Week 10 – Picks

Here are this weeks picks.  I thought it would end up being more difficult than it has ended up being so far.

ME is currently winning as he has an exact, a difference, a draw, wins but NOTHING wrong.

Despite this great performance, prognosticator of the week goes to AM who predicted that Watford a.k.a. the “mighty meese” would thump the opposition 3-0!  Well done.

Guesses (subject to change)Some key comments:

ME:
“I have Spurs for a win but I think my head didn’t have much to do with this decision; I expect to be the only Spurs picker.”
Obviously.

“Unfortunately, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U could all win..”
With you on four of those.

“I am supporting your Moosemen this week hoping they are over their little blip.”
Not like AM though!

“Enjoy the wedding.”
You were asked about.  I lied and said you looked and were well 🙂

BB:  “I do like the fact I couldn’t put Chelsea down to score 40. Nice.”
I can change that if you really think that’s going to be the score 🙂  I should put checks in to stop people having Spuds score more goals than Citeh!

JE:  “I should have had those three ribs. Food on the plane was horrendous.”
How can a chicken sandwich with no chicken be bad?  It’s just bread.

KMFE: “Dear Arsenal, Figure out what to do with Danny Welbeck. He’s still pretty good.”
Perhaps Citeh will buy him!  He needs to move to a team to play.. He’s better than a bench-warmer.  I’d trade Andre Grey and/or Deeney for him.

Week 9 – Results

I should hopefully resume the normal sarcastic posts this week but for now I’ll just post the results.

This week I downgraded my score after I realized that I had incorrectly listed a 1-1 draw for Chelsea over Manchester United when I had, in fact, picked a 2-1 victory for the home team.  This pushed me down into second place and left ME as the sole weekly leader.

Weekly Leaders

Only one point separates ME and AM!   KMFE  An online betting company gains some points this week but not enough to rise from relegation danger.

Season Leaders

Quotes of the Week

ME: “Another tough week!!”
Rope-a-dope ?

ME:  “Bournemouth to win the sunshine derby.” “Chelski will continue their form and get Mourinho sacked..” “I would like to pick Watford but Wolves are on a roll.. really tough call, maybe a draw is the order of the day!”
Makes me wonder if you weren’t just a wee bit lucky this week.

KMFE: “The Raheem from the England/Spain game will be the one who shows up for us, right? :-)”
Who needs Raheem when you have Bilva, Sane, Mahrez, Fernandino, and Aguero?  That’s right, Madrid.

BB: “Have no idea. Been thinking about bots and law firms not football.”

Legal Briefs

LJ: “The Hornets are stuck in reverse so I have to go against them this week again. Sorry mate…..”

Keep Picking Against us LJ!

LS: crickets
No one expected 2-0 the other way!

AB’s Quiz Corner
AB: “Which player has scored in the most diverse number of competitive club football competitions – during the same football season?”

 

Week 9 – Picks

Apologies for the lack of additional analysis on the games this week. I chose pizza and beer over intellectualizing.

Picks

Results so Far (up to and not including Liverpool leading 1-0 at Huddersfield at half-time)

Week 8 – Results

Keeping it simple this week with just the results (because no one interesting won).

And no one interesting is winning.

Next three weeks worth of picks are ready for picking – you know where the link is.

Week 8 – Picks

Bit of a fubar this week as I put the games to be played on 10/5 and forgot to check for Friday games.  I had become complacent as we had settled into a regular weekend schedule.

Results have been defaulted to 0-0 for AA.

Guesses

Not much to say this week except that one person (shall remain nameless) picked Watford to win at home against Bournemouth and then shamelessly re-entered picks to change it to a draw.

There was also a pick that came in very late for the Brighton vs West Ham came that is under investigation for suspicious picking!  The commissioner will be looking into this!

Sorry for the mess.  I will be posting entry forms for next week tomorrow.

Week 7 – Results

This week’s theme is never give up.

Here’s how the table look at the end of the day Saturday.

Looking Up
Time to Get Better Results

Here’s how the table shifted as the final two games came home and the bottom dwellers moved above mid-table.

Looking Up and Down

NEVER give up.

Here’s where the current aggregate rankings are.

Overall

Week 7 – Picks

Here are the weeks.  Just one left to pick – see if you can guess who!

Tough Guesses This Week

This Weeks Comments

AM: No time for idle chat this week. Ryder Cup looming so gotta get to bed, up early – first tee time UK time is 07:10. Go Europe. 🙂
Looks like Europe got up late on the first day.  Here’s hoping it’s a friendly affair as I’m a bit tired of it ending up like a Duncan Ferguson era Merseyside derby.

BB: “I did enjoy the look that Mourinho gave Pogba at the training ground. I think that there may be a little bit of resentment setting in with regard to their relationship. ”
I know you like to rewrite song lyrics so here we go trying with Never Tear Us Apart (INXS):

“Don’t ask Jose
What you know is true
Don’t have to tell you
I drop you as vice-captain
I was managing
You were there
Two egos collided
And our looks could tear us apart”

 

Pretty crappy effort.

