This week saw a winner a winner state “Everyone let me down this week!”
That quote was with one game to play and a 2 point deficit to three other prognosticators (obviously not LS because he’s only as good as last week’s result). There would have been some validity to the statement if Man You managed to get a draw again Stoke or Stoke managed to eek out a win (not a hope) and even if the Old Toilet saw a win that was not 3-0. But it was 3-0 and thus he won with a rubbish nine points.
The statement felt a little like watching this penalty:
LS managed to get TWO points. That number saves AB from being alone with the lowest total of the year so far.
It was an interesting week though for Liverpool who looked great for 60 minutes before nearly turning a 4-1 lead into a 4-4 tie. The 4-3 was not only felt by Citeh;however, as on Friday afternoon that was my result pick when discussing the match with the big Liverpool fan LJ. I changed my mind late and that lost me FOUR points. Not only that but I will continue to hear how this site continues to disparage the might reds.
Anyway congratulations to ME on a week when you were let down just a little less than everyone else.
I couldn’t find the post because I haven’t exactly spent much time making this site searchable but a long while back I posted about a Liverpool friendly video that went about as viral as a local Liverpudlian Vox Pop* might go.
Sadly, this week he passed away and as much as the Man You fans might not like to visit it, the best place to read about him is probably ThisIsAnfield . Even Citeh fans should go there because he was the prototype for what Pep looks for in his sweeper-keeper as explained by the excellent video on the club site LiverpoolFC.
Final off-topic note:
I will be posting results and half-season analysis in the next couple of days.
*Things you may have learned today: vox populi, meaning “voice of the people”.
Round 21 is not yet complete with the Spurs vs West Ham game having been re-scheduled so the following round is “pending finalization”. There are still between 0-4 points available which is more than enough given that we were all rather useless at predicting the following:
The Referee giving a penalty for a defender defending n the penalty area
Watford missing a sitter and giving up two goals in the last 5 minutes
Chelsea scoring FIVE goals
A large number of 0-0 scores
Man City goalless at Crystal Palace
Here were the weeks guesses – I’ve hidden the final result still so come so that no-one can cheat*
Usually, I advise myself to go with the gut and stick to it. The extra two days this week gave me an opportunity to re-evaluate my picks… and I changed two of my picks at the last minute – one to a draw, one to a 0-0 draw. This yielded six of my eight points (and puts me in the lead). I can thank writing up scores for this because my brain kept remembering me writing “If any game has 0-0 written all over it it’s this one” for a game I picked 1-0 and ended 0-0.
I decided to go with my gut this time and not my brain. I also think I changed Man United from a draw to a win so there’s that.
So my advice to all of you: Stick with your gut unless your gut is wrong!
Because you don’t know how to cheat, I’ll explain. IF AM knew what ME had picked for Spuds vs West Ham he could improve the odds of him winning the week by choosing the same score and assuming that ME did not change his pick. This would effectively guarantee keeping him ahead of ME.
That’s if he was a lousy cheat,of course. A good one would pick a different result knowing that ME only has 4 points and is blinded by his love for potato chickens!
Don’t forget to pick the next games if you haven’t. Repick if you want. I’ve got a single form for the fixture above.
Another quick post! I am compiling the half-year stats as we speak and I will be announcing the winner very soon! This weeks winner was always going to be heavily luck based given results that were never going to be predicted. I don’t think anyone has ever guessed 5-2 before!
Alternatively, with the results being what they were, only the most skilled and knowledgeable prediction analyst had any hope of winning really.
This weeks Comments (and a Couple from last week)
AM: “I wish Watford would make their minds up!”
I know, it’s all a little too Eurovision 1981 for me
“. . .and United shape up. All costing me precious points here!” And DDG is not helping my Fantasy team anymore! Lukaku isn’t helping anyone’s! Time for a new manager…. and the next sad realisation that Sir Alex is still retired and a little to the East is a better team.
“ME will be up to his eyes in sherry so he’ll not be much use over the festive period!” I think he’ll take second this week!
ME: “Just doing this before travelling south.. not a lot of time so no detailed analysis this week! Fast guesswork to the fore!!”
Oh, that explains it.
JE:” Must find time to do a write up for you. “
Just like your United team… so much promise and just don’t deliver !
KMFE: “Mark Hughes next casualty of the season” That man has a reputation built on one moment and it turns out it from his comments it wasn’t that great
I’ll take Pochettino for different reasons!
I’m going to have a guess here because I’m not sure if you mean now or historically – someone from your team or that team across Stanley park?
LS: “Merry Xmas guys x” Thanks! And appreciate the continued picking from you and the few that care. If it’s not obvious, I’ll make it so – it’s really appreciated that you all get picks in on time and play along.
Upcoming Games I won’t be doing a detailed write-up tomorrow as I will be watching a small puck game…
The Tottenham vs West Ham game has been rescheduled but I will count it towards the round it is in so the round scores will be temporary until complete. I will provide an opportunity to re-submit the prediction at a later time.
The picks are in from a few but not enough to warrant posting them all as I’ve yet to automate the transcribing and formatting of the entries (maybe next year).
This week I will put in a quick game prediction to help those still to pick (or allow those who have a chance to correct theirs). It should be noted that the more thought and detail I put into these picks the worse my score tends to be.
You have been warned!
Only Two Quotables This Week
ME: “I have given spurs a draw but think Pretty will extend their run.. patriotic me thinks!” I agree with the patriotic piece. KMFE went for Citeh for patriotic reasons as well but she’ll be right.
