Week 34 – Double Game Week

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.

Weekly Comments

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.

Head to Head

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!

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/43753590

Quick Picks

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.

 

Week 33 Results

Just results. It’s taken me ages just to get the input forms for the end of season run-in where games are randomly moved around.

UPDATE:
I posted the wrong weekly result and didn’t get AM and AB picks in the table so I’ve deleted the post details and started over.

Still no movement in the season table but that has to be due to this being collectively the worst set of picks of the year.

Really Bad Guesses
Told You The Guesses were Bad

Unfortunately this means that LS did not win after all!  It also means that ME not only beat AM but sits atop the table with a MASSIVE 8 points which is normally enough for his mid-table finish.

Sorry for the mix-up

Week 32 Results

Predictions from last week:

Guesses

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!

Leaders

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.

Week 32 – Back To Playing

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.

HAPPY EASTER!!!

Week 30 – Tables If You Were God

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.

And collectively:

 

Week 30 – Head to Heads!

Here we are… with 8 games left… how are you doing head to head against everyone else?  I only count week where both parties picked (seems fair!)

They are images so you’ll have to scroll until you find what you want…  if I’m missing one let me know as I had a minor issue uploading.

You have 8 weeks to catch up (unless you’re more than 8 behind!)

Looks like you’ve found the important one below!

Round 30 Predictions

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”.

WBA Didn’t Guess Yet

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.

Quick Summary

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.

Round 28 – Back to the Premier League

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-Cola Carlsberg Capital 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.

Waiting…..

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?”
Farmer Fed?
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.

EPL Cup

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!

Round 27 – Results

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.

Massive Week for BE

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.

Good Luck – pick your results here