Round 27 – Picks and Dives with Round 26 Results

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.

BE Top Of the Table

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.

Weekly Guesses

Weekly Comments

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

North London Derby

This week I’m sure a lot of time was spent focusing on the fundamentals.

Spurs In Training

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.

Is It Bird? Is it a Plane? Not it’s Der Klinsmann

Obviously the practice is working!  This article  shows what Kane used to look like diving:

Early Days

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.  

Zaha Being Brought Down In the Box

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.

Missing!

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.

Seeking a Spurs Move

Next week I’ll pick on a different team.  It was fun to bash Spurs…. I’ll expect a call from ME!

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