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.
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.