Another week another set of picks. Didn’t do too bad last week but I’m going all out this week to get 100% of my picks in.
|Queens Park Rangers||2-1||Stoke City|
|Newcastle United||2-1||Hull City|
|West Ham United||1-2||Liverpool|
It’s very hard to think a team based around Joey Barton and managed by Harry Redknap have a chance but it’s not every week that time plays a team featuring the likes of Stephen Ireland: Stoke. To be fair, Stoke aren’t bad considering their star attraction being a Giraffe in studs. I do rather like Arnautovic and he’s doubtful with a foot injury so I think it’s going to be a home team holding off a hard working, tough slogging, not scoring team. It’s going to be 2-0 very late with someone sneaking a goal in the last few minutes against the run of play giving this the look and feel of a typical Spuds game.
I will continue to underrate Hull City and overrate the offensive prowess of Newcastle – I seem to always think they are going to put in 3 goals… but where are those goals coming from? Remi didn’t sign permanently and Alan Shearer retired years ago. Fortunately for Newcastle Ben Arfa is ineligible to play in this game and allegedly Abel Hernandez found the going tough in his first game – I guess he needs to hit the gym with Man U’s Luke Shaw.
Swansea are exciting and attacking. Southampton are exciting and attacking. I think only a 3-3 draw would be fitting for this two Europe dark horses and this despite the fact that Fabianski and Forster are two of the better men standing between the jumpers… I’ll be watching this one.. and I won’t be surprise if at the end of the game I’ll turn to the better half and say “That could have been 10-10”.
Burnley are boring. Sunderland are stupid. That’s how a five year old would summarize this game and it’s how I will too. Sunderland have 3 draws this year.. time for a victory. I hope that Jose Altidore manages to score – he’s not a player or flair or skill but he’s a hard worker and deserves something. He’s like the American second-rate Danny Welbeck.
Aston Villa are at home and have come off a good win and will be filled with confidence about a great year (because I picked them to go down). A good result early in the year in 2013 seemed to set to derail Arsenal, who despite calls for Wengers head, rode out the storm and went on a tear. With three draws and a win it’s easy to make it sound that Arsenal are doing well by calling them undefeated; however, they got crushed in Europe in the week and I’m not sure confidence is at a high. DW will bang home another, Aaron Ramsey will play a decent game but it will be a 1-1 draw until Szczesny has a Calamity James moment and allows an easy goal.
The horse that is Andy Carroll always wants to show up against his old team but due to a lower leg injury he’s being taken out back and shot. Liverpool should not have a hard time against West Ham with a deep stock of offensive talent but this is West Ham. This is the team that bore anyone including the opposition. Liverpool sorely miss Sturridge – which is just a nice way of saying that they miss Suarez! Expect the Last of the Italian Mohicans to score and for Sterling to wrap it up with fine finish that merely makes us wonder why he can’t do it for Woy’s Boys in a national shirt.
|Tottenham Hotspur||2-2||West Bromwich Albion|
|Leicester City||1-2||Manchester United|
This week will see West Brom score a 2-2 draw with the Spuds. Most of the Spuds rested in the week so they should be fresh to play and with Lamela probing and Dembele running the deep attaching midfield they should be a sure thing for cracking in two goals (Erikson with both).. West Brom will, of course, keep it close and have the Y Army praying that an own goal equalizer isn’t going to ruin another dominating performance. Lloris will make a key save at the death to prove his value. (2-1)
I want Manchester to go down; however, after last weeks drubbing of QPR it’s clear that they are now eyeing the League title. With Mata in goal scoring form we can surely expect great things.
Signs of the Times: Even West Bromwich Albion have a team made up of foreign talent – welcome Esteban Cambiasso! I remember when the most exotic player Leicester had was Gary Linker after he came back with his vacation tan!.
Manchester City haven’t played all that well and it seems that my pick for surprise player of the year is – surprise – hurt again (Jovatic). With Dzeko out as well they have the problem of relying on Aguero to actually play which isn’t a bad idea as he’s always scoring goals. Ya Ya Toure has been discussed as a potential transfer window move and has been underperforming so this is the week he will finally show his class. Ya Ya will not want Fabregas to have any time on the ball and will dominate the Spaniard. Diego Costa can’t continue on the same pace, it’s at the Etihad so it has to be a home win for the Citeh. I’m not confident on this pick because it appears that Fat Frank might play against his old team and that doesn’t bode well.. the big question is whether Mangala will play and which Demicheles will show up.
Everton will be playing a team that is relying on Chamakh to provide goals! I think he was less successful at Arsenal that the lesser Ya Ya so keeping a clean sheet should be easy. Layton Banes, or Layton Beighnes, or Leyton Beines, or Leighton Baines will score the winner and we will marvel at how disheveled he can look even when he is doing his best Daniel Day Lewis impression.
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