Matchday 11 – Dec 5th

Another week.

Your Comments

BE: “Well, I couldn’t be any worse as a manager than I am at picking and I would be a lot cheaper. Maybe I could manage Watford even for a few weeks! I think it’s about time we went for forced equality and had more women as managers,”

There are already calls for Ivic to be fired! I haven’t checked today but a 1-0 loss at home to Cardiff won’t have pleased very many.

ME: “Your quotable: Hoping the Gunners don’t find any form this week!
The hammers are going to upset Man U this week.
Chelski and Liverpool will win but will only just squeak past their opponents.
When Newcastle have spent 2 weeks in isolation they will come back playing like zombies… not sure who they will be up against though. So predicting this one is more down to the gods than usual… could be weeks before they reschedule.
Palace and Everton who are average will just pip their opponents because Burnley and WBA are both rubbish..
Banker of the week is Man Pretty who will quash a Fulham mini mini revival.”

Thank you. I think you’re guessing! And incorrectly!

AA: “I just hope Raul is OK, eventually. Also, how cool is it that Marine drew Spurs at home for the next FA Cup match? They’ll be able to watch from their back gardens again!”
I think they suspended their league play for COVID? Will be strange if the only game they play is the FA Cup against Spuds in an empty stadium that only holds a couple of thousand.

Hope Raul is ok, too

Friday, December 4, 2020

Aston Villa
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa 24 Jun 2020
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle 25 Nov 2019

The easiest game to predict this week. Jack Grealish will get extra time to go online shopping for hair producs. Jonjo Shelvey does as well but he doesn’t need it.


I don’t see Burnley continuing to lose without trying to tighten things up.  This means I”m expecting a glut of low scoring draws.

Everton 1-0 Burnley 26 Dec 2019
Burnley 1-0 Everton 05 Oct 2019
Everton 2-0 Burnley 03 May 2019
Burnley 1-5 Everton 26 Dec 2018
Burnley 2-1 Everton 03 Mar 2018
Leeds United

I’ve hitched my wagon to Fat Frank for some reason. I’ve been picking them consistently to win with a clean sheet and nothing is getting me an exact so I thought I random Leeds goal and maybe I’d do better.

Manchester City
Fulham 0-2 Manchester City 30 Mar 2019
Manchester City 3-0 Fulham 15 Sep 2018

Confident in the 0 part of this prediction but it’s hard to know whether it’s the clinical six nil Citeh or the wasteful (should be six nil) two nil Citeh. I know they want Jesus to score but maybe we will have to wait until the 25th

West Ham United
Manchester United
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United 22 Jul 2020
West Ham United 2-0 Manchester United 22 Sep 2019
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United 13 Apr 2019
West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United 29 Sep 2018
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United 10 May 2018

It says a lot about the table and you’re more surprised that Manchester United are in the top half than you are the Hammers. I would pick the Red Devils but I just don’t see West Ham losing at home in front of what to them is a full crowd. Then again Manchester United keep scraping away wins, somehow. Who knows, this season is messed up.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Wolverhampton 1-2 Liverpool 23 Jan 2020
Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton 29 Dec 2019
Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton 12 May 2019
Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool 21 Dec 2018

Hard to pick against the Reds at Anfield and with the injury to Raul it leans even more in their favour. I’m not sure if he’ll ever play again. Michael Keen at Everton had a hairline fracture and played but Ryan Mason had a skull rebuild and retired. This seems to be a bit like Petr Cech who played but wearing a head protector and in a position that didn’t require much use of the head.

Sheffield United
Leicester City
Leicester City 2-0 Sheffield United 16 Jul 2020
Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City 24 Aug 2019

I’m not picking against a Sheffield United loss.

Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal 12 Jul 2020
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 01 Sep 2019
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal 02 Mar 2019
Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur 02 Dec 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal 10 Feb 2018

In my head Arsenal are improved under Arteta. In my head a Jose team is ultra defensive and struggling. I have chosen to overrule myself.

West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion 13 May 2018
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace 02 Dec 2017
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace 04 Mar 2017
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Bromwich Albion 13 Aug 2016

I want West Brom to win. What I want doesn’t matter to the football gods. Apparently, the football gods don’t like my picks either.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Brighton and Hove Albion
Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 Jul 2020
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-2 Southampton 24 Aug 2019
Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton 30 Mar 2019
Southampton 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 Sep 2018
Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion 31 Jan 2018

I might change my mind on this one before tomorrow. Southampton are good but never good enough. Brighton are bad but never seem to be bad enough. My gut says draw. My head said Southampton gave up a 2-0 lead to a junk Manchester United team and that has to hurt and leave a hangover.

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