Tommy Lawrence

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”.

Happy New Year!

No analysis.  That’s not how I want to spend the last hour of 2017!

This is how I feel about 2018 – let someone else do all the work

Really, that’s *exactly* how I feel.

Some of us are waving goodbye to 2017… others to their fans:

Bye! I’m sadly replacing Liverpool with Barcelona

And finally the Commissioner of Football prepares us for the World Cup 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

Round 21 – Predictions and Results

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*

Guesses
Weekly

Advice

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!

*BE
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.

Week 22
Week 23
Week 21 – Spuds vs Hammers

And if you want to get ahead

Week 24

Round 20 – Predictions and Results

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!

Predictions

Alternatively, with the results being what they were, only the most skilled and knowledgeable prediction analyst had any hope of winning really.

Results

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!

AB:

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?

Did Nev eat all the Pies?
Or Jan ?

Finally:
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…

Not a Red Card!

Please remember to pick two games this week:
Round 21 (Dec 30) and Round 22 (Jan 01)

I will resume normal programming in the next year and have something written up for Jan 1 – get the New Year off on the right foot.

Round 19 – Picks and Results

Unfortunately I didn’t feel well enough to do much of a write up this week.. I have and will post a half-season summary this week that has some good news-bad news to it.

Congrats to BE who has made a late scoring run recently and once again led the pack.

Don’t forget this weeks picks!

Note:
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.

Round 18 – Results

Here are the predictions:

Guesses – Some More Than OthersHere are the results:

My Fortunes Mirror The Hornets

Disappointing week for me with a drop of 7 places week-over-week.  Fairly sure that LS’s friend won’t be impressed with his consistency.

ME took a defeat for the not-so-mighty Potato Chickens and turned that into a win over AM.

New entry available.

One more game before we reach half-way already!  Not sure how I’ll find the time for half-time analysis on my own…maybe a guest poster will help?  Drop me a line..

Round 18 – Yet Another Round!

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).

Weekly Analysis

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
Bore draw.

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.

Goooooooooooooooaaaaaalll

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?

 

Round 16 2017/18 – Update

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.

Not Good

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.

Round 16 2017/18 – Quick Picks

All the picks are in except for LS and LJ.  I don’t expect LJ to pick as he’s on his way to Jamaica but am hopefully that LS will make a late appearance.  LS is, if you didn’t know, a fan of the Wolverhampton Wanderers so here’s a joke to make light of his current absence:

Wandering …..

But here are the current predictions:

Guessy Guessy

Lots of quality picks in here with some really random variations.  It seems like no one really has a strong feel for this week with a agreement only coming into play on 5 games.

  • Huddersfield will clearly lose
  • Liverpool will not win by 2 goals
  • Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea will not win

Weekly Quotes

“This is hard this week”
“Tricky”
“Found predictions hard”

Thanks for stating the obvious, guys!

“I am contractually obligated to OF COURSE pick Manchester City for the win”
Must be tough to have to pick a team that hasn’t lost yet this year.  I’m probably technically contracted to pick the Hertfordshire Deer (but I don’t) and AB is not supposed to ever pick Everton (Red fan) but he usually does.

“Man Pretty have the “no Pogma” advantage and Man U may have the “no Silva” advantage.”
This is why you should have put your picks in late like usual!  Silva seems fit to play !  But you picked them anyway.

“Spuds MUST turn the corner soon!”
The potato chickens will not win the league.  You heard it here (not) first.

“back on the bottom on the pile. at least I got a EURO cheer this week.”
Yes. For a second I thought there had been success in the Brexit negotiations but then I realized you meant your 7-1 thumping in the week of some other team in Europe.  Let’s hope it continues against the Toffees!

Summary

This is a big week with two Derby Games.  You may have noticed I changed the entry form to show the team mascots.  I did this in part because they get along and hopefully this weekends games won’t turn into aggressive free-for-all and end up with some quality football.

Aliens and Devil Friends
Ee Up Me Mate We’s Playin’ Ent Wee!

Of course in real life things have changed in recent years.  Once upon a time these games were classic hard men affairs.

“You’re Soft In the Head Duncan”
“Well You’re a Sweety… all Soft in the Middle Mr Ruddock.”

One-Line Analysis

Burnley V Watford
Bertie Bee is crazy looking and Harry looks like a weird bear so obviously this is a tie (but a rather late one).

Crystal Palace V Bournemouth
Woy’s Boys are improved and the Cherries are inconsistent so let’s give it to the team with the most fans in the stadium.

Huddersfield Town V Brighton & Hove Albion
Not often I predict 0-0 but when neither team can score it’s a pretty good guess – I mean prediction.

Liverpool V Everton
Everton are a bit better but they are away at Anfield where I’m sure Rooney will nick a wasted goal after Liverpool add to their goal tally.

Manchester United V Manchester City
Obligated to not pick the red team to win because in a Manchester derby the team that’s actually in Manchester should really win.

Newcastle United V Leicester City
Leicester are better than Newcastle which means that I pick Vardy to score and win, obviously.

Southampton V Arsenal
Arsenal were unlucky that DeGea was brilliant and this week Forster will be not quite-as-brilliant and they don’t have a Lingard who’s going to play the best game of his career.

Swansea City V West Bromwich Albion
Two bad teams but Alan Pardew will be the difference maker (or so the press will say) as West Brom climb the table for a few weeks before collapsing the second half.

Tottenham Hotspur V Stoke City
Mark Hughes needs to be fired and Spurs can’t keep dropping points at home to second-rate teams.

West Ham United V Chelsea
Chelsea are tired but a tired Chelsea are better than a useless West Ham and David Moyes will be the difference maker (or so everyone will say).