ME: I can’t find Spuds v Watford in the fixtures!😊
Well since our 2nd team lost to your 1st and 1/2 team in the Milk Cup we won’t be meeting again in that competition.

ME: Spuds must show a really positive attitude and get a good result! Please….
Getting desperate.. where are your team playing their next game? Milton Keynes again?

KMFE: Trying an experiment this week picking with odds quoted by the newly-legal sports books in NJ and other states… Let’s see how right they are…
Not a bad strategy.  Betwin.com finished quite well last year as I tracked them week over week!  Good luck – if it works you could automate this!

For those that don’t know when we were in NY we saw loads of these posters as they just made gambling on sports legal in the USA (kind of).

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AA: Insert witty, informed-sounding comment about strikers and loaned players, criticism of managers and tut tuts about that one player who can’t seem to keep from falling apart at exactly the wrong moment. Followed up by slightly off-colour inside joke

Looks like Aaron Ramsey’s contract renewal has hit a snag and he may go on a free transfer at the end of the year.  He could go on loan like Wilshere last year in order to gain regular first team injuries as Unai Emery doesn’t seem to understand he’s the critical link man.    In other news, Chelsea released their tactics recently not realizing that they have an infinite loop.

 

Infinite Loop

And I think I’ve discovered what’s wrong with Sanchez!

The inspiration for this is the following amusing video….not quite Fenton but not bad.

The following is how long I spent making my picks this week:

Week 6 – Results

Well, I got some late entries from JE and LS to make this another week of complete picks.  The full selections:

Final Selections

It seems that the extra time to prepare gave JE too much time to second-guess and finish a fairly low 8th; however, Mr LS too full advantage of the time and finished top for the week. This was an incredible 10 place jump from last week!

I don’t know how he convinced the linesman to fall asleep for Arsenal’s second and exact-points scoring goal but it worked.  I feel cheated!

Weekly Winners

It was a better week for AM in his quest for a repeat over ME with a jump of 8 places.

Aggregate

The arbitrary table of points.  I might give more points for 7th and below to help some of you out.

Season so far

When you watch the EPLthis week I want you realize how lucky we are to see high quality football rather than what is played in other parts of the world.

I do appreciate everyone sending them in as it makes this interesting for me.

Note:  Looks like Watford’s 2nd string lost to Spuds 1st and a 1/2 team on penalties in the Milk Cup.

Week 6 – Picks

This week will be a short post because I didn’t spend the necessary hours preparing and researching.

We’re still missing entries from JE and LS (except he said 0-0s across the board so technically he can’t be late).

Isn’t it time I was hired again?

Of course, there are other things that are also late!  The construction is going as well as Pellegrini’s attempt to build West Ham into a meaningful team.

It’s going well – click image to see.

This weeks picks picks as of now:

Guesses

For those wondering, SC1 and SC2 are secret algorithms that I’m modifying year over year.  I can tell you that this year, SC2 is leading the way overall.  Pretty soon I will set it loose on one of the gambling houses that sponsor one of the EPL teams.. profit and retire!

Seriously. This doesn’t worry anyone?

This Weeks Factoid
I don’t have a factoid submitted this week so I thought I’d ask a trivia question.

Which current premier league goalkeeper has jumped higher than the crossbar?

This Weeks Comments

AM:”Get my predictions done early. Off on another golfing jaunt – Devon this time & if I leave this until I am in company with that crowd, the job will NEVER get done. This weeks matches seem to be a pretty straight forward lot to predict, so there you have them! 😉 What can possibly go wrong!? Stop press: One late change – BHA 1-0 win over Spurs to a 1-1 draw, that means it will probably end in a Spurs win!! :-(“

Bringing in the whole comment here so I can do some psycho-analysis and translation:

  1. Going to drink so much in Devon that I might pick Southampton over Liverpool so better do them now!
  2. I’m super over-confident like Mourinho
  3. I want to defeat ME and I want his team to suffer a loss so that I will complete the perfect trifecta this week!  (Golf, Beer, and ME humiliation)

BB: “Man City looked pants without Kevin DB”
KMFE agrees!  Citeh without Kevin is like the rainy city center without bucket-hat wearing scallies and wags taking drugs at a Madchester rave and getting into a fight.  In other words, grim.

BB: “BTW – Ibrahimovic – what a great 500th goal.”
Totally missed that – so thanks:

Think Messi’s 500th for Barcelona was a better goal:

 

ME: “Chris Hughton will offer Spuds a lifeline this week… another loss will be disastrous!”
Looking for that potato chicken alumni help?  It has come to this for Spuds fans?

ME: “Arsenal may have turned a corner… at least I hope so!”
Has BE hacked this account?  Or entered picks as you given that there is little hack prevention currently employed 🙂

Analysis
And give away my advantage?  I don’t think so!  Anyway, I reserve the rights to change my guesses before the games and I’m very much undecided on whether the hornet moosemen can beat Fulham away – have this feeling that Mitrovic will bang in a brace.