April 5, 2015 Premier League Picks

Critical game for Liverpool if their intentions are to not allow Steven Gerrard to ruin two consecutive seasons.  A six point swing here will see Liverpool well off the pace for a top three and still a couple of wins back from Manchester “how the hell are they this high in the table” United.

How you let yourself get sent off against your arch-nemesis in a key game after 50 seconds is impossible to comprehend.  How you can play for your boyhood team for 20 years and be a legend and then potentially ruin it in your last two seasons could be a very sad end to a great career.

Red Card for Gerrard

Oh wait, that’s not the game.

Gerrard with another Red Card

That’s better.  He’s done it before maybe it’s his brain.

And for completeness.

Letting the Title Slip Away

Anyway – I let the domain expire and spent a good deal of time getting it renewed and back.  I would have done it this afternoon but I was busy watching a referee almost blow Watford’s season to smithereens with a dubious red card (not the first) … but ended up watching a heroic away draw against Derby County with a goal from Ighalo

Ighalo – Again!

All I know is that the kid above will be in the Premier League next year.  Who for is unknown but he will be there.

04-Apr 2015  
Arsenal2-1Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion 2-0Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United1-1Aston Villa
Swansea City 2-1Hull City
Everton 1-0Southampton
Leicester City 2-1West Ham United
Chelsea2-0Stoke City
05-Apr 2015
Burnley1-2Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland2-1Newcastle United
06-Apr 2015
Crystal Palace1-2Manchester City

A quick summary.

Arsenal are on a good run and at home they can beat anyone.  Liverpool have been playing well but with Sturridge back we’ve seen the return of a top striker; however, at the cost of form from Coutinho.

West Bromwich Albion have been slowly getting closer and closer to the drop but they’re at home against the team that seems to have just given up and resigned itself to a fate in the old 2nd Division next year.

Manchester United have been horrible this year but are still up near the top.  Aston Villa have been horrible this year and are deservedly near the bottom of the table.  But Villa scored multiple times last week and so I have to believe they have a good chance.

Everton are on the upswing.  They are focused on the league and tired of looking over their own shoulder at the relegation picture.  Better than their position and, on paper, better than their play to date.

Leicester are playing Jesus this year… they plan on coming back from the dead and they’re starting this weekend.

Swansea are higher in the table and at home.   Hull are struggling.

Chelsea will win.  They are Chelsea.

I’m tired of saying that Harry Kane is over-chieving so this week I have high expectations for Spurs.

Sunderland are below Aston Villa and any team below Aston Villa are trying to win.  They will.  Newcastle are probably already too busy looking for their next two managers (may as well be prepared and have a successor to the next failure).  I hear Harry Redknapp is available.

Manchester City have to win to keep their remote fantasies alive.

Bit of a rush these last two weeks. I will be more prepared next time.  I promise.  Oh crap.. that’s Tuesday!

March 21, 2015 Premier League Picks

Just the picks this week.

21-Mar 2015  
Manchester City 2-1West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City 1-0Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1Leicester City
Southampton1-0Burnley
Newcastle United1-1Arsenal
Aston Villa 1-1Swansea City
West Ham United0-1Sunderland
22-Mar 2015
Liverpool2--0Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers2-2Everton
Hull City0-1Chelsea

March 14, 2015 Premier League Picks

Not sure if I will get time to make better picks this week – as I’m on a vacation – so this is my initial pre-analysis guesses  predictions.  I certainly don’t have time to come up with decent commentary or something witty.   My heart wants Chelsea to drop points, my gut says Spurs have had their run, and I’m sure Jonjo will score against Liverpool.

Other than that? It’s anyone’s game!

14-Mar 2015  
Crystal Palace 2-1Queens Park Rangers
West Bromwich Albion2-2Stoke City
Sunderland1-0Aston Villa
Leicester City0-1Hull City
Arsenal2-0West Ham United
Burnley1-3Manchester City
15-Mar 2015
Chelsea 1-1Southampton
Manchester United 2-1Tottenham Hotspur
Everton2-0Newcastle United
16-Mar 2015
Swansea City1-2Liverpool

 

This post as of 12:18 am 3-13-2015 –  I may come and re-edit later.