AM: “Toyed with the idea of putting Spurs down for an away win at Man City – a HUGE part of me hopes that my actual prediction is incorrect!” Some of us hope your actual GGMU prediction is incorrect!
ME: “Watford will win if they keep 11 on the pitch.” If you support the Herts Deer team then you cannot be patriotic. I don’t ever know what team will show up. I took a heart based guess this week!
ME: “Stoke desperate for a win and Palace on a roll… I’m hopeful neither will win.I think Arsenal will play better, Newcastle won’t” That’s about the level of my analysis!
Amusing Media I try to usually post something amusing, clever, or funny but I’m a but tired this week and so I just have a question:
Just How bad is Andre Grey that Deeney keeps playing?
This is the opposite of missing a sitter. Saving a sitter (not this year).
Arsenal V Newcastle United
The Arse must be disappointed with their midweek result but they have an opportunity to play a rubbish team and make up for it with a resounding win. Newcastle will score first just to get their away fans hoping for something better than their eventual loss.
Bournemouth V Liverpool
The Scousers must be disappointed with their midweek result but they have an opportunity to play an inconsistent team with a top goal-scorer that was at one point considered good enough for the MLS. Bournemouth will score (because Liverpool don’t have a defense) but the Red Army will score a few more.
Brighton & Hove Albion V Burnley
This one could be 0-0 but I’m not going to write-off 17 of Burnley’s games as good fortune. With an early favorite for Manager of the Year at the helm I see the clarets sneaking another 1 goal win. Not quite Leicester a couple of years ago but pretty soon they will have reached safety and they will have to start talking about the disaster that is qualifying for Europa League (which I shouldn’t say as that led MU to the Champions League this year). It won’t matter anyway, because that spot’s reserved for Spurs.
Chelsea V Southampton
Chelsea had a poor game and it was obvious that they would come back and win comfortably mid-week. With Morata back they should score a few at home. I think it could be a clean sheet but I just always feel Southampton find a way to score.
Everton V Swansea City
Allardyce didn’t fix Everton they weren’t that bad to begin with. He is picking a younger squad with Calvert-Lewin and Kenny though and they’ve tightened up at the back. Against a team that can’t score that is ominous for the Welsh boys.
Leicester City V Crystal Palace
Leicester are back to the old Leicester. Palace are turning the corner. Slight advantage to the home team.
Manchester City V Tottenham Hotspur
Don’t see it any way but a CIteh win. Here’s a memory for the to-be-disappointed Potato Chicken fans.
Stoke City V West Ham United
Watford V Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield aren’t very good and if the Moosemen can keep 11 players they have a chance. But who’s going to score? Time to drop Deeney – he’s too slow, too useless. Time to drop Andre Grey – he’s fast, too useless. Maybe it’s time for Harry to go up front … at least we’d see some cool celebrations.
In fairness, I’d rather see some speed up front and playing Andre more consistently would give him a chance to work with Richarlison.
West Bromwich Albion V Manchester United
The Boing-Boings might be just boinging at this point. Manchester United look decent occasionally but mostly they are surviving on glimpses of skill by different players (Martial scored when I said he was average, Ashley Young scored twice when I said he was not good enough for Watford, Lingard scored when I forgot who he was… and Lukaku spots the net occasionally). This week I predict the whole team will be crap so obviously they’ll sparkle in an easy win to zero.
What happened to that guest post JE? You want me to give you access or what?
The less said the better this week! My worst week evah! I’m finding a striking anti-correlation between how much effort I go into making picks and how well I score. I’m not sure which direction to go yet.
Congratulations to AB who I will start to call Mr YoYo – going from first to last and back again!
Don’t forget your mid-week game picks. Maybe I’ll look for a half-season prize to award. I’ve got some Kraken back here still.
Here are the picks – just waiting for LJ who probably forgot because I didn’t do my weekly Friday office message reminder.
This week should be a bit better scoring than last week unless the EPL throws in a few surprises.
Quotes of the Week
Thanks for writing in some interesting comments:
From JE: “I want the moose men to win but Tottenham should win again soon shouldn’t they ? Arsenal and united should draw 1-1 (scrolls up and puts in a two for United so we win. Let’s see if that works for me better than it does for you!)”
I too want the deer-men to win but even at home it will be a tough ask against the Spuds. Especially, a potato-chicken team that is going to be looking to make up for lost points over the last weeks. Perhaps MP is focused on the Real Madrid job and we have a chance. I checked the head-to-head and see if that would influence me.
Not a lot of analysis on my part after that.
I think it looks more like a potato-penguin but while searching for this I found a couple of cute pictures (not football related)
I think it’s a duck but given the earlier picture I could try to argue it’s a baby Swansea image.
Then to bring it all back to football
“Watford won’t concede 4 goals again…so I will predict only 3! Spurs can’t be so bad three games on the bounce..please!”
“Lots of tough calls again this week. I may well be bottom again. Good job AM is also predicting as badly!”
To be fair and unbiased in my reporting it should be pointed out that in the prior week, while performing terribly, me AM did score more points than you.
To be more fair and unbiased I should point out that I was equally terrible and also scored more points than you.
And when I say points I mean point.
Not this week. It’s late and last week didn’t work so well after I put in all the detail. I’ll probably post a longer results post instead on Monday or add a fun post this weekend when I’m watching a game.
Just wanted to post the results. It was a bad week for most people but AB led the pack followed by LS and JE. I languished somewhere near the bottom finish above only the super-hapless ME. So much for using all that extra time you were provided!