and too many players to keep happy ….
ME: “Injuries created by poor sides could upset Man Pretty but Baggies are full of flu and this should help Pep’s team to another comfortable win..” That’s an over-complication of Man City playing West Brom.
ME: “Watford heading in the wrong direction and FA Cup will deflate them further! Lucky for Stoke.”
Watford are close to relegation now. We just got Deulefeu from Barca and I liked him at Everton so I’m hoping a little width on one side will free up Richarlison on the other … but I feel Richarlison is looking outside the club already. I just hope he’s not going to turn into a Sanchez in the locker room.
JE:”That hammers v eagles looks like a shit game. Bring on the real eagles game eh Johnny boy!! ”
Looked into tickets for the Superbowl but decided that $5000 a piece was probably a little steep. Think I might put it towards a Euro 2020 trip or maybe towards some tennis grand-slam events.
No further analysis this week because it’s a school night and I’ve already spent over and hour doing all this stuff! It’s much easier to comment on people though than to have to make up stuff.
Maybe for the next round you can point out that I still haven’t announced the mid-season winner!
The dark cloud of Silva’s recent reign has also been lifted as he was booted from the team. Most of the pundits don’t follow Watford (why would they) and would think that Watford have itchy trigger fingers but it was clear to the fans that he had to go.
The Pozzo family made the following comment regarding the release of Marco Silva.
“It was a kind of so-so love and I’m gonna make sure it never happens again..”
Additionally, Mr Pozzo, release more information regarding the managerial budget:
“As for me, well, I’ll find someone who’s not goin’ cheap in the sales”
For his part, Marco Silva did not have much to say as he was determined to quickly drive over towards Stanley Park to see if there were any openings in the Northwest of England as this was a location he dearly wanted to move to only a few months ago. When asked what he said to the Pozzo family he said it was mostly coming to a mutual understanding. He apparently said:
“I don’t belong to you, you see, And take a look in my face, for the last time, I never knew you, you never knew me”