Oh Forestieri!

Dubbed the Lionel Messi of the old 2nd Division, Forestieri is a great player that has been on loan to Watford.

We have suffered our share of bad decisions.  Many against the top teams so not-quite-evening-out-over-the-course-of-the-season but that doesn’t excuse the dive of the year.

In further news, things are ridiculously close but I’m glad we’re in the mix.

table

Where did Brentford come from?

FA Cup, Round 6

Didn’t have the access so I didn’t post this but here were my picks as chosen.

FA Cup 6th
Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn
Manchester United  0-2 Arsenal
Aston Villa  0-1 West Brom
Bradford  1-0 Reading

Green are those that have correctly guessed each round til the present.

March 7, 2015 Premier League Picks

Just the one game which is good because I don’t have much time.

07-Mar 2015  
QPR1-2Tottenham Hotspur

Key stats:

Queens Park Rangers have won none of their last 10 Premier League London derbies
Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances.

So expect Harry Kane to score and QPR prepare to not win.  That would be 1-1 then because Spurs are incapable of just winning easily.

March 4, 2015 Premier League Picks

Another set of midweek games and looking for another potential surprise – Aston Villa scoring twice being yesterday’s shocker.   Perhaps it’s the new coaching and tactics he’s brought to the fray.

Using FA Coaching Badge 101
04-Mar 2015  
Stoke City0-1Everton
Tottenham Hotspur2-1Swansea City
Newcastle United1-1Manchester United
Manchester City3-0Leicester City
West Ham
1-1Chelsea
QPR0-2Arsenal
Liverpool2-2Burnley

This week’s picks are kind of random and go against the normal trends of recent form, home advantage and are following the approach of Timmy.   Some of the results I’ve picked are more wishful thinking than sensible predictions – I really don’t want Chelsea to extend or maintain their lead on top.

All signs point to trouble at Everton who are closer to relegation than Europe and facing another tough game against a giraffe and his 10 friends.  I don’t see any miracle headers this week so a sneaky away win it is.

Spurs were disappointing at Wembley.    Kyle Walker has been playing well recently and looked hobbled.  Ericsen is keeping the midfield ticking over but it’s going to be out wide that will make the difference.  If Andros Townsend can learn to cross the ball they should win because somehow Harry Kane will get on the end of it.

The difference between Newcastle and Manchester United is that somehow Manchester United are racking up points while being generally unconvincing.    The teams around Man U are picking up points as well now so the European spot is looking more and more difficult.. or maybe LVG is just making it look that way.

City look inept and great.  They have 11 good players and one team that doesn’t fit together but they’re playing Leicester and they look to be propping up the table for the long haul.  Another convincing win will have us still not writing off their title chances.  Hopefully, Navas  will play instead of Nasri who seems to have an allergy to going backwards or helping out when his team is not on the ball.

Chelsea. We know John Terry probably celebrated a bit too much.  West Ham is a hangover game and the Hammers will steal a draw (because a win is just so unlikely).

QPR in the bottom 3 and probably for good.  Arsenal in the top 3 and probably for good.

Liverpool are on a tear and have not lost in 2015.  This streak will continue; however, a tough Burnley team fighting  for their premiership life will make them more difficult than expece

 

March 3, 2015 Premier League Picks

Keeping up to date with all these picks is complicated by mid-week games but as a dedicated follower of football it’s my goal to predict every game this year in the premier league and FA Cup.  I skipped Champions League because unlike most people I really don’t care all that much about a money spinning secondary league.

In fact, this week, in what sums up a lot about the value of the Champions League and the Coca-Cola Rumbelows Littlewoods Cup the result I was most interested in was Watford away at Leeds.   The wonderful thing about the old second division is that 5 points is now the difference between winning promotion to the Premier League and being the low play-off seed.

The great thing is that of the people that I know who support Championship teams all can see them in a small sliver at the top of the table.  Wolves, Notts Forest, and even Sheffield Wednesday!   The top is dominated by old school top tier teams.  I still fancy Derby to take top spot.

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Anyway, enough of the lower divisions, let’s look at the midweek games.

With 5 of the 6 teams in the bottom half of the table there are some key fixtures taking place on a Tuesday?

03-Mar 2015  
Aston Villa 1-2West Bromwich Albion
Southampton2-1Crystal Palace
Hull City2-1Sunderland

Aston Villa really need to turn it around but it’s hard to see where the improvement is going to come from.   They’re somewhat organized at the back, somewhat organized in midfield but they are unable to score.  Tim Sherwood probably will regret choosing this job because it’s unlikely they will keep him next year if he can’t keep them up (and even then I wonder if they will look more long term).   I don’t see many reasons to go for the Villains so I will go for their cross city rivals who see themselves slowly creeping to safety under the direction of Pullis.

Alan Pardew’s honeymoon has now run out and Southampton are looking to avenge their FA Cup defeat to Palace.  Southampton need to refocus on getting back to the winning style now that the Spuds (to a lesser extent), Liverpool and Arsenal are hitting their domestic stride.  Southampton cannot afford further losses.

Hull. Sunderland. Sounds fascinating,

Week of Feb 28, 2015 Premier League Picks

No time to write a commentary this week.  So here are the picks.

28-Feb 2015  
Manchester United 1-0Sunderland
Newcastle United2-1Aston Villa
Burnley1-0Swansea City
Stoke City2-0Hull City
West Bromwich Albion1-0Southampton
West Ham United2-0Crystal Palace
01-Mar 2015
Arsenal1-1Everton
Liverpool2-1Manchester City

Nice and Simple.

 

Week of Feb 21, 2015 Premier League Picks

Another week already. Not a lot to say this week – more European football, more racist fans at Chelsea.

What’s that ? You were unaware Mr Chosen One?

We all know that Mourinho’s issues are not with men that are black as much as it is the men in black 🙂

21-Feb 2015  
Sunderland1-1West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City1-1Manchester United
Aston Villa1-1Stoke City
Hull City2-0Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace1-2Arsenal
Chelsea3-0Burnley
Manchester City 3-1Newcastle United

Sunderland are boring………  and they’re on a losing trend against a team that has been showing signs of life since Tony Pullis came to town and took over.  A point will be valuable but it’s not the result either are looking for.  To be fair, they probably look for wins each week but just  haven’t been able find enough.

Swansea beat Man United opening day and the world rejoiced the beginning of the new Total Football Dutch era.  If you look at the opening week’s team and the current team you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a different team… well it is.   Not sure who can score for Man United with their best striker in midfield.   I expect a 1-0 lead to be held at the end of the 90 minutes only for it to be relinquished to a Fellaini long ball header.

I had Villa going down but now they have a new exciting manager in Tim Sherwood.  Now they’re going down with heart and guts.

Hull City are going to start making a run up the table with the hopes of finishing 16th or higher and what better way to start than beating a QPR team in desperate need of results.

Arsenal are playing well and Alan Pardew is not a good enough manager and the honeymoon is over.  It has to be at some point.

Chelsea and Man City?   Now that Ya Ya is back they will win all the way to their 1-2 finish.

22-Feb 2015  
Tottenham Hotspur2-1West Ham
Everton2-0Leicester City
Southampton 1-2Liverpool

Learning from mistakes is something that you must do to grow as a human and as a person.  After saying Harry was not all that great he went ahead and score a couple of goals.  I also learned not to best against West Ham.. however, that was much longer ago and they’ve lost since and they will lose again.

Everton will turn it around.  Everton will turn it around. Everton will turn it around.  Finally.

The talk this week has been all about Balotelli and Liverpool and goals!  This is an unexpected twist in the Liverpool and Super Mario relationship. He’s playing?
He’s scoring?

He’s creating needless controversy by acting like a spoilt brat? Of course.

Liverpool are a more threatening team with Sturridge back.  With Mario now scoring off the bench they are a formidable opponent (qualifying for Champions league via Europa?)  Time for some Southampton shortcomings to show up – they’re well managed, positively playing ut open to the counter and I expect Liverpool to shake things up in the Top 5. Should be a good end of year to determine the final spots.

Let Him Have It Not So Super MarioEither way it was a a good awa